How a Vacation Could Save Your Job—and Your Life
by Brad Karsh - Jul, 2010
Question: Is it even worth taking a summer vacation? Conceptually, vacation is a great idea. In fact, that idea keeps many of us going. Work can be tough and even unbearable, but there’s nothing better than the notion of enjoying an entire week with nothing to do except relax on the beach--and getting paid to do it! Yet it rarely plays out that way. A much more likely scenario is one of frantic preparations and a virtu...
Job Quest Underway? Discover Your Buried Treasure--Transferable Skills As Career Doubloons
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2010
It’s unnerving to be out of work. Starting the job hunt can be gut-wrenching. We can even get confused about how to answer these simple questions: What do I know how to do? What jobs should I apply for? How do I get started? The temptation is to slap together a resume with a chronology of past jobs, titles, and duties. Then, with guns blazing, fire them out to every job board, classified ad, or on-line posting. Ugh!...
Start a Career Journal Today
by Andy Robinson - Jul, 2010
One of the ideas that I share with my career coaching clients is to start and maintain a "Career Journal" -- usually in the form of a three-ring notebook. The purpose of the Journal or Notebook is to serve as a placeholder to gather, collect and maintain relevant career development and career management material -- including items such as: 1.Your Professional Development Plan, 2.Your "Learning List" -- things you ne...
A Tale of Two Networkers
by Dawn Bugni - Jul, 2010
Networking. The mere mention of the word strikes terror in the hearts of even the most seasoned professionals. For some reason, the thought of connecting with fellow human beings has become more like something we have to do, instead of something that happens naturally. What used to be pleasant conversation and sharing morphed into to-do list entries and deadlines. We set specific dates and list relevant topics for planned cont...
Twitter Job Search Tips and Tools
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2010
Can Twitter help you find a job? Yes. But only if you use it right. It can be a huge challenge sorting the wheat from the chaff on Twitter, where millions of updates appear daily, only a few of which contain useful job-search information. Let’s start at the beginning, then explore two case studies. Twitter is the micro-blogging service that lets users send updates (“tweets”) of 140 characters or less to people...
Gutsy, Courageous and Fearless (Oh My!)
by Dee McCrorey - Jul, 2010
Some weeks back I was writing a blog post about an upcoming Big Dreamers guest, Allyson Tapin, who I referred to as fearless. It got me thinking about the terms we use interchangeably for outside-the-box behavior: brave, gutsy, courageous, fearless, chutzpah, risktaker to name a few. This reminded me of the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, where the Cowardly Lion hooks up with three pals in search of something differen...
Recruiters and The Job Hunt
by Randy Wooden - Jul, 2010
During my career I’ve not only provided private and corporate outplacement, but I’ve also spent years as a headhunter (executive search) and have worked inside corporations as an in-house recruiter. And I’ve been a job seeker myself. So I bring a diverse experience when assisting someone’s job hunt. I’m often told, “I’ll hold off on contracting with you because I want to have a recruiter place me for free.” The reality i...
3 Ways to Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
Want to get hired faster? You can avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking. Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume information—but only if you know how to use them correctly. Here are 3 tips for mining job ads for better resume results: 1 – Get an idea of the title you'll be applying for. While this may sound odd, your first ste...
How to Effectively Follow Up on Sent Resumes
by Kris Plantrich - Jul, 2010
As I talk with many candidates, the biggest frustration I hear is that there is no response to resumes they send out. Although many have worked hard to develop a large contact list, targeted specific companies of interest and have a specific system or plan in place to send out resumes, I find most do not follow up on sent resumes. When I ask the question, “Have you followed up with them?” I usually get the deer in the head...
How to Stay Motivated During an Extended Job Search
by John Crant - Jul, 2010
This is a job market like few have ever experienced. In my Self-Recruiter® lecture series, I regularly meet individuals that have been seeking their next position for extended periods of time. Some for months (in an odd way, the luckier ones), but many that have been looking since sometime in 2009 and even 2008. Over the course of any job search, there are going to be emotional periods of ups and downs, the emotional roller...
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