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...
Fuel your job search with a goal and a sense of urgency
by Sherri Edwards - Nov, 2014
If the last bus was leaving in two minutes and you were still contemplating where you were going, how long would it take you to make a decision whether to get on that bus? If you did get on the bus, what’s the likelihood you would be on the right bus headed in the right direction? It seems to me that most people would no sooner jump on a bus without a destination in mind than drive with their eyes closed. Why, then, do people...
Turning Down a Job Without Burning a Bridge
by Lisa Rangel - Oct, 2014
Sometimes we get job offers we don’t want. Or, maybe we got multiple offers and need to turn down the ones that aren’t the best fit. This can lead to a very awkward situation. We need to say no, but at the same time we don’t want to burn a bridge. After all, you never know when you’ll need the connection. Use our tips to help you turn down a job offer while still keeping a door open. Have your statement prepared – and...
Use The Androgynous Approach to Enhance Job Search
by Carole Kanchier - Oct, 2014
Victoria wanted a job that would enable her to use her creativity. After assessing personal traits and exploring compatible options, Victoria decided to establish her own boutique. When Murray lost his job, he started searching immediately for a similar position. Although there are individual differences, these stories underscore some of the traditional differences between how men and women tend to manage career transi...
How to Write A Great Cover Letter
by Abby Locke - Oct, 2014
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether it's a letter that accompanies your direct job application, is used for networking or is for introductions to an executive recruiter, it is a critical part of your brand presentation and career marketing. When properly written, a cover letter serves as a personal introduction and the tricky part is to make an impact with rehashing your resu...
Why's My Executive Resume Not Working? 2 Words
by Jean Cummings - Oct, 2014
It's been a long time since anything's been simple about executive resumes. People ask questions such as: should my resume be two pages or one, can you have three or more pages, how should it look, can I have a functional resume? And, about the response to their resumes people ask: why I am not getting called back, why aren't recruiters contacting me, why have I been looking for months with no luck? Well, the simple answer...
How to Quantify Your Accomplishments on Your Resume
by Adrienne Erin - Oct, 2014
No prospective employer wants to read a dry, detailed-yet-vague laundry list of job duties from your recent employment. Chances are that you find your job duties as boring to list as employers find them useless to read. Yet how can you communicate your skills and achievements without mentioning job duties? Simple: by measuring achievements. Quantifying your achievements pulls double duty, highlighting key duties while givin...
Is A Career In Nonprofit For You?
by Stacy Harshman - Oct, 2014
Nonprofit organizations are often thought of as places you go to volunteer, but they can offer rewarding careers as well. According to a 2012 report by the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University, nonprofit employment represents 10.1 percent of total employment in the United States in 2010. Although there are many similarities between nonprofit and for-profit companies, here are some aspects you should con...
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