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  Your Rights in Wisconsin When Applying for Jobs with an Arrest & Conviction Record
by Randy Enochs - Nov, 2010
One very common problem for people with an arrest and conviction record(s) is the fear of being rejected for a job because of the stigma associated with such a record. What further complicates the matter is the ease of employers and the general public to conduct a search on the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) to discover a person’s court history, both civil and criminal. Whether it’s that small claims matter or...
 
  Four Easy Ways To Instantly Make Your Resume More Appealing
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
Most of the resumes I come across could use more focus, better organization, and sharper wording. While professional services are ideal to add these qualities and make your resume more persuasive and polished, it may not be an option at the time. You could spend time making your resume look more eye-catching and unique (e.g. crafting a career summary or even adding a bar graph showing growth in personal sales), but these aspec...
 
  #1 Piece of Resume Advice: Write For Your Audience
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
Whether you are writing a book, article, thesis, letter, or a resume, the same basic rule applies: Write for your audience (in this case, recruiters, hiring managers and your future boss). In the world of resume writing, that translates to two things. First, make your resume easy to read. If it is sloppy, crowded, bare or confusing, you need to take a step back and think about what your perfect employee’s resume would loo...
 
  Career Advice: How To Get Alerts To New Postings
by Ramon Greenwood - Nov, 2010
You can receive an email alert every time I provide a new posting. It’s easy. When you are on our blog go to the Feedburner box on the right and enter your e-mail address. Going forward you will receive an email to let you know each time there’s a new posting. If you have a RSS reader, add our feed to your reader. Just click on “Subscribe to a feed in a reader” beside the orange icon in the right hand column and follow the...
 
  Fast Forward Your Job Search
by Robin Ryan - Nov, 2010
When you are in Human Resources, everyone thinks you know everything there is to know about getting hired. Truth is, most HR folks stumble when implementing their own self-marketing efforts. Having coached numerous HR professionals, many find resume writing difficult and networking intimidating. So, if you think you are alone in finding job hunting a challenging task, think again. In today's tough job market, you must...
 
  Speak Out About The Dismal Job Market
by Ramon Greenwood - Nov, 2010
These are troubling times in the job market. No doubt about that. Nearly 15 million Americans are looking for work. The unemployment rate is holding steady at 9.6%. No one has a firm idea as to when this situation will improve. The reasons cited for this horrendous condition include lack of consumer spending (i.e. confidence), plus uncertainty about what the government will do about taxes and regulation, as well as changes...
 
  Five Things A Cover Letter Can Show That A Resume Can’t
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
These days, the professional cover letter has taken a backseat to its much more popular cousin, the resume. Although it is often seen as stuffy, antiquated, and even frivolous, the cover letter actually has the power to establish the all-important first impression. And what you put in that letter could be the catalyst that sets you apart and gets you an interview. Though many people underestimate the importance of a cove...
 
  Renovate Your Informational Interview Strategy
by Alexia Vernon - Nov, 2010
First, in an informational interview you have an opportunity to learn about a specific company. A lot of jobseekers, particularly young professionals, use informational interviews for this reason. Most of the time we actually know quite a bit about the particular company, and that’s why we’re in the room. We aspire to work there. If this is the case, make sure you ask questions you don’t already know the answer to. Use the kno...
 
  Switching Careers? How To Advertise Your Transferrable Skills
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
While doing what you love is important, bringing home a paycheck often forces people to make a decision between pursuing their dreams and putting food on the table. Plus, the changes in the economy are driving many workers to make a choice right now to change careers paths. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it impossible to find an equivalent job in a different industry. You just need to rewrite your resume to adv...
 
  Tuesdays Are Terrific! The Best Day And Time To Contact HR
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
Many job seekers focus solely on the “how” of contacting potential employers, but the “when” can be crucial to getting noticed as well. Contacting them when they are more likely to be alert and responsive (and not tired, hungry, or stressed) is all about timing. That includes planning the optimal time and day to contact HR (to either initiate contact, follow up after sending a resume, or follow up post-interview). Accord...
 
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