How to Identify the Next Hot Trend in 2013
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2013
There’s no better way to ensure your value than to identify a trend and capitalize on it before your competitors get to the table. But how do you do this without a crystal ball or a time machine? Here are some suggestions for honing your sense of what’s coming next in your field. Notice Systems That Are Broken If a broken process or system affects enough people, they will start to complain – and loudly. When the noise...
Companies hire skill sets, not job titles
by Dawn Bugni - Jan, 2013
A recent client had just completed his computer science degree. Currently, he was working as a delivery driver for a national courier service. Prior to that, he had been in the Navy. He was ready to launch his computer industry career starting as help desk technician. He told me he had absolutely no help desk experience. He feared finding even an entry level position “in this market” with his background. He told me I’d se...
How to Meet and Influence People You Don't Know
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
One of the most important factors you probably aren't considering in your job hunt is how important it is to influence what people you do not know think of you. What? You need to worry about people you don't know? Absolutely—it's probably the most overlooked job-search step you aren't doing anything about. Of course, there is a catch: your goal is to increase the number of people who know, like, and trust you. You should i...
3 Steps to Clarify Your Career Direction
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
One of the greatest challenges facing employed and unemployed professionals alike is lack of a clear career direction. Most professionals focus narrowly on their daily work and fail to think more broadly about their long-term career goals. They do not stop to consider whether the steps they are taking today are likely to lead them to their desired levels of career success and satisfaction in the future. Having a clear ca...
Why your boss doesn’t like you and what you can do
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2012
You have that pit in the bottom of your stomach every time you need to talk to your boss. If he or she doesn’t seem to like you, what can you do? You have a few choices. 1) throw your hands up and hope you win the lottery soon or 2) try to figure out why you’re not a favorite in the office and make changes so you can earn some favor with the boss. Unless a windfall or a new job is in the offing, it’s time to make change...
10 Bits of Career Expert Advice You Want to Ignore
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2012
While we all heed advice from time to time to learn and grow, it is good to be reminded that not all "expert" advice is good. Check out these 10 tips from career "experts" that you may actually want to ignore: 1. Your resume should never go longer than one page. While conciseness and clarity is key in any written document, words in and of themselves are not "bad." Master Resume Writer Dawn Bugni says, "It takes words to co...
Career Success, Not a Failure
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2012
I once read this saying: “You never fail until you stop trying.” That pretty much sums up my outlook and fits well into the article that inspired today’s blog post. Most of us have no idea how to predict the future–even if some of you can make fairly good educated guesses–so we have no idea what might lie around the next bend in the road, either in life or in our career. Yet you might find yourself feeling like a failure becau...
How To Annoy A Hiring Manager
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
“What makes you want to work for us?” “What was a challenge you were met with and how did you approach it?” “Do you have any questions you would like to ask me?” Lack of preparation to answer these deliberate interview questions is among the top corporate hiring manager and recruiter pet peeves. There are very specific reasons interviewers ask you these questions and how you answer them says a lot about you. Weak o...
Let Focus And Passion Pave Your Career Path!
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
As an executive resume writer, I often speak with clients who are either at a career crossroads out of their choosing or by circumstance (e.g. recession, life change, etc.), and these clients are simply looking for an answer to the toughest career question: What should I do? While a simple question, the answer is certainly different for everyone and can vary based on skills, experiences, and passion. Focusing on passion, I...
Soft skills help you get the job
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2012
Landing a job requires a lot more than just the right degree, experience or series of technical skills. “Soft” skills, otherwise known as emotional intelligence, may make a difference between an employee who can do the job and one who does it well. Soft skills include: leadership, written and verbal communication, problem solving, motivation, interpersonal skills and creativity. They aren’t usually skills we learn in school (a...
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