Do This, Not That: How To Make Your Resume More Effective
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2013
Most people fear that colorful resumes will risk rejection. The fact is, more people lose opportunities to other candidates because they cave into that fear. Because of their unease, many people flail when it comes to building persuasive resumes. Resumes are marketing documents. And marketing requires creativity along with a willingness to get uncomfortable. Following are three resume missteps that job seekers make eve...
Don't Accept An Offer Without Asking These Questions
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2013
Job seekers who have been looking for new opportunities for months, or even years, are unlikely to spend a lot of time and effort evaluating a new offer before signing on the dotted line. If you've been searching for for a long time, you may not have the luxury to turn down an offer. But if you can afford to pass up an opportunity to wait for something that could be better, here are seven questions you should answer before you...
Three Signs That You Are on the Job Search Ferris Wheel
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2013
Have you lost control of your job search? Are you stuck on a Ferris wheel, going round and round, and not getting anywhere? If you have been searching for months without a job offer, it is time to evaluate your job search strategy and performance. Either you are not doing something that you should be doing, or you are not conveying the information in an appropriate manner. Let’s look at the top three signs that indicate...
5 Clues for 40 Years Old who Recently Earned a College Degree
by Debra Ann Matthews - May, 2013
You have a degree, now focus on the impact that your degree has helped in honing and developing your skills. As a 40+ professional, you are in the middle of your professional career and in my opinion; it can look very bright once you clarify the difference that you have made in your journey as you have now added another asset to your professional belt. To prepare for your next career journey, note 4 to 5 accomplishments and p...
3 Steps to Attract Recruiters to Your LinkedIn Profile
by Louise Garver - May, 2013
According to Wikipedia: recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, selecting, and onboarding a qualified person for a job. Recruiters are increasingly using social media to find and research candidates. This approach is often called social recruiting which is the use of social media for recruiting using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and similar online sites. Keywords count. Have you noticed how keywords...
9 Mistakes Boomers Make In The Job Search
by Randy Block - May, 2013
“I just want a job” is a familiar refrain I hear at my presentations; usually from someone with gray hair. My reply is: “Apply at Costco, Home Depot or Target – and get at least 30 hours for the benefits”. You know how challenging the job market is out there. And you can only make it harder on yourself. In my work with Boomers, they may even know better but their execution is less than stellar – far less. The Nine Mist...
How to Be More Optimistic at Work
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2013
I was born a pessimist. From a young age, my thoughts have gravitated to the glass half-empty mentality, negatively impacting my own life satisfaction and my relationships with others. Over the last several years, though, I’ve been working to change my outlook. Dr. Noelle Nelson, the author of Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy, thinks this is definitely a good thing. Research from Yale University found...
The Professional Credential Section: Tell Me More about That, Please
by Jason Stauffacher - May, 2013
Your professional resume and CV can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume. First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education, and Training. Then, secondly, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-pag...
Deception & Interviewing – Learn to Tell the Truth!
by Kimberly Schneiderman - May, 2013
If you have had an interview coaching session with me, you know that I tout a few strategies – being specific, telling meaningful STAR stories, and using the word “I” in describing your work. Well, this week I found out that not only are my strategies right on track, but they also align with fraud examiners tests for truth-telling! In the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Fraud Magazine, an article titled “The 10 Tell-tale Signs of...
Is Your Cover Letter Riddled With These 4 Mistakes?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2013
Some people meticulously write their resume but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and underperforming document. It is important to ensure your job search tool kit is fully equipped with high-quality, well-honed marketing messages that are blunder-free. The following four cover letter mistakes-and accompanying remedies-will help sharpen your cover letter saw. 1. Using a G...
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