Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many

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Quality + Quantity = Winning Combination

Keep in mind when professionally managing a career move that quality and quantity both matter.

It is important to consistently measure the QUALITY of your job search. Obtaining a job offer is not the only measure of the quality of your search. Another test of quality is when hiring authorities say they want you but not now. That proves you are interviewing well and with the right target. (quality) There is an element of luck in any job search. If you maintain momentum (quantity) in your job search you will end up contacting the right person at the right time.

In real estate you probably have heard that it’s all about location. In a job search, your success is very dependent on timing. You will become more skilled at making connections that will help you professionally manage your career. Learning from your success as well as your failures. Be open to attending technical networking events both online and in person. Contribute when you can, the “give before you take rule” is alive and well.


Starting today, view yourself as a problem solver. During initial interviews/connections your goal is to build rapport and begin to form a relationship. Managers hire someone who is qualified but also hire individuals they like. Establishing rapport helps differentiate you from your competition. You want to do a better job of addressing the managers needs, coming up with solutions to problems, researching and showing more interest and more competence than your competition. When the technical manger is ready to hire, you want to be the person they contact.

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Walk the Line- Following up vs. Stalking

There is a fine line between appropriately following up and stalking. There are actions you can take that will prevent the need for you to become a stalker. A job interview is a competition between you and the other candidates who are being interviewed for the exact same position. You must do all you can during an interview to influence the interviewer so they begin to envision you in the position.

Your work is not done once you have completed your job interview. This is a competitive job market and often the interviewer has scheduled several interviews over a few days. If you want to obtain the offer you can’t just wait to be called by the employer.


1. Ask the interviewer for the target date to fill the position

2. Be proactive and consider your follow up process as a strategic step in your job search process

3. Ask for business cards so you have the correct spelling of names and correct titles

4. Write individual thank you notes to every person involved in the interview process, including the receptionist who greeted you when you arrived.

5. If you have multiple interviews with the same person, send thank you notes after each interview

6. In your thank you notes state your high level of interest in the position and their company as well as the confidence you have in your ability to do the job

7. Show appreciation for the hiring authorities’ time and interest in you reminding them of specific topics discussed during the interview

8. If you have provided references during your interview, personally call your references and discuss the specific opportunity you have interviewed for so they know what skills to highlight when providing your references

9. Remain calm and positive – often decisions are delayed due to other priorities

1. Corresponding only by email, vs. all means of communication

2. Spelling or grammar errors

3. Stopping your job search process waiting for an offer vs. keep interviewing

4. Taking rejection personally, if not hired

5. Don’t show any negativity or disgust if you are not hired. You never know when a new even better opportunity will become available.

Implement these ideas and your follow up process will greatly improve your chances of obtaining a job offer.

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Detroit- Start Up Jobs- Magento Developer

Detroit start-up Chalkfly is searching for technical talent. An outstanding opportunity for the developer who wants to build a career in Detroit. Apply at

Full Stack Magento Developer

Chalkfly is looking for an amazing, experienced, OO PHP developer with deep eCommerce experience to join our fast-growing, first-rate development team. As a Chalkfly software developer, you are responsible for end-to-end product development, from architecture, to development, to rollout. You must be comfortable participating in design and code reviews, as well as delivering accurate estimates, providing regular development progress feedback and consistently meeting project deadlines. Chalkfly developers are effective at explaining complex ideas and concepts to non-technical team members.

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3 Mistake to Avoid When Creating a Video Resume

Short video introductions have become a popular addition to a traditional resume for Technology Professionals who are searching for new opportunities. Before you jump into the latest trend consider the importance of getting the video right, a bad video can hurt more than help.

Mistake #1:

Making the video longer than 2-3 minutes. Remember, if I am the recruiter reviewing your resume I don’t want to hear your life story I just want learn why I should spend time talking to you. Tell me what you can DO.

Mistake #2:

Sharing personal information. The video is your first impression, keep it focused on the professional side of you, that is what the recruiter/manager cares about first.

Mistake #3:

Letting the video introduction carry the whole process. While video resumes are weaving their place in the recruiting process they have NOT replaced traditional resumes. Some employers fearing discrimination issues won’t even look at a video, so make sure your cover letter and resume are as outstanding as your video.

Preparation Tips for Video Resumes:

• Dress as if you were going to a face to face interview.
• Keep your video resume short: one – three minutes.
• Talk to the camera, not your notes on the desk. Eye contact is important.
• Practice speaking slowly, try to relax and smile, imagine talking to a friend.
• Remove any clutter from behind where you are sitting.
• Practice, practice, and practice your presentation until it is comfortable.
• Introduce yourself by stating your name.
• Mention why you would be a good employee and what you can do for the company.
• Thank the viewer for considering you for employment.

A little inspiration to get you started:

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Attn: Retention Managers

Who,when, what a company cares about matters. It defines company culture. Is it important enough to quit over? You bet your bottom line. Once or twice a year public attention falls to a viral example of “you can take this job and shove it” event like this one. Thousands quit for similar reasons with no fanfare.

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Dear HR, Just Stop

Dear Personnel Manager, (Out of date title BTW)

I noticed in your recent job posting that you included the following phrase at the end:

Additional Duties: Anything so delegated by management.

Have you considered how that statement makes the highly qualified professionals you are looking to attract to your company think and feel? I did, matter of fact I asked my “friends” on Facebook that very question and this was their response:

JM: Expect to be micro managed and have to do whatever they won’t hire other people for.

CB: Pick up their dry cleaning, get coffee and/or lunch.

CV: Underpaid

EP: A road to “subtle” abuse?? Hopefully not.

KD: Over-worked under paid.

MB: Actually I believe it means the job description was written hurriedly and the management team really didn’t contribute much to it.

SV: It explains the work culture there- and you have to take crap from Management and they do nothing except delegate- subtle way for the HR person to say don’t come here…

I know this is NOT the reaction you are looking to create. So please STOP using this phrase, your company, your management team, YOU are much better than this!

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Summer Vacation and Productivity

Happy Tuesday September 3rd! Now that Labor Day has come and gone the summer vacation season is officially over, welcome back to the office!

The last few weeks have been filled with end of summer “buzz”, a certain type of urgency that pops up twice a year. Once in the middle of August and once just before Thanksgiving. If nothing else the end of summer/year leads to the realization that things need to kick into gear and get done.

This buzz reminds me a great speech that Zig Ziglar gave on productivity and approaching each day like tomorrow is the day you are leaving for vacation. Spend a minute with Zig below.

Do you know the value of a minute?