5 Flexible Job Pitfalls to Avoid
by Alexandra Levit - Jul, 2013
If you are lucky enough to have a flexible work arrangement while raising a family, starting your own business, etc., you really have it made. The last thing you want to do is unwittingly put your job in jeopardy because you start to get too comfortable. Here five flexible job pitfalls to watch out for: Taking Your Situation for Granted If you’ve had a flexible job for a year or more, it’s easy to forget exactly how desi...
Why Legislating Resume Writing Is Wrong
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jul, 2013
While I write resumes for a living, I realize (and prefer) that it isn’t “my way or the highway.” How bland of a career marketing world would it be if every resume was written by some formulaic approach? Unfortunately, though, myriad people seem to want to legislate resume writing into a tiny pigeonhole. As well, many social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus) conversations center on Do’s and...
How Ignoring Personal Branding Is Costing You Opportunities
by Rich Jones - Jul, 2013
Personal branding has been the talk of the town. Whether you’re a blogger, writer, job seeker, or whatever, you need to develop your brand. At least that’s what some folks believe. I happen to be one of them. But there’s a large group of people that are tired of hearing about personal branding. They find it overrated, cliche, and a punch to the gut of real talent. Something limited to talentless bloggers with big personalit...
Reflections on the Summary of Qualifications-Objective Debate
by Kristen Carter - Jul, 2013
You stumble upon a job that could possibly jumpstart your career, but you must first update your resume and tailor it to the specific vacancy announcement. The age-old question when it comes to resume writing is whether to use an objective statement or an executive summary. In the past, no resume was complete unless an objective was included at the top of the document. As times change, resume practices are also updated. Thus,...
4 Tips For Overcoming Career Fear
by Lisa Adams - Jul, 2013
Are you paralyzed in fear over your current or future career? Or are you in the middle of a job search and it just isn’t getting you anywhere? Which FEAR is holding you back? We all have them. Here are my three tips for overcoming career fear: 1. Name It Name the fear. Here’s a list of the few I have seen or experienced myself. Rejection Failure Heartache Missed expectations Missed opportunities The what ifs...
The Deadly Resume Trap that Stops Most of Us Reaching Our True Potential
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2013
Writing a resume is tough. After all, getting it wrong could spell the end of your dreams. But in trying to avoid making a bad impression, most people make a very dangerous mistake. I call it the conformity trap and it can kill your chances of getting the job you deserve. The truth is that when we are frightened of doing the wrong thing, we tend to play it safe. And the safest thing of all is to look at what others have...
How Many Years of Experience Should I Include on My Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
Writing your resume and trying to figure out how far back you should go? I can help with that. In general, I advise my job seekers not to go back further than 10 to 15 years of work history. But are there exceptions to that “rule”? Absolutely. When is it OK to go back further than 10 to 15 years of career history on your resume? When you have relevant experience, but it isn’t recent. We work with job seekers who have e...
5 Key Areas To Target When Branding Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
Customizing your resume for each position you apply to can be critical in today’s job search. It’s vitally important that your resume conveys you are a perfect match for the job. So, what’s the best approach for branding your resume? When tailoring your resume to each specific position, there are five key areas you want to remember to change: 1. Job Target/Title At The Top Of Your Resume Always change your target job t...
Executive Job Seekers: Top 4 Things Recruiters Will Check
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2013
Where do recruiters go today to get a well-rounded view of an executive job seeker? Before you are even considered as a candidate, a recruiter wants to see that you look competent online. How do they determine that? 1) Reading your LinkedIn profile, 2) browsing your Facebook page, 3) looking for a blog or website, and 4) checking if you are tweeting (which shows that you at least know what tweeting is). Going social in a jo...
Brand Yourself to Success
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jul, 2013
How can you build a brand that matches your intentions and helps you get to the next level in your career? Here are a few tips to help you demonstrate your brand that is respected and content with your goals. Brand yourself through your professional presence: First impressions count. What message are your clothes sending? Are they trendy, conservative, fashionable, or outdated? What about your grooming? Your hair...
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