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    The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership Tips from a Recruiter: Don't Make Me Read Your Resume

    I will read your résumé unless it's 10 pages, but (just as you didn't want to write your résumé) I really don't want to read your résumé. To put it another way, I don't want to read it because I must in order to make a yes/no decision.

    This post originally appeared Job Tips for Geeks.

    Ideally, I can decide to speak to you based on a few sentences in the body of an email/application, and then primarily read the résumé to prepare for our initial dialogue and use it as a framework during the call. Give me a few sentences to make me want to have that talk.

    I never ask for or expect a full cover letter with addresses and dates and all the formatting. Personally, I don't want to read that either, and I'd rather not task applicants with the hassle. All we're trying to do is start a conversation, and it shouldn't take much to get it started. Reading only a few sentences before making a decision will clearly make my job easier, but it will make the job seeker's life a bit better as well. There is much less pressure to have the perfect résumé if you can get past the first stage without that document being carefully judged. Invest five minutes in the application, and you can spend less time customizing résumés.

    Roughly 50% of the applications I receive are résumé only. In 2013, almost 90% of my client hires included additional content. The data set is not large, but...

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    With the New Year here, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has 10 resolutions that can help you fight scammers, prevent identity theft and save money in 2014.

    “In this day and age, you can’t afford to make mistakes”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “Taking preventive measures before opening your wallet is well worth the time and effort to keep from becoming a victim.”

    BBB provides the following resolutions to help consumers have a safe, scam-free 2014:

    1. Always check a business out with BBB before you buy. Nearly 400,000 businesses meet BBB standards and are qualified to use an Accredited Business seal on their websites and at business locations. Visit to find BBB Business Reviews for nearly 4 million businesses across North America.

    2. Be skeptical of “job offers” that promise easy money. With high unemployment and long job searches common, scammers are targeting people desperate to find jobs. Beware of any job offer, work-at-home scheme or business opportunity that promises big money for little work and no experience.

    3. Always read the fine print—especially with “free” trial offers. Thousands of consumers complained to BBB this year after signing up for a “free” trial offer online that resulted in repeated charges to their credit or debit cards, sometimes amounting to hundreds of dollars every month. Read the terms and conditions of any “free” trial offer before handing over credit or debit card numbers....

  • Sharnai Skinner is proud of the eight years she spent defending her country, as underscored by the staff-sergeant insignia — four chevrons bracketing a star — tattooed on her left arm.

    The Air Force veteran is anything but proud, however, of the manner in which she defended — or failed to defend — her finances.

    “I’ve already accepted the fact that I just lost all my savings,” the 29-year-old Whitehall resident said. “And it hurts.”

    Skinner’s recent financial blunder began with the best of intentions.

    After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force last January, Skinner returned to civilian life in central Ohio and decided to pursue a college degree. She made arrangements to attend school full time, starting this month.

    She figured she’d need a reliable car to get to and from classes — not to mention a part-time retail job.

    While searching Craigslist in November, Skinner found what seemed to be the perfect vehicle: a 2003 Honda Accord with just 67,000 miles on it. The seller, she said, wanted $1,970.

    The bargain price, though, wasn’t the only selling point. Skinner said the car’s owner indicated that she, too, had military ties.

    “She said she was stationed in North Dakota and that she was deploying in December.”

    Skinner felt an instant bond.

    “I thought: ‘She’s not going to scam me. She wouldn’t do that. We’re together in this.’  ”

    Emboldened by the apparent connection, Skinner took the plunge.

    “I said, ‘Gr...

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    Information technology deeply permeates our daily lives, from banking transactions to shopping to photography to chatting with friends, to name only a few ways.

    This constant state of connectedness has been accompanied by a growing number of cases in which people become unknowingly involved in crimes and other trouble. This series of articles, “Cyber Wars,” will examine some of these hidden dangers that impinge on our lives

    This is the first installment.

