Monday, September 29, 2014

Your email address




You may not think your email address is a big deal when applying for a position. You may be correct, depending on your email address. As an HR Professional and Recruiter, I look at email addresses every day.  The difference between John.Doe@gmail.com and John.Doe.1945@gmail.com is slight. However, placing what appears to be a year into your email address is not advised. There may be recruiters who assume John Doe was born in 1945, which makes him as of today, 69 years old. Recruiters and companies should not be looking at ages when hiring for positions. We have the ADEA (The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967) to protect older workers (age 40+) from discrimination. Yet, discrimination still happens.  Proving discrimination against an organization can be challenging. My recommendations is to keep anything that may appear to be a year off of your email account.

Another style of email I see is the dual email account. For example JaneandJohn.Doe@gmail.com. If you are searching for a position, please use your own account and not one shared with a spouse, friend, sibling, etc. This looks unprofessional and you may not be taken seriously. Email accounts are free, so please have your own account.

Finally, please stay away from the cute email address. IlovePonies@gmail.com may be a fun way to let your friends know about your fondness for ponies. However, this is not a professional way to show you are serious about wanting a position with the company for which you are applying.

Your resume and cover letter are your first impressions. Be aware of how your resume, in full, comes across to the Recruiter you are wanting to impress.

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As you can see from the dates of my blog posts, I have not blogged in quite some time. If you come across my blog and have an HR question, please leave a comment here and I would be happy to answer. I will post more HR related items as topics come up.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Do I Deserve Overtime?

You have a large project due by a certain time. You have been putting in some over time hours to complete your project. Do you deserve over-time pay? It depends.

First, you must know if you are exempt or non-exempt. Before entering HR, I had the hardest time remembering the difference. Think of it this way, if you are exempt, you are exempt from overtime. So, if your position is non-exempt, then yes, you deserve over-time. If you are not sure if your position is exempt or non-exempt, ask your Manager or Friendly and/or Evil HR Rep.

Over-time is regulated by Federal and State laws. Check your state's Department of Labor website for more detailed information on your state's over-time regulations. In general, if you work more than 40 hours in a week, you get 1 1/2 times your salary for those extra hours.

I once worked for a company (again, before entering the wonderful field of HR) and I started out as a non-exempt employee. I was working on quite a few projects which would require me to stay late. After a period of time, my boss came to me and said "We are making you exempt!" I figured it's because they got tired of paying those OT dollars. Can this be done? No! This is illegal. You cannot just make a position exempt because you don't feel like paying the OT wages.

Not sure if a position should be exempt? Go here or here  for good resources on determining exempt/non-exempt status.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What to do once you get the interview

You submitted your resume. You passed the phone screen. Now it's time for you to interview. Here are a few tips:
  • Study the company before you interview. Not only is this company interviewing you, you are interviewing the company. Come armed with some questions regarding the company. This shows you truly have an interest.  
  • Practice questions you know will most likely be asked during the interview. Strengths/weaknesses, explanations of past experience, etc.
  • Be on time! Better yet, come a bit early.
  • Be friendly with all employees you may happen to run into before and after your interview. You never know who you may bump into.
  • Dress professionally. You should always dress one step up from the normal attire of the position you are interviewing. 
  • Finally, be relaxed. Take some deep breaths. You will do great! 
It's amazing what some people will do during an interview. Did you hear about the interviewee who*:
  • The woman who blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her.
  • The man who talked about an affair that cost him a previous job.
  • The person who ate all the candy from the bowl while answering interview questions.
  • The person who wore a hat that said “take this job and shove it.”
  • The person whose friend interrupted the interview to ask how much longer it was going to last.
  • The person who brought a copy of a doctored college diploma.
  • The person who provided a detailed list of how the previous employer made him mad.
*from http://www.shrm.org/ "Job Candidates Do the Darndest Things"

Happy Interviewing!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Resumes, through the eyes of a Recruiter


Being in HR, I get quite a few "will you take a look at my resume?" questions. I was a recruiter for 4 years with a previous employer. I have seen all kinds of resumes. My favorite was the resume in crayon with her "i's" dotted with hearts. I don't believe she got the Manager level position for which she was applying.

Here are a few thoughts from my experience as a recruiter:
  • Resumes should be concise and easy to read. The recruiter will most likely being pouring through tens, if not hundreds of resumes and you want yours to stand out from the rest. 
  • Bold your titles and not the company where you worked. Recruiters are looking through your resume to see what sort of positions and experience you have obtained throughout your career. It's not as important where you got your experience as the actual experience. 
  • Tailor your resume to the position you are applying. Recruiters look for key words when sorting through resumes. Ensure your resume meets the requirements of the position posted. 
  • Use O*Net to complete your resume with the general requirements of your professional career. O*Net is a wonderful resource to gather the knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within your profession.
These are just a few tips to help you with your resume. Search online for resume tips, there are quite a few websites out there. Many of those websites include free samples of resumes. Your resume is a sample of who you are - make it your best!



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Welcome!


Welcome to my new HR blog. On this blog, I will post new laws affecting Human Resources, updated HR information and if you have an HR question, you have come to the right place. This blog is one of many fine HR blogs out there. I hope this blog not only allows you to gather HR information, but selfishly, this will discipline me to keep myself up-to-date with the latest and greatest in the world of Human Resources.
Let the adventure begin!