The Post-Interview Office Tour: What It Means
by Adrienne Erin - Aug, 2013
An interview for a new job, and especially a first job, is a nerve-wracking experience. You’ve been practicing possible questions and answers. You’re wearing a stuffy suit. You’re trying to focus on the questions you’re being asked while subconsciously lamenting the terrible answer you gave to a question that was asked five minutes ago. Finally, the interview comes to a pleasant end and the interviewer takes you on a tour...
Tips From The Experts: How To Network Your Way To A New Job
by Michelle Dumas - Aug, 2013
You check the newspaper or online listings, see a position that could be great for you, and you apply to it – never to hear from that organization. Does this scenario sound familiar? With fewer jobs in the marketplace, competition is extremely fierce. But if this single, traditional method of finding new employment isn’t working for you, you need to add another strategy to your toolbox. One strategy is networking. Here are so...
Your Career: The Remix
by Shun McGhee - Aug, 2013
I recently listened to Destiny’s Child’s first record “No, No, No.” I remember thinking how good the original four member group sounded together. Like most people I had almost forgotten Destiny’s Child’s first record was a ballad. The song’s vocal arrangements were flattering and the music was nice. Those factors considered, the tune received minimal airplay. The audience Destiny’s Child attempted to reach wanted to dance, and...
Job Search is Hard Work
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2013
Whether you’re an executive looking for his/her next senior position or a career newbie, job search is hard work. The specifics will undoubtedly differ in various respects, but the underlying theme is the same. You can’t get there from here without serious effort. That’s true whether we have a decent job market or a lousy one (see my previous post on career management in a down economy for another slant on this). No one is...
How To Sell Yourself And Get Hired
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Aug, 2013
Hello? Is it me you are looking for? Looking for work when you don’t have a job can be incredibly lonely and unrewarding. So, how can you get hired? Many employers don’t send acknowledgement notices via mail, e-mail, fax or phone like they did in the good ole days. Applicants often spend seemingly fruitless hours sitting at home, undressed (unwashed? unshaven?) in front of computers scanning myriad job announcements an...
Time for Your Career Wake-Up Call?
by Walter Akana - Aug, 2013
Like other people, you probably have fond recollections of starting out in life. From the moment you were free to strike out on your own, life held wonderful promise of new adventures to come. The sky was the limit, and the great advice people offered, as they wished you well, fueled your visions of success. Chances are, one of the most fundamental pieces of advice you received was to “know thyself.” It probably seemed li...
10 Ways To Find Target Companies In Your Job Search
by Kristin Johnson - Aug, 2013
If you’re thinking, “Take this job and shove it!”, you’ll want to get your job search going in the right direction. But before you jump onto the job boards, consider this: According to a survey of 700 employees by Right Management, “Eighty-six percent of the employees polled said they plan to actively look for a new position in 2013; another 8% said they may do so and are already networking.” A lot of folks are making...
3 Easy Tips For Cover Letter Therapy
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2013
Ah… the dreaded resume cover letter! Nothing stirs fear in the hearts of job seekers more than the thought of writing a cover letter. It must be the pressure of being succinct, factual, and original. Before you reach a state of high anxiety, consider therapy – cover letter therapy. To write an excellent cover letter, you must really know yourself. Before you begin to draft your cover letter, you must dig deep. Read these tips...
Why You Shouldn’t Send a Handwritten Thank You Note
by Rich Jones - Aug, 2013
A couple days ago, I found myself in a discussion about the effectiveness of the handwritten thank you note. I was surprised to find out how many people are still sending handwritten notes or are advocates of them. The thought is that the handwritten note differentiates a candidate from the others, who are just sending a thank you email. My view is this: The medium for your thank you note isn’t as important as the content...
10 Tips For Success At Job Fairs
by Norine Dagliano - Aug, 2013
Recently, I attended a local job fair and spoke to several of the employers to solicit their response to the following question: ”If you were to offer one tip for job seekers attending a job fair, what would it be?” The two answers given most frequently? “Dress professionally” and “Communicate what you want and what you have to offer.” This seemed like common sense to me, but considering how many employers mentioned these...
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