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Recognizing Peak Performers
How many hours have you spent trying to figure out what drives peak performance? If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably invested more on driving the performance than in recognizing peak performers. Several invitations I received recently for recognition type events reminded me of the importance of a well deserved pat-on-the-back. It’s sometimes even more significant if an organization outside the workplace bestows the honors. Somehow it seems more objective, and the larger competitive...
 Recruiting Nevada - Wed, 11/03/2010 - 16:34

Talent Zoo Journal
Monday’s are new beginnings
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." ~ Alan Kay. What are you waiting for? Here’s a nudge to get you going.
 Talent Zoo Journal - Mon, 12/08/2008 - 18:21

Wired & Hired
People Who Have Pretty Sweet Cage Fighting Skills
Just a few short years ago, Facebook was a little-known networking site making its debut on the college scene. It gave undergrads the opportunity to post pictures of their favorite beer bonging moments, e-stalk their crushes and join highly important, imaginary groups like “People who love Napoleon Dynamite and have pretty sweet cage fighting skills.” I know this because I was a card-carrying member and officer of one such group. Well my friends, I hate to admit it, but things have changed....
 Wired & Hired - Mon, 11/10/2008 - 11:24

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Fluff-Free Resumes Make Me Smile
Was there a seminar or personal dev class that I missed somewhere along the lines? Apparently most job seekers are under the impression that being as vague as possible on their resumes is benefiting them. Perhaps their (your?) line of thinking goes something like this: “If I use general terms and be as broad as possible then the recruiter/hiring manager is going to think that I have whatever it is they’re looking for!”                             Actually,...
 Wired & Hired - Thu, 11/06/2008 - 09:33

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Flat Line
People are always saying that women expect others to be able to read their minds and intuitively know what they want. Well that may be true but it is also true that many advertising professionals need to be lumped into this category. Just because you’ve agreed to go on an interview doesn’t mean that you’re indicating that you’re passionate about the opportunity in front of you. Even if you’re the most conceptual individual in the entire universe no one is going...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 11/05/2008 - 15:07

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How to Have a Great Relationship with Your Recruiter
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my years of recruiting it’s that the really good candidates are few and far between. Most of you are pleasant to work with, some of you are nightmares and can boarder on being a stalker, and every so often I have the real pleasure of working with someone who is fantastic. Just such a candidate came into my recruiting world the other week and this post is a tribute to him, and those like him that I’ve worked with through the years.   As the avid...
 Wired & Hired - Thu, 10/30/2008 - 14:42

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Have you been watching the news?
Have you been watching the news? I haven’t. Nor have I been listening to the radio or hanging out at the water cooler and still, even I know that the economy is up the creek, so to speak. Having established that well-known truth, I have been talking to some folks who seem to be in denial about this fact. I’m not sure if they are getting their news from Entertainment Tonight (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but the days of being picky are OVER. Time to get serious about looking...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 10/29/2008 - 11:14

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It’s not THAT funny
A lot of creatives seem to believe that the line between seeming juvenile, incompetent, or even certifiably insane and seeming smart, funny, and creative is much thinner than it is in actuality. I get that many of you out there pride yourselves on your witty banter and unique brand of humor but often it’s best to save those gems for after you sign the offer letter. And I’m not just talking about the obvious because that would make the proverbial line I speak of rather thin now wouldn’t...
 Wired & Hired - Tue, 10/28/2008 - 15:30

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You are what you think.
It’s hard to turn on the nightly news or open CNN.com these days without being discouraged by the declining state of the world. It’s even harder when you find yourself out of a job or unhappy with the one you’re in because, let’s face it, you’re probably either nervous you’re going to lose the job you have or pissed off because you’ve been laid off and can’t find a new one. My thoughts on this are simple. I can’t control the economy or what the rest of the world is going through....
 Wired & Hired - Fri, 10/24/2008 - 09:57

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“To the five people who selected the “I don’t know you” option on Linkedin and got me kicked off…”
I believe the Linkedin motto is “Your professional relationships are key to your professional success.” Yet, a few of you Linkedin subscribers do not, in fact subscribe to this motto. I’m toiling away here at work – during these tough economic times – trying to reach out and extend my professional network and you little devils are sitting around figuring out how to make my life more difficult. Or so it seems. To come back to the point, of course we don’t know each other…yet....
 Wired & Hired - Mon, 10/20/2008 - 04:42

