Freelance Specialization: Finding Your Niche
by Adrienne Erin - Aug, 2013
In an attempt to maximize their chances of finding gigs and contracts, freelancers run the risk of spreading themselves too thin. We have a tendency — especially in the early years of our careers — to offer generalized services, turning ourselves in to the clichéd jack-of-all-trades. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but most often it’s the freelancers who specialize in a specific area who win the most frequent and profitabl...
Do You Suffer from Monday Morning Blues?
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2013
Chances are, at least some of you answered yes, thinking that it’s perfectly understandable to feel a let-down when your weekend is over and you have to return to work. However, chances are, you’d be wrong–if you think Monday morning blues means that Monday is the worst day of the week for you by far. Yes, many people feel a mood change when going to work after a weekend, but the mood isn’t much if any different on Tuesday...
Some Advice for New (and Old) Managers
by Kristen Carter - Aug, 2013
I am convinced that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. Whether it is a team manager to which you directly report or a senior level manager that casts the vision of your department, it is evident that leadership at all levels matters! While some individuals are natural-born leaders, it remains a mystery how others have obtained their management roles (case in point). While this example may be a bit extreme, the numbe...
What Every Job Seeker Should Know When Negotiating A Salary
by Michelle Dumas - Aug, 2013
Look! It's the job you want! It's perfect! The work you'll be doing, the reputation of the company, the title, location, everything! Wait, what? Not everything? The salary isn't quite what you were hoping? Well, this scenario is commonly faced by job seekers and here's some advice on what to do about it. Nothing personal. No, really, don't refer to anything personal. Not your personal needs, not what your per...
5 Things Recruiters Wish You Knew About LinkedIn
by Louise Fletcher - Aug, 2013
Even though LinkedIn is the number one online tool for professional recruiters, it often lets them down. Many recruiters fail to find the candidates they need – not because of problems with the site itself, but because simple profile mistakes render the candidates invisible. If this is happening to you, you’re missing out on great opportunities. So here are the top 5 things recruiters wish you knew about LinkedIn. 1. A...
Miserable in Your Job? Wake Up Your Dreams.
by Dawn Lennon - Aug, 2013
Maybe you're sick of it-that "follow your dreams" bit. It can be annoying when fabulously successful people deliver that seemingly hackneyed message. Their words make it sound so easy, as though our dreams are actually clear to us and the path obvious. Their encouragement can even sound a bit like criticism. Ugh! We often convince ourselves that realized dreams are for other people-mostly celebrities, pro athletes, an...
Quick resume advice: Read it backwards
by Hallie Crawford - Aug, 2013
I was talking to my career book editor, Anne, the other day. As a professional writer she has helped many people with their resume writing over the years. We were working on the portion of my book (coming in early 2014, I’m very excited!) regarding resume advice and we were brainstorming tips that you don’t hear every day regarding your resume update. One of her suggestions, was after you have edited your resume and you ha...
14 Tips For Working From Home
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Aug, 2013
Overall, working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you, your family, and your employer, if you follow a few simple tips: 1. Understand Your Employer’s Expectations Will your job requirements and duties be the same at home as in an office environment? How much support will you receive as a home office worker? Some companies have very stringent guidelines about what equipment and support will b...
3 Tips for Success with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) for Executive Job Seekers
by Louise Garver - Aug, 2013
Even executive job seekers do not escape the reality that applicant tracking systems (ATS) are used by companies and recruiters for all levels of potential candidates. Because of their efficiency to track keywords and phrases, these ATS systems have an influence in the hiring process that is not likely to go away in the near future. 1. Resume format is very important – ATS systems tend to grab information in predi...
3 Key tips to develop your professional image verbally when job searching
by Debra Ann Matthews - Aug, 2013
Here's a test. Can you fill in the blanks to spur a fantastic professional conversation at your next job search networking event? Greeting (Hello my name is _.) Expertise (I am an experienced _.) Areas of expertise (I have xx years of experience in the _ industry with expertise in _, _, and _.) Strengths (My strengths are _, _, and _.) Accomplishments (I have been recognized for _). Professional Style ( I am _, _, and...
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