Dress To Get The Job!
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2010
From time to time I get asked about what’s appropriate to wear to a job interview, networking meeting, or other event. The answer varies based on the circumstances and type of position. The key to keep in mind at any time, however, is that first impressions do matter and dressing appropriately and professionally is a prime component of that first impression. The way you dress can tell someone a lot about you: • Do you...
Out Of Work For Over A Year? How To Bounce Back
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Jan, 2010
It happens to the best of us. You hit a bump in the rocky road of your career and find yourself out of work for longer than you'd like. Being out of work for an extended period of time does more damage than just a gap in your resume. It affects your self esteem, how you view yourself, and what you believe you can bring to the table. Everyone has doubts at some point in their career; this is your time. Know that you can...
Suffering from Resumophobia? A Remedy for Job Seekers
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2010
The dreaded resume! Every job seeker desperately needs one but no one wants to write one. Why? Because it’s agony. The irony is that we fear our resume—the very thing that is our entry ticket to the job we want. Since we resist the things we fear, we put off writing it or suffer major distress when we must. Our concern: “What if my resume isn’t good enough!” Our “resumophobia” has three main causes: • Frustrating unce...
Dealing With Frustrations
by Beth Colley - Jan, 2010
Now that the Great Recession, as I’ve heard it dubbed, is officially over, your job search should be taking off, right? Well that’s what several people are hoping for but I’m still receiving emails and phone calls from frustrated job seekers wondering what is wrong with “those employers.” Ok, let’s think about it...those who are still gainfully employed are totally overwhelmed and probably would love to have extra help, but th...
How to Ask for References
by Anne Jabusch - Jan, 2010
In this fiercely competitive job market, references can make or break you as a job candidate. It has been said that there is one job for every six people on the job hunt. So what can you do to make sure you stand out from the competition? Sometimes the answer is what other people have to say about you: your references. The following tips can help you with selecting the best references for your resume. • Pick relevant people...
Is Your Job Search Strategy a Snore?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2010
As I lay in bed at 3 a.m., distracted by dear hubby’s snoring sounds erupting in my ears, I realized a correlation between this not-so-gentle disruption and the disruptive tenor of today’s job search. From unrealistic resume expectations to the run-rampant highways of the digital media highway, the din of multimedia job search in 2010 is, at times, earsplitting. During daily conversations with job seekers, I often am ask...
by Dawn Bugni - Jan, 2010
It seems to be my week to challenge verbal roadblocks. In my last post it was the word “just”. This post, I’m going after “ya, but”. I spend a good deal of time on the phone speaking with potential clients. During those conversations, I generally offer a bit of guidance to help the caller, whether they use my services or not. Sometimes they get it. Sometimes, they “ya, but...” themselves right out of an opportunity for grea...
Are You Really Ready To Look For The Next Job?
by Scot Herrick - Jan, 2010
Most people think that if the unthinkable happens -- they get laid off or their company goes belly up -- that they are immediately ready to look for another job. I know this because Robert Half published a survey that asked -- and 82% of the respondents said they were ready right now. Next, they asked this question: "When did you last update your resume?" That's when things got interesting: ...if they lost their jobs to...
30 Jobs With Largest Projected Growth
by Brad Karsh - Jan, 2010
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total employment is projected to increase by 15.3 million jobs in the decade from 2008 to 2018. That, quite frankly, is some of the best employment news we've heard in a long time. But in which sectors will those jobs be created? And which jobs within those sectors? The BLS has complied the numbers, and here are the 30 jobs with the largest projected employment growth:...
How to Turn Weak Ties into Solid Job Leads
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2010
In his 1973 article, "The Strength of Weak Ties," sociologist Mark Granovetter, after interviewing dozens of people, determined that most jobs were landed through "weak" interpersonal ties -- not friends telling friends, but acquaintances telling friends. In other words, if you’re mostly asking friends to send you job leads, you won't succeed as fast as asking acquaintances, who then ask their friends to help you. Count...
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