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  • Unconscious Biases in the Hiring Process
    by Debra Wheatman - June 12, 2017
    Although most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased, and that we can make objective assessments to reach fair and rational conclusions, this is nearly impossible. Scientists postulate that when the brain is overloaded with information, it creates shortcuts to process that information, and uses past experiences to draw assumptions. Hidden, or unconscious, biases are part of the human condition. Even the most open-m...
  • Cult Of Meeting Culture
    by Debra Wheatman - May 24, 2017
    Collaboration. Teamwork. Group brainstorming. Knowledge sharing. All are great ideas that can help spur innovation. However, the execution of these concepts generally takes on a much less inspiring form–the Meeting. You know that when you see a meeting invitation pop up, your first thought is not, “Wow, what an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other folks and share ideas!” More than likely, you e...
  • Productivity Versus Being Busy
    by Debra Wheatman - May 17, 2017
    Super busy. Crazy busy. Overloaded. A to-do list that’s a mile long. Busyness has become a cult in Western culture. Maybe that’s because humans are hardwired with a bias toward action. Maybe it’s because it feels satisfying to cross items off that to-do list. Or maybe it’s because we operate under a self-imposed feeling that we should always be doing something. Idleness is bad. Don’t want to wa...
  • Decoding The Job Ads
    by Debra Wheatman - May 4, 2017
    If you’ve spent any significant amount of time reading through job ads, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that many of them are rife with buzzwords and jargon. When these words are used over and over, they meld together and become meaningless. Reading through a job description can be an exercise in both futility and confusion. Here are what some of the most common buzzwords you see in those ads might mean. Detail-or...
  • I'll Tell You, But Only Off The Record
    by Debra Wheatman - April 25, 2017
    If you have ever been through media training, one thing you come away with is the indisputable fact that nothing is ever “off the record.” You might request that it be, but that doesn’t mean that your audience, or your eavesdroppers, are compelled to comply with your wishes. “Off the record” has gone the way of the 3-martini lunch. We may not like it, but we have no choice but to deal with it....
  • Ask Deb: Is My Manager The Best Reference For Me
    by Debra Wheatman - April 17, 2017
    Dear Deb: I was reorganized out of my job a few months back, and I’m now in the final rounds of interviews for a position at a competitor of my former company. The application materials indicate that any offer is contingent upon a successful background check, including a reference check. This is what I’m confused about. My manager at my last job had 17 direct reports. As a result, he really wasn’t invol...
  • Three Unforgivable Resume Errors
    by Debra Wheatman - April 7, 2017
    Many job interview mistakes can be overlooked or corrected. However, when it comes to your resume, it must be flawless. Your resume is a marketing document for your most important product: YOU! If you’ve been sending out your resume, but haven’t been gaining any traction, it is time to review your resume with a critical eye. I’ve talked to countless HR and hiring managers over the years, and these are the...
  • Body Language Mistakes To Avoid
    by Debra Wheatman - March 29, 2017
    We all know that body language is of critical importance in all human interactions. This is especially true when interviewing. When you are being interviewed, you are being evaluated on not only what you say, but how you say it. With that in mind, here are the most common body language mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them. Poor posture. Slouching in your chair sends the message that you are lazy. Leaning slig...
  • Dear Deb: How To Navigate Salary Negotiation
    by Debra Wheatman - March 21, 2017
    Dear Deb: I recently completed four rounds of interviews for a position with a large, multinational company. This role would be a significant increase in responsibility and visibility for me, and I was really excited about it. However, when the HR manager called me with the offer, the salary was only 10% more than I’m currently earning. When I did the math, this works out to only an extra $260 per month, and I don&...
  • Career Advice For The New Year
    by Debra Wheatman - March 16, 2017
    The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect upon what we’ve accomplished in the past, and envision what we’d like to accomplish in the future. When we think about new year’s resolutions in terms of our careers, it can be tempting to oversimplify by simply stating the end goal. For example, in 2017, I want to increase my salary by 20%, or in the coming year, I want to move into a management position. T...