Jury Duty and Job Search: The Unlikely Parallel

Last week I was juror on a criminal case. After two days of testimony, the 12 of us sat in a conference room and hammered through the evidence. And, I do mean hammered. There were times when we argued, shouted, and questioned each other’s motives as we individually interpreted each of the witnesses and the evidence presented. What it came down to was credibility. What factored into credibility of a witness? How they appeared. What they wore. How they did their hair. How much makeup they did or didn’t wear. How their eyes moved when they spoke. How much they hesitated before they answered. How much emotion leaked. What they said. The words were important but the credibility was filtered throu

Should You Answer the Ethnicity/Veteran/Disabled Question on Application Forms?

This is from me, 20 years of experience in HR, Recruiting, Agency Headhunting...this section is voluntary. You do not need to fill this out at all. It doesn't help or hurt you if you do fill it out or don't. Companies that are required to complete an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) each year collect this data point and many other data points to submit it to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They are required to if they meet certain things, one is if they have over $50,000 worth of contracts with the US government in any form. There are other factors as well. Most Applicant Tracking Systems collect this data and keep is completely separate from the application form. No one who

An Unexpected Side Effect of Changing a Job

100% of the job seekers I know have an ah-ha moment. A time when they change a preconceived notion about themselves. When they hear a voice they haven't heard in a while. Change can be hard. It can be terrifying and unnerving. It's easy to settle for the same things - because we are habit forming. Because we are comfortable, because familiarity is reassuring. But magic isn't found in certainty. Magic happens when we believe in the power of our imaginations instead of dwelling in our realities. When we choose passion over security. When we ditch ordinary for extraordinary. Magic happens when we allow ourselves to grow - and growth cannot take place without change. So embrace change. Let trans

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