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Tips On How To Build Your Confidence

Tips On How To Build Your Confidence

To land a job, you need to be ready to brag about yourself, to tout your abilities and to interview with confidence. Problem is, you were just laid off, you…
What Your Resume Really Needs

What Your Resume Really Needs

Resumes are the source of questions: Will my recruiter read my whole resume, or just skim it? Should I include all my certifications? I went to the University of Edinburgh…
Two Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to Answer

Two Interview Questions You Must Be Prepared to Answer

One of the best ways to stand out as a job applicant is to interview well. It is important that you have intentional, meaningful answers to standard questions you’ll be…
Competitors Are Putting Down Their Swords

Competitors Are Putting Down Their Swords

In a continuation of conversations with leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic, I had a great opportunity to share time with JJ Gottsch, COO of Ryan Sanders Sports and Entertainment. This…
3 Tips for Conducting Job Interviews Remotely

3 Tips for Conducting Job Interviews Remotely

Treat It Like Any Other Job Interview Professional lives and business operations are drastically changing and adapting in unprecedented ways in light of the current pandemic. For many companies, there…
Most Common Type of Accident

Most Common Type of Accident

Rear-end collisions are the most common accidents. In an even narrower way, the more common type is when merging into traffic and anticipating what the driver in front of you…
Not an Expert

Not an Expert

Grocery stores and retail – that was my life from 15 years old when I had my first “non-ditch-digging/lawn mowing/snow shoveling job” until 1998. Working in the stores ‘facing’ the…
How long is this gonna take?

How long is this gonna take?

And other actual questions you should never ask in an interview A very good friend of mine recently let me know that he was interviewing someone for a job he…
“That job description was written for me”​, said nobody – ever again!

“That job description was written for me”​, said nobody – ever again!

As someone who has been in the recruiting industry for more than 20 years, this is something that I have heard hundreds of times. There are cases where an “ideal…
Is Your Whole Resume A Lie?

Is Your Whole Resume A Lie?

During a conversation with someone the other day about interviewing and resume writing, it came up that “everyone inflates the truth” in both. I thought it odd to suggest that everyone does…
Declined for a job a year ago and wondering if you can revisit?

Declined for a job a year ago and wondering if you can revisit?

Recruiters get a lot of questions related to their candidate’s overall job search. One came my way the other day that hadn’t been presented to me in a while. Specifically,…
I’m really busy (way busier than you). I mean, like, really, really busy.

I’m really busy (way busier than you). I mean, like, really, really busy.

I remember a conversation with an employee at Park Central Mall in downtown Phoenix some 13 years ago. I don’t recall the specifics of that talk, but I do remember…
Is that kale in your teeth?

Is that kale in your teeth?

It’s interesting to think about the stages of life we go through as it relates to something like this and the various reactions we have as a result of our…
Happiness for some – a source of jealousy for others

Happiness for some – a source of jealousy for others

Since I am not a psychiatrist I don’t know what these personality traits are called, why they exist, how they can be altered or if people easily recognize them when…
Would you hire a web developer-ish engineer?

Would you hire a web developer-ish engineer?

We all started somewhere. Me? First ‘paid’ gig was at a shoe store in a shopping mall stocking the back room – fortunately not touching feet, just boxes. Simply confirming…
Nobody’s buying what you’re selling: 6 ideas that might help

Nobody’s buying what you’re selling: 6 ideas that might help

After recently reading Daniel Pink’s, “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others”, I was specifically drawn to the story about the car sales guy and how often in…
Is your company ready for “layers”?

Is your company ready for “layers”?

14 years since launching Phoenix Staff, I’ve come to some realizations. Many that made sense then and that I wish I had remained true to, and others that simply didn’t…
Google doesn’t even say, “did you mean”?

Google doesn’t even say, “did you mean”?

I was meeting with someone the other day who was an admitted terrible speller.  He gave me the title to this blog as a matter of fact because even Google…
Focus Daniel-san

Focus Daniel-san

  My friend Joe recently wrote an article about chasing 2 rabbits.  Great post and relevant to a conversation I had with someone at lunch today. It all comes back…
Are you building a “poach-worthy” company?

Are you building a “poach-worthy” company?

I remember an email conversation I had back in 1999 – just a short while after I started in this industry.  The guy who emailed me didn’t know me at…
Why did “they” get the job?

Why did “they” get the job?

Who can tell me how many interviews are being conducted every minute of every day? I don’t know the answer, just curious if anyone does. My guess – it is…
Red Rover, Red Rover

Red Rover, Red Rover

  Probably dating myself a bit and potentially even alienating people.  Red rover, red rover was a game that we used to play on the playground when I was a…
Looking to relocate? Employers should be open to it

Looking to relocate? Employers should be open to it

For a long time, the rule of thumb regarding out-of-town addresses on resumes was to toss them into the “maybe but probably not” pile. Employers were understandably wary of considering…
Hire someone new or promote from within?

Hire someone new or promote from within?

My son asked me the other day, “Dad, why does DirecTV offer a lower price for ‘new customers only'”? Great question and since we watch Shark Tank from time to…
Be sure you provide your recruiter with what they need

Be sure you provide your recruiter with what they need

Two phone calls (of many) today with two entirely different outcomes. One was with a candidate who did something that I recommend every candidate do. When I described the roles…
Run a Marathon by the end of January?

