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  Finding a Job in a Difficult Market—A Six Source Plan to Expand Your Opportunities
by David Maxfield - Nov, 2014
Confessions of a Job Seeker “I’m looking for a job. And, surprise, so are many others with plenty of skills, experience, and education. I prepare a resume and cover letter. Next, I search for job openings using employer and job search sites. When I find prospective jobs, I tailor my letter and send off my information. I try to place follow up calls but the sites say calls are not accepted. Do they really mean it? I don’t...
  Ho-Hum Resumes: Is Yours One of Them?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
Sometimes it feels as if I’m playing a broken record on this, but experience shows that too many job seekers still don’t get the difference between a resume that showcases their unique value to employers and one that looks basically like a job description. The latter is what I’ve decided to call a ho-hum resume. In other words, the response to it is likely to be something along the lines of “who cares?” or “So…?” or even “O...
  Resume Lies
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
They creep in everywhere, the little exaggerations or omissions: those little resume lies. Some resume writers even encourage them in the name of “helping” a job applicant look good. But in my viewpoint, the consequences of lying are never worth the risk; they are too severe, both personally and professionally, and too likely to be exposed, even during the job interview. Those little lies include: Inflating a job title. Your...
  Numbers Talk: Why You Must Use Social Media in Your Job Search
by Lisa Rangel - Nov, 2014
You have read so many articles like “14 Ways to Use Twitter to Land a Job” or “8 Ways to Get Recruiters to Find You on LinkedIn.” You may have read many of ours giving this type of premier advice…but here is the million dollar question… Are you doing it? Any of It? Even a little bit of it? You know the answer to that… I have to believe you do not need any more convincing as to why you must use social media in your...
  4 Steps to Thaw Out a Frozen #JobSearch
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2014
Frozen by the cold harsh realities of job search in today’s ever-shifting and often-brutal economic climate? Here are 4 counterintuitive steps you can take to help thaw things out: 1. Write thank-you letters or call someone (friend, family member, co-worker, former boss) to let them know you appreciate their impact in your life. It’s amazing what showing appreciation for others can do for you. Witness the spark you spur wit...
  What is Your Resume’s Personality Type?
by Cathy Francois - Nov, 2014
I have reviewed thousands of resumes as a career coach. I find that every resume provides clues about the person behind it and have a personality all on their own that may be a reflection of the author. Sometimes it’s spot on and other times unfortunately a false representation that often does not work in the job seeker’s favor. If I were to assess your resume it would be classified under at least one of the following four res...
  Don't Shut That Door on These 5 Resume Rules: What Job Hunters May Not Know
by Mindy Thomas - Nov, 2014
Seriously? Another article about resume writing? How many do we need to read on this topic? How much more is there to know about writing a resume? Perhaps these are a few of your thoughts. But, in this chaotic world of navigating a job search and countless posts that make you want to scream, I ‘m pretty certain that you may not have heard of these tricks and tips. 1. Including a Hotmail or Yahoo email address on a resume...
  How to Organize a Cover Letter/Email
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
Cover letters and emails are important; some hiring managers and recruiters ignore them but others expect them. Why take the chance? Cover letters give you the opportunity to show off your communication skills, direct the hiring manager’s or recruiter’s attention to important accomplishments and facts, and add detail that might not be appropriate for your resume (for example, salary range if the company requires that informati...
  Resumes for College Students: Preparing Now for Graduation Day
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
Just as high school seniors struggle to write their essays for college applications, college seniors often struggle with writing resumes for their first jobs. Unfortunately, their preparation for this moment may leave a lot to be desired. Here are a few things college students can do now, before they graduate, to beef up their resumes: Work, either on or off campus, whether you need to pay college expenses or not. Work exper...
  Why Recruiters Ask For Desired Salary Early On (And What to Do About It)
by Lisa Rangel - Nov, 2014
You may have noticed on your job hunt that recruiters get down to business fast. In fact, you may be surprised that they are asking a candidate about their desired salary right off the bat. It may have even rubbed you the wrong way. The truth is that this practice isn’t going anywhere. Below you’ll find out why and how to handle the question when it comes up. Why recruiters need to ask… Not all candidates have re...
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