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Fired For Your Reference?!

July 24, 2015

Have you ever thought of how important a reference is or which references are relevent? Last year August Ruth Mantell wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal called “Make References Work for You”. Although published last year, this is a topic that is unchanging in its relevance and when it comes to crunch time and you are competing with another candidate for the same position, a reference can be pivotal to leveraging you above the competition.

Mantell begins the piece with a nightmare scenario:

“Tammi Pirri, human-resources vice president for Burlington, Mass.-based Black Duck Software, recently called references for a software developer. One reference was the applicant’s then-current and unsuspecting supervisor. The manager was shocked, to say the least, that…

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Do You Have Any Questions? Do You Have Any Questions?

July 24, 2015

Ever wonder how to answer the dreaded “do you have any questions for me?” at the end of an interview…

Much of the time, when potential job seekers turn to the web, family or friends for advice about interview skills, the discussion is often framed around how to answer an interviewers questions. In a brief new piece from Judith Stock called “The Final Interview Questions You Must Ask”, Stock turns the tables and places emphasis on what questions a candidate should ask. Stock notes that most interviews flow linearly, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Albeit all stages are equally important, some candidates overlook the importance of the final stage, which Stock calls the close. She even goes…

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Graceful Departures

July 24, 2015

Leaving a job? Now what?

There are many reasons people leave their current job. Sometimes you’ve been there too long, and need a change of pace, sometimes the new opportunity you took didn’t pan out as expected, and sometimes it’s plain old environment that is the driving force for your exit. As tempting as it may be to throw up your file folders and call it a day (especially if your reason for leaving is the latter), knowing how to depart a job gracefully, and respectfully can be one of the best things you can do for your reputation, and your future hireability.

Greg Savage- global leader of the recruitment industry and a regular keynote speaker worldwide, as well as…

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Unforgettable Accountants in Film

July 24, 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!

Collectively when we imagine a big Hollywood blockbuster or a primetime television show we think superheroes in tights, heroines with big hair, and front line action superstars. Accountants are probably not what come to mind! But much like life, accountants are everywhere. Here is a list of some unforgettable accounts in movies and television:

Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern in Schindler’s List

Kingsley plays Itzhak Stern in one of the most notable holocaust films of all time. Based on the actual historical figure, Itzhak Stern is the accountant who balances the books for Oskar Schindler’s factory and convinces him that employing Jewish workers would be more profitable than using polish workers. Under the guise of balancing the books,…

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The 3pm Slump

July 24, 2015

Tired in the afternoon?

You wake up to the sun beaming down through your blinds, jump out of bed into your work clothes and then the car. You are ready to take on the day, full of optimism and DRIVE. You hammer away through your morning emails, phone calls and meetings, really giving it your all. You reward yourself for all your hard work by going to a nice lunch with a few favorite coworkers; you have a carb heavy mouth-watering meal fit for a king!

Returning back to your desk refreshed and invigorated you are ready to get back to the grind. And then it happens… eyelids heavy, stomach growling, attention span fading, you feel like a kindergartener ready…

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Inactivity and the Office

July 24, 2015

Sitting all day?

Time and time again we are nagged by news outlets, talk shows and magazines that collectively proclaim “sitting for prolonged periods of time is the worst thing you can do for yourself”. In 2011, The New York Times published an article with a headline that asked “Is sitting a lethal activity?” Researchers at the mayo clinic have linked sitting for long periods of time with a variety of health concerns : “including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels”.

