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  Why I Won't Be Reading Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that...
 
  Reflecting on Career Mentoring – 4th of July Raspberry Picking
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Yesterday, I picked raspberries at my father-in-law Bob’s house. The raspberries are early this year. In other years, the raspberries were at their peak during the week of the fair in early August. But spring came early and so did the raspberries. No ordinary raspberry patch Bob has no ordinary raspberry patch with just a few bushes. It feels like a jungle in there. I picked for over an hour, emptying my container severa...
 
  Four Job Search Frustrations - Fixed
by Kevin Donlin - Jun, 2010
I recently reviewed several hundred emails from job seekers across the country. As you might imagine, many things are bugging many job seekers in this economy. But I boiled their frustrations down to four common ones. Here they are, with suggested solutions. Which of them apply to you? Frustration #1: “I submit my resume for a posted job and never hear back from employers. Did they even read my resume?” Solut...
 
  You Won’t Hire Me Because I’m Unemployed? REALLY?
by Harry Urschel - Jun, 2010
CNN.com posted an article titled “In the job hunt, the stigma of being laid off is hard to erase”. In it, Stephanie Chen, writes: “As if securing work in a jobless recovery isn't tricky enough, being labeled unemployed brings additional obstacles.” I was privileged to be interviewed by Stephanie for this article and quoted briefly: “Many companies will consider hiring jobless applicants, said Harry Urschel, an indepen...
 
  Three Tips To Shore Up For A Career Flood
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jun, 2010
Ankle-deep in water, we waded across the ramp to our dock. The next day, after a satiating weekend of sailing, we returned to the ramp for departure, and alas, the water had risen to our knees. Granted, we had slept the prior night ‘on the water,’ and then sailed through the day, water skimming our hull and sails pulling us through this liquid highway. As sailors, water clearly is our friend, but it was the unexpected cree...
 
  How to Learn Everything You Need to Know About Interviewing in One Day
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2010
My daughter landed a plum internship this summer as an assistant to a musical director and casting director for the national tour of a very well known Broadway musical. On her first day she observed a typical theater audition, cattle-call style and in less than eight hours learned what it takes most people decades to learn about interviews. Here were her take-aways. 1. Having strong skills in multiple areas makes you a bett...
 
  Six Tips To Help You From Being Overwhelmed By Your Job Hunt
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2010
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain, in The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield It seems obvious – you can’t be successful until you get started. Earlier this week, I wrote about how making a plan for your job hunt is a big step in the right direction. You ca...
 
  Do Recruiters Really Ignore Those Without Jobs?
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Jun, 2010
Chances are you saw this Yahoo! article: finance.yahoo.com/news/Outofwork-job-applicants-told-cnnm and panicked - especially if you are an unemployed job seeker in a tough industry. So what can you do? After all, NYC is already the toughest place live and work - and now you have this to think about? My advice is to take the article with a grain of salt. While the information is pretty discouraging and employers do have a lo...
 
  Make A Plan For Your Job Hunt
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2010
Today, I spoke to a client. He mentioned that, since he had decided to hire me and we had a plan in place to move forward, he felt much better about his job search plans and not so hurried or hectic. I told him I thought that was a great topic for a blog post! Do you find that just having a plan makes it easier to think about a big task? Sometimes, making the plan work involves partnering with an expert. I am a big proponen...
 
  Can’t Find A Job...Now What?
by Amanda Guralski - Jun, 2010
After four or five years, you have accomplished the big prize—your college degree! Graduation—a day in your life that you have looked forward to since you started your post-secondary education. As you relish the idea of no more studying, no more tests and most importantly no more homework you wonder . . . what’s next? If you are part of the select few that have a career position lined up already, you already know the satisfact...
 
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