How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2013
“So…. Tell me about yourself.” It’s the interview question we all dread. And we dread it for good reason. It’s way too broad and we have no idea what the interviewer wants us to say. “Just be honest” is the advice given by many careers experts. So how’s this? Well, I’m 29. I’m scared of heights. I sometimes take a teddy bear with me when I go travelling. I love Coldplay. I still smoke even though I told everyone...
3 Career Tips to Upgrade Your Quarter Life
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2013
Your 20s and 30s are a defining set of decades in your life. You make choices about your career, your friendships, your romantic relationships, your finances and your home that help shape the trajectory of your life. If you’re feeling the pressure to make the “right” choices or to do the “right” things, you’re not alone. Some people might refer to this feeling as a part of the “quarter life crisis” – a period defined by con...
7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…” If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line. Entice them with the job title and s...
Career Change: Now…Later…Never?
by Georgia Adamson - Jun, 2013
Career Change: Now…Later…Never? If you’re one of those fortunate people who knew at age 10 what you wanted your life’s work to be and have never wavered from that, congratulations! You’re almost certainly one of a fairly small minority. Most of us have progressed through multiple career changes; many have done it a lot. Sometimes it’s a question of personal growth, changes in our outlook on life, the realization that we...
Excuses–Self-Inflicted Career Wounds | A Pro Knows
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2013
You can run but you can’t hide. Mistakes, poor decisions, sub-par performance, unbecoming behavior, and unmet expectations stalk even the most skillful among us. Performance missteps will happen spite of our best efforts to avoid them. In every case they belong to us. We own them and it’s in our career best interest to admit that. Excuses cut deep. We don’t want to goof up at work. It feels bad. When it happens our...
How to Find a Job in a New City: Three Tips
by Rich Jones - Jun, 2013
One of the most common job search questions I get is how to find a job in a new city? It’s a struggle I know well. You have the skills or ability to do the job if given a chance. You’re willing to relocate. You’ll even take a less than savory salary because you want the experience. But every application you submit disappears into the belly of the internet beast — only to occasionally be burped up as a rejection message. Th...
What Is Your Professional Resume Really Saying?
by Abby Locke - Jun, 2013
It seems like every time I turn around, there are more speculations and “predictions” about the economy. One minute we are up and the other we are doomed, however, if you are a job seeker who has been trying everything to land a job or break into a new career, it’s just down right frustrating. Well, the one job search strategy that needs no prediction is a professional resume. Despite all the online branding and social med...
Six Things You Must “Nail” in a Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2013
Cover letter! Those are possibly the two most dreaded words known to any job seeker. If you feel your cover letter is weak, take a look at the list below of six things that you must “nail” in a cover letter. If you master these categories, you will have an effective cover letter. Not only that, you may even enjoy writing cover letters. (Well, that may be extreme.) Salutation Take the time to get an appropriate contac...
Wayfinding: The Art of Navigating Your Career
by Dan King - Jun, 2013
Wayfinding. It's knowing where you are, knowing your destination, and following the best route. Quite simply, it means "finding your way." Early seafarers of the South Pacific practiced wayfinding to navigate open ocean voyages without instruments, through careful observation of natural signs, like the skies, the sun and the stars. They looked upon navigation not merely as a technique of getting from one island to another...
What To Do On A Phone Interview
by Lisa Adams - Jun, 2013
Recently, I received more than a normal level of questions from my clients about what to do on a telephone interview. How is a phone interview similar or different to an in-person interview? How should I prepare? What’s The Purpose Of A Phone Interview? If you have asked the same questions, here are the basics to a successful telephone interview. The Basics What is the purpose of a telephone interview?...
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