Michael Brandt's Blog – September 2009 Archive (4)

STRADDLING THE EVER WIDENING SKILLS GAP - Do mistakes on resumes and cover letters really matter?

I am unashamed to admit it; I am a grammar freak. Maybe it can be blamed upon genetics (my mother used to diagram complex sentences for fun) or upon my authoritarian yet somehow endearing English professor, Mrs. Stolpe (may she rest in peace). I am also, rather proudly, always able to properly distinguish between there, they’re, and their, and I will not be affected by the effect of an improper homonym selection. I can spot a typo a mile away.…



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Added by Michael Brandt on September 30, 2009 at 6:28pm — No Comments

BRIDGE OUT AHEAD! Applicants Burning bridges before they’ve been crossed?

One of the most interesting aspects of recruiting is the human interaction and the incredibly wide variety of personalities that we encounter. We all have our lists of applicant horror tales and candidate side-splitters when we gather around the Recruiters’ Happy Hour story swap. Eclectic and unique don’t even come close to describing it (I see your nodding smile). But this week I had a somewhat unfamiliar and unexpected interaction with a candidate, and after picking myself up off the floor, I… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on September 23, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Is it time to de-sparkle your social profile?

An unnamed number of years ago when I ventured into my first social media outlet (the uber-trendy Xanga world that all the cool kids were into), it never would have dawned on me to include business associates and coworkers in my list of “friends.” I was fairly certain that these professionals weren’t all that likely to be interested in my ever-changing sparkly kitten-themed pages with 80’s hair band music, nor I theirs. And heart-wrenching public updates about how a certain dysfunctional family… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on September 21, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Catch the RSS Wave

When online news articles and technology bloggers began proclaiming sometime in 2008 that Twitter would become the AP newswire of the future, I literally laughed out loud. Dismissing it as techno-hype, I was completely certain that the American news reporting icon would continue to command ownership of top newspaper headlines and web pages from here to evermore. I also pondered that the majority of intelligent and web-savvy global workforce participants would simply not be all that keen on… Continue

Added by Michael Brandt on September 10, 2009 at 7:35pm — No Comments

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