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For Recruiters & Hiring Managers: The 4 Step Process to an Effective Offer Extension

on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 14:07

Congratulations, you’re about to extend an offer to your job candidate; it’s been a long journey from when you first contacted your candidate.  To ensure that the offer is a smooth transition in the overall recruitment process incorporate the following four steps:

1.    Begin with the end in mind

2.    Set the tone

3.    Be prepared

4.    Always be in control

Begin with the end in mind. The salary negotiation process begins with the first conversation you have with the candidate, during the phone screening.  A typical phone screen lasts 30 minutes.

Six Guiding Steps to Job Search Success

on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 13:34

6 Simple Steps to Effective Schmoozing (face-to-face networking)

1.      Smile

2.      Don’t be shy, jump in and introduce yourself to others.

3.      Show interest in others

4.      Don’t sound desperate. Say you are on the market and seeking advice on how to return to gainful employment.  You can also mention that you are there to meet other people within your           industry and to learn new things about your industry.

5.      Don’t spend all your time with people that can’t help you, i.e. your friends, fellow co-workers.

6.      Be prepared to express what it is you bring to the

Congratulations Summer 2013 Baker College RHIT graduates!

on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 02:46

I spoke with the lucky RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) graduating class at Baker in Clinton Township, MI today.  I say ‘lucky’ but we all know it was a very long, trying journey for each and every one of them to have completed their courses and internship.  They are to be congratulated for their effort, determination and persistence to better their future.  I’m very proud of this small group of Michiganders but I’m a little jealous too.  Their ability to master science, mathematics and medical terminology is something this right-brained woman will never conquer.

Fun Audience Reaction to Comedy Portion of My Presentation

on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 14:22

The Career Center employees from the South and Central campuses of Macomb Community College had a well-deserved day off to meet in one setting (beautiful grounds at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, MI) to bond and learn.  My presentation was geared towards assisting the MCC Career Center to guide their students/graduates to a more successful, less stressful job search. The information was intense and plentiful so we all decided a 15 minute comedy break was in order.  

Here I am discussing the aging process and how it affects our bodies

Community Colleges are an excellent

Internal Salary Negotiation

on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:04

As you reach for the next rung on the corporate ladder you’ll have a better grip by knowing how to effectively negotiate your internal salary. 

The wrong way: If you are applying for a position internally do not ask the person that is already performing the job you want to have how much they are being paid.  Somehow word gets around when people begin discussing their salaries and the end result is never pretty.

Molehills, Mountains and Miscommunication in the Workplace

on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 01:16

I love sayings and quotes by the unknown author. Seems like unknown really knows their stuff.  One of my favorite unknown quotes is, ‘Don’t make mountains out of molehills’.  Another quote by an unknown author that expands on the mountain-molehill quote is, ‘A single moment of misunderstanding is so poisonous, that it makes us forget the hundred loveable moments spent together within a minute’.  Misunderstandings at work are unavoidable but there are things that we can do to prevent our molehill sized misunderstandings from becoming mountains we have to climb to communicate with one another.