Archive for Jane Turkewitz

Does Omitting a Job On Your Resume Make you a Liar?

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on October 8th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Times are a-changing. Hannah Montana is dead. Gay marriage is legal (in some circles). Iran’s new President has publicly recognized the Holocaust. And, the United States government can’t get their shit together. OK, well that’s not so new.
In the hiring industry, things have changed as well. Two-page resumes are the norm. Objectives are dead. Skype interviews are more prevalent, and people are job-hopping more than ever before. But, while video interviews and resume transformations have generally been embraced, most hiring managers still don’t like to spend time with job hoppers.
It used to be that people stayed with one company for 10 years before making career moves. In digital media, many of the companies we see haven’t even been in business for 10 years. And, those that do exist tend to go through serious growing pains.  That’s why we see so many people going from one company to another after only one or two years.
Reasons for frequent mobility run the gamut, but typically include:

The company made promises that they couldn’t keep;
The business wasn’t ready to scale as quickly as anticipated;
The company couldn’t deliver on its promises with clients;
The business burned through three CEOs in the past 12 months;
The company closed their... Read more

15 Ways to Crush a Phone Interview

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on April 8th, 2013 at 6:13 am

Phone interviews, whether with a recruiter or hiring manager, are often the first step in the job interview process. If you flub it, game over. Here are some key tips to make sure you make it to round two — an in-person meeting.

Send your resume to the interviewer prior to the call, even if you think he’s got it.

If you’re using a cell phone, find a quiet place. Don’t conduct an interview in the backseat of a taxi or walking down a noisy street — even with a recruiter.

If you plan on using a headset, call a friend first for a test run to make sure you don’t sound like you have marbles in your mouth.

Have a copy of your resume in front of you as a point of reference during the call.

If you have a job description for the position at hand, re-review it just before your call so the qualifications and responsibilities are top of mind and you can speak to these key points.

Don’t interview in your PJs. Get dressed for the day. If you look the part, you’ll feel the part.

Don’t yawn.

Stand up while talking. You’ll... Read more

10 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Email Communications

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on March 20th, 2013 at 6:56 am

Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with email? Yes, it does make life easier. Instead of picking up the phone to confirm a meeting, we can simply send a quick note, and that’s a beautiful thing. If we have to get a message to a “gabber,” email is our savior. If we want a communications exchange documented for the future, email is king.
But sometimes email makes me want to scream. Because it’s just so darn easy to use, people tend to abuse it. They are sloppy with their correspondence, incomplete with their thoughts, not to mention sentences, and scatterbrained in how they communicate. As a recruiter, whether it’s working with a candidate or a client, email sparring can sometimes be exhausting and frustrating — especially when thoughts are not expressed clearly and the person on the other end refuses to get on the phone. So, keeping that in mind, here are some recommendations on how to clean up your emails, get more e-organized and, frankly, be more buttoned up.
#1 — Don’t Assume the Person on the Other End Knows What you Are Referencing
Don’t use one word responses. If you are confirming a meeting, for example, don’t simply write... Read more

Top 10 Observations Regarding Job Search Traditions

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on February 12th, 2013 at 7:17 am

How Technology Has Changed The Rules
Years ago, an email circulated around the Internet featuring an editorial spread that appeared in a 1955 home economics textbook, entitled “The Good Wife’s Guide.” This eyebrow- raising piece offers a glimpse into a “wife’s” role prior to the woman’s lib movement. Two of my favorite nuggets of wisdom and advice are as follows:

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

Holy crap. I’m so glad I was born in the late ‘60’s.  I surely would have been incarcerated for spousal abuse if those were the mores of my day.
But, the article did get me thinking about how society and expectations change over time in all areas of our lives. In particular, with the explosion of digital technology, the hiring process has undergone a progressive movement of its own. So much of what has been traditionally “correct” regarding a job search and managing one’s career has morphed tremendously in just the past 10-15 years.
Here are my top 10 observations on... Read more

How a Little Empathy Can Go A Long Way When it Comes to Hiring

Posted by Jane Turkewitz on February 4th, 2013 at 8:42 am

em •pa•thy (definition): the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another....(Source: dictionary.com)

Recruiters are matchmakers, hunters, negotiators and, most definitely, therapists. There’s not a week that goes by — or maybe even a day — when we’re not providing some sort of mental release for a job seeker frustrated with his/her search and the process as a whole. I don’t mean this as a complaint. Just a statement of reality.
A sample of things that I commonly hear:

“I had five interviews, making it all the way to the C-suite, when all off a sudden, everything went radio silent.  Nobody will return my calls or emails. I can understand if they don’t want to move forward but you’d think they could have the courtesy to just say so. A little closure, please.”
“I put a weekend’s worth of work into doing a project that was requested of me and then I never heard “boo.”  Did they just use me to get a project done for free?”
“I was hired by a company and then a week after I started, the division I... Read more