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CHA Career Corner

Another Benefit of Membership!

We’re happy to partner with The Creative Network, Inc. in order to bring you monthly career building information and trends, commentary on labor issues, as well as human resources best practices and updates.

The Creative Network, Inc. is a recruiting firm niched in the creative consumer products industry, with expertise in the product development, design, creative direction, marketing, merchandising/buying, sourcing and sales professions. The Creative Network works primarily within the craft, gift, office products, home décor and toy industries.

CHA Career Corner - August 2016

We are frequently asked questions regarding resumes, career focus and challenges. We will strive to answer any questions you may have, but will not address legal issues. Please send your questions to Gail Czech, CEO of The Creative Network, Inc., at gail@creativenetworkinc.com.

Question: Shall I put my picture on my resume?
Answer: No.

Question: Does volunteer activity belong on my resume?
Answer: Only if it is business or professionally related.

Question: Do my references go at the bottom of my resume?
Answer: No, that is confidential information and should only be given when asked for or when there is an imminent offer being given.

How to Improve Your Interview Technique

A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention. It doesn't take much to make an impression - good or bad. If you haven't taken time to dress appropriately or if you say the "wrong" thing, it will be over.

Take the time to prepare your interview technique including knowing what's on your resume, being able to present why you are qualified for the job, why you are interested in the company, and practicing staying calm and focused. It's important to remember that the image the interviewer has of you when he first meets you is the one that is going to last.

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Using Non Verbal Communication

What you don't say during an interview is as important as what you do say. What's important, when interviewing, is to appear professional and attentive throughout the interview process.

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Job Hopping is Losing Its Stigma
Senior managers are often among the first to chide millennials who jump from companies after a year or so, but those young people are changing perceptions as they progress into management. Workers aged 25 to 34 years old in 2014 had worked a median of three years for their current employer, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. That compared with 5.5 years for all employees 25 and over as of 2014.

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Massachusetts Joins State-Led Efforts On Equal Pay For Women
Employers in Massachusetts will be barred from forcing prospective employees to divulge how much they were making at their last job. The change, effective in 2018, is part of a sweeping new equal pay measure Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Aug. 1.

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