Letters of Recommendation – Yay or Nay?
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Nov, 2013
Given our online world, what is the relevancy of traditional letters of recommendation? The concept of the letter itself is very relevant. The value derives from the ability to have others, that know your work very well, speak about your experience in a way that entices and connects with employers. Traditionally, letters of recommendation were written on embossed letterhead of your former company and was signed b...
What Hiring Managers Want: 7 Critical Things Executives Need to Know
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2013
Knowing what’s important to hiring managers, what they want to hear from a candidate during an interview, and what factors impact their decisions are key. To position yourself as the perfect candidate, consider these seven things: 1. Honesty is critical. Be honest with yourself first and foremost. Is this really the best next career step for you, or are you competing for the position just so you can get out of your current...
10 Ways To Keep Your Focus in a World of Distractions
by Gary Cohen - Nov, 2013
1. Control Your Media – You may love your media, but does it control your concentration, or do you control it? Do you set your notifications so that they only distract you for the most valuable messages, or do your email, Facebook, and Twitter alerts draw your attention away from the most important issues you are trying to accomplish? As I’m writing this post, my only distraction is Mozart’s Four Seasons, which is playing over...
How To Get Your Resume Past An Applicant Tracking System & Into The Hands of Hiring Authorities
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
The Internet has significantly altered the job search landscape. Easy online availability of information about industries, professions and companies have created a very small world, essentially rendering physical distance irrelevant when it comes to looking for employment. Now, someone in Los Angeles can not only find about a job opening in New York, but can apply for the position just as easily as someone who lives acro...
How to make me really, really want to help you (awesome networking tip)
by Jason Alba - Nov, 2013
This is something I’ve blogged about and talked about quite a bit, but yesterday I got an email that reminded me of how powerful this technique is. And when I say technique, I’m saying this is something that awesome networkers do, whether they are introverts or extroverts, whether they are power connectors or have neglected their networking for a long time. In other words, you can do this right now, today (probably)....
Are You an Introvert Who Needs to Be More Social?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following question: My manager knows that I want to become a manager myself at some point, and is working on mentoring me in the skills I’ll need. One piece of feedback he’s given me is that I need to become more comfortable in semi-social situations (networking lunches or event dinners, and the like). I’m not a terribly social person by nature, so I tend to feel a bit shy and o...
Encore Career Coaching – Just Say No
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2013
In our next 2 posts we are focusing on advice for those of you ready for your “encore career” or closer to retirement, in 2 retirement coaching articles… Thank you to Katie Weiser, one of our associate career coaches for these posts. Steve Jobs has had an enormous impact on the world. His quote, below is a reminder to all the baby-boomers who are working or retired who still have not learned how to say NO. People thin...
Good Grades Are Not Enough
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2013
College students should be aware that employers look for much more than just good grades. Employers believe that well-rounded students who have had a broad range of on-campus and off-campus work and learning experiences tend to perform at a higher level than students whose experiences and performance were limited to classroom. The best employers seek students who have proved that they can excel in more than one environment....
How to be a Polite Pest Using Your Resume
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2013
Here is a very helpful article that our certified resume writer, Jasmine Marchong, shared with me recently about being a polite pest during your job search… (I’m telling our clients this all the time by the way, be a pest, just be professional and polite about it!) We’re doing this as a Q&A format again to help you think outside the box using your resume as a tool for your search. Read the article here. Hallie: How can you...
How to Write a Resume the Employer Wants to Read
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
Over the past few weeks I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes—and to my dismay, they’ve all looked and sounded the same. I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to give job seekers the advice that replicating an unoriginal career summary or objective statement on their resume was a sound job searching practice. But whoever did that should be blacklisted from providing career advice to job seekers. I can assure you (and I’m...
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