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The Recruiter is a blog for workers in technology and professional markets to learn about hot fields and hiring trends from your friends at Yoh.
Yoh is one of the largest providers of talent and outsourcing services to customers in the United States. With over 374 million USD in total sales, Yoh operates from more than 75 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the information technology, scientific, engineering, health care and telecommunications communities. For more information, visit yoh.com. Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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December 08, 2008

Behind the Scenes of a Layoff

At some point during the span of your professional life, you will probably be laid off. Whether for economic reasons or for being on the wrong end of a corporate tug-of-war, almost everyone loses a job through no fault of their own during the course of their career.

CNET News posted a great article exploring the layoff process in a tech company, which is especially relevant now that the United States is officially in a recession. The anonymous chief executive of a Web 2.0 company reveals the difficulties in balancing financial health and employee well-being.

Most interesting is the discussion of the “proper” method to lay off a worker. The CEO suggests a goodbye gathering to acknowledge the departing employees’ services to the company, and that a company makes a reasonable effort to help the newly unemployed find work.

But how many of you out there have actually experienced such generous behavior? Many laid-off employees are often swept under the rug in secret, creating a negative buzz that sweeps through an office. I’m interested to hear your worst layoff story, and what you would have done differently if the tables were turned.

Posted by Bill L.

November 04, 2008

Decisions, Decisions: Best Business Card Design Practices

So you’ve decided to have personal business cards printed. Congratulations, it’s a great first step toward creating your own brand. Now, you have some choices to make, and a tough question to ask…

What does your card say about you?

According to the latest issue of The Conference Board Review, a lot more than you realize. Equate business cards to the dating scene, and you’ll get a good picture of where you stand.

Humor, uniqueness, personality and looks are important qualities for business cards, the same things we like seeing in a potential love interest. You have only one chance at a good first impression with a business card, and only a few seconds to do so. A simple, colorful, and personalized card will create a mental connection with a person or company. Odd shaped cards may not be taken seriously, and will probably be thrown out.

Business cards are losing ground to BlackBerrys, eMail, and cell phones. In order for your card to stay relevant to businesspeople in the 21st century, remember the old adage: Keep it Simple, Stupid.

Some useful business card resources:
Top 5 Business Card Blunders
Making Your Business Card Mean Business
The Art of Making an Awesome Business Card

Posted by Bill L.

October 27, 2008

Building Leadership Qualities: Eliminate Weak Phrases

Think about your last interview or meeting. Did the words “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me” escape your mouth?

We’ve all used them; timid, apologetic phrases that tend to slip out in meetings when we’re nervous or stressed. Unfortunately, rather than coming off as polite, they often make us look small or unimpressive, especially when compared to a more confident candidate or salesperson.

Steve Roesler of All Things Workspace offers a few common phrases to remove from your business vocabulary.

“I’ll only take a few minutes of your time.” They wouldn’t have scheduled an hour or two to speak with you if they didn’t want to go in depth.

“I know how busy everyone is...” Then why are you wasting time with platitudes?

“Thanks for taking the time…” You shouldn’t make it sound as though the employer is doing you a favor by meeting with you. If you didn’t earn at least some interest, you wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Just by cutting out these limp standards, you’ll appear much more confident, and your leadership qualities will stand out much more.

Posted by Bill L.

January 04, 2008

New year = new job?

New Year’s resolutions come in many forms. Cleaning the garage is simple. Losing weight takes more commitment. Finding a new job -- well, that can be toughest of all.

The good news is, expanding your experience and expertise as you go can make the entire process easier when it comes time to switch. And if you’re planning to focus on only one career skill at a time, we recommend bulking up your business knowledge first.

Yep, that’s right. Tech skills alone don’t cut it anymore. The tradition of siloed IT departments is fast disappearing, and in its place are teams of business-savvy tech professionals.

Look no further than ComputerWorld’s 8 Ways to Boost Your Career in ‘08 column for evidence. Only one of the tips deals directly with tech (incorporating security). All the rest relate to dismantling the IT cloister, aligning IT processes with business goals and increasing efficiency overall.

Now look inward. Do you have what it takes -- a business degree, project management experience, communications skills -- to succeed in this new paradigm? If the answer is no, then check back here in the coming weeks for more advice and resources to make your ’08 great!

Posted by Roseanne D.