Opting in? Leaning in? Whatever you choose, protect your tomorrow.
by Lindsey Pollak - Sep, 2013
The New York Times Magazine recent article, “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In,” followed up their much-talked about “The Opt-Out Revolution” 10 years ago and offered several conclusions about the impact of leaving one’s career. However, one conclusion not drawn in story was how women might protect themselves and safeguard against the challenges of “re-entry” to the workforce. As a career and Millennial expert, I regula...
Tips for Moving Up the Proverbial Career Ladder
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2013
Let's say you've been in the same position for a few years now and you're ready to move up. You've done a great job, but you no longer find it challenging. How can you position yourself for a promotion? Here are some tips that can help: 1) Increase your visibility. Be sure to network within your own department and with those from other departments and even other divisions. 2) Let your boss know you want to advance. Your...
Résumé Requirements for Technical Staff
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2013
After working with thousands of high-tech clients, I’ve noticed some universal résumé strategies that most techies don’t get. If you can master these strategies, you will make an excellent first impression and your interview request rate will be on the rise! Show Skills Relevant to Your Target Job In your technical skills section, list the skills that are most relevant to your target job. This should not be a listin...
How a Wind-y Career Path Can Actually Help You
by Kelly Gurnett - Sep, 2013
Know what you want to be when you grow up from a young age. Pursue an educational route that leads you there. Enter your dream job. Stay there for 40 years until retirement age. Be perfectly, 1950s happy and content. Wouldn’t it be nice if our careers worked that way? For some lucky souls, it does—but for the majority of us, career paths are wind-y, twisty things that often have several starts, stops, and do-overs befo...
Warm Networking, Not Cold-Calling
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2013
When you attend so-called networking events, you most likely don’t have a chance to gen-up on the other attendees ahead of time or give them an opportunity to do the same about you. That’s what I’ve labeled cold-call networking. On the other hand, when you schedule a conversation with someone you haven’t met before, you do have a chance to pave the way–and you should. Warm networking offers much greater potential value tha...
4 Secrets for Military Members to Craft Their Resume Summary
by Debra Ann Matthews - Sep, 2013
4 Secrets for Military Members to Craft Their Resume Summary We love and value our military soldiers for their loyalty to our county. Having said that, at present the veterans overall unemployment rate is 8.3% On a single night, in January 2011, over 67,000 homeless veterans spent the night on the streets of America. We want to support our veterans and share best practices to assist them in securing profitable employment. A...
While In College, Do Three Things
by Bob Roth - Sep, 2013
When students go to college, they may or may not know what they should be trying to achieve. When these things are clear to students, they are much more likely to find success after their college experience. Student objectives should include the following: 1. Figure Out Where You Want To Go a. Select A Target - Students need a target in order to be certain of their goal. When the goal is clear and specific, it is muc...
Submitting a Resume Is Not Enough: Don’t Just Wait For The Phone To Ring. Follow Up!
by Michelle Dumas - Aug, 2013
Now what? You’ve had Distinctive Career Services develop a terrific resume for you. You put it where it counts. Now what? Is it smart to follow-up, and when is it overkill? Identify the situation You first have to assess the total situation. Different situations prompt different responses. A small business handles pretty much the whole process in the owner’s office, so you might be able to persuade him/her on th...
On-the-Job Success Tips
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2013
As I’ve said before, it’s great when you land that new job you’ve been after, and you’re entitled to enjoy at least a brief celebration. However–and this is critical–you cannot rest on your laurels. You need to turn your successful job search into on-the-job success. Some things are fairly obvious in that regard. You need to show up at work every day, on time and ready to go. You need to pay attention to what’s going on ar...
8 Tips for Success In Executive Job Search
by Louise Garver - Aug, 2013
Most people have never been taught how to find a job, unless they have had the insight to work with a career coach. Research shows that the average executive spends 4 years in a job — and has as many as 12-15 jobs over the course of a career. You may thrive on variety and change in your career. But no one likes to linger in the “unknown’ too long when making a transition to a new job or career direction. Here are some tips...
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