Thursday, December 25, 2014

Self help book - Driven by the Drama by Val Daye

Val Daye states on the back cover of her self help book, Driven by the Drama, do not start reading this book unless you are ready to move forward in your life.

If you are ready to dish the drama in your life and move on to more of the positive issues and concerns in your life, you should read this book.

You should take all of your Vacation Days or Time Off time that your company offers

Just like a battery needs to recharge, your body needs to recharge as well.  Taking time off from your normal 9 to 5 actually refuels your body and your brain.   The unfortunate thing is when you return to work you may have a lot of work that was left in your in box, voice mail calls to return or emails to answer which may make your taking time off feel like it was in vain.  Most employers would agree that they would prefer to have a new and recharged employee (you)  rather than to have a burnt out and stressed out employee (you).

According to a February Oxford Economics survey of 971 employees, four (4) out of  ten (10) U.S. workers finished 2013 with unused paid time off – leaving a average of 3.2 days still on the table.

You should take all of your vacation days or time off days annually.  Vacation days and personal days or any time off days other than sick days should be used for something that you want to and need to do.  Preferably something fun that you enjoy to do.

Ban the Box - Does it gives ex-convicts a chance at a better job opportunity?

Does banning the box give ex-convicts a better chance at landing a better job?

The Ban the Box law will remove any questions or reference to your criminal history from an employment application.  This law also delays background checks until further into the interviewing or onboarding process.  Several states are already on board to implement this new law.  Some cities are already taking this law into effect now.  The EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, is making sure this law is implemented.  In New Jersey this law is referred to as the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act.  This law in New Jersey will go into effect on March 1, 2015.

An applicant can be a current employee as well.  What if the applicant brings up their criminal history during the initial interview process? Then the employer may make inquiries about the applicant’s criminal record during the Initial Employment Application Process (IEAP) - See more at:

The following states have enacted statewide Ban the Box laws, for private and public companies:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island

By prolonging or putting off asking an applicant this question does it really give an ex-convict a better chance at a better job opportunity or will it be a waste of time for the both the employer and the applicant?

What is your take on this issue?


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is your Resume Ready to be handed out or posted?

Is your Resume Ready?
Is your resume ready to be put in front of a Recruiters eyes or on the pile of unread resumes in the Human Resources office? What does your resume portray? How does your resume represent you? How many pages is your resume? What color paper is your resume on? Is your resume up to date?

Which Company Benefits are a Must Have or it could be a possible deal breaker?

Which company benefits do you absolutely must have or you may turn down that offer and continue your job search?

Most people work just so that they will have a nice compensation package that will include benefits aka "bennies." Benefits are a part of your total compensation package. Although you may contribute towards your benefit premium still nowadays employers are still picking up a large portion of company benefits.

If you just landed your first job/just changed jobs, which company benefits are a must have in order for you to continue working here or it could be a possible deal breaker? Which benefits do you have to have?

How to sell yourself during an Interview - You are your best commodity

The best thing you own and you are in control of is.......You.  You are your best commodity.  

Are you ready to sell your best commodity...You? Is your resume ready? Are you prepared to sell yourself during an interview? What's new in today's' recruiting world? 
You resume should be kept up to date.  You should update your resume every 3 months but at the latest every 6 months.
During an interview the employer across the desk from you does not know you.  You have to sell them on your KSA's, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.  You should use your best communication skills.  Remember you are selling yourself and why you are a good fit for this job.  Your body language says a lot about you, so make sure you have good posture. 
Let me hear from you....

Great book to read to help you set some goals and change some habits.

Now what? 90 days to a New Life Direction

by Laura Berman Fortgang

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Any HR Issues, Job Seeking or Resume Discussions? Any Questions?

Feel free to post any Human Resources Issues, any topics you want to discuss, any job seeking, resume, benefits questions. Feel free to post a comment, question or a query.

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