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A Roomful of Resume Writers

A Roomful of Résumé Writers

About a month ago I was at a lovely wedding reception, seated next to a friend that I hadn’t seen in years. After catching up on life, naturally the conversation turned to job search and résumés. (I mean, what else would you talk about?) She shared a funny story with me about an HR Manager at the hospital where she works. He decided to try an experiment and uploaded his own résumé to apply for an open position in their hospital’s Human Resources department. As irony would have it, his résumé was rejected because according to the scanning software, he was not qualified for his own job. Happily this was just a test, but what’s the average job seeker to do?

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BYOT? (Bring Your Own Technology)

BYOT?

I admit it; by no means am I the savviest texter in the world. I don’t know all of the acronyms or short cuts commonly used in the social media communication world. I’m not, however, unfamiliar with the party acronym BYO (Bring Your Own) that proceeded the technology era. But when my oldest daughter, starting sixth grade, came home from school this week talking about a new BYOT school program, I was a little stumped.

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Paper in a Digital World

Paper in a Digital World

There is no doubt that the electronic world has made things faster. Can you ever imagine trying to find a document by having to filter through columns of file cabinets or shelves housing folders filled to the brim with paper? Any attempt to locate a file or record would be a nightmare.

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Do We Get What We Pay For?

Do We Get What We Pay For?

As a youngster, I spent a good bit of time pouring over my cherished collection of Richie Rich comic books. Mine, like most of that era, contained pages filled with incredible mail order toys and novelty items – everything from x-ray goggles to spy cameras. For just a few dollars (plus shipping & handling), you could have every gadget a future 007 agent could ever dream of. But did the product ever deliver on the “promises” advertised?

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Put Your Paper Resume to Work

4 Good Reasons Why You Still Need a Paper Resume

Yes, it’s true that most employers require that you apply for jobs online. However, if you’ve ever been through that process, you have probably come away with the feeling that your fate is being decided by a computer. It’s frustrating and dehumanizing to say the least.

Here are 4 ways that a resume printed on premium quality paper can help you win a job.

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Why Does FSC Certified Paper Matter?

Why Does FSC® Certified Paper Matter?

More and more, people are noticing the FSC logo on their product packages. What does it mean? And why should you care?

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Celebrate Graduation Day

Celebrate Graduation Day

With over 3 million young adults graduating from high school every year in the U.S., close to 100,000 graduating from College with a Bachelor’s degree, and add to that more graduating with an advanced degree, there’s a lot to celebrate! Read more

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Make a Personal Connection with Fine Paper

Make a Personal Connection with Fine Paper

Whether it’s that perfect pair of shoes or that “just right” piece of furniture in your home, the personal stationery you send communicates something special about you – your sense of style. Stationery continues to be one of the most elegant and distinctive forms of communication. Whether you are looking for personal correspondence cards or business letterhead, there are many paper options to help stamp your personality on your custom-made stationery.

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The Power of Employee Recognition

The Power of Employee Recognition

No doubt – it’s been a difficult economic environment over the past several years. Businesses have been forced to make some hard decisions. Employees have had to weather the uncertainty of job security. Unemployment rates have remained high, and the competition for any jobs that are available is fierce. The result that this has on everyone in the work force is great. As employees, we ask ourselves questions like: Am I a valued employee? Is my position necessary? What does my future look like? How do I stack up against others in my field or organization? Will I have a job 6 months from now? The psychological impact can be devastating, leading to self-doubt and low self-esteem.

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Irish Wine or Green Beer?

Irish Wine or Green Beer? Consult the Experts

May I start out by saying “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” to all. I may not be Irish but I never turn down an excuse for a party. Besides, everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day. So I will don my favorite (only) green sweater for the occasion and if the weather cooperates, I might even join the throngs along the parade route. But what I really look forward to is our annual corned beef dinner shared with family and friends.

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