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Nov 08, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Beauty Pageant

The Beauty Pageant

I get asked all the time why someone didn't move forward in the interview process. It’s a tough question to answer, assuming that you showed up on time, presented yourself appropriately and answered most of the questions. The truth is, interviewing is a bit of a beauty pageant.

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Oct 26, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Job Seeking at 50+

Job Seeking at 50+

Over 50? There was an article in the WSJ  recently,  that resonated with me.  While we don’t work in several of the fields that were mentioned as ‘hot’ for the +50 crowd, I would agree that professional services and executive recruiting are often done best by experienced workers. But what

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Sep 21, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Moment Your Candidacy Is Over

The Moment Your Candidacy Is Over

We’ve heard press and pundits over the years declare a candidate’s race for the job over – often after a ‘one-liner’ or a paragraph where they say something either too vague or too stupid for the populous to give them a second chance. Guess what? It happens all the time

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Sep 06, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

The Headhunter Call

A friend of mine recently asked me if he should return every call that came in from a recruiter. I know I am biased, but of course my answer was yes! Yes, you should at least thank and acknowledge the outreach – either with a quick email or return phone

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Jul 27, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #5 – Shoes

Interview Fashion Crisis #5 – Shoes

Guys & Gals: spend some money on your shoes. They matter. Gals: I love my 5” heels, and agree with Bobbi Brown who said she feels on par with others when standing at a party, but you gotta leave them behind for interviews. 3” is the max and you better

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Jul 26, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #4 – Jeans

Interview Fashion Crisis #4 – Jeans

You’ve decided on jeans, maybe with a cool jacket and shirt. Unless you are 35 or younger, opt for a nice indigo color, fairly conservative cut. Frayed seams, dyed, contrasting or embezzled are just too hard to pull off. Hint:  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, get a

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Jul 25, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Interview Fashion Crisis #3 – The Skirt

Interview Fashion Crisis #3 – The Skirt

Don’t do it.  Too sexy or too matronly, it’s hard to get it right.  But the net is, you need to look like you are *working*– ready to roll your sleeves up and dig in.

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Jul 24, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

Interview Fashion Crisis #2 – The Tie

Sometimes, wearing a suit jacket with a great shirt is perfect for an interview.  Other times a tie is in order.  Sorry guys, it’s hard to know what’s best. Hint:  Bring a tie, take a quick glance around, duck into the men’s room and put it on if you get

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Jul 23, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera 1 Comments

Avoiding the Interview Fashion Crisis – Part 1

Appearance really involves the whole package from the technology you carry (or don’t) to clothes to personal grooming to accessories.

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Jul 17, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Make “Working at Home” Work

Make “Working at Home” Work

A lot has been written recently about working at home — from management having tools to know what you are doing when (cloud computing and collaboration creates a transparency which lets everyone see who’s doing what when) to a level of disrespect from colleagues who view people they can ‘see’ as higher

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