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Gemini Hiring Horoscope

Gemini (May 22 – June 21) Gemini is an Air sign ruled by the planet Mercury.  Clever and energetic, Gemini are not afraid to speak their minds – though they may have trouble making up their minds. Gemini fear routine and monotony, they will not sit and watch the world fly by.

If you are searching for a job: Focus your energy into your job search and pinpoint the position you are seeking. Utilizing your gift of articulation and go-getter attitude, attend networking events to increase your circle of contacts. Hone in on your ability to adapt to any situation and tweak your resume for each position to which you are applying.  List previous positions, skills and other credentials that are relevant to the job.

If you are hiring: All of the candidates have been interviewed; now it is time to decide who is perfect for the job.  Make the decision carefully and quickly, resisting the urge to waiver and second guess yourself.  Allowing too much time between the interview and decision could give the candidate the opportunity to accept a position elsewhere, leaving you with unsatisfactory choices.

Business Compatibility: Leo, Aquarius, Pisces

Resume Embellishing: White Lies Lead to the Pink Slip

It’s no secret it’s a competitive job market out there, but don’t let that lure you into stretching the truth!

It’s tempting to boast or embellish the facts…but when it comes to your career credentials, a degree in computer science is not a degree in accounting, and the details matter – just ask Yahoo’s former CEO Scott Thompson. While Thompson was arguably qualified for his position, he led eBay’s PayPal unit, his résumé discrepancy left many questioning his credibility and he resigned after an onslaught of negative press.

While you want to market yourself to employers in the best possible light, your resume shouldn’t be folklore. It’s not recapping that fishing trip where you tell the tale of the “one that got away.” Sure, a little white lie in that context can be amusing and harmless. Stretching the truth on a resume is another story, one that may not have a happy ending.

With the advent of the web, information is everywhere and easily obtainable. Education and work history are just a quick Google search away for employers to uncover. So why would anyone ever dare to take liberty with stretching the truth?  This is a question we hope you’ll never have to face on a job interview.

If you’re tempted to “enhance” your background or skills because you feel your experience isn’t what an employer is seeking, it’s time to ask yourself some bigger questions.

You’ll Thank Us Later…

A helpful reminder – proofreading shouldn’t be taken lightly, and can be the most important step in the creation of anything written.   Just ask the University of Texas at Austin who has provided us with a perfect example of how not proofing their final commencement brochure has caused embarrassment for them and a good laugh for many.

It can happen to the best of us.  When you’re trying to get the job and your resume or portfolio has a glaring typo or mistake, it can cost you – and not just your reputation, but your chance at landing that job.

So remember – don’t rely solely on your spell check to be the end-all be-all of your proofreading process.   Take a few moments to thoroughly review your copy, and ask a friend to do so as well (a fresh set of eyes can make all the difference!)

You’re welcome!


Taurus Hiring Horoscope Forecast

Taurus (April 21 – May 20) Taurus is an Earth sign ruled by the planet Venus.  Known to persevere, Taurus pushes on when everyone else has thrown in the towel.  Taurus may seem slightly stubborn and a little lazy at times but don’t let that fool you – their persistent drive gets the job done.

If you are searching for a job: Be prompt when writing a “thank you” note to an interviewer.  Procrastinating could cause the job to be filled without giving you an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position.  Send a letter within two days after the interview and use your creativity to make your follow-up stand out from the rest.

If you are hiring: Create a detailed job description that clearly communicates with prospective applicants the criteria you are searching for.  A vague description will leave you piles of unrelated resumes to sort through, causing even the most patient Taurus to become irritated.

Business Compatibility: Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius

Aries Forecast

Aries (March 21-April 20) Aries is an air sign ruled by the planets Uranus and Saturn.  Aries are natural born leaders – adventurous, enthusiastic and full of energy.  They can also be impatient and impulsive, sometimes acting before they think.

If you are searching for a job: During an interview, harness your natural energy and impress with your enthusiasm. But be careful to choose your responses wisely after taking a moment to think.  Both your response as well as the delivery is important, so be clear and direct. 

If you are hiring: Patience is the key in your search for top talent.  Take your time, evaluate candidates carefully and then use your open-mindedness to recognize that perfect employee when they are presented.

Business Compatibility: Capricorn, Aquarius, Gemini

Pisces Forecast

Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar.20)


Pisces is a water sign and ruled by the planet Neptune.  Pisceans are artistic and imaginative.  They may be seen as unmotivated and uncertain, but this is only true when they do not feel passionate about a situation.

If you are searching for a job: Leverage your creativity and tweak your resume and cover letter to match each position for which you are applying.  Your adaptable nature enables you to be a fit in many positions, but you’ll thrive best in a job for which you have true enthusiasm.

If you are hiring: After evaluating a candidate, trust yourself to make the right decision. While you tend to be indecisive, your powerful intuition rarely steers you wrong. A candidate may look good on paper but if something tells you he isn’t right for the job, you are probably correct.

Business Compatibility: Scorpio, Libra, Aries

Pizza is a Vegetable (and Other Misconceptions)

Thanks to Kermit and Seth, we now know that pizza is not a vegetable – Really!?…Really!

