Tuesday, October 4, 2011

They want you--do you want them?


Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, says headhunters and others do call out of the blue sometimes.

Hiring people, she says, are combing LinkedIn and other sites for good fits.

You may think—why not—at least interview.

But be sure you want a new job—it can be stressful to start over. You also may be so dazzled at being wanted, you don’t see what the job entails.

Do your own sleuthing—through social media. Is Facebook full of complaints about overwork there or bad bosses?

Try to get past the charm offensive. Ask why the position is open.

Check out the boss or supervisor. If someone says you need to be thick-skinned—uh-oh.

Ask for an office tour—are people talking, smiling.

Listen to your gut. It’s nice to be wanted, but be shrewd.

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