Platinum Unplugged #10: Interviews – 4 Steps to Closing Strong!

Dear Platinum Recruiting, What is your advice for the closing minutes of an interview? (Here’s the Facebook Live response! Below is the blog with more detail) Hi Bob, A lot of interview tips focus on preparing for an interview, knowing how to answer certain questions and good questions to ask. That information is important and…

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Platinum Unplugged #8: Quitting Your Job? Read This First!

“Don’t quit a job until you’ve found another one”. You’ve heard it a million times, right? I’m not going to preach that you should live by this rule. There are valid reasons for taking time off. Heck, most of us could use it. Compared to some of our international friends and colleagues we don’t take…

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Platinum Unplugged #7: Job Offer Negotiations!

Dear Platinum Recruiting, I have an interview coming up, any advice about offer negotiations? Check out our Facebook Live Response & “Like” our business FB page while you visit: Offer Negotiations – Facebook Live Response Hi Jill, Yes! Plenty. Before getting into negotiations tips, let’s set the stage: Check out these stats 37% of people always negotiate…

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Let’s Talk Resignations & Counter Offers.

Dear Platinum Recruiting, What is the best way to approach your current employer about accepting an offer with another company and how do you best handle what could come up when you resign, such as a counter offer? Check out the video version: Facebook Live Video! Dear Jon Doe, Time for some tough love: If your…

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Platinum Unplugged #3: 10 Resume Do NOTS!

10 Words/Information to Remove From Your Resume! Several words are included for being painfully obvious and/or overused. They lose meaning when an employer reads them on every resume. We also suggest removing portions of your resume that can do more harm than good. For more detailed resume tips, read here: Resume Tips and Template We created a fun…

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Platinum Unplugged #2: What Is Your Current Salary?

Dear Platinum Recruiting, I’ve been asked about salary during several interviews recently. Both current salary and salary expectations. How do you suggest handling these questions? I don’t want to be difficult but also don’t want to lose leverage if we get to the offer stage. Thanks for your help! Dear Joe, You know it’s a…

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What’s Platinum Unplugged?

A weekly Q&A (launching in January 2017) discussing topics important to you. Questions can be submitted to anyone at Platinum Recruiting via email, social media and live conversations. We’ll answer questions each week without mentioning the source. Questions will be submitted in confidence to encourage honest conversations about real situations.  Why are we doing this? Add…

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Be All In until you’re All Out

Have you interviewed for a job you weren’t quite sure about yet?  Do you have an interview coming up soon?  Don’t let this happen to you: 9am: Interviews all morning. 1pm: I get a call from candidate to debrief: “Wow, I am impressed. They have a great team, really like the environment. Good career growth…

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Salary: Help Me Help You!

My last blog gave props to Massachusetts for passing a law that makes it illegal for employers to ask applicants for current salary. Despite agreeing with that law, I still prefer to know your salary! I get the hesitation to share this information. It’s discussed in one of the first few conversations I have with someone.…

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Interviews: How to Prepare!

Part 2 of 2: (See last week’s blog on Interview Tips) I am excited about this week’s blog!  Several local leaders from the Indianapolis business community graciously shared opinions and tips on interviews. To focus on their awesome tips, I decided to share my Interview Preparation Guide in a word document. Added bonus you can actually save it…

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20 Practical Interview Tips!

Without further ado, the ‘Interview Tips’ blog is finally here! Frankly, I’m impressed I made it halfway through the year before going with the obvious Interview Tips column. While it’s not the sexiest topic, it is one of the most important.  This is where you win or lose the opportunity. This will be Part 1 of a…

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It’s a Candidate’s Market: What You Need To Know!

Leverage swings back and forth between candidates and employers. Similar to shifts you see in the housing market where the owner sometimes has the leverage, other times the buyer. In an employer market, companies can often pick between multiple good options. In a candidate market, it gets harder and harder to find good talent. Here are 4 signs we’re…

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Counter Offer? Flattering, But No Thanks!

Counter Offer: Someone gets an offer from another company, accepts that offer, resigns with current employer, current employer then provides a “counter offer” trying to get that person to stay. Counter Offers are more common now than I’ve seen in years. Why?  Leverage swings back and forth between employers and candidates. Right now, it’s a candidate…

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What Is Your Current Salary?

If you’ve ever interviewed for a job you’ve probably been asked this question.  How do you answer it?  Should you answer it?  Should they even be asking? It’s an important and controversial topic.  I recently read a great article by Liz Ryan (You can read here: What is your last salary?.  She’s a good follow on…

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Resume Template: Open. Edit. Save.

Have you been putting off the dreaded task of updating your resume? No more excuses. Below is a link to my “go to” template. No text boxes or defined fields. Just open the word document, save it as your own and enter your own information. Not looking for a job right now? That doesn’t matter. It’s…

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What Is Your Competitive Advantage?

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about interview strategy. I’ve written about interview tips before but this entry isn’t about dressing right and sending thank you notes. This is deeper. The further you get in your career, the more important it is to compare your background to requirements for an opportunity AND the competition. Rarely…

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