How do you avoid getting a job offer rescinded?

1) Always advise your recruiter or potential employer if you may have any misdemeanors or other potential issues with your background check in ADVANCE

2) Always cross check your employment dates and only list months if required on your resume. If your months are off even slightly this can have your offer rescinded
3) If you started a job “temp” but it went perm, you would want to be sure to clarify what dates were temp and what dates were perm
4) Make sure any education listed on your resume is verifiable and/or that you can provide an authentic copy of your Degree or certificate that you have listed
5) DON’T LIE. This is a good catch all to avoid getting your offer rescinded and covers all of the above topics.
If you lie about anything, no matter how insignificant or small it may seem, an employer has every right to rescind your job offer.

What are employers looking for?

Can you do the job?

Do you have the right skills for the job?
Do you fit into the environment/culture of the company?
If you can effectively communicate that you can do the job and that you have the right skills and that you can fit in, then the job is yours. So why do most people not get hired?
What people often do in the interview is GIVE employers reasons not to hire them. The average person has the right skills and could do the job, but they share inappropriate information during the interview. Below are some examples of inappropriate things to discuss in an interview that will cause the employer to not want to hire you:
1) Sharing medical information, such as the fact that you were on a recent medical leave
2) Sharing information that is personal, such as the fact that your are divorced and going through a hard time
3) Sharing information that is covered under the federal discrimination laws (EEOC), such as information related to your age, race, sexual orientation etc…
4) Complaining about past employers and exhibiting a negative attitude about anything in general
5) Sharing confidential information about your past employer that is not meant for public knowledge
These are just a few examples of things you could discuss that would give employers a reason to NOT want to hire you.
Keep this in mind in your next interview and remember to use discretion!

Delivery makes the Difference

It is not what you say, as much as how you say it. This is very true, especially in interviews. Below are some examples of what people say in and interview versus, what they are trying to say:

What was said Example 1:
Interviewer: “Why did you leave your last job?”
Job Seeker: “The company closed.”
What could have been said to make more of an impact/what was meant:
Job Seeker: “I was at my last job over five years and loved everyone there, which is why I stayed as long as I did. Unfortunately, due to things slowing down, they had to restructure, but I am grateful for everything I learned there and look forward to applying it in my next position.”
What was said Example 2:
Interviewer: “Why should we want to hire you?”
Job Seeker: “I am hard working, detail oriented and organized.”
What could have been said to make more of an impact/what was meant:
Job Seeker: “I have spent over 10 years in the field and I love what I do. A few things that make me stand out are probably the fact that I am very detail oriented and organized. An example of where that proved useful in my most recent position was when we were working on a large project that didn’t have any structure. I took the lead on the project and implemented a new organizational system that help cut the time of the project in half.”
Above are just two examples of where job seekers can increase their ability to sell themselves in an interview through better delivery and communication. Almost everyone I have ever interviewed has at least one example of where they have been effective, but often they are not clear on how to deliver that information in an interview. 
It is not just what you say, it is how you say it!

Things are Looking Up

Things are Looking Up
Though the current economic condition has been trying for millions of Americans and others worldwide, things are beginning to look up. More and more, my clients are getting interviews and are being offered fantastic positions. For the first half of this year, it was rare for anyone to even land an interview, let alone, receive a job offer. As we head into the end of the year, you will begin to see companies regaining their faith in the economy, and slowly but surely people will get hired.
In a normal market, September and October are relatively busy due to executives and hiring managers alike returning from their summer vacations. Unfortunately, in the past, there has been a bit of a lull in hiring around November and December because many potential employers are gone for the holidays with their families. Many times, a company has spent their budget by the end of the year so they begin to look at ramping up their staffing in January. That said, I would highly encourage any job seekers that are looking to be hired before the end of the year, to go full force through the end of September and all throughout October.
Ideally, you should be spending at least 40 hours a week looking for a job. This should include attending networking functions, such as Pink Slip Mixers, posting your resume on websites such as and, applying directly to at least 5-10 positions per day, and finally learning to use social media to help facilitate introductions to the companies you want to get hired at. 
Even if you cannot find a position by the end of 2009, the good news is that January is typically the busiest time of the year when it comes to hiring. Employers will have new budgets to work with and new staff needs to fill. Be diligent in your job search and you too will get hired!