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Is a Lunch Interview a Bad Sign?

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11:44 AM

Is a lunch interview a bad sign? Not necessarily. In fact some people call it lucky.

Human Resources consultant Scott C. Maxwell says it’s quite a good sign to score a lunch interview because the atmosphere is inherently casual and will naturally put you at ease.

“The more relaxed atmosphere is a sign that you’re closer to the job,” writes Maxwell in his article How to Master a Lunch Interview.

Most experts agree that while a lunch (breakfast, dinner, or even coffee shop) interview is a more relaxed atmosphere than in the office, it usually means that the interviewer is evaluating you in a different way. Sometimes a potential employer will schedule a second interview at a restaurant is to get a glimpse at your social skills.

“Taking you to [lunch] provides the interviewer with a chance to check out your communication and interpersonal skills, as well as your table manners, in a more casual environment than an office setting,” according to Alison Doyle.

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Italian Scientists Win Ig Nobel for Random Promotion Theory

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11:14 AM

Last year Career-Line introduced you to the Peter Principle and the three Italian scientists who bucked the system with their own take on the Peter Principle. University of Catania scientists Andrea Rapisarda, Cesare Garofaloa and Alessandro Pluchino’s random promotion theory says that an organization that promotes employees at random, as opposed to by merit is more efficient, as reported by Business Standard’s Leslie D’Monte in Funny Ideas Can Make You Think.

Random Promotion 300x225The Random Promotion theory was awarded an Ig Nobel, which honors “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think and in the process spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology',” says Italian news site Life in Italy.

Would random promotions at your company make your work harder than you work now, less than you work now, or have no affect on your work habits? Answer in the comments below.

Job Search Tools: References vs. Referrals

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11:12 AM

References and referrals have become the most commonly used networking tools for job seekers. Both can be critical in landing your next position, but what’s the difference between the two?


A reference is the person a recruiter hiring manager or your potential future employer can call on to testify to your character or overall performance during one of your former positions. However, make sure you choose your references wisely. This person must be willing to do more than praise you.

"Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for someone who can speak to your performance and impact on the team; someone who was in a position to rely on your performance and offer a glimpse of how you will perform in the future,” according to TheLadders article “How to Choose Your Job References.”

Scam artists take advantage of job seekers

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11:04 AM

Job seekers, beware! Scam artists who prey on those stuck in a tough job market.

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While the U.S. may very well be on the upswing following a recession, financial analysts and news organizations agree we will still feel the consequences for many years to come.

“It often takes time for the effects of a recession — or its end — to trickle down to everyday people's lives,” said Lynn Miori, a certified public accountant with KMH Wealth Management in an article for the Victoria Advocate. And while the economy might still be lagging for much of the US, for scammers business is booming.

Con artists are smart, they follow headlines about the economy and the job market, and sometimes they prey on job seekers looking to make a living. One unlikely, but highly publicized job scam of 2010 involves the U.S. government.

People posing as government recruiters approach job seekers and offer them government jobs. As part of the “recruiting process” the scam artists take personal information and sometimes even processing fee money from eager job hunters in exchange for a job. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says beware of these people.

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Follow up letter after a job interview

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11:49 AM

Sending a follow-up letter after a job interview is vital and could mean the difference between getting hired or not.

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Protect Your Social Security Number from Identity Thieves & Scams

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11:48 AM

describe the imageThis week’s Career-Line posts are about how to protect yourself while searching for a job. It’s unfortunate, but there are scam artists who will take advantage of you during your job hunt. 

“Job candidates are willing in this market to give any information they can that would help them get a job,” said Ellen B. Vance, an HR consultant and auditor who advises companies on how to safeguard applicant and employee information in a recent Career Advice article “How to Protect Your Resume from Identity Theft”. It’s not only job seekers who need to be mindful of identity theft. Many identity-theft scams start when you input your Social Security number, according to a McAfee Identity Theft expert Robert Siciliano’s recent research. Siciliano examined data published by the Identity Theft Resource Center, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the Open Security Foundation and compiled a list of the top ten places where you are at risk for identity fraud of theft.

Is the lunch break nearing extinction?

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11:32 AM

describe the imageWhether it’s due to the pressures of heavier workloads or the need to prove to your boss that you’re a hard worker hour-long breaks have deviated from the office culture norm. The truth is that less than half of employees get up from their desks to take a lunch break, according to a survey conducted by Right Management, the talent and career management division of Manpower.

Skipping this already diminishing 60-minute break may lead to unhealthy eating habits and can be more counter-productive than you think. This time is imperative to relieve stress, boost energy and recharge both mental and physical health. Exhaustion caused by a lack of breaks in the day can lead to “higher stress levels, poorer health and reduced productivity,” according to Douglas J. Matthews, President and COO of Right Management.

Google Doubles Down on New York IT Jobs

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11:19 AM

describe the imageGoogle, this morning, made a significant gamble on New York City and its ability to supply the high-quality technology employees, when it agreed to pay between $ 1.8 billion and $1.9 billion (what’s $100 million?) for one of the largest office buildings in Manhattan.

According to the New York Times's Charles V. Bagli: The contract not only signals a rebounding real estate market… but also reflects a vote of confidence by an expanding technology firm in New York City.

Unemployment Benefits Run Out in New York, Now What?

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11:11 AM

Being unemployed, especially around the holidays, is rough. But it could get even harder  in the Big Apple. Come the end of December federal unemployment assistance will run out for New York unless an emergency extension is issued.

Jobless 300x229The New York economy could lose as many as 40,500 jobs in 2011 without the extension, the White House Council of Economic Advisers reported yesterday.  This legislation could, in turn, create a job loss domino effect. Fewer jobs means less money put back into the economy, resulting in even fewer jobs, and so on and so forth. The start of what many call the “vicious cycle of unemployment.”

8, 10, MANY Resume Words to Avoid

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11:08 AM

Your resume should avoid any word or phrase that is subjective, unverifiable and unquantifiable.

resume words and phrases 300x199There are eight words no resume should include because they’re “fluffy,” says Tina Brasher, a certified professional resume writer.

Actually, there are 10 resume words to avoid, according to recent research from LinkedIn Analytics.

Really, there are hundreds of words and phrases to avoid. Brasher culled her list of “phrases and words that ‘resume readers have seen 10 million times’ and that will lose their attention.” LinkedIn’s analysis isn't exactly words to avoid, but words overused – the 10 phrases that occur most often in it’s vast database of resumes and user profiles. In reality, your resume should avoid any word or phrase that is subjective, unverifiable and unquantifiable. And the list is long. From Brasher: