‘Miracle on Ice’ pre game speech, wait for it, by a 4 yr old!

I LOVE THIS KID!!!!!

I love his PARENTS too!!!

What is the #1 question we DON’T get asked and why not?

Here it is:

What do you think of my resume?’ What’s worse, most don’t even realize there’s anything wrong…

It’s usually even more difficult for those with the most tenure. In other words, this happens to some of the best. In this regard, it’s an equal opportunity issue and often doesn’t discriminate…

In fact, most people we work with find themselves unemployed through no fault of their own, often the direct result of Merger, Acquisition, RIF, plant closings, etc.

They’re often provided, as a part of their severance package, a resume service via contracted 3rd party. Don’t misunderstand, this is a GOOD thing. However, these days, and particularly in this market, that’s just a good starting point…

Click Here ~View my TOP 5 Errors

You need to have a FOCUSED approach and less is generally more, i.e., tweak and customize your skill sets and background experience as most applicable to the opportunity you seek.

Reality Check: The days of a generic resume with an objective along the lines of, ‘seeking an opportunity to utilize my skills in a growth oriented company’ are long since over… That’s about as stale as it gets. In fact, I’m not a big fan of an objective at all. A professional overview is much preferred.

Let’s face it, Marketing, Sales, Engineering and yes, even Management are each at times independently BRILLIANT, but seldom all 3 at once…

EXAMPLE: We love our Dentist, and I LOVE my Chiropractor; but I wouldn’t want them to trade places before my next appointment!!

Finally, and cannot over emphasize this point enough, it wasn’t our intent to have every candidate quite literally ask, it was more rhetorical in nature. You’ve got it, we aren’t philanthropist’s. (utilize the aforementioned severance services)

Lessons Learned watching ‘Pop Warner’ Football

If you’ve ever been to a football game being played by 8-9 year olds, it resembles a cross between a Rugby Scrum and Dodgeball w/Helmets.

Hence, entertaining but hard to figure out who’s got the ball or what’s really going on… Especially considering the poor viewing angle available via bleachers. How could I possibly have learned from this? Simple: by watching the adults…more specifically the Head Coach.

Picture this: he’s pacing the sidelines back and forth as if this were the NFL Playoffs. (Who knows, maybe he had a friendly ‘wager’ pending?) But still he drones on and on, back and forth, grimacing, looking at the ground chewing gum in perfect rhythm with his step.

Back and forth, over and over… Did I mention this guy is built like a Brick $hit house? Probably 6 ft, 220 and muscular. If it werent so disturbing to witness, it would be funny. I’m thinking, this guy needs to be in a Southwest Airlines commercial, ie, ‘Wanna get away?’

This pacing is only interrupted by intermittent groans of pain (with or without hands thrown in the air). He’s obviously disgusted at his teams performance, and verbalizes this often.  The team seems headed for another inevitable loss…AGAIN…

Halftime:Coach decides to the only thing to do is shame them into playing harder, ‘Im watchin’ you guys and I see some of you not running and giving 100%. If that doesnt change in the 2nd half, you’re going to be running the whole practice on Monday!”

NICE. How’s that workin’ out for ya, Coach? These guys are gettin’ their 9 yr old asses kicked all over the field, now the same holds true for the sideline! As predicted, the level of motivation these guys have is rapidly diminishing, 19-0, 26-0, and finally, the pain subsides temporarily, and its over.

LESSONS LEARNED:
First and foremost, dont be too quick to ‘judge’ Coach. Afterall, his hearts in the right place and this is all he knows. Heck, their not paying him for this torture. Likely this is how he was taught…

Moreover, having ‘coached’ my son’s tee ball team of 3-5 year olds, I know personally the special pain of watching your team get clobbered. In fact, we looked like the Bad News Bears, or so I thought. It was very close in many ways to herding cats

You see, these guys are a first year team, and they end up playing teams with older, bigger and faster kids. Point being, you could have the best game plan in the world, but it doesnt matter if you cant block, run and/or tackle nearly as well as the other guys…

So how many of us, like me, find ourselves on the sideline, worrying about market conditions in the same way? Worse, wasting energy by pacing back and forth and not really making any progress, hoping it will be different next quarter, or 2nd half, or next game, maybe next season?

We should be LEARNING right now. Lets face it, we rarely learn anything when we’re winning all the time… 2 final thoughts courtesy of the Dalai Lama:

1) ‘WHEN YOU LOSE, DONT LOSE THE LESSON’

2) ‘WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE TEACHER APPEARS’

Who’s on YOUR team? Dogs or Stars?


