Posts Tagged ‘career week’

The One Career Mistake That’ll Set You Back $500,000

Friday, November 30th, 2012

With a job offer on the table, far too many people, especially women, are quick to accept without considering their professional worth.  “Over the course of their careers, women stand to lose as much as half a million dollars just by failing to negotiate their first job’s starting salary,” says Lydia Dishman in FastCompany.  According to the 2012 Labor Force Survey, females currently contribute to 47.7% of the labor force, 35.4% held management positions and 22.9% detained senior management positions. With the hiring gap slowly shrinking, both sides of the gender fence should remember that a job offer is just an offer, until a contract is signed.

Excellent candidates, those that know their skills and expertise in relation to the position at hand are far better equipped, as well as more confident to navigate the daunting road of salary negotiation.

“Usually the salary range has 10% play,” argues Pat Palleschi, PhD, founder of the Executive Agency coaching firm.  The set range is best discussed with the hiring manager in a face-to-face meeting. For those cringing at the thought of taking a hard line in an initial meeting, Palleschi advises starting with a positive statement. “I really want to work for you but to perform at my best, I need to talk with you about the total rewards picture and work with you to create a total rewards package that will be both fair to you and motivating to me.” (more…)

Integrating PBJ’s Into Your Job Search

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Three square meals a day can aid your job search in countless ways including energy, and motivation, but that isn’t the career staple we were referring to.  MSPBJ, better known as the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal is a leading reference in today’s economy, specializing in the industry news, trends, professionals and companies of the Twin Cities.

Here are nine ways the Business Journal can boost your professional goals:

Companies on the Move

  • Lists designated in each publication listing specific companies who are the currently trending or in the spot light.

People on the Move

  • Great contacts who have recently moved companies, been promoted, or are known as industry experts, the “who’s who” in each industry to benefit any network. (more…)

3 Executives Share What They Look For When Hiring

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

James White
James White, executive vice president and president, Latin America, Ecolab, Inc.
Christopher Oleary
Christopher O’Leary, executive vice president and international chief operating officer, General Mills
Eric Buss
Eric Buss, executive vice president for Life Time Fitness, Inc.

The Opus College of Business recently hosted a panel of top executives who discussed themes PwC’s annual global CEO survey. The executives shared a great deal of advice on succeeding in the ever-changing job market — and traits they look for when hiring.  This post is a compilation of reflections on the event from Ben Carlson, Kirsten Haukoos, Maura Hinken, Shanthi Kelaart and Bonnie Wustudents in professor Christopher Michaelson’s undergraduate business ethics course.

The discussion was opened up by a few questions and statistics and one that stuck out was the fact that in 2012 most CEOs are planning on increasing their hiring and headcount. Eric Buss, from Life Time Fitness, is in charge of human resources, corporate development, risk management, and education functions. James White of Ecolab, is in charge of the daily operations in Latin American countries with an Ecolab presence.  Chris O’Leary, from General Mills, oversees the businesses outside of the U.S., with responsibility for nearly 14,000 employees in more than 100 countries. The speakers gave the students attending a good idea of how the business world is changing, and the important qualities of successful employees: (more…)

Facebook – The New Job Board?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Last week Facebook announced its newest endeavor, recruiting.  The Social Jobs Partnership application was released, aggregating over 1.7 million openings from Work4 LabsBranchOutJobviteDirectEmployers and Monster.com.  This implementation allows the job search to be taken one step further by allowing users to apply directly through Facebook and instantly share the jobs to their social network.

Author J.J. Calao of Forbes says, “according to Facebook half of employers in the U.S. use the social network during their hiring process. Of those companies already using Facebook to engage with customers, 54 percent anticipate using it more heavily in their recruitment efforts in the future. Given those numbers, the lucrative nature of the recruitment industry and the success of companies like Work4 Labs—not to mention increasing pressure from battered shareholders—it appears likely that Facebook will seek monetize recruitment efforts at some point soon.” (more…)