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‘We’re Not Hiring You’ – How to have this tough conversation

Best and Worst jobs

In our daily work lives we all have lots to do, sometimes closing out meetings, particularly of this nature does not happen. We sweep them under the carpet.

When you are interviewing candidates for a position in your team, it is fun, as it is certainly about knowledge sharing, even if you do not hire that individual. When you are interviewing back to back and you like each of the candidates, it is hard to now go back to them and regret them. To many companies do this really badly.

Making this worse is that the hiring manager sets up expectations in the interview of success. Be very careful in this regard. You should not even reference to their success for the position unless there is a commitment behind this statement. DO not give them false hope, the job market is tough enough as it is.

  1. Take time to mull over the applicants instead. You also have to ensure your candidate of choose accepts your offer, then it is time to do the regrets. Be careful in regretting your 2nd choice candidate before your firsts choice signs and accepts your offer, as then your process will start again.
  2. Give candidates a committed date that they can expect feedback from you whether they are successful or not. This is called integrity and stick to this commitment.
  3. You have to remember: Each person gave you their time, each researched your company, and prepared to meet you. Your candidates require a careful touch and human empathy in the ‘let down’ process.
  4. If you decline to interview a person after receiving a resume or job application, you can send that message via email. It’s horribly ill-bred and impolite to simply go silent.
  5. You posted an ad. People responded to it. They deserve to have an answer from you, not a wimpy auto-response . Send then a template like suggested below. It enables future conversations and builds your brand.

Everyone who applied for your advertised job ad deserves a kind, human response like this:

“Dear [mailmerge],

Thanks very much for the resume you sent us. We appreciate the time you invested in responding to our job ad. This job is not a good fit, but we’d love to stay in touch with you. If you’re interested in staying connected to_____, I invite you to join our Facebook community at (xxx) . We wish you every success in your career and all of your adventures.

Best Regards”

We can be human at work. It’s better for all of us if we keep our human qualities top of mind at work. We can’t hide behind the impersonal work place. We all make the choice to bring ourselves to work or not, every day. We can humanize our recruiting processes and grow our own flames in the process.


High paying jobs that do not require a Bachelors degree

John Travlota Airline Pilot

Having a bachelors degree is no longer a requirement to a lucrative career. I agree, having a bachelors degree will earn you more money than if you do not have one, however, this is not always the case. Research undertaken by CareerCast found that there are numerous jobs and profession that enable you to earn a high salary without having to undertake a 4 year college degree. Having said that, they do require specialized training.

“There’s no question that college graduates with four-year degrees are very likely to earn almost $1 million more in compensation through the course of their careers,” says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast. “However, for the many people who are unable to earn that degree because of the costs, financial obligations, or other reasons, it’s still possible to have a very rewarding, challenging, fulfilling career that pays well. “These jobs offer great opportunities for those job seekers,” he said. “To land one of these jobs, you’ll need to compensate with good old-fashioned hard work and some post-high-school training,”

CareerCast evaluated 200 professions across a variety of industries and skill levels to determine the highest-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. It gathered data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, trade-association studies, and other sources.

Here are the results of CareerCast research:

10. Communications Equipment Mechanic – Annual Median Salary: $54,530
9. Aircraft Mechanic – Annual Median Salary: $55,230
8. Respiratory Therapist – Annual Median Salary: $55,870
7. Police Officer – Annual Median Salary: $56,980
6. Electrical Technician – Annual Median Salary: $57,850
5. Retail Buyer – Annual Median Salary: $60,550
4. Web Developer – Annual Median Salary: $62,500
3. Registered Nurse – Annual Median Salary: $65,470
2. Farmer Rancher – Annual Median Salary: $69,300
1. Commercial Pilot – Annual Median Salary: $73,280


Finding a job is just like finding a Husband or Wife

Job Dating

One has to look at this differently in order to succeed. Being single is sometimes challenging, however it too can be loads of fun. This can definitely be compared to finding your perfect job. Let us show you some things that could catch the attention of your dream employer.

There must be an attraction – When you meet someone on a date or through friends, you know straight away if there is this magnetic pull between you. If this is missing, it is a definite NO. So too this attraction must exist between you and your new company. Here is a suggestion on how to get this critical step right, Be observant.When you go for that initial meeting, take stock of all the things around you and ask about them. People need to feel heard and love talking about themselves, remember the key on a date is to get this balance correct, so too in an interview.

You can be fussy – Being selective is a good thing, but do not over analyze. Also to not be too fussy. The key is to get the balance. Be selective and be open at the same time, otherwise you waste a lot of time for yourself and others.

Remember Looks are not everything – Do you remember when you were in high school, you thought the girls only liked the Rugby boys. How wrong were you? That stereo type is not appealing for all girls. The same principle applies when looking for a job. Not all companies will be right for you. Remember culture fit is 80% of your fit to a company. You are going to spend a lot of time at work, so ensure that the environment is one that you resonate with.

Work towards the next date – When you have first date, you always want to know that the other person wants to see you again and visa versa. The same applies for your job process. You  need to convince your would-be employer that you are the right person for the role. After your initial meeting send a Thank you mail. This ensures they know you have good manners, but also they have your correct contact details. Thank you notes keep your conversation alive and gives the prospect employer a chance to ask anything that they may have forgotten when they met you.

