The Perils (and Value) of Career Nicheing
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2010
“Find a niche! Get a niche. Work in a niche!” In his Nov. 22nd post called, “Over-Nicheing,“ Steve Spalding asserts, “We spend a lot of time extolling the unlimited virtues of nichedom, but we rarely think of its very real limitations.” Though he goes on to say you “should” have a niche in order to focus your attention, budget and creative resources at an audience who cares, he also warns that niches can be a trap if you ge...
Change Your Hiring POV to Eliminate 50 Percent of All Hiring Errors
by Lou Adler - Dec, 2010
I have a brilliant nephew — Harvard grad, etc., — who is, shall we say, a bit left of center. He has an executive position in the California state government, which is enough to further pinpoint his political persuasion. While I love him dearly, during the holiday season we have some rather contentious discussions regarding the politics of the moment, given I’m his somewhat right-of-center uncle. While civil, at least in most...
Avoid Overused Words In Resumes
by Ramon Greenwood - Dec, 2010
Linkedin has just published a list of the ten most overused words in resumes with the advice to “scrap the words altogether from…resumes and profiles and instead focus on details of the job (being pursued), like how many people they supervised or how much they increased sales.” The words and phrases to avoid are: innovative, dynamic, motivated, extensive experience, results-oriented, proven track record, team player, fast p...
Is Your Personal Brand Wrong?
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2010
A careerist said to me, “I need your help. I need to REBRAND my resume.” Okay. So, I was expecting, “I need a resume like yesterday.” Perhaps, “What is resume branding?” But, an outright “rebrand” —well! If I wasn’t already sitting… Why a Rebrand? You see, this careerist had developed a strong brand; earned a reputation as a ‘department savior.’ The problem? Most of the job offers were coming from companies in need of...
How To Disguise A Checkered Work History
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2010
Many of us have, even through no fault of our own, had a bumpy work history. This may be due to lay-offs, illnesses, temporary contractual work, staying home to raise children, career transitions, or a myriad of other situations. You may have perfectly legitimate reasons; however an employer may not understand why you have short tenures or gaps between jobs – they just want the best candidate for the job. But have no fear!...
Guerrilla Job Interview Secrets
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2010
The competition for jobs today is tough. And that means you will face some pretty tough interview questions from employers, who can afford to be choosy. This is where David Perry, a working recruiter with 22 years of experience, and author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0,” can help you. I interviewed Perry, who offers the following advice to help turn your next interview into a job offer … Kevin Donli...
Using Social Media in Your Job Search – Confidentially
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2010
We often work with people who are still employed but who have seen the writing on the wall for the future of their companies. They seek us out to proactively start their job search process before they find themselves in a desperate situation. Many who are currently employed are nervous about sending any signals that they are seeking new opportunities. So what can you do to keep your job search confidential while using social m...
Essential Traits of a Trusted Advisor
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Dec, 2010
Enlightened businesses today hire leadership consultants and executive coaches to help with their leadership development programs. However, increasingly a number of my clients now prefer me to help them in the role of trusted advisor rather than expert consultant. This special partnership based on mutual respect and collaboration produces sustained results. The role of trusted advisor is collaborative, transparent and fierce...
Create a Career Strategy
by Wendy Adams - Dec, 2010
With millions of college graduates entering the legitimate job market within the next year, the main question employers will be asking is, "How skilled and prepared will this workforce be?" Many undergrads will be compelled to stay in school, increasing the school loan burden and attempting to improve their chances of being hired. Without a clear career strategy or focus, however, it is likely that this first "real" job will...
by Wendy Adams - Dec, 2010
When was the last time tuned-up your career assets? What exactly are career assets? These are those things that allow you to seamlessly win the career race every time you compete. After all, everyone knows the best time to look for a new job is when you don’t need one. “Wait a minute,” you say. “Why would I want to look if I am great where I am?” Well, like a flamingo with your head in the sand-what you don’t know WILL hu...
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