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  You Are NOT "Unemployed"! Change Your Approach And Supercharge Your Job Search
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
In this economy, it has become clear that companies are leery of hiring unemployed job seekers. Research has indicated that they are perceived as unproductive under-performers, which has created a major problem even for highly qualified and valuable individuals who may be laid off. Some contributors to the view that out-of-work professionals lack quality are actually within the job seeker’s control - poor job searching and i...
 
  Recommendation Letters May Be Costing Women Jobs
by Barbara Safani - Nov, 2010
According to a recent study at Rice University, qualities mentioned in recommendation letters for women differ greatly from those for men, and those differences may be costing women jobs and promotions in academia and medicine. After reviewing 624 letters of recommendation for 194 applicants for eight junior faculty positions at a U.S. university, researchers found that letter writers conformed to traditional gender themes...
 
  Career Need a Boost? Give ‘Em Something to Talk About!
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2010
It’s easy to feel lost in the crowd these days. We’re often smothered in a crush of candidates for jobs we want or sequestered among a sea of cubicles. The pace of the daily grind makes face-to-face contact with our bosses brief and infrequent. Feeling faceless is dispiriting. It’s important to be seen. Acting out, complaining, or decorating our cubicles like Mardi Gras take us down the wrong path. A better strategy is to...
 
  Tips for effective networking
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2010
The purpose of professional networking is to gain information, increase your visibility in your field, and establish personal connections that will help you advance in your career. No matter how much you love your job, you should always be looking for ways to expand your networks because, ideally, your contacts will follow you from position to position. A strong network allows you to get advice from trusted sources, to kee...
 
  4 Secrets to a New Job in 6 Weeks
by Kevin Donlin - Nov, 2010
Vince Wiskovitch, from Nassau County, New York, was just hired for a legal position after searching only 6 weeks for a job. By comparison, the average job search in America now lasts 33.3 weeks. Read on to learn the 4 things he did to get hired 27 weeks faster than average … 1) Don’t send a cover letter. Send a sales letter The best cover letters are really sales letters -- they use proven selling tactics to convi...
 
  5-Step Facebook Makeover for Your Job Search
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2010
With more than 550 million active users, if Facebook was a country, it would be the third largest behind only China and India. Facebook’s stats make it a hard-to-ignore social network for job seekers. The irony of recommending my clients consider using Facebook for professional networking does not escape me. Recently, someone who was contracting me for some workshops assumed that, when I suggested we incorporate something abo...
 
  Looking For Work? Your Job Search Is Your Job!
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
For professionals who are out of work and looking for a job, the search becomes a job in and of itself. That is why it is so important to take it just a seriously as if you have a full-time job! When there is a substantial gap between jobs, it is easy to get discouraged and lose motivation, but there are some reliable ways to stay focused in the career game while you are out there searching. Organize your job search. Keep...
 
  The most important thing a job seeker can do
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2010
Being able to tell your story — and to tell it well — is one of the most important skills a job seeker can have. My friend, Ken Revenaugh’s blog, Fast Track Tools, shares information about how to tell good career stories. He reminds us that being a good communicator relies on collecting factoids and being able to share them with an audience. Another resource for job search storytelling is fellow Career Collective member, Ka...
 
  Your Rights in Wisconsin When Applying for Jobs with an Arrest & Conviction Record
by Randy Enochs - Nov, 2010
One very common problem for people with an arrest and conviction record(s) is the fear of being rejected for a job because of the stigma associated with such a record. What further complicates the matter is the ease of employers and the general public to conduct a search on the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) to discover a person’s court history, both civil and criminal. Whether it’s that small claims matter or...
 
  Four Easy Ways To Instantly Make Your Resume More Appealing
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
Most of the resumes I come across could use more focus, better organization, and sharper wording. While professional services are ideal to add these qualities and make your resume more persuasive and polished, it may not be an option at the time. You could spend time making your resume look more eye-catching and unique (e.g. crafting a career summary or even adding a bar graph showing growth in personal sales), but these aspec...
 
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