 

Unfortunately, the reality is that many of us don’t quite have…

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Cold & Flu Season @ The Office

July 24, 2015

Caution: Cold & Flu season ahead

It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing, the air is becoming crisper and everybody in your office is sporting a snifflely nose and a hacking cough. With many people sharing the same space for multiple hours a day, and life factors and work pressures forcing sick people to come to the office anyway, office spaces become incubators for infection such as the common cold and flu. According to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. as the weather begins to change from hot to cold the common cold and flu will account for tens of millions of sick days this year, which could cost businesses as much as $8…

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Next Week: Conventions

July 24, 2015

PTC will be attending two events next week

PTC is excited to annouce our attendance at two events next week:

The first is the 6th annual Prime Time Sports Management show will take place on November 11 & 12, 2013 hosted at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

The second event will be the Top Employer Summit of 2013, taking place November 13 & 14 at the Hilton Hotel.If you are attending either of these, we welcome you to come stop by our booth!

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Part 1: Landing a Job with Networking: Yay or Nay?

July 24, 2015

Networking is often touted as the number one way to land a job, gig or internship. But what happens when you’ve networked networked and networked to no avail?
Michelle Shapiro of Levo League writes “Conventional wisdom tells us applying to a job online without having a connection is equivalent to dropping your resume down a black hole”, and it’s true this is often implied to job seekers and workers alike: networking is the only way. But is this true? What if you’re an introvert who hates networking? What if you’re a charming social butterfly but your networks are coming out dry. Is networking the end all and be all?
Marty Nemko a weekly contributor to aoljobs debunks the  # Learn More

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Part 2: How to land a job without networking

July 24, 2015

In our last blog we discussed how networking is often touted as the only way to land a job, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that 70% of all jobs are found through networking and other sources  such as ABC news stating statistics as high as 80%. We discussed how to decide if putting your energies into networking was right for you.  Perhaps you fall into the 20-30% of folks who do not rely on networking as their primary source of  your job finding , what are other things you can utilize in order to optimize your job search?

This past October, an article appeared on  LearnVest  outlining  “4  Ways to Land a Job…Without Networking”.

 

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HRPA conference –come say hello!

July 24, 2015

PTC will be at the HRPA conference January 22 -24. We will be at booth 608. Come say hello!

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Welcome Back! Wrapping up 2013& New Things Happening in 2014

July 24, 2015

Happy 2014 everyone! We are officially more than halfway through January, which means that anyone and everyone who enjoyed some time off, is back to their usual routine. Welcome back to everyone! In this coming year we would like to wish everyone much success, a positive outlook and great health! We would also like to share a couple of things with you that are different this year here at PTC.
Newly designed Website – We have gotten a makeover with our newly designed easy to navigate website. We are now more accessible, user friendly and you can even chat with us if you would like!
Mobile site – With our website revamp came mobile accessibility. Never miss another opportunity, view and…

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How ‘Year End’ Stress Can Kill You!

July 24, 2015

Stress Stress Stress

Everyone uses this word so loosely but there are different types of stress that affect our health in awful ways. How stressed are you at ‘year end’?

Some of the biggest challenges businesses face at year end are:

-Not allowing enough time to complete your year end finances
-Technological road blocks

-not understanding your software to the fullest
-Lack of help/support to meet your deadlines

The stress incurred from these things can range from psychological stress or ‘burnout to muscle pain.According to Health Canada’s, Healthy Living, It’s Your Health; http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/stress-eng.php  the health effects from stress can range from heart disease to some types of bowel disease to mental illness. Cardiologists are finding that the spike of adrenaline from being stressed can…

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The Experion Group Luncheon Guest Speaker

July 24, 2015

PTC is excited to report that our friend and colleague Steve Rosen will be the guest speaker at The Experion Group’s   February 10th Networking luncheon!

Hosted at the National Club, members will be treated to a delectable lunch while engaging with Steve in an interactive discussion covering a broad array of new media topics. Steve will share his insights and experiences with social media and will talk about how these tools can be used to grow and expand your network/business and online presences.

We are excited for you Steve!

 

Their website: The Experion Group

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CGA Conference Coverage

July 24, 2015

Our resident guest speaker here at PTC, Steve Rosen, was invited to speak at the CGA conference held last November

The event was covered by CGA Statements Magazine,

Click the image to enlage and view the coverage!

View the full edition of the magazine here

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