Where to Use a Branding Statement
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
You’ve been working on your resume, and you fashioned a fancy branding statement for yourself. Of course, you want to display it across the top of your resume, but where else should you be using it? Cover letter: Format your cover letter to match your resume by copying your contact information and branding statement in the same format. Thank you letter: Same as your cover letter. Business card: If you’re using networ...
Is perfectionism hurting your career?
by Elizabeth Freedman - Sep, 2010
How do you know if perfectionism is hurting your career, job search, overall professional success? Ask yourself the following: Do you find yourself getting ready to get ready to make a move…that you never make? For instance, you know you need to start networking, which you fully intend to do, once your resume is in better shape/website is redesigned/life is perfect. Does your productivity suffer, because you spend way too...
An Action Tip for Dealing with Procrastination
by Andy Robinson - Sep, 2010
We ALL procrastinate on things. There are always items on our “to do” list, whether written down or in our head, we KNOW we need to take care of, but we’ve continued to put off. Begin this week buy TAKING ACTION on at least THREE matters you’ve been putting off. Maybe it’s: “That call” you’ve been putting off you know is going to be a difficult conversation. Make that call today; get it behind you and feel the surge of...
Executive Coaching to Improve Hiring Decisions
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2010
Diagnosis Bias When we encounter new people at a party, we quickly diagnose them by placing tags on them, such as “approachable” or “standoffish.” This helps us quickly decide if we want to engage them in conversation. By employing this mental shortcut, we fail to see a person’s good qualities. Nowhere is this clearer than in job interviews. A meta-analysis of data found there is little correlation between unstructured job...
Are You A Superstar Job Seeker?
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Sep, 2010
The job search competition is fierce; there is no way to deny that. All the career gurus are advising you to build your brand, get online, tap into the hidden market, launch a strategic job search campaign...but, have we failed to divulge you must be a superstar!? With so many qualified professionals seeking employment, it is not enough that you are competent, smart, and experienced. Nope, it is not. Your self-marketing mu...
Two Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Sep, 2010
You can find great job-hunting ideas by reading publications that have nothing ostensible to do with job hunting. Example: “The Sticking Point Solution,” a business book by marketing visionary, Jay Abraham. What, you may ask, does a book for entrepreneurs and marketing/sales professionals have to do with your job search? Nothing. And a whole lot. You’ll find nothing in it if you’re content with ordinary job-search...
How to Ace the Marathon Interview Process
by Heather Mundell - Sep, 2010
So you've got a one or two-day interview ahead of you, during which you'll meet everyone from the CEO to the janitor. What can you expect? How can you make your best impression and somehow not collapse from the stress of repeating yourself and smiling for hour upon hour? More and more, risk-averse employers in today's slow hiring market are investing plenty of time getting to know you before extending an offer. The goo...
How to Take the Intimidation Out of Networking
by Heather Mundell - Sep, 2010
If the idea of networking makes you want to run for the hills, this post is for you. There is no activity that inspires fear and loathing in a job search more than networking. First off, the word networking is loaded with cringe-worthy connotations, as in networking event, which makes many of us start sweating just imagining the elevator speeches and small talk. Networking has gotten a really bad rap. And for really good...
Leveraging Unsuccessful Interviews
by Sherri Edwards - Sep, 2010
In previous posts, I have addressed the need to invest time in preparation and being able to bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Tracking your activities and learning why things don’t go as planned are critical to changing the results you may have gotten. Before an interview, it is important to have done research to learn as much as you can about the person interviewing you, the role you are applying for and the or...
Five Tips for Writing a Compelling Résumé
by Nimish Thakkar - Sep, 2010
Résumés have come a long way since they were just typed pages that chronologically listed employment histories, job duties, and educational qualifications. Hiring managers are inundated with hundreds of résumés that still follow “old school”. In a competitive economy, however, a résumé needs to work much harder. Every inch of résumé space must be used to effectively communicate your value proposition and differentiation str...
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