Ten Ways To Tell If Your Job Search Is a Joke
by J.T. O'Donnell - Apr, 2010
In celebration of April Fool’s Day, I was asked by my fellow bloggers with the Career Collective to address foolish job search tactics. However, it’s hard to write something funny when what you’re seeing is no joke. We’ve got 15 million job seeker right now. I’d argue more than 70% of them are conducting a weak job search. I guess the good news is, if you are reading this, you can avoid the lame job search efforts below and ge...
Hiring Trends and Tips for Spring 2010
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2010
Whether you’re a new college grad or a seasoned executive, if you’re hitting the pavement in search of work this spring, here’s good news... After more than a year in the dumpster, hiring appears to be on the upswing with employers in the Twin Cities and other metropolitan areas. “Things are ramping up exponentially. This year, we’ve seen a lot of upper managers and directors being hired,” says Linda Forseth, President o...
I Don’t Wanna
by Julie Walraven - Mar, 2010
The commonality of lack of energy and lack of motivation strikes a cord in many professional people today. I would guess a day doesn’t go by when I don’t hear the words, “I’m overwhelmed.” Someone said that overwhelmed is the new busy. We have so many forms of stimulation coming at us from all angles on a daily basis that frequently we suffer from being tired, and well...overwhelmed. We don’t sleep enough, rest enough, g...
Five Questions to Ask BEFORE You Start Your Next Job Search
by Tai Goodwin - Mar, 2010
After many anxious nights and frustrating days you’ve finally made a decision: you need to find a new job. Over the last few months you may have gone back and forth, thinking and rethinking, questioning if you should just stick it out or is now the time for you to get your resume updated in plans for finding a new home for your talent. The perfect timing for you to start your search is before you begin feeling a desperate need...
Are You In Control of Your Job Search?
by Harry Urschel - Mar, 2010
Do you know where your resume has been presented? Do you know who presented your resume? Are you driving, or being taken for a ride? Often, people think that the more their resume gets shown to a company, the better their chances of being considered. That can be true if done right, but often can backfire if handled poorly. Unfortunately, many people handle it poorly. What should you, and what should you not do? Here ar...
Unemployment Got You Down? Build Up Your Skills!
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Being unemployed is your big break. Why? Because you can finally focus all your time on yourself — your future. Most people squander that time. Please don’t let that be you. Stress makes people stupid. Think about it. In the face of the unexpected, fear, or hard criticism, we become confused, befuddled, even frantic. When we reach our stress threshold, our decision-making ability implodes. Not having a job, for whatev...
Arizona Man Hired In 6 Weeks With Guerrilla Job Search Tactics
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2010
How do you find a job quickly, in this rotten economy? Hunt like a Guerrilla. That was the experience of Mark Thomas, a systems administrator from Mesa, Arizona, who started a new job on March 8th, 2010, after a search of only 6 weeks. According to Thomas, he would have been hired sooner, but “the entire executive team was gone at a conference for a week.” Thomas succeeded after using three unconventional job-searc...
Write Yourself a Letter That Opens Doors
by Ruth Shapiro - Mar, 2010
Adapted from the workbook, “HOW TO WRITE JOB SEARCH LETTERS THAT LEAD TO INTERVIEWS” © SALESMANSHIP IN PRINT: The job search cover letter that lands the interview is a sales letter offering a product, and that product is you. You’re selling skills, talents, accomplishments and experience that can help the employer solve problems. The letter that gets the interview follows the steps in making a sale. The formula cal...
Busting the Post-Grad Career Blues
by Amanda Guralski - Mar, 2010
I remember visiting the bookstore with a friend back in 2006. We were high school seniors, deeply-immersed in the college application process. Way back in the career section, we stumbled upon a book that listed the average salary of each job. She was set on becoming an art teacher. I knew I was destined to be a journalist. At the time, our future salaries were our only source of concern. In a little over a year from now, we’ll...
What Shopping Habits Say About A Job Seeker
by J.T. O'Donnell - Mar, 2010
If I had to choose the biggest mistake I see job seekers making right now, I’d say it’s diving into a job search without properly determining their value to potential employers. They throw together a resume, blast out cover letters and submit online applications without first stepping back and getting a truly clear picture of what’s going to get them hired. The result is a lot of wasted time and energy that produces very littl...
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