    While cases of illegal money transfers via online banking services have risen astronomically, another scam designed to hinder police investigation has been spreading under the radar. These schemes launder money through the use of “money mules”—unwitting victims often recruited online and used to transfer proceeds from such Internet fraud as phishing scams.

    These fraudsters attempt to escape the reach of investigative authorities by having their mules transfer money acquired illegally via overseas remittance services, which are less stringent in their identification requirements than commercial banks are.

    In Japan, the first money mule operation was confirmed to have been conducted last year. By the end of November, 224 money mules were found to have been involved in transferring illicit funds totaling ¥260 million. Of the 224, 149 were Japanese.

    The Yomiuri Shimbun examined the operations of one such criminal scheme that recruited victims through e-mail and online job advertisements that appeared legitimate, ...

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    The days when ambitious teens could get jobs sweeping factory floors, stocking shelves or working checkouts in the school holidays, appear to be ending.

    Dunedin recruitment agencies say secondary school pupils looking for the traditional summer holiday job may be out of luck this year.

    Select Recruitment managing director Karen Bardwell said the company had a couple of clients with job vacancies which would suit school leavers, but there was nothing for those wanting short-term jobs over the school holidays.

    ''Going back a few years, we would have had about a dozen jobs suitable for secondary school students over the summer, but those seem to have dried up.''

    There were ''temping jobs'' where secondary school pupils could be assigned a different job at a different business every day of the week.

    Some days they could be working, and on other days there might be no work and no pay, she said.

    Job Opportunities

    She said it was good for school pupils to have traditional holiday jobs because it prepared them for the workforce by giving them work experience and a good work ethic.

    ''Since the economic downturn, there has been less holiday work. Companies are tightening their belts.''

    Ms Bardwell said supermarkets used to be one of the best businesses for employing school pupils in the holidays, but had dried up as a source of those opportunities.

    ''I was surprised that not even supermarkets are giving as much work to school students now. They are more focused o...

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    Scammers exploiting the weak job market are looking for hapless victims on LinkedIn, which has become a major meeting site for job seekers and recruiters.

    Scammers exploiting the weak job market are looking for hapless victims on LinkedIn, which has become a major meeting site for job seekers and recruiters.

    [Security experts warn against using LinkedIn Intro app for Apple iPhone]

    Over the last year, swindlers promising employment have been spreading from Facebook and Twitter to LinkedIn, where their fake profiles have been popping up as fast as the site is able to take them down, Bianca Stanescu, security specialist for anti-virus vendor Bitdfender, said Friday.

    While job scams are regularly found on Facebook, LinkedIn was considered less susceptible because of its professional clientele, Stanescu said. However, it seems that a LinkedIn profile with a picture of a pretty woman posing as a job recruiter and promising easy money is too hard for people, particularly men, to resist.

    Job Seekers

    "It's especially enticing for men to click on these ads to work with such beautiful human resource managers likes Christina and Annabelle," Stanescu said. "We also found someone named Jessica."

    In a recent scam reported by Bitdefender, "Annabelle Erica," a good-looking blonde, promised to put job applicants in touch with hundreds of companies looking for English translators.

    "It doesn't matter what language you speak, as long as you ...

  • False job advertisements found circulating campus

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    The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership

    With the rise of the Internet as an important tool in the arsenal of the modern college student, it is important to be wary of its potential dangers. Although many use the Internet as a tool to learn and communicate, there are those who use it for financial gain at the expense of others. One such way users do this is through false job postings.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a false job posting that had been posted on bulletin boards in a number of buildings on the University of Maine campus was discovered. A student who immediately recognized that the flyer was fraudulent brought it to the attention of the UMaine Career Center. After the ad was verified as a fraud, it was quickly removed from all bulletin boards on campus.

    Cathy Marquez is the assistant director for employer relations at the UMaine Career Center, and upon discovering the false ad, she posted a message on the FirstClass email system to warn students.

    “I looked at it and there’s no question that it’s got all the characteristics of a job scam,” Marquez said. “Easy work, no qualifications — you just have to be 18 years old, work from your laptop and it’s $19.95 to get you started. Money up front.”

