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Are You Setting Unattainable Goals?

By Julie Walraven

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...

Don’t Be Annoying: The Right Way to Follow Up With Employers

By Val Matta

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,...

Preparing for the Interview

By Lavie Margolin

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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Questions You Should Ask During The Job Interview

By Carole Martin

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 time...

Sending Your Resume and Cover Letters Via Email

By Alison Doyle

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 records. When you send your cover letter in the body...

The 14 Ways to Look for a Job

By Richard Bolles

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 it. 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 are fourteen: Using the Internet to look for job-postings or to post...

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Get Hired by Getting Personal

By Kevin Donlin

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...

Resume Tips for Career Change

By Mary Sevinsky

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 at Sort...

Standing Out from the Crowd at Career Fairs

By Heather Eagar

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...