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  Nurture Your Network
by Sherri Edwards - Jul, 2011
Networking is an active process. It requires engagement, follow through and follow up. With all of the technology in the world, it still requires time for planning, thinking and responding. If I had the talent, I would draw a picture of this example, but since words are my medium, this analogy will have to be represented without visuals. Imagine researching the web or purchasing books about putting in a lawn. You can learn...
 
  Business Behavior 101
by Bob Roth - Jul, 2011
When recent college graduates and other applicants start a new job, they can feel like a fish out of water. That?s because they are unfamiliar with the people in the company, the company culture, company values, expectations, rituals and the acceptable behavior. However, new employees are almost always better off when they can quickly fit into the new work environment. With that in mind, there are seven areas that new emplo...
 
  How can your past inform your career future?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jul, 2011
I attended the National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference last week, and I wanted to share some information from one of the keynote speakers, Mark Guterman. He spoke about the importance of memory when focusing on future career decisions in his discussion, “In Remembrance Lies the Secret . . . .” He shared some great quotes: “Memory is the soul’s witness to the capricious mind.” – Heschel “If you’re luc...
 
  How to Make a Career Change
by Thomas J. Denham - Jul, 2011
My clients struggle with making a career change because they think it’s done in one big leap. The fact is it does not happen overnight, so don’t do it cold turkey. Reinventing yourself will likely take a year or more. Take these incremental steps to make the transition. 1. Evaluate the Situation – Where am I now? STOP and write down the key sources of your dissatisfaction (i.e., job duties, your boss, salary/benefits, c...
 
  Michelle Obama’s take on finding your dream job
by Hallie Crawford - Jul, 2011
I really liked this quote from Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at Northern Iowa University. It reminds me of something I often tell my clients. The path won’t always be laid out neatly for you. Sometimes you won’t be able to find that perfect job. Sometimes you might momentarily take a job just to stay afloat. – Michelle Obama This could not be any truer. Just like life, your career path isn’t going to always be su...
 
  Tips to consider when evaluating your LinkedIn network
by Miriam Salpeter - Jul, 2011
What’s the most important thing to consider when building your network? Size? Quality of connections? Other factors? LinkedIn published a study that said men are better online networkers than women because they tend to have a greater ratio of connections compared to women. The study did not look into the quality of the connections for the various groups. But when it comes to networking, having a large network isn’t always t...
 
  SHORT TAKES
by Bill Osterndorf - Jul, 2011
There are an extensive number of OFCCP-related items that we’d like to tell you about. Several of these items relate to topics we’ve discussed in previous editions of the AA Resource. Deadline Extended for Comments on Proposed Changes to Veterans Regulations OFCCP issued an extensive proposal regarding changes to its regulations for veterans. The deadline period to provide comments on these changes has been extended un...
 
  4 Great Ways to Customize Your Resume for Different Positions
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2011
Are you applying for different positions that all seem to be exactly the same, encouraging you to submit nearly the same resume over and over again? It may be tempting, but don’t do it! You may think you can get away with submitting carbon-copy resumes, but employers can smell them a mile away. If you are applying for very similar jobs within the same industry but among different companies and need to find ways to customi...
 
  Keeping Your Spirits Up During An Extended Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2011
I read an article this week that stated the average job search is said to be a whopping 10 months! I guess that extended the last estimate I heard which was around 6-9 months. Seems that now more than ever patience is far more than a virtue—it is a must! As a job seeker, I encourage you to stay positive while on the hunt to avoid losing belief in your talents as a professional. Here are four great ways to do just that:...
 
  Putting Off Working On Your Resume? Why That’s A Really Bad Idea
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2011
If you are currently employed and only considering looking into other opportunities passively – or if you’re waiting to go back to work until the end of the summer my one piece of advice to you today is do NOT put off working on your resume! With the summer upon us and the upcoming Holiday weekend you may be tempted to work on your tan and practice your grilling skills. I’m not suggesting you spend your July 4th working on you...
 
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