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....
How does knowing your “WHY” help you in your career?
by Louise Garver - Aug, 2014
You may have heard of Simon Sinek, the author of “Start With Why.” His message in this book is focused on how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. So how does knowing more about your “why” help you? The why I am referring to here isn’t “why should I get up and go to work today?” It is an outlook on life, work and how you want to make a difference—in essence, it’s your purpose, cause or belief behind what and how y...
The Absolute BEST Time To Look For A Job
by Stacey Lane - Aug, 2014
When is the very best time to look for a job? a) When you have a job (so don’t quit before you find a new one). b) When you have time to devote to finding a job. c) When you’re “ready” and focused to look. d) Once your resume gets updated. e) Only after two years in the same job. f) None of the above. The correct answer is (f) none of the above. The ideal time to look for your next job is the day you star...
Five Tips for Remote Workers During The Summer
by Tiffany Young - Aug, 2014
The benefits of working from home have really paid off in my work performance and personal life. The hour per day I save in commuting alone translates to me saving gas, spending more time with family, and pursuing personal interests. The flexibility has also allowed me to better plan summer vacations and set time aside for professional development. When done right, remote working is a win-win for the employee and employer. If...
Use Marketing Techniques in Your Job Search
by Lisa Rangel - Aug, 2014
When marketing a product or corporate brand, you need to identify your different audiences, segment them and craft messages for them. These things also apply to job hunting—which is really nothing more than a sales process, except you’re selling your own qualifications and skills instead of a company’s product or service. Here’s how to use marketing techniques in your job search. Very rarely do even the best products sell t...
10 Ways to Reach Out to Hiring Managers
by Rachel Adler - Aug, 2014
The best way to advance your job search is to talk to people. The number of conversations you have in a week is the ultimate metric you should track to get results from your job search. Well, how do I find people to talk to in this social media/email/hide-behind-the-computer era? Great question. A combination of new school tactics (technology, social media) and old school activities (phone, in-person, snail mail) are the best...
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