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...
Why Keeping Your Options Open May Harm Your Job Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2013
It is human nature in job search – as in dating – to want to keep your options open. Many job seekers, whether early-career and fairly inexperienced or 15+ years in and heralding a plethora of different functional strengths, feel they will limit their opportunities by narrowing their job search target. In fact, just the opposite will happen. Broad Resume Nets Don’t Work. By casting a broad net, job seekers drown out t...
Why Email is Not Dead and its Future
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Every few years, some tech writer proclaims that email is dead. In my experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean hey, I recently stopped spelling it “e-mail” (for electronic communication) and joined the billions for whom email is a universally recognized, standalone concept. Dileep Thazhmon has an article on the Next Web on the current state and future of email. Thazhmon agrees that email is not go...
Why Defensiveness is Your Worst Offense
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
When I was new to the business world, I was very sensitive. I was so insecure about whether or not I was doing a good job that I took constructive feedback badly. Specifically, I would get defensive and respond as if I was being attacked, at any hint that my work, appearance, or conduct wasn’t absolutely perfect. An example: “Alex, your suits are nice, but sometimes they look a little wrinkly. Do you think you could...
5 Steps to Keep Your Network From Getting Stale
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2013
Building and maintaining a successful executive network should be a top priority whether you are involved in a current job search or not. Don’t store away contacts that you meet and reach out only when you are in the midst of job search. You need to create an action plan to cultivate those contact relationships. First and foremost, get organized. You know those bits of paper with information about a contact person that you...
Networking for the Nervous
by David Couper - Nov, 2013
If you don’t like going outside and meeting people then don’t! The Internet is a powerful way of spreading a form of “electronic word of mouth.” Blogs, newsletters and well-visited web sites can carry your marketing messages to large worldwide audiences. These messages can lead to job opportunities, freelance contracts and customers. You may know that a company is hiring and you simply want to know more about that company....
You Made a Mistake at Work. How Does Your Brand Recover?
by Valerie Sokolosky - Nov, 2013
So what happens when you make a mistake? How do you recover? First of all, own up to it. It’s difficult, but bad news over time only gets worse. Sometimes we just want to put it to the side and make nice. Instead of hiding it, be honest and try to right the wrong. Lastly, don’t beat yourself up, and move on. Here are a few points I made on KTXD-TV as the guest Leadership Excellence expert. TIPS: 1 – Fess up NOW. Reme...
5 Secrets to Tap into the Hidden Job Market
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2013
Did you know that many of the best jobs are never advertised? Going beyond the traditional methods of job search can uncover the executive job you’ve been searching for. Staying focused will help you tap into the hidden job market where there is less competition than when applying to posted positions online. You can’t be all things to all people/companies so concentrate on what you like to do, what you do well, and what ne...
3 Secrets of Non-Verbal Communication
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2013
It’s been said a zillion times, but it’s true: It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. The tone with which you deliver your words, the way you stand and the all-important eye contact connection express information that words cannot. The most successful people I know aren’t just great thinkers or creative wordsmiths – they know the subtleties of demonstrating confidence in their non-verbal communication, commanding the...
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