Start Your Career with Self-Assessment
by Thomas J. Denham - Jan, 2011
Most of my clients don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, and often say to me, “I just don’t know what I want to do.” The very first step is Self-assessment. It’s the most ignored part of the entire career development process, but required for an effective job search strategy. It begins with an extensive and written inventory of your “VIPS” (Values, Interests, Personality Traits and Skills). The goal is to buil...
Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it is important to change along with it. Here are 10 tips for updating your resume to remain relevant in the eyes of the...
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2011
I was thrilled to be featured in this article on CNN last week, "Trading a six-figure salary to become a teacher". Jon Fitch’s story is inspirational, but as we all know, it’s not applicable to everyone. Not everyone can afford to make a dramatic career change like he did, but that doesn’t have to stop you from finding your dream job. Two important points to keep in mind: 1) Remember doing what he did and having enough...
How to Socially Intelligent Interact with People
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2011
My leadership coaching clients who display great character communicate clearly and are empathetic. They are authentic in their interpersonal interactions and help people achieve a shared purpose. They are optimistic, inspiring and forward thinking. One of my law firm Managing Partner executive coaching clients recently shared with me that he was having a hard time influencing several of the firm partners on a new strategy for...
Interview (not so) Common Sense!
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2011
Over the course of 25 years as a recruiter I've interviewed thousands of people. Beyond that, I debrief with my clients after they interview candidates and get their feedback and impressions as well. Although there is an occasional "new one" I've never encountered before… most of the time candidates make the same mistakes, usually without even realizing what they're doing is a problem, or realizing that they are creating a...
Great Résumé But No Job Offers Yet
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2011
Dear Deb, Q. Ever since your team revised my résumé and LinkedIn profile I have to say I have been getting much more activity. Here is the problem: I still have not received a job offer. For some reason I keep getting passed up when it comes to the actual offers. They aren’t even calling me back for second interviews. What do you think could be going on? Is there something I can do? I am at a loss and am getting very di...
Overcoming Discouragement and Getting Back to Work
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. The average job seeker takes about four months to land a job after searching for openings, preparing for interviews, and taking stock of financial resources. During an economic downturn, finding a job becomes even more difficult and so discouragement is...
Warm up the Cold Call in Your Job Search
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. There are few things job seekers dread more than making cold calls. However, if you are serious about finding a job -- and in these tough times, you have to be -- it is pretty much a requirement. You might just land the perfect opportunity as a result of...
Five Quick Tips for Creating a Stronger Resume
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
In today’s intensely competitive job market, a single job posting can attract between 200 to 500 resumes. Out of these, only a handful will be considered for an interview. Can your resume make the cut? Most resumes will be instantly dismissed for one of the following reasons: a) they are poorly written; b) they are not focused on the target position; c) they fail to address the employer’s most pressing needs. The...
What Not To Include On Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
There are certain aspects of a candidate’s resume that can have the opposite effect than intended. Seemingly helpful information that is found in a “typical resume” can have a negative effect on certain job candidates, sending their resume straight to the trash. Here are a few examples of information you may want to leave out of your resume and why: Job history dates before 1990. Though it doesn’t seem like that long ago, l...
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