Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make: Why You Didn’t Get Hired For The Job
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2013
Searching for a job is hard work. No matter if you’re unemployed or working but testing the market to see if there is indeed greener grass elsewhere, exercising the patience, vigilance and creativity necessary to successfully find a job isn’t easy. In addition to making sure you do all the right things, there are also mistakes you can’t afford to make, any one of which may be the reason you didn’t get hired for the job....
How to Get Your First Promotion
by Tiffany Young - Apr, 2013
It’s a good time to consider where you’re at in your job. As you evaluate your annual goals and setting new expectations, think about what you need to do to put yourself in line for your first promotion. Producing strong results in your current job won’t be enough. You will need to demonstrate to your supervisor and the company the skills that prove that you are ready for the next level. Keep these things in mind: Take...
Part III – Q&A For Creating An Outstanding Resume
by Ramon Greenwood - Apr, 2013
Q: How do I mention achievements without bragging? A: Shift your resume from a responsibility focus to a contribution focus. Highlight the problems you solved. Highlight what you delivered. Provide specific stories that illustrate how you communicate, how you manage, how you network. Problem-Action-Results. Q: I would like to develop and advertise my “Personal Brand”. What steps should I take? A: First you...
Ready to Reboot Your Career? How Reinventing Worked for Me, More Than Once.
by Dawn Lennon - Apr, 2013
Careers can get old for a lot of reasons: Boredom when the work gets too predictable Declining fulfillment from achievements Disenchantment with a job going no where Curiosity about what's out there Compensation ceilings that won't meet future needs I've experienced all of these at different times. Each one caused significant stress, confusion, and frustration, sometimes all at once. I tried to force my way t...
6 Ways to Use Twitter in a Job Search
by Marcia Robinson - Apr, 2013
Twitter is a great resource for anyone who is looking for a job right now. Some job seekers are more adept at using Twitter and other social media tools than others. However, like all social media, Twitter has it's pros and cons. The big con of course is that college students should know that whatever they put out there in the Twitterverse may exist for a lot longer than the student might want it to. On the other hand, Twit...
Your Resumé Is You
by Bob Roth - Apr, 2013
Most employers learn about college students from their resumés. Whatever is on the resumé is all they know about the student. Therefore, if the resumé has few examples of accomplishments and successes, the employer will have little reason to interview the candidate. Since employers use the resumé as a screening device, your resumé is you. In the end, employers are interested in only one thing. They want to learn abo...
Is Your Boss a Poor Communicator?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2013
Good communication skills should be a minimum requirement for promotion to management, but too often that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, you might find that your boss is a poor communicator, and you have to cope with that unsatisfactory situation. Unless you find a way to deal with it successfully, you might find yourself heading out the door sooner than expected–either voluntarily or involuntarily. In view of that...
Need a mentor? How to find (and keep) one
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2013
When you hear about someone looking for a mentor, you probably think about young people seeking an older and wiser, senior person to show them the ropes. Today, the definition of mentorship includes people at all ages and experience levels; mentors aren’t just for twenty-somethings anymore. If you’re in your 40s, can a mentor help you? University of Georgia professor of industrial-organizational psychology, Lillian Eby, Ph...
How To Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out
by Lisa Adams - Mar, 2013
The goals of a cover letter are to 1) affirm the connection you have (hopefully) already made with the addressee and 2) to get you noticed. If that is the case, why do all the cover letters I see look the same? All short one paragraph, maybe with a few bullets about why this candidate is applying for the job. What do you think the reaction is from recruiters and hiring managers when they see this type of cover letter? I sa...
5 Steps To Landing The Job: How To Follow Up After A Job Interview
by Michelle Dumas - Mar, 2013
The job interview is over. You rerun it in your mind, probably repeatedly. In so doing, however, you’re actually distracting yourself from taking steps that may still impact whether you get the job or not. After all, there’s no point in herding “COWS” (Coulda, oughta, woulda, shoulda). What you should do is follow up after the interview. The job interview might be over but your prospective employer’s decision-maki...
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