Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the November 16, 2009, issue of QuintZine.
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Having a winning personality has always helped in making friends or getting a date, but a recent survey confirms it also opens doors in the job search. When presented with accounting or finance candidates who possess similar qualifications, 31 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said applicants’ people skills would tip the balance over such attributes as software proficiency and advanced certifications. This number is up significantly from five years ago when interpersonal skills were cited by only 1 percent of respondents.
CFOs were asked, “If two candidates interviewing for an accounting or finance position had similar skills, which one of the following additional qualifications would you find most valuable?” Other qualifications in the survey included software/technology knowledge, industry-specific experience, certification or advanced degree, multilingual skills, and international experience.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, and conducted by an independent research firm. It was based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the United States. Find full results here.
Executives were asked, “Approximately how much time, in minutes, do you spend screening each resume when reviewing job applicants for an advertised position?” The average response was 6.4 minutes.
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in placing highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. Full results here.
They received those ratings because interviewers believed they shared their beliefs and attitudes, indicating a potentially good fit at the company.
Ingratiating yourself to employers through appropriate levels of flattery (nothing obvious or obnoxious, of course) may help you more than your own impressive credentials.
— Adapted from the Echo newsletter from Communispond
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