Learn Something Unrelated. Kick Your Career Up a Notch.
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2014
Learning something new gets our attention. It reminds us we have skills to build on, dormant interests ready for the light, and talents (latent or otherwise) screaming for an outlet. It you want to build self-confidence and give your career trajectory a shot in the glutes, find something unrelated to your job and learn it. Embrace the counterintuitive. We’re told at work that we need to develop our skills and expa...
Negotiating: Twenty-One Rules of the Game
by Ford R. Myers - Jan, 2014
Negotiating Ability? Your negotiating ability is a strength and an asset to your prospective employer. By doing it effectively right from the start, you are proving that when you’re on the other side of the desk, you will negotiate on behalf of the company to make the best deals, get the best prices, and generate the most profit. Some hiring managers even go so far as to say that when candidates do no negotiating at...
Networking, Networking, Networking … Did We Mention Networking?
by Teena Rose - Jan, 2014
We are a social people and the continual and complex exchange of managers dipping into the talent pool to pluck candidates and candidates offering up their talent and services is, at its heart, a social transaction. It makes sense, therefore, that the hiring manager will act socially and be more likely to choose someone he or she knows, or even someone he or she has briefly met, over some name on a sheet of paper. Similarly,...
Never Give Up!
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2014
Quite a while ago, I wrote a piece titled… I can’t get a job because… In it, I made the case that people aren’t truly affected in their job search by various forms of discrimination as commonly as they may think they are. Often, when people are unwilling to face personal shortcomings in their attitude, experience, job search approach, interview skills, or other factors they could improve, it’s easier for them to d...
Resolutions to Make the Career Change of Your Dreams in 2014
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2014
2014 will be the Year of the Horse. On the Chinese Zodiac, the year is for those who make efforts to improve themselves – energetic, bright, intelligent, and capable people. For even sounder reasons, it may be the time for professionals and mid-professionals to make a career change. The end of 2013 may be the best time to prepare for a change. Ask yourself the following: Where do I want to be on my career an...
Resume Help: How to Craft an Accomplishment Statement
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
The lack of powerful accomplishment statements is the most common resume shortcoming. If a candidate does not include relevant and compelling accomplishments on his resume, his chances of earning interviews are diminished. A hiring employer may receive hundreds of resumes. The resumes lacking accomplishments will be cast aside. In most cases, the resume is the one shot you get to capture the hiring employer’s attention and...
The 10 Most Overused Words on LinkedIn Profiles in 2013
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2014
Every year (at least for the last four years) LinkedIn has performed an analysis of all the English language profiles on its site. This year, with more than 259 million members, you can imagine how varied the list is. Shockingly, the number-one most overused buzz word on LinkedIn profiles in 2013 was used TWICE as much as the number-two word on the list. To be honest, the fact the word was used twice as much as the second word...
Top 10 Executive Resume Trends For 2014
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2014
Gearing up for your 2014 executive job search? One of your first tasks is probably polishing your resume… but oh, how the times have changed. The new reality in executive job hunting demands not only a powerful marketing package for your skills, but also a keen awareness of social media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), recruiter preferences, and cutting-edge personal branding. Take stock of these 10 trends desti...
What is a Headhunter? And What’s the Difference Between a Headhunter, a Recruiter and a Sourcer?
by Teena Rose - Jan, 2014
Before we even discuss how to find and work with a headhunter, an understanding needs to be reached about who exactly this person is and what role he or she plays in the greater landscape of the employment world. Some distinguishment also needs to be made between a headhunter and a recruiter, two roles that are oftentimes mistaken as the same. So, what is a headhunter and what do they do? Well, the common definition is...
High Tech Executive Job Search: Getting Back in the Game
by Paul Freiberger - Jan, 2014
The technology sector has been battered for the past few years. On a national scale, the American technology sector lost 245,600 jobs in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Losses have hit each segment of the industry, but a closer look at the numbers reveals a great deal of localized inconsistency. For example, some states, including Massachusetts, Washington, Texas and California, did well even in mid...
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