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Don't Let the Requirements Spook You

By Sarah Landrum

Fewer things are more deflating than scrolling through a job description, feeling good about all the qualifications you meet, until you see, “Creative and fictional writing experience required.” Your heart sinks. You only have business and proposal writing experience! Dejected, you go back to the search page, and start over. How many job opportunities have you passed up on because you ...

How To Ace The Trickiest Interview Questions

By Mary Eileen Williams

If you are actively looking for work, you know the importance of adequately preparing for a job interview. These meetings, more than any other components of your search, are the events that will determine your success. You can prepare yourself by gaining a thorough knowledge of the company, how the organization is positioned in the marketplace, their major competitors and both the long and short-t...

Zombie Career Advice – How to Save Yourself from It

By Kathleen Winsor Games

One of the things I have observed throughout my years as a career coach is that there are certain career myths that, try as I might, I can’t seem to kill off. Certain ill-founded career beliefs tend to resurrect themselves again and again. Like a zombie, these myths appear to have a mind of their own, and unfortunately, can do real damage to your career. This month we will examine the top ca...

What's Costing You Your Dream Job?

By Patricia Edwards

No; I am not talking about having inappropriate postings on FaceBook. Everyone is wise to cleaning up or managing visibility of social media postings which could jeopardize your job search. Your Online Footprint – Build it and they will come I am talking about simply NOT having an online presence that is relevant and conducive to your career. Here is the classic example. Wh...

4 Ways to Ensure Your Resume Makes it Through "The Black Hole"

By Jenny Foss

An amazing job just popped up online. I mean, like, your dream job. And it's not just your dream job ... It's your dream job that lines up perfectly to your experience. You couldn't have constructed a more perfect job description, not even if you tried. And so, it goes without saying that you dropped everything to apply for this life-changing opportunity. Right? You filled in all the blanks on the...

Are You Using LinkedIn to Generate Job Leads?

By Kathleen Winsor Games

This month I have focused on the future of Social Media and Social Media Capital in evaluating and hiring candidates. While recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly using many forms of social media to find, evaluate, and make their next hires, you shouldn’t overlook the power of this tool in your job search. Just to be clear, I am not talking about reviewing LinkedIn job postings, alt...

The Biggest Mistakes New Job Seekers Make

By Barbara Safani

I meet many job seekers who have never had to conduct a formal job search. After coaching over a thousand clients at every professional level and across practically every industry, I’ve found that most make the same rookie mistakes. If you’re looking for a new job, below are some tips for starting off your search on the right foot: 1. If you have spent the last eight hours posting for ...

12 Tips To Get Excited About Your Job Search

By Sarah Landrum

When your phone rings, do you jump to answer it, hoping it’s your latest job prospect? Is your resume constantly open on your computer? If this sounds like you, you’re probably going through a job search. It’s easy to get bogged down in applications and interviews, and sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When the job search starts to feel a little...

5 Tips for Entering a New Job Industry

By Cash Cary

60 years ago you went to college, got a job and then stayed there for the next 40 years until you retired. Nowadays employees want to get the most out of their work experience and if they aren’t getting what they want from their job or career industry they are more likely to look else where. Whether you’ve hit the ceiling and there is nothing else for you to conquer—or just plain...

How Your Social Media Habits Help or Hurt Your Job Search

By Kathleen Winsor Games

Social media is growing in importance not only as a job search tool, but also in how companies evaluate candidates and employees. Your social media capital, or, how your reputation and influence could help a company, is considered an increasingly important measure of your value. But not all social media behavior is beneficial, as some job seekers have learned. In a Harris Poll conducted on behalf ...

Laid off? Here's what to do ASAP

By Sarah Landrum

Layoffs. Over the past year, you’ve watched too many colleagues gather their belongings and trail out of the office in a flurry of hugs and teary goodbyes. You never thought it could happen to you. But today, out of the blue, the boss asked you to meet him in the conference room and your stomach dropped. When you opened the door and saw the HR team, you knew. You were being laid off. Let go....

15 Tips for Improving Your Job Search

By Tim Windhof

A job search is a challenging process, but certainly not a difficult one. I was reviewing a legal document at work the other day and realized that the writer had set out to make the document as complicated and long as possible (it was 150 pages, 145 of which were not necessary). A job search is much the same. Don’t over complicate the process. Focus on the necessary ingredients and execute o...

Ready To Reinvent Your Career? Here's What You Need To Know'

By Mary Eileen Williams

Are you fed up with the path your career has taken as of late? Do you feel frustrated and blocked from what you really want to do? Is your work draining you of energy and enthusiasm? If you answered, “yes” to any of the questions above, this is a sign that you are due for a change. As we mature into midlife and beyond, we have a greater urgency to achieve a sense of satisfaction from o...

When You Don't Think You Can Win

By Julie Walraven

You don’t think you can win and it is affecting everything you do. If you don’t think you can win a new job, it is very difficult to do. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression that your attitude affects your altitude, and it is never truer than in job search. In 30+ years of coaching job seekers and helping them write resumes, I recognize that the people who have the can-win attitu...

Will Your Resume Make The Cut?

By Julie Walraven

The cut? Will my resume make the cut? Job seekers wonder if their resume will make it through the system and get them the interview. Where Do I Begin To Answer That Question? Getting your resume through the online system is just one part of job search. First of all, not every job is posted on a job board. Furthermore, not every job is posted on a company website. Sometimes you need to know there w...

Your Career Plan - Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

By Kathleen Winsor Games

How do you know if you are thinking and acting strategically with regard to your career? What if tactics have overtaken your career vision and impeded your progress? Many of my coaching clients tell me that the minute they found out that a lay-off was coming, they started making phone calls and revising their resume to fit whatever positions were open. While those activities may be part of your ov...

Promote Yourself Without Sounding Too Braggy

By Sarah Landrum

When you're a job hunter, it's tempting to embellish your achievements. After all, if you're up against hundreds or thousands of competitors, you have to stand out in some way. And if it means stretching the truth in your cover letter, why not? The thing is, there's a much better way to go about it. Instead of writing "I'm the best employee you can ever work with!" and leaving it at that, you'll c...

Keywords and Your Job Search

By Louise Kursmark

The past few weeks I’ve been awash in keywords as I’ve been working on the second edition of a best-selling book on that very topic: The Best Keywords for Resumes, Letters, and Interviews. When Wendy Enelow (my frequent writing partner) wrote the first edition of the book, keywords were an emerging concept. More than a decade later, keywords are well accepted and just as important, if ...

Putting things off? Overcome unemployment procrastination

By Priscilla Christopher

You know the effects of procrastination in unemployment. It sometimes affects your ability to do mundane tasks around your home, such as the laundry. It doesn’t stop there though. It also affects your ability to concentrate on big things, such as completing your application materials and submitting them. It tells you to postpone your submissions. The outcome just might be another rejection, ...

Brand your way to a Career Change

By Patricia Edwards

How to showcase your brand when changing careers: Sandra had been in banking operations for a decade, was very successful and was given professional development opportunities through rotational assignments. One of them was in the corporate recruiting department and, as she explained it, “Even though I liked working with bank customers on resolving issues and providing solutions, this was dif...

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