Five Quick Tips for Creating a Stronger Resume
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
In today’s intensely competitive job market, a single job posting can attract between 200 to 500 resumes. Out of these, only a handful will be considered for an interview. Can your resume make the cut? Most resumes will be instantly dismissed for one of the following reasons: a) they are poorly written; b) they are not focused on the target position; c) they fail to address the employer’s most pressing needs. The ...
Stop Having A Frustrating Career
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Jan, 2011
Are you having a tough time in your career? Have you been laid off and are still looking for work? Are you overworked, stressed, and tired in your present position, and are unable to visualize a solution? Sometimes we believe it is the economy's sole fault that we are having such a difficult and frustrating time. And, we have a long list of evidence to prove our beliefs. People around us are getting laid off or can't ...
What Not To Include On Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
There are certain aspects of a candidate’s resume that can have the opposite effect than intended. Seemingly helpful information that is found in a “typical resume” can have a negative effect on certain job candidates, sending their resume straight to the trash. Here are a few examples of information you may want to leave out of your resume and why: Job history dates before 1990. Though it doesn’t seem like that long ago, l...
Blogging Your Way to a Professional Brand
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2011
To blog or not to blog? That is the question! You are a busy executive with lots of daily responsibilities. So why on earth would you want to blog in addition to all of your regular duties? I get it, believe me! As a professional in the career industry who is committed to providing my clients with personalized attention and professional results, it is sometimes hard to find the time. I make the time because I know that ...
What’s Funny, What’s Not
by Suzanne Bates - Jan, 2011
My husband and I had just finished watching the Patriots get humiliated by the Jets so we were practically suicidal and in need of a laugh. We turned on the Golden Globes. It was just what we needed to wrap up a perfect evening. So UNfunny, it was hilarious. Ricky Gervais claims he has no regrets about savaging the Hollywood elite. But he was offensive enough that the Hollywood Foreign Press, which sponsors the awards, ap...
How Long Do Your College Honors Matter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2011
Entry-level professionals often have a hard time trying to determine which information to include on their resumes. While you obviously want to include any education or degrees, the other stuff from college gets a little trickier. Do employers want to know you were in the photography club? Would a hiring manager care you were membership chair for your fraternity? Relevance As with many things in resume writing, the answe...
Job Advice: How to Handle the Exit Interview
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jan, 2011
Planning to leave the office? Jump ship? Head on to greener pastures? Happens all the time. Here’s what doesn’t happen all the time: The Graceful Exit. When you consider the various ways you’ll say goodbye to your current employer, don’t overlook your exit interview. Consider: Before you walk into an exit interview, prepare. If you’ve never been through one of these before, know that from an HR perspective, an exit ...
Career Advice: How To Succeed In The New World Of Work
by Ramon Greenwood - Jan, 2011
You’ve got your head buried in the sand if you are not preparing now to survive and prosper in the new world of work that is evolving day to day. There are three main points: 1. The work environment will be different from anything we have known in the past. 2. As for the job market, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel—conditions are improving marginally–but many experts think it will be at least 2015,...
Career Trends to Watch in 2011
by Lindsey Pollak - Jan, 2011
are most on my mind as we head into a fresh new year. Here are my thoughts: 1. The job market is not improving fast enough for most Americans. I have to agree with a recent New York Times op-ed by Bob Herbert, which pointed out that, while many data experts are painting a somewhat rosy picture of the economy in 2011, prospects for the 15 million+ unemployed Americans are still very grim. Citing a Rutgers study, Herbert ...
THE THANK-YOU LETTER AS A STRATEGIC SELF-MARKETING TOOL
by Linda Dobogai - Jan, 2011
Most people forget to send a thank-you letter after interviewing. Mistake. Those who do send one often fail to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity to further promote their value. Big mistake. While it is true that this type of document should thank the interviewer for their time and interest, a greater impact on the hiring decision can be made by incorporating one or two of the following strategies. - Emphasize an a...
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