Run a Marathon by the end of January?

If you have never run a marathon before and you are setting this as part of your “New Year / New You” goal, good on ya’, I hope you make…
A carpenter, an F14 pilot and a veterinarian

A carpenter, an F14 pilot and a veterinarian

These are the things I knew I would be when I grew up – well, at least between the ages of 6 and 11 I determined these would be the…
Your resume is still important – unfortunately!

Your resume is still important – unfortunately!

It is frustrating to think that in a time when technology has made so many amazing advancements, that your resume is still an important part of landing you a job,…
Are you still hiring based on a resume?

Are you still hiring based on a resume?

I spoke with someone today who made a comment that I have heard often in the past few months, “Had I focused on their resume, I likely wouldn’t have met…
Why I Love Millennials

Why I Love Millennials

My first job in high school was, like most kids that age, in a retail store. I worked in the stock room of a shoe store (grateful to never have…
Out of my way, I want a promotion!

Out of my way, I want a promotion!

Whether it’s as part of your work day, or personal life, aggressive, controlling, and eternally grumpy people will cross your path. Knowing how to deal with them could make a…
Heroism is not scalable

Heroism is not scalable

At some point in time, most companies need to add structure or implement policies that will be counter to the intended or “original” culture. In Phoenix alone, I have witnessed it happen…
Is the ladder you are climbing leaning against the right wall?

Is the ladder you are climbing leaning against the right wall?

It used to be that I would get asked a lot about promotions and, when conducting interviews, “what’s the next move I should make so that I can ensure I…
Does how long you work somewhere still matter?

Does how long you work somewhere still matter?

When I was growing up my Dad would always recommend that I find a “stable” job I could retire from. “Go to work at big blue or stay with the…
IT Resume Polishing Tips

IT Resume Polishing Tips

“I had it on my old laptop… maybe I emailed it to myself? I think I had my mom edit it once, maybe she still has a copy…” These are…
10 Ways to Stay Motivated During Unemployment

10 Ways to Stay Motivated During Unemployment

Being unemployed can have many affects on a person. You may be feeling depressed, embarrassed, defeated, and overwhelmed, or you may be relieved, jubilant, and feeling as free as a…
Crystallizing Your Focus for Your Recruiter: Not Being a Jack of All Trades

Crystallizing Your Focus for Your Recruiter: Not Being a Jack of All Trades

It makes for an impressive networking conversation that you made an iPhone app that monitors and tweets your home brewing process, 3D print bottle caps, and you have a half…
Free Range Networking

Free Range Networking

It may be cliché to say that techies need to get out from behind the monitor and walk out into the light, but seriously, you need to get some sun.…
How the Resume Matters (aka Resume Confessions)

How the Resume Matters (aka Resume Confessions)

Part of the process to obtaining a new role involves writing and refining a resume, and I often have several conversations, emails and editorial rounds with a candidate before my…
One Giant Pitfall to Avoid in Your Next Interview

One Giant Pitfall to Avoid in Your Next Interview

Have you ever heard a friend bad mouth a mutual friend and thought, “Wow, I wonder what he says behind MY back?” Keep this in mind the next time you’re…
Word Wisdom for Interviews

Word Wisdom for Interviews

My opinion, is that you might be better off kinda, I don’t know, avoiding qualifying words, like um, you know, filler words. They may, sort of, be making you sound…
Three Critical Components of Professional Development

Three Critical Components of Professional Development

One of our lead recruiters here at Phoenix Staff recently attended a full day of motivational seminars that included former President and COO of Microsoft, Rick Belluzzo. These seminars inspired…
Know With Whom You Interviewed

Know With Whom You Interviewed

Know Who You Interviewed With of the simplest and best interviewing techniques you can learn and master include learning the names of the people in the meeting or interview, demonstrating engagement,…
Really, Is it a really great question?

Really, Is it a really great question?

“That’s a really great question, I’m glad you asked.”   How many times have you had someone say this to you? How many times have you seen a politician say…
Are These Resume Myths Holding You Back?

Are These Resume Myths Holding You Back?

You’ve taken the first step in looking for a job – you’ve carefully crafted (or recrafted) your resume, and fired it off to three, five, or even five dozen companies…
How long should a resume be

How long should a resume be

A resume is not a novel and does not need to be more than two pages. Some will say one page is best; I disagree. While a page may be…
Random Interview questions

Random Interview questions

It’s an early morning and you’re sitting in an office, ready to interview for a help desk position at an accounting firm. You’ve polished your resume, are wearing your best…
What’s your attitude indicator

What’s your attitude indicator

In an airplane, there is an instrument panel – of the instruments, the “attitude indicator” is arguably the most important you have as a pilot.  This is the one that…
The Role of Businesses & Educators in Filling The Skills Gap

The Role of Businesses & Educators in Filling The Skills Gap

Despite increased efforts to bridge the gap between what is being taught in our schools and Universities, the needs of the job market are still struggling to be met.  Many…
Independent Doesn’t Want an "A"

Independent Doesn’t Want an "A"

At Phoenix Staff we spend a lot of time here talking about how you can present yourself in the most favorable light, about putting your best foot forward when networking,…

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