Do More than Read Job Titles! Look for Clues...
by Marcia Robinson - Sep, 2009
I was having a conversation recently with a job seeker who had concluded that there were just no jobs out there for her. It was a little surprising since she is actually in a field that has quite a few opportunities, despite the bad economy. After a few minutes, I realized that she was so fixated on the last job title she held, she really wasn't looking for broader possibilities and reading job descriptions carefully enoug...
If You Feel Like a Job-Search Failure...Go Underground!
by Rob Taub - Sep, 2009
"I Feel Like a Failure at Job Search. I've done everything I know to do, from everything I've read about job searching and from all the advice from friends, my schools career office and online sites...it's been months and I've been to all the career fairs and applied to every opening I could find in 6 New England states, NY and NJ and I'm still jobless seemingly going nowhere." HAVE you done everything...REALLY? Aside fr...
Help for Mid Career Professionals in Today's Economy
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Sep, 2009
While every age group has its career issues, today’s mid career professionals, those aged 50 and above, have been disproportionally affected by the changes in the economic environment. These folks are more likely to be laid off and often have a more difficult time rebounding after a job loss. I’ve identified five challenges facing mid career workers and offer suggestions for addressing them. Challenge #1: You’ve been caught...
Hosting a Career Party
by Thomas J. Denham - Sep, 2009
Sometimes my clients retreat when ownership is required for their job search. Some are embarrassed at their age not knowing what they want to be when they grow up. My advice is to fight the tendencies of isolationism, self-doubt, anxiety and frustration by reaching out to your team of friends and family. In other words, throw what I call “The Career Development Party.” 1. Before the Party Start by, inviting a number of ...
The Art of Change
by Nan S. Russell - Sep, 2009
From the iron age to nearly the industrial age, blacksmiths prospered. Villagers needed plows, shovels, iron tires for wagons, nails and tools to build their homes, all of which the blacksmiths forged. They needed their horses and oxen shod and their tools repaired. Being a blacksmith was a sound professional choice. Yet despite flourishing for centuries, this vital profession was all but eliminated in a few generations. W...
Talking About Nothing is Part of a Job Search Campaign
by Barbara Safani - Sep, 2009
I know I’ve ranted about this before but I’m continuously amused by all the articles popping up about how social media is destroying real relationships. In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth. The biggest pet peeve is that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are flooded with people talking about nothing...as if before social media, people who spoke always had something profound to say. People will a...
What's Your Next Game?
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Sep, 2009
It's hard to get excited about our careers sometimes. Especially when bad news surrounds us. Between high unemployment, low morale, and reduced compensation, who can blame you for not wanting to jump out of bed energized and ready to start each day? Maybe what you need is a new game to play. Something that gets you excited again. Whether it's a new job or a new way of doing something in your present position, a new game (or...
Four De-Stressing Tips for Your Job Search
by Teena Rose - Sep, 2009
Job seekers are spending long, grueling hours, hitting the job front from multiple angles, but the stress is becoming unbearable. So, I decided to build a list of de-stressing tips which hopefully provide you with some relief. 1. Take stock in what you have. When did our personal worth become indicative upon a j-o-b? No doubt, the loss of income will force us to make some difficult decisions, but never will our income, poss...
Job Seekers - What Could You Live Without?
by Barbara Safani - Sep, 2009
My teenage son has been allergic to milk products his entire life. His reaction is pretty intense...immediate vomiting, drop in blood pressure, turning white as a ghost...all from a thimble-full of milk or a bite of cheese. He is part of an allergy research study group and every year he spends a day in the hospital ingesting tiny amounts of milk and being observed, poked, and prodded for hours. And every year after a very over...
Pink Slip: I Never Saw It Coming
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Sep, 2009
Today a long time friend was laid off “unexpectedly” – she was given no notice and turned in her company computer and phone on the spot. Nothing against her employer (business is business), but she was left ill-prepared, to say the least. “I have a few cards,” she told me in a flat monotone. “I am eerily calm.” Of course, I offered my commiseration and any help in the way of a resume and contacts. However, I was absolut...
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