9 Mistakes Boomers Make In The Job Search
by Randy Block - May, 2013
“I just want a job” is a familiar refrain I hear at my presentations; usually from someone with gray hair. My reply is: “Apply at Costco, Home Depot or Target – and get at least 30 hours for the benefits”. You know how challenging the job market is out there. And you can only make it harder on yourself. In my work with Boomers, they may even know better but their execution is less than stellar – far less. The Nine Mist...
How to Be More Optimistic at Work
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2013
I was born a pessimist. From a young age, my thoughts have gravitated to the glass half-empty mentality, negatively impacting my own life satisfaction and my relationships with others. Over the last several years, though, I’ve been working to change my outlook. Dr. Noelle Nelson, the author of Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy, thinks this is definitely a good thing. Research from Yale University found...
The Professional Credential Section: Tell Me More about That, Please
by Jason Stauffacher - May, 2013
Your professional resume and CV can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume. First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education, and Training. Then, secondly, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-pag...
Deception & Interviewing – Learn to Tell the Truth!
by Kimberly Schneiderman - May, 2013
If you have had an interview coaching session with me, you know that I tout a few strategies – being specific, telling meaningful STAR stories, and using the word “I” in describing your work. Well, this week I found out that not only are my strategies right on track, but they also align with fraud examiners tests for truth-telling! In the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Fraud Magazine, an article titled “The 10 Tell-tale Signs of...
Is Your Cover Letter Riddled With These 4 Mistakes?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2013
Some people meticulously write their resume but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and underperforming document. It is important to ensure your job search tool kit is fully equipped with high-quality, well-honed marketing messages that are blunder-free. The following four cover letter mistakes-and accompanying remedies-will help sharpen your cover letter saw. 1. Using a G...
The Recipe for Success in Any Job
by Ron Riggio - May, 2013
Just like successful cooking, the ingredients make all the difference. In any job, there is a recipe for success. The recipe for job success calls for having the right “ingredients” (your personal characteristics), and putting them together in the right way. The ingredients for job success are these: Competence, Conscientiousness, Commitment, and a dash of Positive Politics. Competence. Although this sounds obvious, bein...
Mid-life Career Change: It May Not Be What You Really Need
by Louise Garver - May, 2013
Just like Peggy Lee’s song, have you ever wondered “is that all there is” in relationship to your work? In my work as an executive career coach, I meet many people who think they need a career change. They’ve been successful, however, they are now at a crossroads for a variety of reasons. For some, their career path was not what they had wanted to do all those years ago. For others, they are not using the skills and ta...
# 1 Interview Question You Must Answer Correctly
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2013
There are hundreds of questions interviewers can ask potential employees… but there’s one interview question you could be answering in a way that is costing you the job – and you don’t even know it! So, what’s this one question? It’s different for every person—and every position. But one thing about this question is the same… it starts out like this: “Do you have experience doing… (insert whatever responsibility, duty, etc...
Speaking It Into Existence Isn’t As Important As This
by Rich Jones - May, 2013
Positive affirmations ain’t never hurt nobody. But inaction has. I wish I could tell you how many times over the years I’ve tried “speaking it into existence.” I’ve made proclamations to the man in the mirror or to a close friend, which resulted in a “[Hell] yeah!” or “Go be great.” Then I’d swagger away — enthusiasm and endorphins flowing — intent on taking the world by storm before falling into old habits like tv and t...
Be, Be (Suitably) Aggressive
by Kristen Carter - May, 2013
According to Dictionary.com, the act of being aggressive is defined as “making an all-out effort to win or succeed, boldly assertive and forward, and vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness.” All in all, an aggressive approach to your job search is not necessarily a bad thing. Several career resources advocate aggressive job search strategies, advising you to be creative, proactive, and persi...
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