3 Easy-to-Make Mistakes Job Candidates Should Avoid At All Costs
by Amanda Abella - Dec, 2011
Companies usually rev up hiring in January thanks to new budgets and the expiration of hiring freezes, which means if you’re a job seeker, you have an opportunity. But as a recruiter for a private employment agency, I can tell you that so many applicants are disqualified because of one wrong move. I interview droves of people and yet only want to refer about 10 percent to companies we work with. What disqualifies so...
Cover Letters That Get Attention
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2011
Let’s be clear up-front about this. I do not mean you should write a cover letter that makes the hiring manager or other reader leap up from his/her chair and keel over from shock! Getting employers’ attention is critical, but it needs to be the right kind of attention. In other words, it has to generate the type of response you need—most importantly, a phone call that can lead to an interview. Always, always keep that goal in...
Should You Slow Down Your Job Search During the Holidays?
by Louise Garver - Dec, 2011
With the exception of the week between December 25th and January 1st, executive candidates should keep up the job search pace and not wait until January to initiate a new career campaign. So the answer is NO! Many opportunities may be missed during late November through December. You don’t want to kick yourself later saying. “I could have been hired, only if…..” Companies that are considering hiring campaigns in the new year (...
Standing Out in a Job Search
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2011
Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with defining who you are based on NOT being someone else. Let me explain. When I was in high school, I didn’t really stand out. Despite how hard I tried. Grew my hair long, dyed it green. Whatever it was I tried, it didn’t really work. I was still the quiet, unremarkable white kid in the back of the class. Then, one day the loud speaker announced, “Will Joshua Waldron please come...
Top Tips for Pumping Up Your Job Search Results
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2011
1. Network, Network, Network!!! Up to 80% of jobs are found through networking. In addition to face-to-face networking (the most powerful) be sure to add social media networking to your list. 2. Treat your job search like a job. Be willing to spend 35 hours a week in your search if you're unemployed and up to 15 if you're employed. Any less than that will most likely lengthen the amount of time you spend looking for yo...
Hiring in December
by Jason Stauffacher - Dec, 2011
There seem to be a lot of strange ideas that because of the recession, companies will not be hiring this holiday season. You may hear some job seekers mumbling that "hiring will be worse this December". You know what? That is complete bunk... It isn't true! Most individuals in the employment field : Recruiters, hiring managers, HR personnel, are totally aware that this December is not going to be any different than...
How to network AND get work experience at the same time
by Hallie Crawford - Dec, 2011
Struggling to find a job in your industry? Don’t discount the benefit of volunteering. If you volunteer your time in the field of work you are interested in, you still have the option to work a part-time position and make money outside of that industry if needed. This really helps fill gaps in your resume and allows you to network. Two key benefits of volunteering: Networking – While you are volunteering you are able t...
New Graduates Job Search Strategies to Get Ahead
by Kris Plantrich - Dec, 2011
It’s June and again that time of the year, when new graduates receive their diplomas and launch themselves into a career search. For many new graduates that didn’t begin preparing for their search while still in school, the question they ask is, “I’ve graduated…now what?” For the students that took advantage of their college career centers they probably received counseling and valuable career tools to get their job search...
3 Reasons Why Social Media Guru's Can't Help You Find a Job
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2011
If you are big into personal effectiveness then you are familiar with Steven Covey’s 2nd Habit: Begin With the End in Mind. Actually, this principle extends far beyond the realm of self-help and into all aspects of our lives. A Sculpture is first conceived of in the mind of the artists, and then emerges from the stone. A symphony is first heard in the mind of the composer, and then written to the score. Likewise, in yo...
Is job hopping an issue for job seekers?
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2011
Is job hopping an issue for job seekers? This was another of Quint Careers’ questions for those of us selected as “Career Masterminds” as part of their 15-year anniversary celebration. This was my reply: I attended an event hosted by iRelaunch, and a panel of hiring managers and recruiters discussed this question. Most agreed they liked to know why people changed from job to job; if the candidate appeared to be a job-h...
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