When looking for a job today, it's not enough to have only the required technical skills. "Employers look for candidates who understand critical issues affecting companies in the 1990s and must know that you're willing and able to respond to pressures of doing business in a global village," says National Business Employment Weekly, dated March 17.
Excerpts: "Demonstrating a knowledge of key business trends and how they affect a prospective employer is a crucial job requirement. . . Describing your abilities as a team player will help your job-winning chances. . . At the same time, good team players also must be individual contributors. . . Prior to interviews, research a prospective employer's products and customers. . . Taking the safe road, doing your job, and not making waves may not get you fired (right away at least), but it won't help your career or your company long-term. . . Leaders risk-takers -- are in very short supply, but ones with vision are pure gold."
MARYLAND WORKPLACE: "Any time I socialized with management too much, it hurt my career." (Successful local radio-TV entertainer). . . Every employee should know: what's my job, who's my boss, and how am I doing? If no one tells you, ask. . . A retired USF&G executive told me that the stock plunge cost him $1 million (he had 30,000 shares) and that the dividend slash shredded his income $90,000 a year. . . When, as a teen-ager, I worked after hours for my Dad in his Baltimore stock brokerage office, he paid me $5 a week, and said, "Get me two packs of Camels with this quarter and bring me the change," and he warned, "We're not clock-watchers around here." . . . When a young man recently complained to me that he had sent out 400 job resumes without getting any replies, I advised, "Use that same energy getting personal appointments with people who have the power to hire you." He then got three interviews.