Stop Being Creative in Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - May, 2010
“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” That’s according to economist and Harvard professor, Theodore Levitt. And that’s absolutely correct. Especially in job hunting, where too many people think too much and do too little. Want proof? According to surveys cited by David Wessel in The Wall Street Journal, “The unemployed in the United States spend 40 minutes a day looking for work...
Taking Advantage of your Summer
by Claudine Vainrub - May, 2010
Internships and other ways to make a use of your summer vacation: Gone are the days when summer vacation time was solely used for going to the beach, being lazy and relaxing around the house. With the competition evident in the college admissions race, it pays off to think about doing something more useful with your time of leisure. Preparing for the college admissions race requires a lot of time and effort. However, it...
7 Essential Paper-tools and Social Media Tools for your Job Search Portfolio!
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2010
Next step – Career Transition Action Plan outline (Part II) A resume is not enough! You will need a portfolio of professional paper-tools and job search tools. These tools should be in both the traditional formats (i.e.: hardcopy of a resume) and in the Web 2.0 formats (i.e.: LinkedIn profile) Read on to learn about the 7 Essential Papertools for your Career Transition Action Plan (Part II) This post is part II...
Don’t Forget the “Search”
by Mark Puppe - May, 2010
The job search is a daunting task that job seekers often worsen by using substandard resumes and thinking the search is over when an online application is complete. However, there are several tactics and tools that will enhance your chances. All it takes is a little initiative and not forgetting to actually search. The fact you’re reading this site proves that you’re on the right track. This network provides countless ideas...
I Have A Warrant for Your Application
by Mark Puppe - May, 2010
Hundreds of applications get dropped on human resources, so the last thing staff wants is a biography, regurgitated description or list self proclaimed skills. They want to see results and your resume is the evidence. Let’s look at the application process as if you’re a defendant accused of being unqualified for a position and now expected to prove otherwise. Who issued the description and has the details right in front of...
Three Career Lessons From The Soccer Field
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2010
Have you ever watched small kids play soccer? It can be a real trip! (Pun intended.) While watching a game last weekend, I thought of 3 lessons job seekers can learn... Do you know which way you should be kicking? In the game I watched, there is no goalie in the box. So, sometimes it is tough for the kids to remember which way they should be kicking. (This is complicated by the fact that they switch sides during the game...
Five Reasons to Follow Up in Your Job Search
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - May, 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? 1. Consideration. Care to guess how often an online resume or application is not received or mis-routed to the wrong p...
Give Thanks, Get Hired
by Kevin Donlin - May, 2010
One day in September 1996, I was talking to Steve, my manager. We had just interviewed a woman for a writing job. Discussing how we ourselves had been hired, I mentioned that I had mailed a thank-you note to the manager who interviewed me. “So did I,” replied Steve. And we were both hired. Wasn’t that a coincidence? The next day, we each received a thank-you note in the mail from Leitha, the woman we interviewed. We hire...
How Do I Get Noticed at a Job Fair?
by Amanda Guralski - May, 2010
Question: How do I get noticed at a job fair? Answer: Job fairs can sometime seem overwhelming and tiresome and soon you begin to doubt whether you’ll ever be noticed. As you check out your competition, you realize that you’re seeing cookie-cutter images of you! Lots of black suits–so much so that you begin to wonder whether the recruiters can even begin to tell you apart! If everyone’s hearing the same advice on how to dr...
Keys To A Great Email In Your Job Search!
by Harry Urschel - May, 2010
Most opportunities you have to present yourself to a hiring decision maker will involve sending an email. The form and substance of that email will have a great deal to do with whether you get a response or not. As a recruiter, I receive a lot of emails from job seekers looking for leads, looking for help in their search, or pursuing specific job opportunities I’m working on. On average, I receive between 1000 and 1500...
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