Steve Jobs on Finding Talent

Steve Jobs was recently interviewed by Fortune Magazine. When asked on how he chooses the best talent for his executive team, here was his reply:

He said, “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.”

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Interview Blunders and Bloopers

With layoffs mounting, gas prices surreal, mortgage defaults on the rise, the stock market in a swoon, and much of the U.S. staggered by truly awful weather of one kind or another, we could all use a good laugh right about now. So how about a look at the results of a new poll of hiring managers, by staffing firm OfficeTeam. The firm’s researchers spoke with executives at 1,000 big U.S. companies, plus 100 in Canada, and asked them to recall the most embarrassing or bizarre interview moments they had witnessed or heard of.

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Tips on Selling (Consulting)

Tips on Selling – Part 1

Once you understand some of the low opinions most sales prospects, customers, clients, hiring managers, or any “buyers” have you’ll be in a better position to make the sale.

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Top 7 Mistakes on Resumes

Executive recruiters say you’d be surprised at how many candidates leave out important facts, such as the names and locations of companies where they’ve worked, or include way too much information, like Soccer Coach of the Year!

Is your résumé working for you or against you? Here are seven signs it may be time to tweak (or toss) your résumé:

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Making a Difference

One day a philosopher was walking along the beach when he notice a figure that appeared to be dancing in the distance. As he got closer, he realized the figure was that of a young man picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the young man, he asked, “What are you doing?”

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What Recession?

Most of the recent economic news has focused on the downturn – or recession, if you prefer. Employment indicators have turned down since January. The national unemployment rate stands at 5.1 percent and the rate in Los Angeles County is 6% in 2008, up from 5.2% in December 2007, and up from 4.9% one year ago in January 2007. But….don’t let the news of company layoffs confuse you. As long as you really want to work there is a job for you! You are talent for hire!

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Working with Generation Y

A new generation is entering the work force with a rather peculiar set of expectations and behavior patterns. Raised on modern technology — personal computers, cell phones, cable TV — they expect higher salaries, good benefits and the potential for advancement.

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Look Hard Before You Leap in a Slowing Economy

With companies continuing to reduce their work forces and fewer new jobs being created, many employees may be planning to ride out the economic turbulence with their current employers. However, a number of workers will be trying to switch employers even during the business slowdown. They should be mindful of a twist to an old saying: The grass may not be greener – especially in a slower economy.

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NCAA Basketball Tourney vs. U.S. Employers!

Forget the recession, the subprime mortgage market crisis, or Bear Stearns’ recent stock plunge – Who is really responsible for our nation’s current economic distress. YOU ARE, the American worker, according to so-called experts!!!!

Last week, the consulting firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas released their annual report on the NCAA tournament’s impact on the American workplace, finding that 2008’s version of March Madness should end up costing U.S. employers more than $1.7 billion.

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Selling vs. Marketing

Many people mistakenly think that selling and marketing are the same – they aren’t.

You might already know that the marketing process is broad and includes all of the following:

– Discovering what product, service, or ideas your customer want.
– Producing a product with the appropriate features and quality.
– Pricing the product correctly.
– Promoting the product; spreading the word about why customers should buy it.
– Selling and delivering the product into the hands of the customer.
– Selling is one activity of the entire marketing process.
– Selling is the act of persuading or influencing a customer to buy (actually exchange something of value for) a product or service.

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