Q: When searching for jobs, I often find that I qualify for more than one opening at a company. Is sending the same resume for each position OK? Also, sometimes employers don't identify themselves in ads, so I can't do research on the company. Why are they being so secretive?Read More
Melissa & Doug LLC, a fast-growing toy maker in Wilton, Connecticut, puts applicants through an interview process so grueling that one job seeker says she left in tears and felt psychologically traumatized. Candidates must bring their lunch -- plus three years of W-2 statements. They spend hours on simulated tasks, several with tight deadlines. They complete a lengthy survey that ranks their interest in chores such as fixing a leaky faucet or changing the fax machine's toner. Some prospects walk out right after the screening starts.
The process "is sometimes a little rough around the edges," but Melissa & Doug hires only individuals "who will love it here," says co-CEO Doug Bernstein. He and his wife founded an unconventional company where sales staffers often interrupt work to belt out songs using the office karaoke machine. Melissa & Doug can afford to be picky. About 50 people apply for every position the company fills, 10 times as many as two years ago.Read More
Q: How long should I wait before sending a follow-up letter to a potential employer who hasn't responded to an application and resume? Also, where can I find information about "professional" employment opportunities aside from job boards?Read More
More layoffs. Giving back bonuses. Fewer work days to save the company from firing people. Doing the job of the three people that were let go in your department. Not hiring the five people you were thinking about hiring. Finding a job in a tough economic climate.
Whether you are an employee in a big, medium or small business, an entrepreneur, or a new grad entering the workforce, never has it been more important to understand the power of developing a strong personal brand. Never before have there been more ways for you to connect and build your personal brand through digital channels. Never has a simple search on Google been able to tell us more about a person, who they are, what they do, and why they matter.Read More