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Scheduling…and Re-Scheduling…
Role play here with me for a minute. Let’s pretend that I’m your doctor. You called me and said you have a sore throat and a fever. Naturally, I schedule you to come in at my first possible opening – lets pretend it’s sometime on Friday. Well, I would imagine you’d be surprised if I called you on Friday, two hours before your aforementioned appointment and said I had to reschedule because I have a more important appointment. But, you think, ok fine. You reschedule for my next open appointment...
 Wired & Hired - Thu, 09/11/2008 - 20:27

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“Put down the Elmer’s…this isn’t fifth grade.”
I kid you not when I tell you readers out there that I recently received a resume where the description/objective was displayed in the form of an acronym derived out of the candidate’s first name. Are you serious?!? This is not your fifth grade art project where you are making a macaroni Mother’s Day card. Hang that sh*t on your fridge if you’re so proud of the fact that you can describe yourself utilizing YOUR name but definitely don’t send it to me or a place of employment. The ironic...
 Wired & Hired - Thu, 09/11/2008 - 16:58

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The little details count
Now I’m not trying to stay on a politics kick but sometimes there are just interesting stories that revolve around it. Especially since it’s an election year all eyes are on the candidates and their staff. It’s a historical year for politics. Not only is there a black man running for president but there is a woman running for vice president. It’s great. Anyways, you have to wonder what runs through Obama’s head when anyone from his campaign team starts blowing up his phone. I’m sure...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 09/10/2008 - 22:36

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Mo Money Mo Problems
So you’ve finally landed your in-person interview at a highly creative, respected ad agency. You’ve done your research, you’ve prepared yourself and your family for a potential change or relocation. You’re starting to feel really good about yourself…in fact, your confidence is sky-rocketing. You nailed your phone interview and they want to bring you in for the real deal. All your daydreams of the great creative work you’ll be doing and the awards you’ll be winning are no more. Now...
 Wired & Hired - Mon, 09/08/2008 - 22:46

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Patience takes practice.
It’s got to be the worst part about applying for jobs and sending your resume to different employers. The great thing about having a recruiter is that you are more likely to hear back about your resume then if you had sent it in blindly. Your recruiter hypes up this position and tells you all about the agency; you’ve already researched the hell out of the company and the location so you already know every hot spot within 10 miles. But you still have to wait. I know it sucks. Even I get impatient...
 Wired & Hired - Tue, 09/02/2008 - 21:32

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Um, how do I say this politely?
Not everyone gets to work on the world’s top brands. But you can improve your chances.Let’s face it. That’s the goal, right? You graduate from college all fresh and passionate about the advertising world. Maybe you even have an internship at a small, local shop under your belt. You dream about working on brands like VISA, Apple and Budweiser. You take the first job offer you get and you’re STOKED to go work for Agency X trying to come up with earth-shattering campaigns for Billy’s Joe’s...
 Wired & Hired - Fri, 08/29/2008 - 05:25

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Research is Good, Very Good
So the Democratic National convention kicked off this week in Denver. The first day alone was very eventful when it came to the press surrounding the conference. With the lovely speech that Michelle Obama did and her two little girls joining her on stage to say hello to their father via satellite. Followed by the speech from Vice President Candidate Sen. Joe Biden. Nothing compares to the flooding of the Fox News skybox at the Pepsi Center. I’m telling you this was planned by some rookie out...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 08/27/2008 - 11:24

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So You Think You Don’t Need the Practice. Really?
I do it every year. I wait and wait for that one glorious Sunday night. Some years I’ll invite some friends over and make swanky pink cocktails, and other years I’ll opt to snuggle up in my jammies and pop some popcorn. Either way, I count down the minutes until…you guessed it…the Academy Awards (you can sub in the MTV Video Awards or the Soapies…whatever floats your boat)! I watch in wonderment as people like Brad, Angelina, Meryl and the occasional Pauly Shore walk down the red carpet,...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 08/20/2008 - 22:12

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“You ought a know”
What and who am I sick of today? People who continue to think that their freelance rate should add up to the same amount as a base salary. That’s great that you are making fifty even sixty dollars an hour as a freelancer. You should be making that much if you have to pay your own medical benefits, begrudgingly allow the government to take more of your money for taxes, AND having to deal with the paperwork/collections of your little one-man show. However, if you decide that you want more stability...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:45

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Does Your Resume Measure Up?
I’m sure you’ve looked at it a hundred million times. You wrote it you know what is says. But does it work? Is it really selling you the way it should be? Your resume is the only thing that is going to get you an interview. It’s the first thing an employer or a recruiter sees. If your resume looks like crap do you actually think someone is going to inquire upon you? Here are a couple hints that might help you get more phone calls. 1) List your phone number. I know stupid right. I’ve actually...
 Wired & Hired - Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:29

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