DEMA Houston Chapter – Don’t miss it!

September 22nd, 2014 by admin
dema hJoin Us for our next Chapter Meeting
September 23rd at 6:30 PM
Dinner, drinks, and conversation.

Christie’s
6029 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX  77057

For more information about the Houston DEMA Chapter:

Brandon Hammock
409.256.9014
Team_Hammock@Live.com

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The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them | LinkedIn

September 18th, 2014 by admin

There’s just no excuse for any mistakes in a resume these days. Computers and internet advice should inform the way to a near perfect presentation every time. If you are not sure, hire someone to help.

I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.I have seen A LOT of resumes.Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate.

via The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them | LinkedIn.

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Micro Pension Plan Opens to India’s Home Help – India Real Time – WSJ

September 10th, 2014 by admin

Here’s an interesting effort to support Household Helpers as a career. Hopefully human rights and living wages are also on the agenda.

Millions of people in India work their whole lives as household help but few domestic workers have retirement-savings plans other than the hope that their children will care for them in their old age.Now a non-profit organization is offering India’s middle class an option to start mini pension plans for its maids, cooks, drivers and nannies.Delhi-based Micro Pension Foundation has launched a “gift a pension” program which allows employers to sign up their house help for a pension plan started by the Indian government.The foundation’s parent, Invest India Micro Pension Services Pvt. Ltd., has already helped create millions of pension plans for the poor in rural areas, via microlending organizations and government welfare programs.

via Micro Pension Plan Opens to India’s Home Help – India Real Time – WSJ.

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Google Partners With Luxury Giant LVMH To Fight Counterfeits Online | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

September 5th, 2014 by admin

When handling purchases for clients, obviously you need to use only personalized service staff through authorized dealers. Luxury goods come with great luxury shopping experiences that make them worth the price for our clients. Don’t ever look for shady discounts. Not worth it!

Today, Google and LVMH announced a truce. The two companies revealed a new partnership to curb the sale of fake luxury goods online, putting an end to the legal battle. In a joint statement, the brands said they would “develop new ways of engaging consumers online whilst preserving the value of trusted brands and enhancing creativity.” What that strategy entails is unclear, and both brands failed to give further details.

via Google Partners With Luxury Giant LVMH To Fight Counterfeits Online | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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Download 275 Free Resume Templates for Microsoft Word

August 21st, 2014 by admin

This is an excellent resource for working on your resume. Try out different templates and looks to set yourself apart from the crowd.

A good resume can land you that job interview, so you want to stand out. If formatting a resume isn’t your thing, Hloom has 275 free Microsoft Word templates to download.

The templates are spread across different categories, thus catering to different job types. For example, there’s an “ATS-optimize” category for templates designed to bypass automatic tracking systems employed by some companies to scan CVs.

via Download 275 Free Resume Templates for Microsoft Word.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Makes a Lovely Bridesmaid | Yahoo Celebrity – Yahoo Celebrity

August 18th, 2014 by admin

Here’s a quick, fun article about a celebrity personal assistant who remained an associate and friend of her employer for years. This has led to a successful career and some fun fringe benefits!

Saturday was a day of wedded bliss for Sarah Jessica Parker — but she wasn’t the bride. The style icon served as a bridesmaid at friend Melinda Relyea’s wedding to James Kearns in Greenwich, Connecticut.Melinda and Sarah Jessica go way back, as the bride worked as the star’s assistant during her Sex and the City days, was an associate producer on both of the SATC films, and has been the vice president of SJP’s Pretty Matches production company for more than 12 years.The ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, followed by a lively reception at the Belle Haven Club. And it certainly looks like the star had a grand time.

via Sarah Jessica Parker Makes a Lovely Bridesmaid | Yahoo Celebrity – Yahoo Celebrity.

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Buckingham Palace official awarded Member of the Royal Victorian Order on £100k bribes charge  | Mail Online

July 29th, 2014 by admin

When Household Staff Goes Bad…

The Queen’s former deputy property manager has been charged with taking more than £100,000 in kickbacks for royal contracts funded by the taxpayer.Ronald Harper, 61, one of the most senior members of the Royal Household staff, is accused of taking bribes from directors of building, heating and energy firms.In return, he is said to have handed out huge contracts for mechanical and electrical work at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace.

via Buckingham Palace official awarded Member of the Royal Victorian Order on £100k bribes charge  | Mail Online.

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How Recruiters Really Look at Your LinkedIn Profile and Online Resume

May 23rd, 2014 by admin

This is a great read for the job seeker who also uses online networking and profile sites. It is becoming quite normal to review your online presence shortly after looking at your resume.

Surprisingly, the thirty recruiters tracked over the ten-week study spent nearly a fifth of their time 19% on a LinkedIn profile looking at the profile photo. Pitching its own candidate profiles, TheLadders points out that the photo gets more attention than more vital career information—but the takeaway may actually be to make sure your LinkedIn photo is appropriate and professional. AvidCareerist’s Donna Svei has some great LinkedIn photo tips here. Secondly, your online resume gets the same amount of minimal attention as your paper one. TheLadders found, however, that recruiters rated resumes with a clear organization e.g., even formatting and prominent section headings about 60 percent higher than others.

via How Recruiters Really Look at Your LinkedIn Profile and Online Resume.

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Fake Resume and Reference Service? Wow.

May 6th, 2014 by admin

 

Please don’t do this. Enough said.

There’s nothing particularly shady-looking about careerexcuse.com. A simple, if clipart-y logo, an actual phone number, clear explanations of services and pricing. But once you take a closer look at what’s actually on offer, you can see why they occupy a considerable legal grey area.

For $125, careerexcuse.com will fabricate a career history you can use to fill out your resume. They’ll create a phony website for a phony company, along with a phone number for a company representative waiting to serve as your phony reference.

“We will match your career field to one of our already established virtual companies!” they promise, forcing us to ask how an imaginary company can possibly be established.

The company, which also provides fake references for landlords and vendor applications, was founded by one William Schmidt after experiencing mass layoffs. The site describes itself as a utility for job-seekers who have been rendered unemployable by firings or long gaps in their resume.

To hear them say it, they’re providing an important service to those stigmatized by the blight of unemployment. But not everyone sees it that way.

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Tips for a Successful Video Interview – US News

April 8th, 2014 by admin

With the rise of Skype and Video interviews of all sorts, this is some good advice.

Congratulations on securing a video or Skype interview. This means that your résumé and/or your initial phone screening were strong enough to advance you in the interview process. Don’t let your great efforts go to waste. Here are five tips on how to make the best virtual impression.

1. Research. No matter what mode of interview (phone, video, in person), nothing kills your momentum like a lack of preparation. Make sure you know enough about the company to have an in-depth conversation. Look up your interviewer to learn about his background and current role. Check out the profiles of other potential team members and colleagues to learn more about their work and experience. Think through why you want this role and why they should choose you. Always create a list of questions you specifically would like to ask THIS interviewer – not just generic questions that can be answered from the company website. Finally, make sure you have exchanged email addresses and phone numbers with the interviewer just in case the video call fails. Your backup preparation will be appreciated in case of an issue.

2. Look the part. Take advantage of making a great first impression by dressing for an interview. Of course, you can still leave on the pajama pants if there is no chance of them being seen on the video, but the rest of you should look professional. You can review pictures on LinkedIn as well as the company website to see if the company image is more trendy, conservative or casual. But in general, err on the side of conservative professional…

Read more via Tips for a Successful Video Interview – US News.

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