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  I’ve Got a LinkedIn Profile - Now What?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
If you’re currently searching for a job, Linkedin offers a free and easy way to create a presence for yourself online. While some people think of the site as simply another place to post their resumes, it offers many other career promotion tools as well. For example: Start a reading list LinkedIn is not a great place to advertise the trashy romance novel you read by the pool, but it does allow you to show professional...
 
  Presenting a Consistent Image During Your Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
There’s an old adage in communication: “Tell the audience what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, and then tell them what you told them.” In other words, preview, present, and review. The objective of this communication strategy is to make sure your message gets across. While saying something five times may seem redundant to you, you can be sure that it will stick in the mind of your listener. The Preview: Your R...
 
  Resumes for Every Generation
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
This past week I attended a presentation about Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, and Millennials learning to communicate and work well together in the professional world. The speaker provided great tips for understanding each generation and how to effectively use their strengths to the best advantage. While the presentation focused on helping everyone work well together, I couldn’t help but think about the ramifications of wha...
 
  The Best Time to Write a Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
Imagine for a moment that you’ve just heard the dreaded words, “We’re going to have to let you go.” A lot of people have heard this phrase over the last several years, and most have probably reacted with some degree of panic: How am I going to pay my bills? Where am I going to go? What am I going to do? Obviously, this frame of mind is not a great launching point for your next job. Writing an effective resume and cover...
 
  Thinking Like a Recruiter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
People often ask me why anyone would seek professional help with writing his or her resume. The great part about resume writing is that I often work with educated professionals who have years of great experience. Unfortunately, they just don’t know how to get their resumes in front of people with the power to give them a job. Generally, they’re too busy being a great nurse, project manager, executive, or whatever else to un...
 
  Using Networking Groups to Your Advantage
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
I know what you’re thinking: walking into a room full of strangers and announcing that you’re unemployed is as far from your comfort zone as you can get. Networking is awkward and makes you feel desperate. Do you really have to do it? The answer is no. Some people do find work without assertively networking. It just generally takes them a lot longer than those who are out actively saying, “I have a lot to offer and I ne...
 
  What To Do About An Employment Gap
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
Historically, having a significant gap in your professional employment has been seen as a huge negative on a resume. However, given that a May Gallup poll showed that 19% of the American population is underemployed (either not working or working part-time instead of full-time), there are many, many job seekers out there wondering how to handle this resume issue. The good news is that there are ways to present gaps in employm...
 
  Why I Won't Be Reading Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that...
 
  Reflecting on Career Mentoring – 4th of July Raspberry Picking
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Yesterday, I picked raspberries at my father-in-law Bob’s house. The raspberries are early this year. In other years, the raspberries were at their peak during the week of the fair in early August. But spring came early and so did the raspberries. No ordinary raspberry patch Bob has no ordinary raspberry patch with just a few bushes. It feels like a jungle in there. I picked for over an hour, emptying my container severa...
 
  A Great Time to Assemble Your Career Success Dream Team
by Andy Robinson - Jul, 2010
QUESTION: What are you planning to do differently the second half of this year to springboard your career success? As you embark on the second half of 2010, consider the following 10 QUESTIONS and how they might relate to your current level of career success -- also consider how answers to these questions might correlate with your future career success: • Who do you routinely call upon for career advice and career counse...
 
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