Getting Out of Your Own Way to Write a Good Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2013
Everyone has a story to tell, and by digging deep, you can unearth gems that sparkle and gleam, attracting even the weariest hiring manager's attention. Sadly, however, most people don't know how to excavate their precious-stone stories, and the result is lackluster content. A marketing-driven resume must be color-rich, clear, and strong enough to bear the heavy—often unforgiving—weight of the resume-vetting process. T...
3 Steps to Clarify Your Career Direction
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
One of the greatest challenges facing employed and unemployed professionals alike is lack of a clear career direction. Most professionals focus narrowly on their daily work and fail to think more broadly about their long-term career goals. They do not stop to consider whether the steps they are taking today are likely to lead them to their desired levels of career success and satisfaction in the future. Having a clear ca...
How to Create An Engaging Resume That Won’t Bore the Employer
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call. He admitted that it really is an unfair process—that so many job seekers are judged solely by the quality and presentat...
How Are You Going to Get a New Job for the New Year?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
One thing that hasn't changed with the new calendar: If you want a new job, you're going to have to take some action to get one. The sit-back-and-wait technique is low-impact, but usually doesn't yield results. If you're hoping for a new job in the new year, make sure you keep the following in mind: You need to know what you offer. It's a cliché to say, "If you don't know what you offer, no one else will know it either," bu...
7 Ways to Make Sure They Read Your Cover Letter
by Marcia Robinson - Jan, 2013
Your cover letter plays a really important role in a successful job search; but only if it gets read. What is the point of writing a cover letter if no one is going to read it? Doing the following things will increase the chances that recruiters read your cover letter when it is submitted as part of a job application. Keep your cover letter the right length. Except for a few industries including higher education and mayb...
Reach Out to Others: Make the Workplace Kinder and More Secure
by Betty Cohen - Jan, 2013
We’ve just completed the month of December, a time often regarded as the “season for giving.” And for many of us, “giving” involves gifts we buy or make and then distribute to friends or family — the people we care about and value. The recent tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, however, started me thinking about another type of giving that I consider just as important. While a fuller picture of the Newtown shooter is bo...
Why your boss doesn’t like you and what you can do
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2012
You have that pit in the bottom of your stomach every time you need to talk to your boss. If he or she doesn’t seem to like you, what can you do? You have a few choices. 1) throw your hands up and hope you win the lottery soon or 2) try to figure out why you’re not a favorite in the office and make changes so you can earn some favor with the boss. Unless a windfall or a new job is in the offing, it’s time to make change...
Stop Lying! To Get a Job and To Yourself
by John E. Kobara - Dec, 2012
We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. ~Tad Williams Lying is so complicated. You have to remember who you told and who knows. It is an endless process to avoid the truth.Telling the truth is much different than not telling a lie. It starts with little...
10 Bits of Career Expert Advice You Want to Ignore
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2012
While we all heed advice from time to time to learn and grow, it is good to be reminded that not all "expert" advice is good. Check out these 10 tips from career "experts" that you may actually want to ignore: 1. Your resume should never go longer than one page. While conciseness and clarity is key in any written document, words in and of themselves are not "bad." Master Resume Writer Dawn Bugni says, "It takes words to co...
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