Who’s on YOUR team? Dogs or Stars?

Originally uploaded by EASTeam

After all, you get to pick… How about improving the performance of your team.

Start today by calling EAST @ 888-906-0202 x1235 for an initial consultation.

So many resumes so little time…right??


So many resumes so little time…

Originally uploaded by EASTeam

Dont you have better things to do, like RUN YOUR BUSINESS?? Let the pro’s handle the increased candidate flow.

BECAUSE, if you think youve got the best candidates ~youre wrong~ just the best candidates that have applied OR those that are ACTIVELY looking… BIG DIFFERENCE!

Learn more about EASTeam and additional insight on this topic by clicking here:
easteam.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/so-many-resumes-so-littl…

(Pssst, usually the best and brightest arent unemployed until the bitter end. Willing to wait that long??)

EASTeam List of Top 5 Resume Errors (Engineers)

EASTeam’s friends @ www.motioncontrol.com asked we provide some insight that would benefit their readers. The best place to start, just also happens to be the easiest to prevent…the resume.  In these difficult economic times, there’s no need to make a bad situation worse, albeit very common, by making any one of the following mistakes when preparing a resume:

Trying to be all things to all people (part 1) ~ Don’t do it.  It doesn’t work and will only water down the message.  Remember, we’re looking for a laser beam, not a flood light here…  This absolutely applies to the ‘objective’ portion.  I much prefer a ‘summary’ portion hitting a few highlights and can be easily customized (and absolutely should be) for each individual opportunity.

Trying to be all things to all people (part 2) ~ Don’t do it either.  It doesn’t work and will only water down the message.  (It’s like déjà vu all over again). However, you may want to have several DIFFERENT versions of your resume, i.e., one that focuses on project mgmt, one that focuses on  technical design engineering, and later on in your career a focus on leadership.

Focusing on Responsibilities vs. Accomplishments ~ No one cares that you were in charge of filling out and keeping up to date the SPC lies, err, uhh, I mean ‘CAP’ statements at the end of every shift…  However, we do care about ANYTHING that you have done alone (or contributed to within a team) that added real value to the product, implemented cost or scrap reductions, or contributed to process improvement…in other words, things that impact the Bottom Line.

Delivering CV vs. Resume ~ That’s right.  If you’re applying for an academic role, by all means feel free to add in the 14 pages of dribble, err uhh, research and team based study groups you’ve participated.  (Don’t forget to include the Dungeons & Dragons Club chair post you likely proudly held). This is America, so get on the bus: that means no pictures, no ‘my mother tongue is ___’, etc.  Just 2 pages of meat & potatoes.  Period. Remember, this is not going to get you the job nor is it a 3D look, it’s merely a starting point for dialogue and should be presented as such. No more, no less.

Exaggerating about your Experience ~ If you sat next to a guy for the last 20 years via the neighboring cube whose focus in life was developing motor algorithms’, well, that doesn’t make you an expert.  No, it isn’t transferred magically by proxy via the cube wall.  So, it may get you an interview, but that’s about it.  You can bet they will find out and most likely sooner than later.  The sooner the better for all, for that matter…

*Note* didn’t mention, ‘No Lying.’  That goes without saying, but not without writing…  he he

The Engineering & Automation Solutions Team (EASTeam) is comprised of a multinational workforce focused primarily on recruitment of technical engineering professionals located within the Industrial Automation & Motion Control Industry. EASTeam is led by Kirk Abraham, an award winning executive recruiter, and partner with an Indianapolis based franchise of the MRI Network. More @ www.engineeringsolutionsteam.com

The best testimonial EVER…in nearly 10 years. Why?

WHY?  No, it’s not because he’s the CEO of a company.  No, it’s not because we’d made the biggest fee ever.  No, No, No…

It directly demonstrates in short order: 1) gratitude and 2) competence.  Plenty of other indirect insights as well…but I digress.

Context:  result of a placement we’d made for a Fortune 100 multibillion dollar organization, albeit a 200 ml dollar business unit.

But I just love this unsolicited testimonial, check it out:

“I was about to take a position with a company with not so great benefits.  When I contacted Kirk about a position he had listed, he quickly got me an interview and negotiated a decent salary for me.  The other recruiter who offered the position with not so great benefits told me that Kirk’s client was not looking for people. The other recruiter was wrong.

~(newly) Employed Controls Engineer


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