Separating the Wheat From the Chaff in Job Search Strategies
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jun, 2013
It’s overwhelming, discouraging, frustrating and exacerbating – the quantity of blogs and articles telling you how to job search. By focusing on the latest ‘trends’ and progressive strategies, self-anointed experts continue to use their megaphones to sell their own ideas. The following list of 10 trends is designed to help you separate the wheat from the chaff, identifying those activities or rules of thumb you should cons...
Questions to Ask Before Taking a Job
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2013
You know you should ask questions before taking a job. However, job seekers who have been looking for new opportunities for months, or even years, are unlikely to spend a lot of time and effort evaluating a new offer before signing on the dotted line. If you’ve been searching for for a long time, you may not have the luxury to turn down an offer. Questions to ask before taking a job If you can afford to pass up an oppo...
A Simple Assignment that Could Land a New Grad a Job
by Marcia Robinson - Jun, 2013
The last thing new grads want to hear after they have walked the stage at commencement is a new assignment. Unfortunately though, without completing this assignment, most new graduates will struggle to find employment. I have seen it. I started giving this assignment to new graduates, as a response to one of the common questions new grads ask: How do I get a job if I have no experience? In today's competitive job market I...
Should College Students Use LinkedIn?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2013
It’s never too early to start building your digital footprint. I believe that college students should make a point to begin their building their own online profiles, and one of the easiest ways to do that is via LinkedIn. Jordan Friedman, a student at Emory University and contributor to Huffington Post’s college channel, asked me some questions for his post about the topic. Should college students use LinkedIn? Here is...
How Time Management Can Help Your Job Search
by Lisa Adams - May, 2013
Let’s discuss an important part of a successful job search: How to take the elements/tasks of your job search plan and break them down into daily chunks. I am a nut about planning and time management. Planning your daily schedule must happen if you are to obtain your goals faster, but it takes discipline and a system. Take what you have in the project plan and put each of these tasks into your paper or online planners...
How to grow your network to get a job
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2013
It’s gotten to the point where “job seeker” can be a synonym for “discouraged.” How are you supposed to overcome the competition to get a job? Especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve had to look for a position, you have a lot of obstacles to overcome. You know it’s futile to sit around and bemoan how tough it is to land a job; it’s up to you to act. Your first order of business is to network effectively and effic...
Three Signs That You Are on the Job Search Ferris Wheel
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2013
Have you lost control of your job search? Are you stuck on a Ferris wheel, going round and round, and not getting anywhere? If you have been searching for months without a job offer, it is time to evaluate your job search strategy and performance. Either you are not doing something that you should be doing, or you are not conveying the information in an appropriate manner. Let’s look at the top three signs that indicate...
5 Clues for 40 Years Old who Recently Earned a College Degree
by Debra Ann Matthews - May, 2013
You have a degree, now focus on the impact that your degree has helped in honing and developing your skills. As a 40+ professional, you are in the middle of your professional career and in my opinion; it can look very bright once you clarify the difference that you have made in your journey as you have now added another asset to your professional belt. To prepare for your next career journey, note 4 to 5 accomplishments and p...
3 Steps to Attract Recruiters to Your LinkedIn Profile
by Louise Garver - May, 2013
According to Wikipedia: recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, selecting, and onboarding a qualified person for a job. Recruiters are increasingly using social media to find and research candidates. This approach is often called social recruiting which is the use of social media for recruiting using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and similar online sites. Keywords count. Have you noticed how keywords...
9 Mistakes Boomers Make In The Job Search
by Randy Block - May, 2013
“I just want a job” is a familiar refrain I hear at my presentations; usually from someone with gray hair. My reply is: “Apply at Costco, Home Depot or Target – and get at least 30 hours for the benefits”. You know how challenging the job market is out there. And you can only make it harder on yourself. In my work with Boomers, they may even know better but their execution is less than stellar – far less. The Nine Mist...
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