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Volume 2 Issue 14 :: April 29, 2010

Have you "Vault"ed lately?
Vault Career Insider is an extremely useful database accessible through the Career Resource Center or the Giovale Library (Databases - Career Resources - Vault Career Library).  If you've logged on in the past few months, you might have noticed that the full range of materials was not accessible.  This has been addressed, and I'm happy to report that the complete offering is now available for you.   This collection includes an amazing amount of career-related information:
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  • Employer profiles and rankings
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I'm positive there is something there that will be useful to you - check it out today!


Turn A Rejection Into A Job Offer
It can be done if you make the right moves.

The woman was interviewing for a lucrative position as director of a sales team. After having three great meetings full of lively conversation about how she'd handle the job, she was optimistic. But then came the fourth and final interview, with the company's executive vice president. Things were going swimmingly until the interviewee asked a question designed to lock in the offer: "Do you have any issues with my candidacy?"

"Frankly, yes," the executive replied. "You're good with people, but you don't have the analytic background we need. Not only would you need to steer the sales team, but you'd need to analyze information and data too." Shocked, the woman left the meeting realizing the offer she'd thought was in the bag was gone.

In a high-pressure job search, is it ever possible to turn a no into a yes?  Read more . . .

Out of Work, Not Out of the Running
"I’ve been looking for a job" is no way to account for your time on unemployment.
April 26, 2010
By Debra Donston-Miller

The longer your unemployment lasts, the harder it is to get a job or even an interview. That’s the perception of many professionals who’ve been out of work for extended periods.

It’s also reality, according to recruiters and hiring managers who admit they’re likelier to pass up job seekers with significant, unexplained gaps in their work histories.

Those recruiters see the stigma attached to lengthy unemployment as less damaging during recessionary times, since the experience is more common. The average period of unemployment now stands at 211 days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and higher earners average even longer without work. But long stretches without work will still count against you if you don’t handle the situation correctly.  Read more . . .

Business Etiquette  Top 10 Fashion Mistakes for Women
From Ellen Reddick at Impact Factory

1. Too much cleavage: Showing too much cleavage at work is the # 1 fashion faux pas on the list. Studies show that women who dress in sexy attire in a professional environment are more often passed over for promotions than women who dress more conservatively.

2. Wearing too short a skirt may send the message that you are trying to compensate for skills you lack in other areas. The knee is a visual anchor, people's attention will be drawn downward when they approach you, instead of toward your face where it should be. Save your short skirts for after office hours and, while it doesn't need to be knee length, put on a skirt that you can sit down in without showing too much thigh.

3. See-through clothes: Summer materials such as organza and liquid jersey look and feel cool and pretty, but in the light of a staff meeting, they can reveal the outlines of your legs--and much more. The best solution is to check out your ensemble in a bright, naturally lit room before leaving for work. Buying clothes with linings is always a safe choice.

4. Undergarments showing: With the plethora of specialized undergarments available to consumers (clear and convertible bra straps, for example), there is no excuse for bulging panty lines and peek-a-boo bra straps or thong tops. Many department and specialty stores, including Victoria's Secret, even have trained staff to measure you for size and assist in finding the proper fit.

5. Bringing the beach into the office: Sundresses, spaghetti straps, flip-flops. Nothing makes you look less professional than coming to the office like you're dressed for the beach. If you would wear them to the beach, they should not be worn at work. Wearing flip-flops leaves the impression that you don't take your job seriously - that you'd rather be at the beach. Not a good impression in a tough economy.

6. Over-accessorizing: A rule of thumb when it comes to accessories in the workplace: Less is more. Costume jewelry, when worn in bulk, tends to look tacky. The real thing, on the other hand, can come off as gaudy.

7. Ill-fitting clothes: The classiest outfit can be a sartorial nightmare if it is too baggy in the behind or if a button at the chest is pulling. Be sure that your clothes have mobility--no too-tight pants or too-narrow skirts. Buy clothes at department stores with on-site tailors. If you're current closet doesn't fit because you've gained or lost weight, seek out a neighborhood tailor to adjust it. Just a few tweaks to a poorly fitted pantsuit can take you from frumpy or bumpy to authoritative.

8. Carrying a bag that’s too big: There are women who look entirely professional except that they carry around big purses often times in outrageous colors. If you must take a purse to the office, put it in your desk when you arrive and do not take it out again that day. When you go to lunch, leave your handbag behind. Do not carry a purse into an interview. Never go see a customer with a purse or greet a customer in your office while carrying a purse.

9. Wearing fashions too young for your age: Wearing juvenile fashions is just as bad as talking in a little girl’s voice. You will not elicit respect and you put your career success in jeopardy.

10. Not wearing hose at appropriate times: Assuming, because so many women do not wear hose, that is it appropriate for you is misguided. Bare legs require extraordinarily toned legs and beautiful flawless skin. You are venturing into territory that may put your professionalism at risk. Hose covers up a multitude of flaws, always put yourself at a professional advantage.

Dressing professionally more important for women than for men. This concept means that people will not take special notice of what you wear. The purpose of business dress is to allow others to get beyond your clothing and recognize how well you get the job done.


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Additional Opportunities

Financial Analyst

(Job ID# 17566)
Native American Resource Partners, LLC
Closes: 5/01/10

Executive Director - Wasatch Front Regional Council

(Job ID# 17637)
Salt Lake County Human Resources
Closes: 5/08/10

Sr. Product Marketing Manager (Job ID# 17216)
Omniture, Inc.
Closes: 5/12/10

Marketing Manager

(Job ID# 17666)
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Closes: 5/13/10

Business Manager/Human Resources Specialist

(Job ID# 17703) *NEW*
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Closes: 5/15/10

Chief Financial Officer

(Job ID# 17715) *NEW*
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Closes: 5/16/10

College Controller

(Job ID# 17724) *NEW*
Brigham Young University
Closes: 5/19/10

Accountant/Business Manager (Job ID# 17723) *NEW*
Brigham Young University
Closes: 5/19/10

Management Analyst, GS-0343-12

(Job ID# 17771) *NEW*
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Closes: 5/26/10

Director of Accounting and Finance

(Job ID# 17479)
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Closes: 5/28/10

Quality Manager - Asia

(Job ID# 17609)
Closes: 5/28/10

Human Resource Manager

(Job ID# 17050)
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Closes: 5/31/10

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