Moms Returning to Work
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
Joanne left the workforce 14 years ago when her daughter was a baby. Now that the daughter is driving, Joanne began to consider breaking back into the workforce. She contacted me for career guidance in June, when she saw an advertisement for the ideal job. She had no résumé, and no well-considered plan on how to integrate back into the working world. We created a powerful résumé detailing both her old experience and more re...
One Resume Technique to Make You Stand Out
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
A Human Resources Manager, working at a Fortune 500 company, asked for my help in writing her resume. She told me: “Thousands of resumes have passed through my hands but when it comes to writing my own I have a difficult time doing it.” She isn’t alone in her concerns. Most people find resume writing challenging. A resume is nothing more than a slick piece of advertising, but an important piece, especially in today’s job marke...
Having a Positive Presence Counts! 6 Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jul, 2014
We’ve all had to endure the “dreaded” interview. Have you ever left the interview thinking, “Did I do this right? Did I say that wrong? How did I look?” I’m sure you have, along with many other thoughts that flood our brains after an interview. This is when having a positive presence counts! Your credentials are, of course, important—but a first impression with impact speaks volumes. You never know exactly what an interview...
Why Pursue The Hidden Job Market
by Beverly Harvey - Jul, 2014
Are you ready for a shocking statistic? A review of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report states that the majority of all jobs are hidden or unadvertised. The actual percentage changes month to month but has been interpreted by some experts to be as high as 80 percent. This would indicate that only 20 percent of jobs are posted. The hidden job market refers to unadvertised positions. They’re normal...
Four Major Cover Letter Mistakes
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Often job seekers will ask me what they can do to improve their cover letter. The answer varies for each person; however, there are four major cover letter mistakes that I frequently see. Perhaps you have made one of these four major cover letter mistakes? Read our list and review your cover letter. Borrow my tips and vow never to make these major cover letter mistakes again! Rather than Generalize, Personalize Inste...
Try Out a New Career
by Rowe Leathers - Jul, 2014
Have you ever considered doing something entirely different from your current job role? Do you have secondary skills that if provided the opportunity could blossom into a new career path? What hobbies do you have that possess the potential to become an income earning activity? I enjoy photography, and love the idea of documenting moments and memories. However, how could this be turned into an income stream? One way to nurtu...
Not Much Experience? How New Grads Can Land A Job Anyhow
by Michelle Dumas - Jul, 2014
What came first, the chicken or the egg? It seems like a silly question, no? What if, however, we were to change it up a bit to, let’s say: What comes first, the job or job experience? Now it has resonance, doesn’t it? How can you land a job requiring experience if no one will hire you to acquire that experience? This is an issue that faces almost all job seekers at some point during their careers, especially new high...
Question of Confidence: What Should I Not Do During an Interview?
by Michelle Kerrigan - Jul, 2014
Many people are quick to tell you the top things you should do during a job interview, but what is often more useful is what you shouldn’t do. Being aware of habits that could be unflattering is essential, and it can be difficult to assess yourself correctly. I advise getting some input from friends and colleagues on your strengths and weaknesses, then build on your strengths! To start you off, here are a few things to be a...
The Greatest Determining Factor in Your Life is Your Personal Philosophy
by Dorothy Montgomery - Jul, 2014
In my recent blog I talked about a personal philosophy that drives your life and career. Previously, I had never thought about having a personal philosophy but I suppose we all have one-- way or another as we live by specific codes of conduct and values. But to be mindful of your philosophy will accelerate your understanding of yourself and the career and life that you want. I first came across having a personal philosop...
Gimmicky Cover Letters: Great Idea or Gruesome Miscalculation?
by Adrienne Erin - Jul, 2014
Today’s job market is brutal. As of 2013, there were three unemployed applicants vying for every job opening. Add in the applicants who are actually still employed and that number rises even more, making the hiring process extremely cutthroat. Because of this wicked environment, job seekers are going to great lengths just to simply get noticed. But are these gimmicks worth the risk? Will they just come across as desperate t...
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