Being proactive in your job search – finding your dream job
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2011
We had a great Top Ten Tips teleclass yesterday. The teleclass was very interactive and there was a lot of good learning from the participants. One participant, Terry, explained that she has been fortunate to have enjoyed her career path so far, especially because she fell into it. She was offered different roles at her school over the years and she’s enjoyed every one of them. She’s getting ready to retire now, but she is loo...
Career Trends to Watch in 2011
by Lindsey Pollak - Jan, 2011
are most on my mind as we head into a fresh new year. Here are my thoughts: 1. The job market is not improving fast enough for most Americans. I have to agree with a recent New York Times op-ed by Bob Herbert, which pointed out that, while many data experts are painting a somewhat rosy picture of the economy in 2011, prospects for the 15 million+ unemployed Americans are still very grim. Citing a Rutgers study, Herbert...
THE THANK-YOU LETTER AS A STRATEGIC SELF-MARKETING TOOL
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2011
Most people forget to send a thank-you letter after interviewing. Mistake. Those who do send one often fail to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to further promote their value. Big mistake. While it is true that this type of document should thank the interviewer for their time and interest, a greater impact on the hiring decision can be made by incorporating one or two of the following strategies. - Emphasize an a...
Guerrilla Job Search Secrets of the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2011
Maybe you've heard the "golden voice" of YouTube sensation, Ted Williams .. He’s the formerly homeless, formerly unemployed man who was hired -- literally off the street -- by the Cleveland Cavaliers for his dream job as an announcer. Other job offers are still pouring in from around the country. If you're unemployed, you can learn a lot from Ted Williams' Guerrilla Job Search. Here's why ... No social worker on earth wo...
Don’t Look for a Job—Make the Job Come to You
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
It may be unexpected advice from a job-search coach, but ideally, you should not be looking for a job. Instead, you should be looking for problems to solve and letting the jobs come to you. Confused? Here’s why you need to get off those job boards and readjust your approach: 1. Looking for a problem to solve is more effective. Looking for a problem to solve instead of looking for a job requires you to identify ski...
5 Mistakes Women Make in Building Their Careers
by Dwain Celistan - Jan, 2011
In your career, there are many opportunities to make positive things happen and avoid unfortunate mistakes. It is helpful to be aware of potential pitfalls. Beyond awareness, you need to have actions that can be taken to prevent or overcome suboptimal decisions. The good news is that there are several women who are positive role models. Many women have successfully navigated the hurdles to high levels of success across m...
Secure Contract Roles Through Networking
by Dwain Celistan - Jan, 2011
Networking is broadly considered the best path to secure a new job. It is also a fantastic avenue to secure contract work. This means of entry is not new but it has expanded significantly in recent years. More importantly, it is a lower risk method for both organizations and candidates to better determine if this is the right fit for both parties. Historically, organizations have relied heavily on the interview process to...
Who’s Encouraging You?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2011
Encouragers – they thread themselves through the needle of our lives, stitching together our tatters when we find we are fraying. In your business, your career or your life, do you have your encourager team in place, those whom you tap into regularly or as-needed, people who will resuscitate you when you drift into unconsciousness, who will perk you up when you are down, who will compel you into traction when you are inert?...
Ted Williams and the New Era of Job Search
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
The job offers are pouring in for Ted Williams, the homeless man whose YouTube video featuring his “golden voice” went viral last Monday. The video was recorded by an employee of The Columbus Dispatch who spotted Williams with his sign claiming he had the God-given gift of voice and was an ex-radio announcer. According to a CNN article, some members of the radio community have expressed frustration because there are so many...
60 Seconds of Networking Advice
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Jan, 2011
You’ve heard it before, “Network in order to optimize your job search.” How exactly do you go about it? It depends on the way you best build relationships and the industry you are targeting. Is the industry you seek employment in best penetrated online or offline? It is not as difficult as it seems. We are all human and we all want to help each other. The idea is to get in touch with as many people you can (in the right cha...
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