    The advertisement was posted as an opportunity to work for a fictional company called Page131. According to the advertisement, the company is looking for people for “easy work, consisting of simple tasks like filling out online survey forms and reading company...

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    What’s wrong with many of those work-at-home job offers you see advertised? We found a large number of them are scams that will cost you more than you will ever make. For just $6,000 and a one day course, job seekers were told they could learn to do medical billing working from home and earn big bucks.

    “They would be told there would be no need to market the services the demand was so great for medical billing that they wouldnt even need to knock on doctors doors, doctors would be seek them out,” says Terrence Sullivan, a U.S. Postal Inspector.

    The company, lured in victims by telling them they could earn $1,200 a month and that EDI would help them find clients.

    “EDI would provide them with a couple of firms or doctors offices or chiropractors or medical laboratories that would be in their area,” says Sullivan.

    The whole thing was a scam.

    “In this particular case it was always a fraud. There was no demand for the medical billing service they were offering,” says Sullivan.

    Victims lost the $6,000 fee they paid for the program as well as money spent flying to a one day training session in Detroit.

    In all: 3,500 victims and more than $17 million dollars in losses.

    Postal inspectors say the majority of people who signed up for the course never found a single client, never processed a single claim and never made a dime.

    Inspectors say be wary of work-at-home opportunities.

    “No ...

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    Statistics show that job seekers spend a lot of time sourcing and applying for jobs online. Unfortunately, some job seekers fall victim to online scams that request their personal contact information or money in exchange for false leads. Job seekers need to be savvy and smart when it comes to providing personal information online. Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs (, an award-winning website offering job listings for those interested in telecommuting, flexible and freelance work or part-time job opportunities. An advocate for legitimate flexible work opportunities, she suggests the following tips to help stay safe when seeking new opportunities:

    1. Be skeptical and know the most common job scams. As with anything, if a job description seems too good to be true, it probably isn't an authentic opportunity. Jobs offering a lot of money for very little effort on your part are likely fronts for people who hope to collect information from you. "The most common job scams tend to focus on a few specific types of jobs," Sutton Fell notes. "Those include data entry, stuffing envelopes, rebate or forms processing, wire transfers or money movement, shipping management, craft assembly and pyramid sales schemes." If you see those types of ads, your best bet is to steer clear.

    2. Verify job listings before you apply. New job scams often use a real company's name to advertise their scam. They attract job seekers who see job p...

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    "Jay er en utmerket rekrutterer som virkelig passer inn i kategorien karriere trener for utøvende nivå fagfolk. Jeg har hatt mange positive samhandling knyttet til min egen og andres karriere gjennom årene. Hver gang har han vært en klarert fortrolig med eksepsjonell råd og vilje til å gå en ekstra mil for meg. Han er svært grundig med en utmerket holdning som gjør det svært enkelt for meg å diskutere mål og krav. På samme tid er han flink til å forme mine forventninger til gjeldende markedsforhold slik jeg realistisk om noen mulighet. Til slutt er Jay min gå-til fyr hver gang jeg klar til å endre karriere."

    -Vice President of Finance, International Entertainment Company

    "Jeg har leid Jay på en eneste basis å hjelpe oss med flere viktige søker etter vår finansielle operasjoner gruppe over de siste årene. Jay har alltid gitt eksepsjonell service. Spesielt tok han lover våre behov for hver stilling. Han lyttet nøye til våre krav så han aldri sendt oss ukvalifisert kandidater. Og hvis våre posisjon krav endres midt søk, han ville tilpasse søket tilsvarende. Han er kunnskapsrik om markedet, og han er alltid veldig forståelsesfull. Vi har jobbet med mange rekrutterere tidligere og Jay er, uten tvil, en av beste.

    -Bedriftens kontrolleren, verdipapirforetak

    "Arbeide med Jay var en gunstig opplevelse. Han hadde sterke relasjoner som førte til meg å bli plassert i en utmerket plassering. Han har en sterk kunnskapsbase og gir verdifu...

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