That problem in your background? It isn’t as bad as you think
by Louise Fletcher - Sep, 2014
I’m taking on online sketching class at the moment. I’ve always loved painting and drawing, and I’m finding this a particularly rewarding way to work. But I’ve noticed a lot of the students are very uncomfortable sharing their work. They’ll preface each post with caveats like ‘this isn’t very good’ or ‘I don’t like this one at all.’ Usually, the drawing is excellent – full of life and personality and character – but all they s...
Executive Bios: The Top 10 Ways to Use One
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
Do you have an executive bio? And do you know how best to use one? Bios have been around for decades and are often used by senior executives. In fact, recruiters and employers tend to assume that if you are a senior executive, you already have one. Useful for reminding your network what you bring to the table and introducing your background to prospective contacts, your bio also presents key details about you to recruiters,...
Network into Your Next Job
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2014
A job search can feel overwhelming at times. You don't need to do it alone. Your network can help take some of the "work" out of your search. Getting Clear It's important to let your network know that you are in a job search. They can't help you if they don't know! And, without clearly defined job targets, i.e., specific positions, industries, and companies you are seeking, it can be even harder for your network to help....
How to Use Travel Tips to Reach Your Career Goals
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2014
Were you one of the lucky ones that actually took time off this summer for a vacation? Typically, there is a lot of planning that took place before you took off to the wild blue yonder; choosing a destination, setting a budget, purchasing travel tickets, hotel rooms, and then packing the suitcase. What if the plan to reach your career goals was as easy as planning a vacation? Choose your destination Most people don’t...
Commodity Job Seeker: Make Sure This Isn’t You
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2014
One definition of commodity is: “A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type.” In the world of job search and career management, you do not want to be a commodity! Interchangeability is not your friend. Avoid the “Me Too” Syndrome If your resume and other career marketing/job search tools paint you as just another candidate like the scores whose resumes preceded yours...
How a Great Resume Prepares You for a Great Interview
by Robin Schlinger - Sep, 2014
Your resume introduces you to a company and puts you in line for an interview. But your resume is also an essential part of your preparation for that interview. First, suppose you tried, without a resume, to keep the exact same information on employment websites, social media like LinkedIn, personal contact, networking, email and snail mail. It would be very difficult to avoid minor errors and contradictions while juggling...
How To Leave Your Best Brand Impression:The Second Time
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
We hear it all the time. “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” That good ol’ first impression, in which people “sum you up” in a matter of seconds. Some say this isn’t fair but research shows that we do make judgments about others in the first few seconds of meeting them. In a short amount of time, there can be assumptions made about a person’s income, where they live, where they work, their perso...
Tips For Job Searching When You Are Over 50
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2014
“50 is the new 30″. “Old guys rule”. “Age is only a number.” “Yeah, I got that scrape skateboarding with my grandson”. These are just some of the comments that reflect a shift in perception about aging in our society, in part because life-expectancy keeps increasing, as do the expectations those in middle age (and older) have of what they can and want to do. People over 50 are more active than ever and take pride in...
What Every Executive Needs to Know About Handling A Layoff
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
Although we may like to think that we are always in control of our careers, sometimes unforeseen circumstances take us for a loop. One such circumstance is that of an executive layoff. The good news is, in most cases, you should know ahead of time that you are on the executive layoff list. This gives you time to plan your next moves as an executive who now finds themselves on the job hunt. The bad news is this presents a set o...
Using Google+ to Create a Target Company List for your Job Search
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
Creating a target list can help you find leads for jobs and meet valuable contacts. Thanks to social media you’re no longer just limited to your local community or live networking events. The rise of websites like Google+ make it easier than ever to create target lists for your job search. Use the following tips to effectively use Google+ to leverage social media on the job hunt. Google+ Communities Google+ Communities...
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