May 2012 archive

Competencies in Demand by Employers

(adapted from Job Search Magic, by Susan Whitcomb) What are “competencies”? These are the capabilities, relevant knowledge and skills (such as technical and performance skills) a top performer would need to possess in order to be successful in the specific position. Behavioral interviewing is all about looking for competencies, so here are a few of …

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Top Ten Ways to Deal With Job Search Stress

If you do a quick Google search, you will see a plethora of listings under “top stressful life events.” There is even a test to figure out your “stress score!” Let’s look at the career-related items on the “Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale: #8: Fired at Work. 47 points. #10: Retirement. 45 points. #15: Business …

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What you Really Need to Succeed

Check out this fascinating article! “Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, …

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