Ace the Video Interview

Written by Julie Kampf on . Posted in Blog

If you expect to look for a job in 2015, you may face a video interview.  Most companies now use them, and, as with any job interview, the stakes are high:  it takes just one-tenth of a second to form a first impression, and first impressions are hard to change.  But how do you make a great impression when confronted with all the technological delays and distractions that a video interview can create?

Thanks-Giving for Job Seekers

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In the season of giving thanks, job seekers who want to do their best would do well to remember the importance of the thank-you note.  Business Insider's managing editor cites failure to send a thank you e-mail as the top mistake made by people she interviews.  I'm not surprised:  in one survey, only 67 percent of job seekers reported that they always send thank-you notes after interviews.

Look Beyond the Stars

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CNN has updated its Celebs' "I'm Sorry" Hall of Fame with the recent apology of author John Grisham for statements he made about child pornography and sex offenders.  Celebrity apologies matter, and not just for their entertainment value.  They matter because, whether we like it or not, celebrities serve as barometers of the culture.  Sure, some stars do a good job of expressing remorse and empathy when they occasionally mess up, but many more behave outrageously and shrug it off.  When that happens, their forced apologies lack empathy, the quality that psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D., ranks as the most important and most often omitted ingredient to an effective apology.  More and more, celebrity apologies reflect a culture of narcissism and entitlement.

Can We Talk? Equal Pay is Good Karma

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Two men have turned up the volume on talk about the gender pay gap, and, while one has a political goal and one made a gaffe, the conversation helps businesses and women by calling attention to a problem that hurts productivity.

Ebola Accountability: From “My Bad” to “My Worst”

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Ebola's arrival in the U.S. might have prompted the kind of strong action worthy of the most powerful nation on earth.  Instead, it revealed bureaucratic incompetence that has left one man dead, two nurses infected, and the public walking around in fear of an epidemic.  First, a Texas hospital missed what seemed like an obvious diagnosis and sent home a patient with Ebola.  Then two nurses became infected, including one who flew commercially after showing symptoms.  More than a month after President Obama said in a video message on stopping the disease that "we know how to do it," the CDC was still "wrapping up final details" on guidelines that might protect U.S. healthcare workers treating patients with the virus.

Happy International Women's Day!

Written by Julie Kampf on . Posted in Blog

As someone who grew up believing I could do anything and then hit the workplace realities that block many women, I find great joy in helping companies worldwide make women a higher priority.

The Question of Telecommuting

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So Yahoo! employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely, and the decision was made by a CEO who is both a woman and a mother.


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