Go with your grain
by Hallie Crawford - Feb, 2012
I recently gave a speech at the GA Tech Alumni group. They are a wonderful group of people who are really committed to finding greater fulfillment in their careers. We talked about the analogy of painted versus stained wood that I normally use in my speeches. It’s about not letting your authenticity be painted over so to speak by a coat of paint, like paint over wood. Instead, imagine that you use stain instead to bring out, o...
Job Hunting Tips and Ideas February 2012
by Jason Stauffacher - Feb, 2012
Here are some job searching tactics to use in today’s 2012 job hunting: If you write a generic, all-purpose general resume and cover letter, it won't get read by the hiring manager at all. To boot, shot-gunning hundreds of companies with that all-purpose résumés addressed, "to whom it may concern" will not land you a new job or even an interview. It's very important to customize all of your appli...
Marketing Yourself in Job Search
by Kathy Bornheimer - Feb, 2012
No matter how the “job market” swings the prepared job seeker/career manager must understand the employer’s needs and wants. Basic marketing principles apply in this endeavor in order to “seal the deal and obtain the job you want. Basic Market Research Techniques What does the market (employers) want? Find this out by doing your homework through various resources. The Internet is a fantastic tool; however, how you use it i...
Stop Making Career Excuses
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Feb, 2012
Are you having a tough time in your career? If the answer is yes, know that you are not alone. Things are tough for most people. There are fewer jobs and more work for those that are employed. Workers are over-utilized and stretching themselves thin. It’s a bit crazy out there. Many people I talk to are tired and stressed out. Not ideal conditions to do your best. But sometimes you have to ask yourself, “What is really...
Stress in America - What’s Causing Stress in America?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Feb, 2012
The American Psychological Association (APA), published the results of its' annual Stress in America survey in January, 2012. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2011/final-2011.pdf The Stress in America survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of APA among 1,226 U.S. residents in August and September, showed that many Americans consistently report high levels of stress (22 percent repor...
What are Your Valuable Core Competencies?
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2012
Those of us who write resumes often like to use the concept of core competencies–possibly as a keyword-rich section of its own, maybe woven into the thread of the resume through concrete examples of the competencies, or in numerous other ways. I’ve certainly done this with my clients’ resumes many times over the years, and I thought I was pretty conversant with what the concept involved. That was before I got curious and start...
What is Your "Why"?
by Andy Robinson - Feb, 2012
What is your "Why"? Do you have clarity on WHY you do what you do? What beliefs, cause or purpose are you driven by? What COMPELS you to do what you do for a living? Do your clients and customers know your "why"? If your why aligns with their beliefs and needs, you'll be drawn to each other as if by magic. Great companies understand this. Highly successful people embody this. My "Why" is driven by my BELIEFS,...
What STEM Majors Should Include on a College Resume
by Marcia Robinson - Feb, 2012
There is no one way to write a good college resume. Visit any college career center and you can usually find hundreds of sample college resumes that any college student can use. Although there are differences in layout and style, all good college resumes include certain basic items. These basic parts of a college resume are correct contact information, education and work. Depending on your college major though, there might be...
Write a resume an employer will appreciate
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2012
How can you appeal to an employer? Spoon feed your resume! You would not hand an infant with no teeth a whole apple to eat; he or she wouldn’t know what to do with it. (For the uninitiated, take my word for it here. The baby may just throw it back at you and still be hungry. And crying.) Instead, you would offer applesauce and manipulate the spoon full directly into the infant’s mouth. Similarly, (see where I am going here...
How do you handle awkward moments in job interviews?
by Hallie Crawford - Feb, 2012
I was talking to a friend the other day, and she told me about her brother who went on an interview at a daycare center in Kansas and they told him during the interview they don’t typically hire men. Oops! That’s not something that’s smart for an interviewer to say (and why were they interviewing him anyway?) It’s an awkward situation for the candidate. How would you handle this? A good solution could be to simply ask them...
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