10 Reasons for NOT accepting a Counter Offer.

1. Where is the money for the Counter Offer coming from? Is it your next raise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines, which must be followed.

2. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.

3. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t.

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How much is a billion? By Harvey McKay

Stories about billion-dollar corporate deals are in the headlines daily. Carl Sagan used to regale us with the mysteries of the “billions and billions” of stars in the universe. The population of China is more than 1,320,000,000, or approximately one-fifth of the world’s population.

A billion is a big number, no matter what you’re talking about. Most of us can’t begin to comprehend just how much a billion is, but a friend sent me some statistics to put it into perspective. (Alexander B. Trowbridge, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, presented similar statistics a number of years ago; these have been updated.)

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When a Stranger Calls – How to Handle Phone Interviews? By Tranette Ledford

This article actually runs in a section of the paper called “Decision Times’ which also is in the Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. (Seen by service members and veterans worldwide.)

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If you’re looking for a job, you may have dropped off your resumes with friends, done some networking through acquaintances, or sent query letters to job postings. While you’re waiting for the phone to ring, it just sits there. Then suddenly, you’re relaxed, watching reruns of Third Watch, eating pizza – or you just stepped out of the shower – only to find there’s a hiring manager on the other end of the line, or an employer you’ve been itching to impress.
Getting caught off guard is the worst part about waiting for a phone call during a job hunt. But nobody can wear the ‘job seeker’ hat 24/7. So how can you get ready – and stay ready – to sell yourself in a conversation you were hoping for but weren’t expecting?

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5 Common Interviewing Blunders

Many job hunters unwittingly sabotage their own chances by making common, but easily avoidable, interview mistakes. They will agonize over their resumes and cover letters but rehearse only minutes for what arguably is the most vital step in the whole job hunting process.

Here are 5 interviewing blunders that can cost you the job:

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Beating Career Procrastination

The Problem:

The reasons people procrastinate are numerous (see below), however reasons and excuses never got anyone very far in their life or career. Therefore, I recommend that the next time you avoid the patterns of activity you know are a waste of time because they are easy! Instead of sitting behind a computer all day looking at job postings or sending emailed resumes and cover letters while hoping your phone rings – You should consider this: Only 5 % of jobs people get come through the internet! Your activity needs to CHANGE NOW, such as attending networking events and making phone call appointments to meet people in your network who care about your job search success.

The Solution:

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Is Self-Employment Right for You?

Sitting on the fence in regards to getting another job versus starting a consulting practice can be a difficult decision to make. The key to this decision is to weigh all the pros and cons and determine your original reason why are thinking about self-employment or working for another company.

There are several questions you need to ask yourself before you proceed with starting a home based consulting business:

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Call on a Hire Power

By: PATRICK WRIGHT – Staff Writer
North County Times – San Diego, CA

September 22, 2006

Mark S. James, CPC said he knows about job hunting because he has been on both sides of the desk. The 51-year-old executive-career coach from Encinitas said he spent 15 years as an executive recruiter, but also spent almost three months looking for work in 1996 after he was laid off by the Bayer Corporation.

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Recruiters Reveal Interview Secrets and Employment Gaffes

From the 9th Edition of the Quarterly Executive Recruiter Index

September 2006 – Talking too much is the most common interview mistake that job candidates make, according to 36 percent of recruiters who completed the ninth edition of the quarterly Executive Recruiter Index. Other common mistakes cited by recruiters include lack of knowledge about the company or position (22 percent), over-inflated ego (16 percent) and appearing overly confident (9 percent).

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Top Networking Meeting Questions

The following questions can be used to start and maintain a conversation with a person you are meeting for the first time.

Q. What attracted you to the [insert] industry?

Q. How did you get your start in the [insert] industry?

Q. What do you enjoy most about your role with [insert] company?

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16 Tips on Sending Job Search Email

As a recruiter and a career coach, I receive hundreds of emails with attached resumes from executives every week. Not a day goes by when someone sends me an email with several errors, omissions and glaring mistakes. Here are 16 tips to consider when corresponding with people in your network and the hiring authority managers in the companies you have targeted.

1. Use a concise and informative subject line. It helps people prioritize their mail. Example: Introduction: Your Name or Following up to our 2/4 networking meeting

2. Make sure your email and your PC’s email software have the right date and time.

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