Warm up the Cold Call in Your Job Search
by Linda K. Rolie, M.A., CVC - Jan, 2011
Excerpt from the book, GETTING BACK to WORK: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff (McGraw-Hill). All rights reserved without written permission. There are few things job seekers dread more than making cold calls. However, if you are serious about finding a job -- and in these tough times, you have to be -- it is pretty much a requirement. You might just land the perfect opportunity as a result of...
Five Quick Tips for Creating a Stronger Resume
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
In today’s intensely competitive job market, a single job posting can attract between 200 to 500 resumes. Out of these, only a handful will be considered for an interview. Can your resume make the cut? Most resumes will be instantly dismissed for one of the following reasons: a) they are poorly written; b) they are not focused on the target position; c) they fail to address the employer’s most pressing needs. The...
What Not To Include On Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
There are certain aspects of a candidate’s resume that can have the opposite effect than intended. Seemingly helpful information that is found in a “typical resume” can have a negative effect on certain job candidates, sending their resume straight to the trash. Here are a few examples of information you may want to leave out of your resume and why: Job history dates before 1990. Though it doesn’t seem like that long ago, l...
Blogging Your Way to a Professional Brand
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2011
To blog or not to blog? That is the question! You are a busy executive with lots of daily responsibilities. So why on earth would you want to blog in addition to all of your regular duties? I get it, believe me! As a professional in the career industry who is committed to providing my clients with personalized attention and professional results, it is sometimes hard to find the time. I make the time because I know that...
How Long Do Your College Honors Matter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2011
Entry-level professionals often have a hard time trying to determine which information to include on their resumes. While you obviously want to include any education or degrees, the other stuff from college gets a little trickier. Do employers want to know you were in the photography club? Would a hiring manager care you were membership chair for your fraternity? Relevance As with many things in resume writing, the answe...
Being proactive in your job search – finding your dream job
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2011
We had a great Top Ten Tips teleclass yesterday. The teleclass was very interactive and there was a lot of good learning from the participants. One participant, Terry, explained that she has been fortunate to have enjoyed her career path so far, especially because she fell into it. She was offered different roles at her school over the years and she’s enjoyed every one of them. She’s getting ready to retire now, but she is loo...
Career Trends to Watch in 2011
by Lindsey Pollak - Jan, 2011
are most on my mind as we head into a fresh new year. Here are my thoughts: 1. The job market is not improving fast enough for most Americans. I have to agree with a recent New York Times op-ed by Bob Herbert, which pointed out that, while many data experts are painting a somewhat rosy picture of the economy in 2011, prospects for the 15 million+ unemployed Americans are still very grim. Citing a Rutgers study, Herbert...
THE THANK-YOU LETTER AS A STRATEGIC SELF-MARKETING TOOL
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2011
Most people forget to send a thank-you letter after interviewing. Mistake. Those who do send one often fail to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to further promote their value. Big mistake. While it is true that this type of document should thank the interviewer for their time and interest, a greater impact on the hiring decision can be made by incorporating one or two of the following strategies. - Emphasize an a...
Guerrilla Job Search Secrets of the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2011
Maybe you've heard the "golden voice" of YouTube sensation, Ted Williams .. He’s the formerly homeless, formerly unemployed man who was hired -- literally off the street -- by the Cleveland Cavaliers for his dream job as an announcer. Other job offers are still pouring in from around the country. If you're unemployed, you can learn a lot from Ted Williams' Guerrilla Job Search. Here's why ... No social worker on earth wo...
Don’t Look for a Job—Make the Job Come to You
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
It may be unexpected advice from a job-search coach, but ideally, you should not be looking for a job. Instead, you should be looking for problems to solve and letting the jobs come to you. Confused? Here’s why you need to get off those job boards and readjust your approach: 1. Looking for a problem to solve is more effective. Looking for a problem to solve instead of looking for a job requires you to identify ski...
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