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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.


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Unemployed and Overqualified For the Job? 

We can all remember looking for that first “real job” and hearing the words, “sorry, we need someone with more experience”. These are frustrating and disappointing words to an eager young job seeker. Years later, you are once again a job applicant. Have you been told “sorry, you are overqualified”? For me, the second scenario was more frustrating. As an inexperienced applicant, you almost anticipate that rejection. With years of job stability and sold work experience, it can be quite a shock to hear that these good qualities are causing the “overqualified” rejection.

How can you overcome this obstacle? Before you submit your resume for a position that you know or believe might fall in the overqualified category, review your resume and revise it. Often a hiring manager will toss out resumes that clearly signal too much experience, too much education – overqualified! In this situation, there is no interview. You have been labeled and rejected based on the resume.

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10 Best iPhone and iPad Applications for Job Seekers

Out of the house? That doesn’t mean your job search has to be put on hold. These applications allow you to take the job hunt with you, so you don’t miss out on any opportunity that becomes available. 

LinkedIn (Free)

Many people update their Facebook statuses from their iPhone, but have you ever thought of keeping your LinkedIn status up to date? This app allows you to do just that, as well as receive the latest updates from your network. If you’re about to head into a meeting or meet someone at a panel, you can quickly look them up to see if you have any connections to them in your professional social network.

Internship Seeker (Free)

If you’re just starting out, an internship can be a great first step in your career. This application is uniquely focused on helping you find the best internship by interest and location. The application also makes it easy to forward positions to your email or friends that might be interested.

LinkUp (Free)

Stay up to date on the latest job openings no matter where you are. This application posts listings found only on company websites, so you won’t run into any scams, headhunters, duplicates, or positions that have already been filled. Easily search by keyword, location, company, or category, and then apply straight from your device or email it to yourself to apply later.

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Your “Target Company List” Builds Focus, Momentum and Productivity

When you’re in a job search, it’s important to be crystal clear about the kinds of companies you’d like to work for. Once you have gained this clarity, you’ll want to research and identify the names of the companies that meet your search criteria. Your goal will be to “infiltrate” these companies through your network, and speak to the hiring managers (NOT the Human Resources department). Ultimately, this process will help you decide which company you want to hire as your employer!

Notice that this strategy is the opposite of what most job-seekers do – which is to look for open positions, and apply for any opportunities that seem remotely aligned with their professional background. Creating a Target Company List requires that you have “laser-focus” on the kinds of organizations you most want to join.

Start by selecting broad industry categories where your skills, experiences, and interests would be a good fit. Examples would be Healthcare, Professional Services or Consumer Products. You’ll gather as much information on the selected organizations as you can and network your way in. The sooner you target specific employers, the sooner you’ll get to meet decision makers at these firms (yes, even if they claim they’re not hiring.)

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Use LinkedIn to Enhance Your Employment Options

What do Microsoft, Ebay, Netflix, and Target have in common? All these companies (and many more) have used LinkedIn to recruit candidates for employment.

Kay Luo, Director of Corporate Communications at LinkedIn, explains why, “The main reason that companies are using LinkedIn is to find passive job candidates. Another reason why companies are using LinkedIn, is because referrals from their employees are highly valued because they typically have a higher success rate (hence the popular “employee referral bonuses”). LinkedIn helps companies leverage the networks of their employees.”

How Employers Use LinkedIn

One LinkedIn member (who will remain nameless because his company doesn’t know he’s job seeking) I spoke to received an inquiry less than 24 hours after posting his profile. He was amazed at how fast a former colleague found him.

Steve Goddard obtained his current job through LinkedIn. Recruiters working for his employer, VMware, Inc., searched LinkedIn’s database of information for people with relevant skills sets and experience pertaining to VMware’s existing requirements.

The recruiter discovered Steve’s work history, downloaded the information, circulated it to group managers, and then contacted him. After a couple of lengthy phone calls, VMWare scheduled an on-site interview. After that, it was hiring as usual.

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How to Begin a Job Search

Whether you quit, got laid-off or were let go, people start in the same place when they begin their next job search. Most sources will tell you to start your search by updating your resume to add responsibilities and accomplishments from your most recent work experience. Here’s a different approach.

The first step of your job search is to sit down and think… really contemplate… what you what you envision your next job to be. Then, write out a list of the qualities you want in that position, such as a focus on social media, any job at Disney, or to have the title “Senior Network Test Engineer.” These can become keywords for your search.

Plan out a well-rounded schedule for yourself that you can follow, allotting time for your job search, as well as other activities such as lunches with friends, networking events, hobbies or volunteering.

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Fifteen Ways to Knock Yourself Out of the Job Search Race

Interviews are challenging enough without competing against yourself. Yet, everyday, thousands of job seekers beat themselves. They knock themselves out of competition for jobs because they do something that irritates an interviewer.

