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Not long ago, I talked about goals versus resolutions and how it
is important to not use January 1st as the only time you set goals.
There are many ways to look at goal-setting and some people
don’t even like the word, “goal.”
I do, though, because I find that far too many people
don’t operate from a goal-focused perspective. Working with
job seekers for more than half my life has introduced me to many
different types of people.
Some people come to me only because they have...
So, you talked to your contacts, found the perfect job, and
applied to the position. You included everything you needed to,
cleaned up your online presence, and even had a referral to the
position. Now what?
In an age where the job search is all about being proactive, you
need to do one last thing in order to stand out from the pack:
Follow up. Following up means reminding an employer that you
applied, communicating your skills once again, and asking if they
need additional information. However,...
The day of the interview can be stressful enough for most of us.
Help to relieve some of the stress by making sure you know where
you are going and how long it should take. Do a practice run to the
interview location a day or two before an interview. If it is an
area you are unfamiliar with, research where to find the city bus
or commuter rail and when to transfer. Time how long it takes to
commute from your home to the interview location. On occasion,
online maps can give the wrong location or it...
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At some point, usually at the conclusion of the interview, you
may be asked, "Do you have any questions?" A common answer to this
question is, "No, I think you've covered everything very well."
This is the wrong answer! You have passed up your opportunity to
ask some critical questions that may make a difference as to
whether you want to work for this company.
Here are some rules and basic questions to consider asking when
asked if you have questions:
Rule #1 - Ask questions. This is a critical
When you apply via email, there are a couple of options. You can
write your cover letter directly into an email message (the
same rules for writing a proper letter and proofing it apply) and
attach your resume (a MS Word attachment is best). Or, you can
attach both your resume and letter, as separate documents to the
email address. Send yourself a copy, as well (use the bcc: field in
your email program). That way you’ll have a copy for your
When you send your cover letter in the body...
Not many people realize it, but the job-hunt is one of the most
studied phenomena of our time. It is amazing what we know about
Acquainting yourself with this research can pay rich dividends to
any job-hunter, and especially if your job-hunt is running into
trouble. Let me illustrate what I mean.
Most job-hunters think there are basically only three ways to go
about their job-hunt: resumes, ads, and agencies. Actually, there
Using the Internet to look for job-postings or to post...
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If you're looking for a job in 2009, you don't need to be
reminded about how bad the economy and employment markets are.
But you may need to be reminded of a simple fact: You will never
get hired for any job, in any economy, by an employer.
Instead, you will be hired by a person.
A person with feelings, hopes, and fears, just like you.
The more persons you can meet, talk to, and help, the faster you
will get hired. In any city. In any economy.
With that in mind, I went through my past columns from...
Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times…
These are not the best of times. Advice about resume writing
abounds and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a
job seeker to know which advice to follow? The bottom line: No one
way is the right way for everyone.
For the job seeker, it is best to read as much as you can
about how to write a resume and how to job search. If you are
looking for work you might want to check out my job search column
It can be intimidating walking into a career
fair…all of those employers waiting for YOU to come and meet
them. However, if you’re armed with the knowledge and
confidence that you need, this could be the beginning of a new
– or – better career.
Do Your Research
Treat the career fair as a bunch of mini interviews. Find
out beforehand what companies are going to be there and which ones
you’re interested in talking to. For those organizations, do
your research just like...