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  An important question to ask your friends today – it could get you a job!
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I write often about the need to surround yourself with positive, supportive people during a stressful period of job transition. Connecting with family and friends regularly lifts your spirits and reminds your network to keep an eye out for you. It can also provide you with important insider information about the job market in your local community. I recently had lunch with a friend whose husband works for a Fortune 200 co...
 
  Are you too hard on yourself?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Remember when you were a teenager, and you were convinced that everyone around you was staring at every single imperfection you possessed? Fortunately, as we get older we realize that most people really aren’t that concerned with what we’re doing. However, I often encounter job seekers who seem a little stuck in the mentality of “Everyone is looking at me!” Few things in life are absolutely perfect, and most people don’t...
 
  Avoiding Company-Specific Lingo on Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I recently met a woman who had started a new job with a Fortune 50 company several months ago. While she enjoyed some aspects of her new position, she was having a very difficult time adjusting to the culture of her new company due to the other employees constantly using acronyms she didn’t understand. The situation is so bad that every day she writes down a list of terms that she doesn’t grasp and asks her assistant to expl...
 
  Great Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Interview Questions
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Chances are that you’ve encountered the term “behavioral interviewing” at some point during your job search. This is an increasingly popular interview format based on the belief that past behavior is the greatest predictor of future behavior. Typically interviewers ask questions like, “Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker, and how you chose to handle that situation.” During a behavioral interview,...
 
  Helping Your Network to Help You (Find A Job)
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Remember the infamous scene in Jerry McGuire where Tom Cruise is standing in a locker room, begging Cuba Gooding Jr. to stop shooting his own career in the foot? You know the line: “Help me help you!” Many of us have family and friends who don’t really understand what we do for a living. I personally have a cousin who can’t explain her own husband’s job. We often recognize that those around us don’t really appreciate our...
 
  Helping yourself (and your job search) while you help others
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Job seekers often complain of feeling like they’re anonymously sending their resumes off into a black hole—never to be acknowledged or contacted. In today’s automated world, it can often be difficult to know if your resume is ever even seen by a live human being. Everyone knows that having a contact on the inside of an organization can greatly improve your chances of their responding to your application. How do you cultiv...
 
  How to Mention Unrelated Work Experience on Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Many candidates who come to us for resume help have the same question. They have years of professional work experience, but a lot of it isn’t relevant to the position they’re currently seeking. On the one hand, they don’t want to waste resume space detailing work that doesn’t relate to their application. On the other hand, they don’t want to omit years of work that developed them as a professional. THE RIGHT PHRASE I us...
 
  Is Improper Use of Social Networking Hurting Your Job Search?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
If you’re looking for a job in this tough employment market, having an online presence can definitely improve your chances of landing a position. Sites like LinkedIn and Twitter allow you to make a professional statement and provide additional information to complement your resume. However, understanding how to properly use these sites is essential to their helping you in your job search. Here are some things to avoid: In...
 
  Is there still a market for what you do?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Most people know that certain sectors of the economy have been hit harder than others, like real estate, construction, and banking. If you’ve spent the last decade or two working in those industries, what are you supposed to do now? As you begin your job search and sit down to write your resume, you should ask yourself an important question: “Do any companies pay people to do what I do?” Remember five years ago when the...
 
  Looking For Work? Have You Considered Part-Time?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I wish I could quote some studies showing how quickly the job market is improving, but unfortunately, things are still tough out there. Many of the unemployed have held full-time, high-paying jobs their entire careers and are struggling to land their next position. If you find yourself in this spot, limiting your job search to only full-time openings may be severely limiting your opportunities. The fact is, many compani...
 
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