If you haven’t received a job offer, maybe it’s time to determine if you may be doing something to turn off the hiring manager.

Over the past several months, I have been sending out questionnaires to experienced managers to determine the reasons job seekers fail to advance in the interviewing process. After reviewing their responses, I came up with a list of the Top 15 interviewer turn-offs.

1. Lack of preparation

This was the managers’ No. 1 response. Managers had zero tolerance for a job candidate who had not taken time to research the company or the position. The managers reasoned that if someone was too lazy to do the very minimum of visiting a company website, than he or she would be too lazy to meet job expectations.

2. Poor appearance or inappropriate dress

Managers were in agreement that this nonverbal communication was high on the disqualification list for job seekers. Our appearance and the way we dress convey credibility and confidence. Credibility and confidence have a direct impact on our ability to influence others.

3. Arriving late for the interview

When you arrive late, the impression you convey to the interviewer is that you aren’t that interested in the position, or that you are just plain disorganized. Neither one of those impressions is how you want to begin the interview. You either need a very good explanation if you arrive late or the hiring manager must be really desperate to hire someone in order for you to have a successful interview.

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The Best Way to Ensure Your Resume is Noticed by Executive Headhunters

Compelling resumes guaranteed to give you an unfair advantage Executive headhunters are real people (Yes they really are!) and as such are subject to the same emotions as you and me! Therefore when submitting a CV or resume to them when applying for a new job, it is important to observe some dos and don’ts that apply to us all when reading this type of document.


-   Use bad grammar

-   Make the document too long

-   Put too much emphasis on the early career

-   Use a photo (Unless you have film start looks!)

-   Eulogize about yourself e.g. a “strong and determined leader with a passion for leadership and team building”. They have read this type of statement a thousand times before and it cuts no ice with them at all. Better to put something along the lines of “An experienced manager with a proven track record of delivering projects on time and within budget” and remember to put proof of this in your listed achievements.

-   List interests such as sky diving or bungee jumping. Such statements can make potential employers nervous.

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Still looking for a Halloween costume? Try being a candidate!

It’s that time of year: Halloween! Time to dress up and pretend to be someone else for the day. A perfect time to have your recruiters to try on a costume they haven’t done in a while: Being a candidate to your company!

When was the last time that you actually went through your recruiting process from soup to nuts from a candidate’s point of view? I hope the answer is every month or quarter. But if you haven’t in a while, now is a great time to do it.

Put on your candidate costume, walk through the entire recruitment marketing process and take notes on what you think can be improved. Here are a few areas that might want to focus on:

Job Ads: For most employers, you send to a good deal of recruiting channels through a job ad distribution tool. But when was the last time you actually went to look at your job ads on Monster, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, LinkedIn, etc? I encourage you to look at your job ads and check out two main things. First, make sure that it looks good. Does the formatting look great and do you incorporate your employer brand in the job ad? Second, is your job ad messaging compelling? By this I mean, are you providing all the information that candidates need in order to make a decision to apply and are you selling the candidate on why your company is one they should want to work for? (I’ve gone in more detail on this aspect in the past.)

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A Guide to Employment Reference Checks

Reference checks are a common part of the hiring process, and serve two main purposes: verifying your previous employment and quantifying your work performance. Considering 6% of job seekers in a recent poll ‘fessed up to lying on a resume and another 10% answered that little fibs are okay, employers want to make sure they’re making fully educated decisions about whether a candidate is right for the job before they offer them a position.

Some employers may be willing to discuss your job performance, job responsibilities, attitude, and attendance among other criteria, though many employers won’t give out more than a verification of your dates of employment and salary information, depending on company policy. Because of this, prospective employers rely greatly on personal references that you provide to get a sense of your work.

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How to Explain a Multitude of Jobs

Gone are the days where you signed on for a job with a major corporation and then spent the next 40 years loyally toiling away before retiring with a gold watch and nice pension. Today, the average person will hold 5 and 15 jobs in his lifetime, maybe even more! Many factors contribute to this more transient nature of employment, from women entering and then leaving the workplace multiple times for family obligations to corporate policies that don’t value lifelong employment to the accepted norm of jumping from place to place and switching careers at will. However, with a trail of past jobs, many jobseekers worry that listing every position held might make them look flighty, unstable or incompetent.

One way to manage a good deal of jobs held is to limit your resume to one or two pages. Unless you are right out of school or the experience is still very relevant, it is safe to say that non-career related jobs held in high school and college can be eliminated – no one really cares if you how well you delivered pizza! A person with an excessive work history, very far along in his career (perhaps 20 years or more), and freelancers may still find that they have a too-long list of jobs to report. Some experts say it is best to limit your resume to the last five jobs that you have held. This may work for some, but not for others. For example, what is your most impressive, most productive job occurred 6 jobs ago yet you still gained a great deal of professional experience from it?

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