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  3 Keys to a Successful Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
With all the layoffs that have taken place over the last couple of years, it’s no wonder that many of those who are still employed often feel stretched to the maximum of their productivity. It can be very demanding looking for another job when your current one is continually stressing you out. After all, when you get home from a long and frustrating day, the last thing you want to do is give any more thought to the world of...
 
  3 Strategies for Displaced Workers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
As we all know, the recent economy has displaced a lot of workers from career paths on which they had been for many years. At one time, my town had a lot of mortgage professionals; these days, my town has a lot of former mortgage professionals. If you now find yourself in this situation, don’t be discouraged; there are several ways to move forward. Find a similar position at a different company If you enjoyed what you we...
 
  Are Job Fairs a Good Use of Your Job Search Time?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
When you’re out of work, you suddenly find many friends and family who are willing to share their ideas with you about how to get a job. In their attempts to be helpful, people who care about you will often pass on every single tip or nugget they hear about a job opportunity—leaving it up to you to sift through the information in order to find something you can actually use. In many areas of the U.S., the issue is not a la...
 
  Facebook: The Untapped Job Board
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
Most of what you hear about facebook while looking for a job involves keeping your information as private as possible from potential employers. While this is good advice, facebook can also be a valuable tool in your job search, as many smaller companies post their job ads on their facebook pages. If you are looking for work at a smaller local company, “liking” their facebook page can often be a great place to start. Open...
 
  Hate Your Job? Have a Plan Before You Quit
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
I had lunch with a friend the other day who left her job earlier this year. She relayed to me how she had gotten fed up with a particular client, and so she decided to quit. She had about four months of living expenses saved up, so she figured she was good to go while she looked for another job. Four months later, she finds herself running out of money with no prospects in the pipeline. I was a little shocked to realize...
 
  How to save time during the online application process
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
When we work with resume clients, we provide them with a plain text version of their finished resume. Regardless of whether you hire a professional or write your own resume, it is useful to have a plain text version on hand during your job application process. Most medium to large companies now use online application systems for their job openings. Some job seekers blow through these application systems, even writing thin...
 
  Presenting Your Climb to the Top
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
Many executives share similar career paths. One of these paths involves entering a company at a job relevant to your degree or experience, and climbing your way up the corporate ladder until you’re eventually running the place. Another path involves working for many different companies for a few years at a time, while regularly being courted away with a higher salary or greater responsibilities. Both of these career paths s...
 
  Reminding Your Network That You’re Looking
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
Recently I spoke with a woman who has been looking for work for some time. She devotes a significant amount of time each week to networking activities. She said something that stood out to me: “I wake up every day and think about being unemployed, but my contacts don’t think about me until I remind them”. Remind your contacts that you’re looking All too often, those who are looking for work feel embarrassed to repeatedly...
 
  Resumes for Every Generation
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 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...
 
  Subtle Ways to Tell Your Story in Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
A frequent theme of our blogs is limiting your resume to information that’s truly relevant to the position for which you’re applying. You should feel free to leave off your high school job serving fast food or your college job working retail if you have years of subsequent work experience. Also, listing only the achievements from your previous jobs can actually omit an important component of your career: your personal story....
 
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