Funny, you would think the whole “pizza-not-being-a-vegetable” discussion would be a common sense issue, but as you heard, apparently it’s not so clear cut to everyone. Since it appears common sense topics may not be as obvious to some, we’d like to review a few of the top mistakes and misconceptions that can hurt your chances for getting the interview and the job.

We hope you already know better, but if not, then this is for you…

 “Spell check is just as good as proofreading” – We love spell check, but don’t rely solely on the tool or you may be in for an unpleasant surprise! Remember “there” and “their” are spelled correctly, but using them in the wrong manner makes you look a little foolish (like those who feel the sauce on pizza makes the meal a vegetable, perhaps?)

“It doesn’t matter how I dress for an interview” – Come on, you’re not going out on a Friday night with friends or going to the gym.  It’s an interview for a job, so show them you’re serious.

No one will look at my Facebook page (or read my Tweets or view my YouTube videos from college) – Really?  Think again.  Come on folks, we’ve said it before, do we really need to say it again?  If you don’t want a potential employer seeing it, then do not post it on the Internet!

“I am proficient in (insert technology or skill here)” – Don’t overstate your actual talents or experience.  It can be a very embarrassing situation for you and can tarnish your reputation. If you claim to be a Photoshop pro then you had better be, or things could be embarrassing when you’re put to the test.  Honesty is always the best policy (yes, really!)

“I’m too busy to do any networking” – Hmmm, your current career and your future career can be greatly influenced by your ability to stay connected.  Networking is not only a great way to stay in touch with colleagues and peers, but to meet new ones.  It’s also a great way to share ideas and compare notes on the latest industry trends. With sites like LinkedIn, networking is at your fingertips.

Does Your Resume Need an Overhaul?

It’s not a task everyone likes, but it’s necessary.  Job seekers beware…If you haven’t spent some time and energy reviewing and updating your resume, ridding it of dreaded, tired phrases, you could be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise when a prospective employer shuffles your resume to the bottom of the stack, unimpressed by your “motivated’ nature.

Do statements such as, “references available upon request” or words like “dynamic” or “problem solving” pop out on your resume? If so, those words pop for all the wrong reasons according to the 2011 Annual List of Overused Professional Buzzwords.

Your resume is your entrée into new job opportunities, and is typically the first impression you make on a hiring manager.  So invest some “creative” thought and perhaps seek some advice from your CM Access Career Advocate.  Keep an eye out against touting your use of “effective” skills, since it could work against you in your job search!

#4 – The Phone Interview – Getting (and Making) a First Impression

So you have a pile of resumes that seem to meet your criteria…now what?

The next step in the hiring process of marketing, creative and interactive staff is the phone interview or phone screen.  Not only is it a great way to get a preview of each candidate’s personality, but it can also provide a rapport building opportunity in advance of the first meeting.  Need to freshen up on your phone etiquette?  Just follow these tips and become a phone interview pro!

  • Schedule a specific time with clear instructions of when you’ll be calling the candidate
  • Review and organize the job description, as well as the candidate’s resume and portfolio prior to the conversation so you have everything in front of you
  • Prepare your questions and be sure to use the same format for each candidate so you’re comparing the same qualification criteria
  • Introduce yourself and provide a brief overview of the company and position to start (you’re promoting yourself and your company just as much as the candidate is trying to impress you, so keep this in mind…you don’t want to be a “Miranda Priestly” and scare off a potentially great hire!)
  • Listen attentively and take detailed notes
  • Conclude the call by thanking the candidate and letting them know what the next steps are in the interview process

Stay Tuned for Tip #5

Miss Tip #3?

#3 – What To Look for In Resumes and Portfolios

“…with that impressive resume and the big speech about your so-called work ethic- I, um- I thought you would be different,” – Miranda Priestly, from The Devil Wears Prada

Hiring isn’t easy. Taking the next step in the hiring process of marketing, creative and interactive staff can be one of the most challenging.   So for those of you who aren’t the big bad boss, we’ve put together a few suggestions for reviewing your candidates’ job credentials to help you…

  • Carve out time each day for resume and portfolio review.
  • Refer to the job description to help you stay focused and be sure you’re not missing anything.
  • Scan the resume for typos – Typos indicate a lack of attention to detail.
  • Review experience – Does the candidate have the technical skills and industry experience relevant to your company and open position?
  • Consider any unexplained gaps in employment.  This may be a warning sign that this person may not stick around, which could cost you time and money in the long run.
  • Assess whether the candidate takes the time to fine-tune their resume to your job description.  Is their portfolio showing specific work related to your industry and company?  If so, extra points should be given for their attention to detail.
  • Ensure the portfolio is not only appealing from a design perspective, but is well organized and not too busy or cluttered.

Once you’ve reviewed the individual resumes, it’s time to compare candidates and choose those who meet your job requirements.  Now you’re ready to move onto the next step in the hiring process, the phone screen.

Miss Tip #2?

Tip #4 Coming Soon!