7 of the Most Overused Resume Words and Phrases of 2012
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Let’s lay to rest the worn out, tired resume words and phrases that every job seeker seemed to utilize in 2012. Be sure when you’re getting your resume together for your 2013 job search that you avoid these generic, vague terms that make you sound just like everyone else versus someone who stands out from the crowd. Accomplished — Rather than saying you’re accomplished, use quantifiable examples throughout the resume to sh...
How to Identify the Next Hot Trend in 2013
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2013
There’s no better way to ensure your value than to identify a trend and capitalize on it before your competitors get to the table. But how do you do this without a crystal ball or a time machine? Here are some suggestions for honing your sense of what’s coming next in your field. Notice Systems That Are Broken If a broken process or system affects enough people, they will start to complain – and loudly. When the noise...
What’s Wrong With My Resume? 5 Things to Consider
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Okay, you have now polished your resume in the best way that you know how after you have: (a) Finished that job training program/school (b) Completed the internship (c) Preparing to leave the military (d) Started to search for jobs after gaining some practical experiences in an entry level position. You’ve put your best foot forward as you have applied for jobs that you believe you can perform and offer value to the corporatio...
How To Follow Up After An Interview
by Lisa Adams - Jan, 2013
Proper and effective follow up after an interview – informational, phone, or in-person – is incredibly important. Without it you will easily be taken out of consideration for the position. As a hiring manager, I purposely looked for the thank-you notes. If I did not receive one, they were off the list, no matter how qualified they were. Do you know why? Because as a manager, I would think, “If they can’t effective...
How to Write A Better Cover Letter Introduction
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Yes, employers still read cover letters. Let me just start with that since I’m asked that question quite frequently these days. I will say that I’m sure not all of them do, but the majority still take a few moments to scan through the cover letter—and so having an attention-grabbing cover letter is important. Especially if you have something significant you need to say. And I assure you, if you’re applying for a position...
Job Search: Ready, Set, G–Whoa!!
by Jan Melnik - Jan, 2013
Whether you are happily employed, unhappily working, or out-on-the-market ready for an exciting engagement, smart job search isn’t a matter of ready, set, go anymore. Since the first of the year, I have had more than a handful of inquiries that included comments along the lines of “I just need to get a resume ‘thrown together,’ I don’t need a cover letter, and I’m not going to worry about using LinkedIn, that doesn’t work a...
Killer interview mistakes to avoid
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
The drum is beating for a new job in 2013. It’s up to you to make it happen, and it’s not as hard as you may think. Simple steps make all the difference, especially when it comes to successful interviews. Avoid these killer interview mistakes and you’ll be that much closer to a new job. 1. Don’t prepare what to wear. This is a bigger mistake than you may realize. When you reach into your closet to select your interview...
Companies hire skill sets, not job titles
by Dawn Bugni - Jan, 2013
A recent client had just completed his computer science degree. Currently, he was working as a delivery driver for a national courier service. Prior to that, he had been in the Navy. He was ready to launch his computer industry career starting as help desk technician. He told me he had absolutely no help desk experience. He feared finding even an entry level position “in this market” with his background. He told me I’d se...
Job Search Tip: Network Thoughtfully
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2013
Sometimes people just do not understand what networking is about–or not about, as the case might be. If you abuse the process, you will probably pay the penalty and not reap the rewards you can gain from thoughtful networking…that is, networking that respects the rights and time of others. Un-Thoughtful Networking on LinkedIn Tim had a frustrating and unpleasant experience with someone who connected with him on LinkedI...
Two Kinds of People
by Nan S. Russell - Jan, 2013
Twelve minutes before I was to speak to a large group gathering in a downtown hotel ballroom, I was still struggling with A/V equipment. With hundreds of presentations under my belt, I'm accustomed to handling last minute glitches. But no matter what I tried, my presentation wouldn't project. Hailing the meeting planner for help, he did his magic and within minutes an A/V tech arrived with another projector. When that, too, f...
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