3 Tips to Writing a Strong Career Biography
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2013
A career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume. However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio. Instead, power up your biography...
Résumé Help: The Case of the Prickly Profile
by Debra Wheatman - Feb, 2013
Today we explore the case of the prickly profile. What is a prickly profile? It is a profile that detracts readers. Just as the thorns of a prickly cactus prevent animals from taking a bite, a prickly profile can prevent prospective employers from reading the remainder of a résumé. In other words – no interview! Here are ways David can remove the thorns from his profile and entice a hiring employer to take a bite....
Examples of Great Resume Objective Statements (Errr … I Mean Personal Branding Statements)
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2013
If you are sitting at your computer trying to come up with a really great objective statement to start off your resume with you might find yourself sitting there for a while tapping your fingers. The problem with objective statements is that they focus on what you want instead of how you can meet the needs of the employer. I encourage you to reconsider using an objective statement on your resume and instead use a personal bran...
7 Tips for Seeking a Job While You’re Employed
by Kim Meninger - Feb, 2013
If you are feeling unhappy in your current job, struggling to reach higher levels of your organization, or considering a new career direction, looking for a new job may be a good option. Seeking a new job while you’re currently employed has clear advantages. As conventional wisdom tells us, it is often easier to find a job when you already have one. Additionally, you are typically in a better position to negotiate employmen...
Stop Waiting for a Job and Go to Work!
by Sherri Edwards - Feb, 2013
An epiphany hit me recently after reading an article about the current status of job loss in Washington State. Reporting “no jobs” does not necessarily mean there is “no work available.” The term “jobless,” doesn’t have to mean “without work.” When I think about it, passively waiting for a job to open up when there is so much work around us to be done may not be the best approach to what could be a dire situation. Too many peo...
10 Tips to Better Networking for Job Seekers & Entrepreneurs
by Julie Walraven - Feb, 2013
As a career marketing professional, I coach clients and teach college classes on the importance of networking in your job search. Today we recognize networking comes in many forms and includes both online and in-person networking. For the past three years, I have expanded and experimented with my online networking skills and definitely grew a healthy and helpful network. In-person networking in my life has been large...
How to answer the most common interview questions?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
Preparing for interview questions does not require memorizing answers to the most popular inquiries. Instead, job seekers need to focus on what they offer as it relates to what the employer wants. Deciding What You Offer Before every interview, ask yourself: “Why am I a good fit for this job?” I tell my clients to post the question, “Why should we hire you?” on their bathroom mirror, refrigerator or anyplace they...
How-To Dress for Success and Ace Your Next Job Interview
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2013
There’s a lot of focus on preparing your resume to get a job interview: which keywords to use, which accomplishments to include or exclude, and which format to apply. Many of the most successful job seekers work with professional resume writers to ensure their resumes generate the highest possible quantity and quality of interviews. Your resume is the first look at what you have to offer, so it is essential it creates the...
6 Key Interview Moves That Will Help You Land the Job
by Tara Hornor - Jan, 2013
When you’re on the prowl for a new job, you know the interview with a prospective company is everything. Or is it? As imperative as a smooth interview is to getting the job, what you do before the interview—and perhaps especially what you do after—can be just as critical. Here are six key tasks to keep in mind (three for pre-interview and three for post-interview): Before the Interview 1. Get all your paperw...
11 Job Search Secrets That Open Doors
by Ruth Shapiro - Jan, 2013
1. Cold-call your prospective boss’s boss for an interview. 2. For the interview, bring portfolio of awards, articles by you or about you, examples of accomplishments and results, letters of commendation. 3. Scan the newspapers and trade journals for clues to possible openings: firms signing new office space, receiving venture capital, personnel appointments and moves to new firms. 4. Contact temporary agencies. 5. For sc...
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