How My “Potential” Landed Me a Job
by Corinna Klawon - Aug, 2014
A few years ago I found myself bidding on a job that I thought was quite far out of reach. I was going for a Marketing Communications job that required strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to be detail-oriented, read proofs and overall have a good sense of English grammar. On the other side, there was me…just finishing up my BS in Marketing and Management: young, inexperienced, and above all a...
Your Career and the Search for Talent
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2014
You might have heard the term “talent wars” or something similar, which generally refers to companies competing for top talent even when a lot of job seekers are unemployed (and some have been for an extended period). If you’ve been looking for a new job or trying to move out/up from your current job for a while, this whole concept of a talent shortage might seem almost laughable–except that no job seeker I know is laughing...
If You Want a New Job, Cover All Your Bases
by Mindy Thomas - Aug, 2014
According to a recent survey by Jobvite, which conducts the most comprehensive Social Recruiting Survey of its kind, “An astounding 94 percent of recruiters used or planned to use social media in their recruitment efforts last year. That’s an increase of 16 percent since 2008. And 78 percent of recruiters made a hire through social media in 2013.” Upon reading this, I reached out to my network and interviewed an HR Talent A...
Never Work a Day in Your Life!
by Kristen Carter - Aug, 2014
As a Career Coach, it is not uncommon to speak with students who are unable to articulate what they want in their future careers. For some, it simply requires probing questions or a career assessment to reveal their career passion. Other times, students initially believe they know what they want, until they find out what their dream job actually entails. This sobering realization often causes disinterest and confusion. In thes...
3 Ways Brand Authenticity Opens Doors
by Valerie Sokolosky - Aug, 2014
When you’re networking, your brand is “on stage.” You’re making connections, focusing on your brand presence, and collecting business cards. You’re doing great! Now be sure you have a strategy to keep it going. Once you’ve made sure to “Do it Right”— from your appearance, to your behaviors, and business etiquette—how will you use networking to continue the business relationships? If you don’t have a strategy, you could “drop t...
Test Your Job-Hunting Knowledge
by Carole Kanchier - Aug, 2014
Mike has emailed 500 resumes over the past few months, but still has no responses. Is your search coming up empty? Are you knowledgeable about appropriate job-hunting strategies? Answer True or False: 1. Responding to want ads is a waste of time. 2. Effective job hunters devote many hours to research. 3. You need to sell yourself to get the right job. 4. Executive Recruiter is another name for employment agency....
Factors for a Successful Career Choice
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Aug, 2014
When exploring career options, it's important to take several factors into consideration, including your skills, interests, work values, personality, and lifestyle. Skills - You're no doubt good at a lot of things, but what are you both good at AND enjoy doing? These are referred to as your motivated skills. Interests - Are you interested in animals, helping people, the outdoors, or leading? Or maybe you're creative and...
Quitting Your Job? Think Twice, Do It Right
by Carole Kanchier - Aug, 2014
"I quit my job by email since that's how I normally communicated with my boss. But a company's firing by email got me thinking that quitting by email may not be appropriate ..." Have you had enough? Is quitting the right option? If so, resign with class. But first, know why you're leaving. Do you have patience with customers or co-workers? Are company policies and ethics congruent with your values? Do you have sup...
The Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of Salary Negotiation
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Aug, 2014
Salary negotiations can be a major pain point for most employees and even managers. There’s a way to do it and garner results and a way to do it ineffectively. The different rests in these few dos and don’ts. Don’t… Be Ridiculous While you should ask for a fair salary, be sure to avoid naming a figure that’s absurdly high in the hopes it will just be negotiated down. Few things can halt a salary negotiation quite like...
6 Steps To Asking For A Reference
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Aug, 2014
The references you provide to the employer for the job you REALLY WANT are more important than you imagine. A missing in action reference can really kill your chances of a job offer, especially if the choice between you and another candidate is a close one. Before we get to the nuts and bolts of how to ask for a reference, it is important to understand that you should NOT: Use the same references for every job....
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