Why It’s Important to Have Branded, Coordinated Job Search Materials
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Do you want your resume, cover letter, and biography to look disheveled or professional and well-prepared? These documents are a reflection of you as a candidate—and as such, how you present yourself is important to how you’re perceived as a potential employee. Therefore, having documents that don’t match in style, format, design, or branding can really portray you as unorganized, not very detail-oriented, and lackluster. Howe...
Don’t let bad credit get in the way of your job search
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2013
I was recently honored to be featured in this US News article, How to Convince a Prospective Employer to Overlook Poor Credit. There are many obstacles people have to overcome when applying for job search and bad credit is a common concern among job seekers. A potential employer cannot check it without your consent, but this could be seen as a red flag and decrease your chances of getting hired. You’re better off consentin...
How to Identify the Next Hot Trend in 2013
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2013
There’s no better way to ensure your value than to identify a trend and capitalize on it before your competitors get to the table. But how do you do this without a crystal ball or a time machine? Here are some suggestions for honing your sense of what’s coming next in your field. Notice Systems That Are Broken If a broken process or system affects enough people, they will start to complain – and loudly. When the noise...
Job Search: Ready, Set, G–Whoa!!
by Jan Melnik - Jan, 2013
Whether you are happily employed, unhappily working, or out-on-the-market ready for an exciting engagement, smart job search isn’t a matter of ready, set, go anymore. Since the first of the year, I have had more than a handful of inquiries that included comments along the lines of “I just need to get a resume ‘thrown together,’ I don’t need a cover letter, and I’m not going to worry about using LinkedIn, that doesn’t work a...
Companies hire skill sets, not job titles
by Dawn Bugni - Jan, 2013
A recent client had just completed his computer science degree. Currently, he was working as a delivery driver for a national courier service. Prior to that, he had been in the Navy. He was ready to launch his computer industry career starting as help desk technician. He told me he had absolutely no help desk experience. He feared finding even an entry level position “in this market” with his background. He told me I’d se...
Under-the-Radar Strategies To Keep Your Job Search A Secret
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2013
Seeking employment is a challenge, even during the best of times. It’s often said that looking for a full time job is itself a full time job, one that requires a great deal of time, persistence and creativity. If you happen to be unemployed, of course, you likely have time in abundance. But what if you already have a job and want to find a new or different (and hopefully better) position? Taking it a step further, what if...
How Are You Going to Get a New Job for the New Year?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
One thing that hasn't changed with the new calendar: If you want a new job, you're going to have to take some action to get one. The sit-back-and-wait technique is low-impact, but usually doesn't yield results. If you're hoping for a new job in the new year, make sure you keep the following in mind: You need to know what you offer. It's a cliché to say, "If you don't know what you offer, no one else will know it either," bu...
Stop Lying! To Get a Job and To Yourself
by John E. Kobara - Dec, 2012
We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. ~Tad Williams Lying is so complicated. You have to remember who you told and who knows. It is an endless process to avoid the truth.Telling the truth is much different than not telling a lie. It starts with little...
10 Bits of Career Expert Advice You Want to Ignore
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2012
While we all heed advice from time to time to learn and grow, it is good to be reminded that not all "expert" advice is good. Check out these 10 tips from career "experts" that you may actually want to ignore: 1. Your resume should never go longer than one page. While conciseness and clarity is key in any written document, words in and of themselves are not "bad." Master Resume Writer Dawn Bugni says, "It takes words to co...
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