Wanna be a rock star? Find out the real story.

What do you want to be when you grow up? You are grown up? Yeah, me too. But, here’s the thing, people change careers at least 4 times during their working lives – not jobs – careers.

One day you’re a zookeeper, the next, a System Administrator. One day you’re an insurance rep, the next a social studies teacher. One day you’re in marketing, the next you’re a personal trainer.

Yes, these are true career changes some of my clients have achieved.

Before you make a big leap, you’ll want to thoroughly investigate the true nature of the new job. Just because you wanna be a rock star….

Check out this great article for more tips on how to research positions and uncover the real deal.

 Read the article from U.S. News & World Report

Then you can get a jump start on being a true rock star in your new career. Good luck!

Liar Liar Pants on Fire: Resume Fibs Increase

I know, you heard it before, don’t lie on your resume. Now you can hear it from the employer’s point of view — and what they’re doing about resume fibs.

Here’s what Net-Temps In-Focus Recruiter News said:

Resume Fraud Is On the Rise

Former FEMA director Michael Brown is not the only person accused of fudging his resume. In a survey of 414 staffing and recruiting firms conducted by StaffingU, 92% reported a significant increase in fraudulent information being included on resumes and employment applications. That survey echoes what background search firm ADP Screening and Selection Services found in a 2003 study. Their research revealed that more than 50% of the people on whom they performed employment and education checks had submitted false information, an increase of 10% over the previous year.

The incidents of fraud are not limited to one or two groups, but are occurring at all levels, including staff, management, and executive positions. The most common “lie” is degree-related, with applicants claiming credentials they don’t have or misrepresenting the type of degree they earned. In 2002, Bausch & Lomb CEO Ronald Zarrella was found to have falsified his credentials by claiming to hold an MBA from the Stern School of Business, a school he attended without earning a diploma. The same year, Kenneth Lonchar, CFO of Veritas Software, was forced to admit that his highest educational accomplishment was an undergraduate degree from Idaho State University and not the Stanford MBA he listed on his resume.

Read on to find out what recruiters and employers are doing to uncover these fibs.

Career Exploration: One-Week Gigs

Sean Aiken - one week jobCheck out Sean Aiken’s blog – one candidate’s innovative technique to explore careers at: http://www.oneweekjob.com/.

This guy’s getting a lot of play and some interesting offers. Here’s what I like about this concept:

1. He’s exploring all types of careers and trying to discover his passion

2. He’s creating a terrific online identity and a strong brand (passion for travel rules “dude”)

3. He’s getting tons of press and links to the blog

4. Along the way he’s raising money for a good cause, “Make Poverty History.”

4. He’s getting paying sponsors for trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up!

A few suggestions:

1. Obviously this is a guy who likes to experience things in order to determine what he wants to be. I can also recommend some cool assessment tools to help him along his journey.

2. Express strong interests. If travel’s what you love, explore more travel-related careers, rather than a flower shop.

3. What a way to network – build and solidify those relationships. One never knows where it will carry you next. (For more networking tips, check out: Rock Your Network.)

I think it will be interesting to check in on Sean and see where he lands next.

Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey

Here’s the latest from the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (released March 2007) by the trades. These are the net-employment outlooks on a seasonally adjusted basis for each of the 10 industries tracked by Manpower:

* Mining, 26%, down from 29% who planned to hire in the first quarter

* Wholesale and retail trade, 20%, down from 22%

* Services, 19%, down from 23%

* Transportation and public utilities, 19%, up from 17%

* Non-durables manufacturers, 18%, flat from 18%

* Durable-goods manufacturers, 17%, down from 18%

* Finance, insurance and real estate, 17%, up from 15%

* Construction, 16%, down from 18%

* Public administration, 16%, down from 18%

* Education, 15%, down from 17%

Sources: Market Watch.com article, http://digbig.com/4rxgs Related Report from BLS: “Employment Situation Summary,” http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm