June 10, 2011


How to move up in a down economy

In a rocky economy, job seekers can learn a lot from Super Bowl ads.

Meaty, concise and error-free resumes keep recruiters engaged. "You have 10 seconds to capture their attention," explained Dethra Giles, human resources director at Oxford College.

Giles was among a diverse panel of University managers at a June 7 luncheon who provided tips on how to ace interviews, develop lasting social networks and make your own luck , "Keeping up and moving up in a down economy." The event was sponsored by the Center for Women and held at Oxford College.

Panelists cited a wealth of opportunities to nurture mentoring relationships across the University. Such associations provide a sounding board for questions or concerns and support an employee's personal and professional growth.

For those weighing a job move, preparation is key, the panelists agreed. That means crafting thoughtful, relevant responses to interview questions and knowing when to stop and breathe.

Susan Carini, executive director of Emory Creative Group, said she initially passed up applying for her current position out of fear that she had not cultivated all the necessary skills.

"Never waver in the confidence you have in yourself," she told the audience.

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