De-mystifying LinkedIn Keywords
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2014
If you want to get found by recruiters on LinkedIn you have to know a thing or two about using keywords. Keywords are relevant terms found within your profile that will make it easy for recruiters to find you when they are searching for certain words or phrases. Think of it is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for LinkedIn. Some really effective places for LinkedIn keywords are within the headline, in job descriptions a...
Why Your Executive Resume and LinkedIn Profile Should NOT Be Identical
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2014
It's such a commonplace mistake, and it is one that is incredibly easy for job seekers to make. After all, LinkedIn looks like a great site for inputting your resume data. Yet, if your LinkedIn page is just a copy of your resume, you are actually making a huge miscalculation. Your LinkedIn page is your opportunity to stand out to a recruiter who already has your resume in his or her hand. It's also a place to network with like...
Are You a Workaholic? Balancing Work and Home
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Apr, 2014
To say that my life has been hectic over the past several years is an understatement – I've always thrived in a fast-paced environment where I'm moving at break-neck speed. However, when I started feeling chronically overwhelmed, and friends and family started using my name in the same sentence as the 'W' word – workaholic – I decided I needed to take a closer look at my work/life balance to determine whether my schedule was...
Part-Time or Full-Time Employment: What’s Best for You?
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
If you need full benefits and/or a substantial salary, the question of part-time or full-time might be easy for you to answer. However, in many cases, it’s not so straightforward. Part-Time vs Full-Time Trade-Offs Clearly, you stand to receive more income if you work a full-time position, and the employment package generally includes at least some benefits, such as vacation and health insurance. For those of you who ar...
How To Handle The Job Interview When You’ve Been Fired
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2014
Okay, so you’ve been fired. It happens, even to some very interesting and successful people. Perhaps you saw it coming. Perhaps you didn’t (which is a topic for another time). Either way, the effect a termination has on your life usually ranges from unpleasant to downright devastating. Compounding the discomfort you suffer from losing your job is the reality that, like most folks, you really can’t afford to take a lo...
“What if” Scenarios Facing Job Seekers and Strategies That Help
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Apr, 2014
This month, allow me to share with you an excerpt of a career planning book for which I am a contributing writer. The chapter I wrote was on the “What if” scenarios facing job seekers and strategies to help them work around those issues. The topic I choose for this newsletter is one that many people face – working with professionals from other generations as equals – or even superiors – in a job. After all, just a few yea...
3 Scripts to Power Up Your Job Search
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Apr, 2014
One thing clients often say to me is “Hold on, I want to write down what you just said.” Or “Your wording is perfect; I wish I could remember it when I am in the interview!” Whenever this happens, I am honored to have gained the trust and confidence of my clients. And, like most situations, things can be a bit clearer from the outside so that is definitely an advantage I have when coaching clients. With that mind, today I...
Get a Mentor Before Your Next Career Move
by Sherri Edwards - Apr, 2014
Do you have a mentor? With the start of a new year and an improving economy, it may be a good time to evaluate your current career path and make some decisions about where you are headed. Rather than assuming things are greener in other pastures, it might be helpful to get some advice from someone who has been there, done that. Asking for help from a trusted professional to assist you with developing and accomplishing your obj...
Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Apr, 2014
Earlier this week I delivered a presentation at a Twin-Cities based job transition group. My presentation was titled, "Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search." It's critically important to have a well-crafted, targeted two-minute pitch, aka your elevator pitch to use during your job search. You'll use your Two-Minute Pitch, coined by the Five O'Clock Club, during networking situations and in job interviews...
I’m a Recent Grad, I Never Worked Before
by Joshua Waldman - Apr, 2014
I remember the first job interview I had as a soon-to-be-minted MBA. It was with a financial investment firm in the suburbs of Boston. The first two interviews were fine, normal, followed the script. But the third and last interview didn’t. My interviewer wore a full beard, not common in the financial industry. And he looked at me, pushed my resume away and said, “What’s a job you took that’s not on this resume?” I to...
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