Networking: Script it out; just don’t sound like a telemarketer
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2011
I was talking to my client Kellie recently about her job search. She had a few calls to make to prospective employers to follow up on her interviews. (Yes luckily, I’m finding recruiters are calling people again, and I have several clients out there going on interviews.) Kellie was nervous, she didn’t know what to say to them and didn’t want to choke up or sound unprofessional on the phone or on their voicemail. This is imp...
Are you Competent? Top 10 Skills to Ace Your Next Performance Review
by Sharon Cohen - Mar, 2011
•Do you have an upcoming performance review? •Want to WOW your boss? •Anxious, worried, tongue-tied? Let me take the stress and guesswork out of your next performance review. If you are like most people you are dreading this meeting. Having been on both sides of the fence I know that neither side is very comfortable. The latest business research has found that competencies, rather than raw IQ or intelligence scores are...
Choosing a Path
by Nan S. Russell - Mar, 2011
Reading in the airport while waiting for a flight to Houston, a housekeeper was tidying around me when approached by another facilities employee. After a few minutes of easily overheard chit-chat, she received coaching from her now apparent supervisor. "You know," he said "I'd like you to pace yourself." Intrigued by his words, I stopped reading to eavesdrop and heard as he told her, "You're doing too good a job. You don't...
Honesty and the Job Interview
by Wendy Enelow - Mar, 2011
Some years ago, I was fired from a job. It was not for cause, but it certainly dealt a blow to my ego, confidence, and desire to look for another job. I was devastated. Once I began interviewing, I was inevitably asked “Why did you leave your last job?” Not yet in career management, I was at a loss, and didn’t handle my reply very well at all. I didn’t land another position until I finally mustered my courage, returned to...
Manage Your Career with Mentoring
by Thomas J. Denham - Mar, 2011
Just about everyone needs a mentor at some point in their career. A mentor is a trusted seasoned professional who guides a less experienced individual in his/her development through listening, instruction, advice and encouragement. This can also include being a coach for better career decision-making. The mentor can be someone internally or outside the organization that has overcome obstacles on the road to success. Often...
Government Compliance: Internet Applicant
by Local JobNetwork™ - Mar, 2011
INTERNET APPLICANT An individual is an "Internet applicant" when all of the following criteria is met. Individual submits an expression of interest in employment through the Internet or related electronic data technologies Employer considers the individual for employment in a particular position In...
What If You Continue to Ignore your “What If” Questions?
by Christine Hassler - Feb, 2011
"Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question." -Tennessee Williams What if? This question evokes a feeling of wonderful possibility or dreadful panic. For many, it’s the latter. What if questions usually pop-up when we are navigating our way through unknown territory. When worrying about a situation or facing anxiety about something in the future, the incessant what if...
Give Thanks, Get Hired
by Kevin Donlin - Feb, 2011
One day in September 1996, I was talking to Steve, my manager. We had just interviewed a woman for a job. Discussing how we had applied to our company, I mentioned that I had mailed a thank-you note to the manager who hired me. “So did I,” replied Steve. Steve and I were both hired. Coincidence? The next day, we each received a thank-you note in the mail from Leitha, the woman we interviewed. We hired Leitha....
Why you need your own website - and how to get one!
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2011
Do you believe you need an online presence to help you land a job — or to help you manage your career? I spent 45 minutes last week trying to convince a career-changing friend she needed HerName.com. She is finishing an advanced degree and will be looking for opportunities in a teaching specialty. She can’t understand why it is important to have an online presence, and she made some good points: - I’m going to get a job b...
5 Job Search Tips for International Students
by Lindsey Pollak - Feb, 2011
I was struck by a recent front page story in The New York Times that discussed the steady rise in Chinese students applying to U.S. colleges and universities. While the article focused on how schools like Grinnell College in Iowa actively recruit in China and how an international students can “have an edge if he or she can pay full tuition,” my mind immediately fast-forwarded four years: Will the same universities that woo...
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