15 Ways to Describe Yourself in an Interview
by Ken Sundheim - Mar, 2013
In just about every interview, the interviewer asks the question, “How would you describe yourself?” While this is something that should be anticipated and practiced, many job seekers overlook the importance of this question and fail to take the time to formulate the right answers. Moreover, when describing ourselves, we should approach our answers in an honest, candid manner. Even though some answers are laid out below,...
Are You Selling Yourself as Well as You Could?
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2013
For several years, I’ve been recommending that people focus on being able to succinctly and effectively highlight their accomplishments because others (i.e. recruiters, managers, partners) will judge them mostly based on their past track record of success. It turns out that’s not exactly the case. What You Could Do is Better Than What You Have Done According to Heidi Grant Harvorson at the Harvard Business Review,...
How to Job Hunt When You’ve Been Away from the Workforce
by Lindsey Pollak - Mar, 2013
You’ve probably heard the saying that it’s easier to get a job when you have a job. Well, what if you don’t currently have a job? What if you haven’t had a job for a long period of time? Don’t despair. It may take some extra effort to land a job after a long period of unemployment, but it is absolutely possible. Here are five Es to guide you: 1. Explanation First and foremost, it is a mistake to hope that employers...
Job search when someone is talking about you
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2013
What can you do when you think someone may be sabotaging your job search efforts? Is the rumor mill hurting your chances to get a job? I recently received several questions from readers who believe unfounded gossip may have lengthened their periods of unemployment. For example, one high achiever heard that former employers were spreading rumors that he was an underperformer. Another job seeker worried that people were miscons...
5 Things that military retirees and veterans get to decide about their career now
by Debra Ann Matthews - Mar, 2013
No more military uniforms, no more commanders in charge or sergeants telling you what to do or where to live or what your current MOS will be (job duties). Now do let your local ACAP office guide you and direct you, but other than that, it’s now your time to decide. It’s a choice that you get to make. What is your ideal targeted job? And by the way, thank you for your service Now decide among these 5 things about your next ca...
Secrets to Accessing The Hidden Job Market: Smart Ways To Find Unadvertised Job Openings
by Michelle Dumas - Mar, 2013
In this internet-dominated society in which we live, there are those who would have you believe that there are no longer any secrets. These people have clearly not engaged in a job search lately. It’s been reported that up to 80 percent of all job openings aren’t advertised or otherwise likely to publicly see the light of day. A hidden job market exists. Finding evidence, however is a challenge, which is particularly t...
Burnt Out From Your Job Search? Tips To Recharge Your Energy & Jumpstart Your Motivation
by Michelle Dumas - Mar, 2013
It’s said that we spend our lives searching. Searching for meaning, for love, for success, for the best sushi place. Unfortunately, it often seems that much of our time is consumed by a job search as well. Whether it’s looking for work or simply to alter our career path, a job search can be time consuming, frustrating and even soul-sapping, leaving us discouraged, tired and burnt out. No surprise that this impacts our...
4 Ways To Have A Productive Job Search
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Mar, 2013
Many clients complain that they don’t feel as if their job search efforts are getting them anywhere. They have no way to tell if what they are doing is working or not, but they continue doing the same thing day after day. You know the definition of insanity, right? Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein 1. Set Goals The best way to have a productive jo...
Job Search: What’s the magic number
by Abby Locke - Mar, 2013
A client recently asked me “How many job applications would it take to land a new job?” It’s a good question and certainly a valid question, but unfortunately, a successful job search comes down to more than numbers. A job seeker’s successes and outcomes are influenced by so many factors like economic climate, overall industry conditions, level of experience, available opportunities in target market and geographic locations...
Why Executive Recruiters Are Not Returning Your Calls
by Kim Meninger - Mar, 2013
Most professionals and executives recognize the value of working with executive recruiters, but many do not fully understand how the process works. They may be unclear about how to engage executive recruiters, or they may have unrealistic expectations about the level of support they will receive. Here are five reasons executive recruiters are not returning your calls: 1. You are not a fit for a current position C...
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