How to Use a Reference Letter in a Job Search
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2011
Knowing how to use a reference letter in a job search is good strategy. A reference letter could be the thing that sets you apart from the other applicants. Job seekers who want a competitive advantage should definitely consider using a reference letter or two in the job search. Although recruiters have their own biases when reading a reference letter in the job search, most agree that using a reference letter the wrong wa...
The #1 Millennial Career Advantage
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2011
As we enter fall recruiting season on college campuses, many students are concerned about how to position themselves for jobs in the continuingly dismal job market. To stand out in this economy, everyone needs an angle (or three…or four…). But there is an angle that I think many Millennials overlook, perhaps because it feels so natural to them. In my opinion, the #1 advantage Millennials offer employers is that they are dig...
Networking Your Way to Your Next Job
by Barbara Safani - Oct, 2011
Networking is the exchange of information and the cultivation of productive and authentic relationships. Some people would rather go to the dentist than go to a networking meeting or event. Many avoid it altogether throughout their careers and find themselves in a bind when they are in a job searchand aren’t connected to anyone who can help. Flossing your teeth daily is proactive and preventive dental care. Networking on a...
Little Things Count Most in Getting a Job
by William Cottringer - Oct, 2011
A long time ago I discovered an extremely useful concept called perturbation point, or just "P" point for short. These are the little critical things you can do to get the biggest results. The following checklist has the little things you need to take care of to get the best results in your job hunt. 1. Have you done a complete and honest self-inventory as to what your best skills and abilities are and what type and level...
Avoid the Top Ten Resume Mistakes
by Peter Newfield - Sep, 2011
You’re sitting at your desk, the coffee is cold, and you decide that your boss has annoyed you for the last time. You’re going to look for another job and get the hell out of this place. You turn to the blank computer screen in front of you and start writing your resume. How hard can it be to write your own resume? Apparently, it’s a task not to be undertaken lightly. Most of the resumes circulating out in cyberspace and sn...
Out of Work? Hire Yourself.
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2011
You think you can’t. I say you can. Don’t over-think it, make it too big, or get in your own way. Just try it. Plug the gap. Being out of work, creates a glaring gap on your resume. Your work history has come to a (hopefully temporary) dead end. This makes job seekers lose sleep at night and I don’t blame them. So the question is: “What can you do about it?” I say, “Plenty, if you have something of value to...
The Internship Game—Step Up or Get Left Out
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2011
Internships are almost a right of passage to getting hired. The thirst for them has stirred businesses of every stripe to offer internship opportunities, particularly unpaid ones. There’s an upside and a downside to unpaid internships. So you need to know how to get the most “up” out of your choices. Make your free labor pay. The CBS Sunday Morning program ran an eye-opening segment called, “Internships: A foot in...
Is It Time to Rethink Your Job Search Strategy?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2011
Conducting a job search can be a bit of a confusing experience. If you have been looking for employment for weeks without an interview call, you’re likely to be thinking, “What could I be doing wrong?” Sometimes, it’s that you need to make a few small tweaks to your resume—and other times, you need to completely overhaul your job search. If you’re not getting any callbacks, there’s a good chance that you fall into the lat...
Unleashing the Career Superstar in You—Ready?
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2011
Superstars aren’t just sports and entertainment icons. They’re also us. Every workplace and every career has its superstars. There’s no reason why you aren’t among them. By definition superstars are individuals in prominence who attract attention. Look around: That’s lots of people you know. We have to perform well and consistently to be considered a superstar in our line of work. On-the- job superstars are those indispe...
‘Create Your Own Job’ 101: A Last Hope for Desperate, Unemployed White Collar Professionals
by Ben Ruark - Sep, 2011
No panacea, here, after soul-searching and wrapping your mind around a new, harsher economic reality, you may be ripe for embracing one of life’s less-appetizing last-ditch efforts. While the allure of nailing down any job may tempt you to read further, know that life overall, and personal-commitment, get very real, very fast, when you’re gazing across the desk of the president or operations/general manager of a small company....
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