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  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...
 
  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...
 
  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...
 
  Using Networking Groups to Your Advantage
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
I know what you’re thinking: walking into a room full of strangers and announcing that you’re unemployed is as far from your comfort zone as you can get. Networking is awkward and makes you feel desperate. Do you really have to do it? The answer is no. Some people do find work without assertively networking. It just generally takes them a lot longer than those who are out actively saying, “I have a lot to offer and I ne...
 
  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...
 
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