The Value of an Expert
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2013
Is it worth the investment to hire a genuine expert? In many cases, hiring an expert represents long-term value. How many DIY home projects have you seen gone awry at your home or for one of your friends? My favorite is a friend who saved $50 on the connection of a new refrigerator only to flood his entire downstairs, costing him a $1,000 insurance deductible and two weeks of downtime for the clean-up and new floor installat...
What Do You Do When a Recruiter has Viewed Your LinkedIn Profile?
by Louise Garver - Dec, 2013
The etiquette required in connecting/contacting people on LinkedIn can make even senior executives anxious. The thing to recognize is that people who look at your profile are usually there for a reason. While some may be recruiters, others could be friends, or former co-workers trying to reconnect. So, what do you do when a recruiter has viewed your profile on LinkedIn? This question came up in a LinkedIn Group discussion...
Why Sacrificing Soft Skills Weakens Your Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2013
International Talent Management Strategist Dorothy Dalton recently wrote a compelling blog post:“The Hard Truth About Soft Skills,” which absolutely nails the value of soft skills in a career story resume. Dalton describes how resumes that come to her attention often do so based on the “high incidence of hard skills in the text,” but goes on to assert that “… unless the resume or professional profile tells an engaging acc...
Digital Dirt, Online Candidate Review and Other Mysteries!
by Sharon Cohen - Dec, 2013
What are recruiters reading about you online? Do you have digital dirt? Is this affecting your job search? My most popular workshops are on personal branding , social media audits and managing your digital dirt. Increasingly, job seekers are also requesting this content during individual, one on one coaching sessions. Are you prepared? There aren’t any consistent statistics on how many companies are checking out candid...
Executive Resume Checklist
by Jean Cummings - Dec, 2013
Be sure your resume meets all these criteria so that you can stand out in a competitive field of applicants. Your career brand and your value proposition 1. The reader can grasp a "reason to hire you" inside of 3 seconds. 2. The recruiter or hiring authority can get a sense of your career brand, that is, what makes you YOU professionally and distinguishes your from the competition. 3. The recruiter or hirin...
Is Your Career LinkedIn?
by Julie Cohen - Dec, 2013
Social networking is the buzzword of the moment…Facebook, MySpace, Plaxo, LinkedIn and many more. People are asking, “is it relevant to my career or professional life?” With so many options, it’s easy to become overwhelmed if you’re trying to figure it all out, and you may even question whether it’s worth the time to invest in setting up an online profile. If you’re searching for a new job, wanting to change care...
Who Cares about Work-Life Balance?
by Julie Cohen - Dec, 2013
While preparing for a speaking engagement for a group of senior executives, I was briefly distracted by a worrying thought: what if this audience of high-achieving, hard-working, successful leaders doesn’t care about work-life balance? What if they think the topic is irrelevant, unimportant and even counter-productive to what they believe has made them successful? What if, after my first introductory words and PowerPoi...
How to Conquer Your Job Search on LinkedIn in 15 Minutes a Day
by Lindsey Pollak - Dec, 2013
Welcome to the busiest season of the year: schedules are filled with holiday shopping, end-of-year planning, get-togethers, winter weather prep, and so much more. It can be difficult to keep on top of your job search when the rest of life is so busy. My best advice is to create a simple, consistent job search schedule and stick to it. To get you started, here’s a sample schedule to help you master LinkedIn in just 15 minutes p...
Mistake-Free Career Management and Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2013
Is there such a thing as mistake-free career management and job search? In a perfect world, maybe; however, you probably don’t live in a perfect world, so the odds are that you’ll make a mistake here and there throughout your career. That said, you can certainly make a concerted effort to avoid mistakes that have a devastating (or even somewhat disrupting) effect on your professional career progress. Two Mistakes to Avoid...
The Case for Virtual Career Outplacement
by Judith Lindenberger - Dec, 2013
Layoffs have touched nearly every American household over the last few years according to a recent RutgersUniversity study. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they were laid off at some point during the recession or afterward. And, nearly eight in 10 say they know someone in their circle of family and friends who has lost a job. At the same time, working virtually, banking online, paying bills online and even losing weight...
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