“Any Clues, Sherlock?” Uncovering the Hidden Job Market
by Dawn Lennon - Apr, 2010
Remember the old joke about the little boy whose parents took him to a psychiatrist because they worried he was too optimistic? The psychiatrist took him into a room piled high with horse manure. Instead of recoiling, the boy ran to the pile and began digging frantically. His reason: “So much manure. There must be a pony in here somewhere.” You have to dig to find hidden job opportunities. If you’ve confined your job ...
When Is An Offer Not An Offer?
by Judi Perkins - Apr, 2010
I received an email from a woman who was “elated about an offer for employment for a long awaited job opportunity.” She’d been looking for a while and hadn’t been having much luck. Despite her elation, she went with her instinct and turned down the offer. They’d been “sweating” her about coming in for training while she was working notice on her current job. She felt she needed to have fully resigned one job before she b...
Career Counsel: Job Opportunities In A Tough Market
by Ramon Greenwood - Apr, 2010
It is very difficult to find much good news in today's job market. However, there are signs of a sliver of silver lining in the dark clouds for ambitious young men and women. With companies downsizing to operate with fewer employees as a means for reducing operating costs, job opportunities are opening up for younger careerists, with lower salaries and less experience, to take on more responsibilities. Fair or not, thi...
How To Get The Job: Five Reasons To Follow Up And How To Do So
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Apr, 2010
Many job seekers miss the one step that can land them an interview and the job they are applying for. Sure, they send in their resume or application. They may even send additional information requested. But many of the unemployed simply fail to follow up with the employers to whom they apply. Why follow up? Read on: 1. Consideration. Care to guess how often an online resume or application is not received or misrouted to...
Ten Meal Etiquette Tips for Job Seekers
by Lindsey Pollak - Apr, 2010
Last week I hosted an etiquette dinner at a college in New York City. Students came in their best business casual attire, networked during a “mocktail” hour and then sat down to a formal business dinner. Believe it or not, we had a lot of fun talking about which fork to use when and how to properly butter your bread. It’s likely that you’ll be asked to have a meal during the job interview process, so be sure to brush up o...
THANK YOU NOTE – Always Send One!
by Mandy Marchitello - Apr, 2010
Whether you want the job or not, you should always send a thank you note to the person with whom you interviewed. Doing so demonstrates respect and appreciation for the interviewer’s time. Out of hundreds of hopefuls, you are the one with whom the interviewer has chosen to spend an hour of their busy day. Makes you feel pretty special, doesn’t it? It should! You are special and someone has taken notice of that fact. Now ...
Career Fair Evaluation Scale: How are Recruiters Evaluating you?
by Sharon Cohen - Apr, 2010
• Are you tired of job searching? • Do you just want to stay in bed and sleep in? • Have you given up on Career Fairs? Get re-energized and learn how to prepare! Use a Career Fair Evaluation Form to ace your next networking event! 10 Strategies to Stand out from the Crowd at a Career Fair One of the most efficient ways to network with employers is to attend major, community career fairs. Instead of cold-calli...
Is This Simple Resume Mistake Costing You Interviews?
by Louise Fletcher - Apr, 2010
You’ve worked long and hard on your resume – you feel certain it represents you effectively. You send it out and eagerly await the responses...and hear nothing. The problem might not be your resume content – it might be your file format. Of the resumes we receive to review each day, 10-20% are not saved as Microsoft Word documents. This is job search suicide! 99% of the people who will look at your resume online w...
Feeling of Optimism In The Job Market
by Beth Colley - Apr, 2010
I don’t know if it’s just because it’s spring and everything is brighter, but I get the feeling that there’s truly a feeling of optimism emerging among job seekers. Honestly, I don’t think that we’re going to see a huge boom, but I’m beginning to see signs of hope. As usual, I’m going to try to give some practical and helpful advice to give you some strategies on how to take advantage of this optimism. 1) Test the waters wi...
Linkedin Job-Search Tips
by Kevin Donlin - Apr, 2010
LinkedIn has been called “Facebook for grownups” and “the world’s biggest networking group.” It’s both of those -- and more. Used correctly, LinkedIn can be one of the most valuable weapons in your job-search arsenal. To get the latest and best tips, I interviewed Rob Mendez, an expert on LinkedIn and other social media, who helps job hunters via his CareerNetworkMinistry.com web site. Here’s what we talked about.....
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