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  Why You Shouldn’t Send a Handwritten Thank You Note
by Rich Jones - Aug, 2013
A couple days ago, I found myself in a discussion about the effectiveness of the handwritten thank you note. I was surprised to find out how many people are still sending handwritten notes or are advocates of them. The thought is that the handwritten note differentiates a candidate from the others, who are just sending a thank you email. My view is this: The medium for your thank you note isn’t as important as the content...
 
  10 Tips For Success At Job Fairs
by Norine Dagliano - Aug, 2013
Recently, I attended a local job fair and spoke to several of the employers to solicit their response to the following question: ”If you were to offer one tip for job seekers attending a job fair, what would it be?” The two answers given most frequently? “Dress professionally” and “Communicate what you want and what you have to offer.” This seemed like common sense to me, but considering how many employers mentioned these...
 
  Friday Five: Five Truths About Networking
by Rich Jones - Aug, 2013
Networking is all the hoopla when it comes to finding new opportunities. There are 1,000 articles per day (+1 if you include this) on how to network effectively and why it’s important. I wanted to share five truths I’ve learned about networking. There are more, but I’ll leave those to you in the comments. The best time to reach out to people is when you don’t need them. Everybody knows that one person who when they get...
 
  Use Positive Affirmations to Overcome Obstacles
by Marshall Brown - Aug, 2013
Life doesn’t always turn out how you plan it. Challenges are inevitable and problems may arise when you least expect it. Now, the decision is yours- whether you will allow the situation to dictate your life or if you will rise above the challenges, give yourself a few positive affirmations, and come out a winner. One of the most disappointing things an employee can face in his career is to feel unappreciated and forgotten....
 
  Four Things You Should Know About LinkedIn From the Recruiter Perspective
by Rich Jones - Aug, 2013
LinkedIn is a recruiter’s best friend, so that means you should get to know the platform a little better. Here are four things you may not know about LinkedIn from the recruiter perspective. Recruiters can download your LinkedIn profile in resume format I shared this tidbit on Twitter and it was evident a lot of people didn’t know this. It’s important that you treat your profile just like your resume. Don’t just list t...
 
  5 Days to a Killer Resume: Step 4
by Louise Fletcher - Aug, 2013
Let’s be honest. Recruiters are a jaded bunch. They’ve read thousands of resumes and seen the same stale phrases over and over again. To say they’re hard to impress is an understatement. But impressing them is not impossible. In fact it’s easy if you understand that what they’re looking for is proof. Proof that you will do a good job. Proof that you will deliver what they need. Proof that they’re not wasting their time if t...
 
  Job Searching at Job Fairs: Key Tips For Success
by Michelle Dumas - Jul, 2013
Whether you’re looking for a new job or a different one, for part-time employment, extra income or a complete career makeover, job searching is serious business, one that requires diligence, focus, creativity, drive, ingenuity and imagination. It also requires you to be honest with yourself. Honest about your work habits, your strengths and weaknesses, your desire and your ability to accept things beyond your control. You’v...
 
  Trust Me: Communication Is Key
by Brian Anderson - Jul, 2013
Trust Me: Communication Is Key Effective communication involves much more than sharing information. It is about building trust. “To see real change and gain significant benefits from their strategies, leaders need to establish an environment of trust. Leaders who are trusted – even in times of great difficulty – are skilled communicators.” My experience suggests the following communications fundamentals when leading...
 
  What’s Your Career Success Record?
by Georgia Adamson - Jul, 2013
It would be great if you could answer the question, “What’s your career success record?” by rattling off a long list of major contributions you had made to employer after employer during an illustrious executive career. Right. Maybe a few of you actually could do that in all sincerity, but what about the rest of us? What Career Successes Have You Achieved Recently? How do we answer our current employer’s inevitable quest...
 
  Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Jul, 2013
Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? When I work with clients, I often notice two distinct types of individuals. The first group consists of self-reliant clients who are eager to make breakthroughs. They want to change how they approach their job search and/or career advancement. They know what they are currently doing is not netting them the results they want. They celebrate having new tools and practicing using new methods....
 
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