DPP Blog - Job Seekers

It’s Back to School — For You, Too!

Don’t get stuck in a mid-career slump. Innovation in IT happens so quickly that you can get left behind before you know it. There is no guarantee that earning a new certification will result in an immediate pay increase, especially if the certification is not particularly relevant to your current project. But… Position requirements do […]

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You and Your Recruiter: In a Relationship? or It’s Complicated

Finding and working with a good recruiter is not luck. Sure, maybe a recruiter initiated the first call and caught your attention. A second call, and you both start thinking there’s something there. But then, the work begins. In part 1 of the recap of my conversation with Barbara Blau, President of DPP, we discussed […]

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Red Flag or Red Carpet?

Is your LinkedIn® profile sending out Huge Red Flags? Hiring managers for any level – from C-Suite on down – use social media platforms to scope out their applicants and pipeline for future openings. LinkedIn is the site most used by hiring managers, recruiters, and human resources to source for the new candidates. What are […]

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Scouting the Opportunity

In Part 1 of this 3-part series about working with a recruiter, we talked about the recruiter as a career partner and an ally. A good recruiter will provide impartial career advice. He will work to build a relationship with you, one which includes active listening and asking lots of questions. Here’s part 2 of […]

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The Recruiter: Ally or Albatross?

You’ve just hung up the phone after talking with some character who, out of the blue, asks you if you’d be interested in changing jobs. Maybe it set your antennae quivering. Maybe your stomach plummeted. You may have difficulty refocusing. And maybe you have been mulling over a career change, and this phone call pushed you […]

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Does “GIGO” Describe Your LinkedIn® Profile?

When you hit the “Apply with LinkedIn®” button, what will the hiring manager or recruiter see? The “Apply with LinkedIn®” button is used on career sites to make it a bit easier for job seekers to respond to job ads. When you use this button to apply for a position, LinkedIn® generates a snapshot of […]

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6 Steps to a Successful Networking Experience

What kind of people are in your professional network?  Do you even have a professional network? People often don’t think about developing a professional network until they need something – usually a new job – and then they find themselves scrambling to make connections. That’s the wrong time to start building a network – but […]

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Corral Your Work History Using LinkedIn

Your resume should be specifically geared to the position you’re applying for. At the same time, you don’t want gaps in your employment history. So can you provide only the experience that’s applicable to the current job opening, without selling yourself short? While you don’t need a full work history going back to your paper […]

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The Counter Offer: Boon or Bust?

Most people agree: change is hard. So, when considering changing employers, be clear about why you want to leave your current position. Why are you leaving? Is it a spur of the moment, “I can’t take it anymore” decision? Or is it a deliberate, well thought out career move? Although we may not like to […]

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Just the facts, ma’am

Fudging information on a resume is never a good idea, as Yahoo’s CEO Scott Thompson is discovering. Thompson is not alone.  Although he carried off this masquerade for several years, his undoing came as the result of an attempt by investor Daniel Loeb to gain seats on Yahoo’s board. Why did Thompson perpetuate this “white […]

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How fit is your profile?

Have you looked at your profile lately? Not the one in the mirror; although if that one isn’t looking up to par, you might be interested in one of these 13 digital fitness tools for getting into physical shape. What about your professional profile? Have you looked at that lately? LinkedIn, the leading professional social networking site, […]

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What’s Your Tipping Point?

The face of the American workforce is changing. In 1997, Daniel Pink explored the developing trend of free agents– people who for whatever reason, “are abandoning one of the Industrial Revolution’s most enduring legacies–the “job”–and forging new ways to work”. By 2008, according to one study, 26% of the American workforce described themselves as free […]

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