Take your time – When you are a first date you would never commit to a long term relationship there and then. There is too much you don’t know about the person sitting opposite you, so take your time engage more, see each other again. This applies in your career too.

One needs to be consider and be prepared in this process, then success will follow.


How to use LinkedIn Apps and maximize its value and stay ahead

LinkedIn social network


LinkedIn social network has grown and developed into an incredible resource for building your professional identity online and is no longer just a platform to market your skills and resume when searching for employment.

Many people might not be aware that LinkedIn has a number of different app to assist individuals who care about their professional network. LinkedIn app allows you to stay abreast of industry news, help you prep for meeting, or add connections on the fly.

Here are a few, of the many tools, you can use to optimize the true value of this app.


Link your calendar to app and find out about someone before entering an interview

You can sync your phone’s calendar with the app, and the app will provide you with the profile of anyone who you have penciled in on your calendar providing you with useful information about the person you are about to interview with.


The app allows you to follow specific companies

Once you follow a specific company, LinkedIn will show the the company profile so that you can view any new updates and browse the company profile and see if there are any new job posting.


LinkedIn now allows you to apply for jobs directly from the app.

The linked app now allows you to view a list of employments positions via the ‘Jobs” section of the app which are tailored to your personal customized data on your profile. If you find something that you are interested in, then all you need to do is submit your profile. Browsing the job listings can save you a lot of time.


Make use of your news streams to build and grow your personal brand and strengthen your connections.  

The news stream allows you to scroll through and view any new updates from your connections and view content being shared by companies and individuals, as well as view any updates and news about new jobs of your connections. You can also interact and add to the conversation when you have something to say. ‘Like” a comment and nurture your network.


Never overdo your comments.

Never follow the strategy whereby you just say something for the sake of it. When you make a comment, this will reflect upon you and your expertise / insight into a specific area. Remember that LinkedIn is social but a professional network. It is not Facebook. Check your grammar and sentence structure and avoid slang.


Upload any professional photos on the go.

You can now upload images via the app. I don’t have to warn you not to post any pics of wild office parties. Research has shown that comments with images are more likely to get comments and ‘likes’. Upload images from live conferences or networking events for example.


To view a personalized selection of articles and news about topics related to your industry then use the Pulse tab.

Via the Pulse tab, the app will recommend that you follow specific categories related to the industry you work in. You can also browse and read articles from a variety of publishers and LinkedIn influencers.


By sharing articles and content on your network you can become a resource for others on your network.

You can share articles on your own LinkedIn profile as well as other social networks like Facebook, Google+, and Twitter with just a few taps. By posting articles and developing a reputation as a thought-leader will help you to build upon your network and help you when it comes your next job interview.

Source: businessinsider.com



8 Hot Tips to find you YOUR next role and position

Find your next job


Being unemployed after working ones whole career is an awfully discouraging space to find one self. Here are a few things that you can do, that will give you purpose and focus and will ensure you find that next great position. The best tip for YOU is to treat this as the SINGLE most important PROJECT you have ever managed.

So lets begin…

1.Ask someone in your circle to be YOUR person, remember when you were employed, you had KPA’s, well this person is who you are going to report.

This person should be someone that you can look up too, someone that will push you when you are feeling discouraged and gently remind you that there are things you have to be doing daily to ensure you find your new role. YOUR person is your disciplinarian and cheer leading squad. Like at work, you always have someone in your corner.

2. Keep up to date with what is trending in the world

Do not fall into the slot of cutting yourself off. Everyday people are making small talk when they do groceries, buying milk, etc. Keep up to date with news and what is trending in the business world, as you never know who you are talking too. Also when you get to your interview, you will be on top of your game.

3. Join Toastmasters or a weekly Networking Events in your area

You have an opportunity right now to network. Meet new people, hear what they are doing and you will be amazed at the amount of opportunities that exist. What these events do is connect you to the business world in a meaningful way. Have a business card made, create a title for yourself as you would like to be known right now. Have fun and get out there.

4. Sign up for THAT course

You know that course you have been meaning to do as it intrigues you. Well do it now. Sign up and read up and learn something new. You never know this maybe a time where your career change may happen.

5. Do NGO work

You will be surprised how many people need help. You have time on your hands and an amazing skill set. So offer it to the wider community. This network long-term will be invaluable.

6. Join groups that are relevant to your job search on-line

Find this group or groups, now is the time to leverage that gravitas you have. It adds weight to your CV and you stay in touch with other individuals that do what you do.

7. Socialise with friends and acquaintances

People, lets face it, the IMMEDIATE group who will know you are unemployed are your friends. Share your CV with them, let them look in their company, offer to attend their company functions, use this opportunity to network.

8. Applications for roles

Do not apply at random for a role, make a list of your top 20 companies. Go look at their website for vacancies, join their linked In groups, Join their Linked In pages etc. Make yourself know. Connect with the HR person that is positing the job onto the social media platforms. Once you have applied, you follow-up with a courteous email. Stay in touch. Be in control.