What’s Wrong With My Resume? 5 Things to Consider
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Okay, you have now polished your resume in the best way that you know how after you have: (a) Finished that job training program/school (b) Completed the internship (c) Preparing to leave the military (d) Started to search for jobs after gaining some practical experiences in an entry level position. You’ve put your best foot forward as you have applied for jobs that you believe you can perform and offer value to the corporatio...
How to Write A Better Cover Letter Introduction
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Yes, employers still read cover letters. Let me just start with that since I’m asked that question quite frequently these days. I will say that I’m sure not all of them do, but the majority still take a few moments to scan through the cover letter—and so having an attention-grabbing cover letter is important. Especially if you have something significant you need to say. And I assure you, if you’re applying for a position...
Job Search: Ready, Set, G–Whoa!!
by Jan Melnik - Jan, 2013
Whether you are happily employed, unhappily working, or out-on-the-market ready for an exciting engagement, smart job search isn’t a matter of ready, set, go anymore. Since the first of the year, I have had more than a handful of inquiries that included comments along the lines of “I just need to get a resume ‘thrown together,’ I don’t need a cover letter, and I’m not going to worry about using LinkedIn, that doesn’t work a...
Killer interview mistakes to avoid
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
The drum is beating for a new job in 2013. It’s up to you to make it happen, and it’s not as hard as you may think. Simple steps make all the difference, especially when it comes to successful interviews. Avoid these killer interview mistakes and you’ll be that much closer to a new job. 1. Don’t prepare what to wear. This is a bigger mistake than you may realize. When you reach into your closet to select your interview...
Companies hire skill sets, not job titles
by Dawn Bugni - Jan, 2013
A recent client had just completed his computer science degree. Currently, he was working as a delivery driver for a national courier service. Prior to that, he had been in the Navy. He was ready to launch his computer industry career starting as help desk technician. He told me he had absolutely no help desk experience. He feared finding even an entry level position “in this market” with his background. He told me I’d se...
Job Search Tip: Network Thoughtfully
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2013
Sometimes people just do not understand what networking is about–or not about, as the case might be. If you abuse the process, you will probably pay the penalty and not reap the rewards you can gain from thoughtful networking…that is, networking that respects the rights and time of others. Un-Thoughtful Networking on LinkedIn Tim had a frustrating and unpleasant experience with someone who connected with him on LinkedI...
Two Kinds of People
by Nan S. Russell - Jan, 2013
Twelve minutes before I was to speak to a large group gathering in a downtown hotel ballroom, I was still struggling with A/V equipment. With hundreds of presentations under my belt, I'm accustomed to handling last minute glitches. But no matter what I tried, my presentation wouldn't project. Hailing the meeting planner for help, he did his magic and within minutes an A/V tech arrived with another projector. When that, too, f...
Yesterday I received a call from a community college out east. They may want to hire me to provide a motivational presentation to their undecided fema
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2013
Yesterday I received a call from a community college out east. They may want to hire me to provide a motivational presentation to their undecided female students sharing the benefits of nontraditional careers, i.e., male-dominated. What a great idea! Many female students enter college undecided about what major to pursue, and ultimately, what career path to choose. These students range from 18-year olds to those in their 40Œs...
Under-the-Radar Strategies To Keep Your Job Search A Secret
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2013
Seeking employment is a challenge, even during the best of times. It’s often said that looking for a full time job is itself a full time job, one that requires a great deal of time, persistence and creativity. If you happen to be unemployed, of course, you likely have time in abundance. But what if you already have a job and want to find a new or different (and hopefully better) position? Taking it a step further, what if ...
How to Meet and Influence People You Don't Know
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
One of the most important factors you probably aren't considering in your job hunt is how important it is to influence what people you do not know think of you. What? You need to worry about people you don't know? Absolutely—it's probably the most overlooked job-search step you aren't doing anything about. Of course, there is a catch: your goal is to increase the number of people who know, like, and trust you. You should i...
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