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  4 Ways Young Professionals Can Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market
by Alexia Vernon - Dec, 2010
I’ve had the privilege of chatting with a lot of students and recent grads on the book tour, and one of the questions I often get asked is: How can I make myself stand out when a lot of other applicants have more education and professional experience? I always start by saying “breathe.” Then, I usually recommend the following: 1. Request informational interviews with leaders in your target companies BEFORE they post jobs yo...
 
  Career Tips To Combat Unemployment Stigmas
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
On the heels of the recent 60 Minutes unemployment piece, I thought it would be apropos to write a blog to help people with some timely career and résumé tips to help you minimize the stigma associated with being unemployed. -Tip #1: If you have been unemployed for an extended period of time, your résumé is going to reveal that gap. In an effort to showcase your strengths and highlight your inner work-a-holic, consider us...
 
  Does Your Brand Really Communicate What You Think It Does?
by Alexia Vernon - Dec, 2010
Although we like to think that we are pretty good at identifying how others see us, most of us can still use a studio audience from time-to-time to test out our assumptions. I received a clear reminder of this in one of my recent workshops. When sharing her WOW Factor–the 3 most significant and positive qualities about herself–a participant mentioned something that really didn’t ring true for me in the couple of hours I had sp...
 
  Facebook and Your Career
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2010
Excuse me. Come again? Are you kidding? What is the first thing you do when you want more information about ANY topic? About a celebrity? About a dream vacation? The weather? You Google it. That's right. I know you do. You Google it. What makes you think you are un-googleble? Simply put, Facebook can affect your online brand, your digital reputation, your corporate identity, and ultimately your employability. The most impo...
 
  Give Your Career a 360
by Alexia Vernon - Dec, 2010
I’m a big fan of individual and organizational feedback–that which comes from others as well as the self-directed, self-reflective kind. When we give ourselves opportunities to take stock we get clearer on what is working (so we can do more of it) as well as that which isn’t working (so that we can self-correct and do less of it). We also stay connected to our personal power. It’s just so darn easy to believe that we are puppe...
 
  Would You Hire You?
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
I always feel satisfied when I complete a résumé for a client of mine and they say, “I look so good now – even I would hire me.” While having an outstanding résumé that highlights your true strengths is invaluable, it is equally important to seek opportunities that are realistic. Early in my career when I was in corporate HR, I cannot tell you the number of inappropriate résumés I received. It was so bad sometimes that I w...
 
  Let Steve Jobs Help You Prepare For 2011
by Ramon Greenwood - Nov, 2010
If you haven’t already read THE INNOVATION SECRETS OF STEVE JOBS–INSANELY DIFFERENT PRINCIPLES FOR BREAKTHROUGH SUCCESS I recommend that you get a copy today and commit to studying it as you begin preparing to make 2011 your best career year ever. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the master of innovation. This book lays out a powerful, positive, game-changing approach to innovation based on his Seven Principles of Innovation that...
 
  8 Ways to Make Your Age an Afterthought | Timeless Career Moves
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2010
There are a million ways to be self-defeating. Fretting about the impact of our age on our career is a popular one. I hear it all the time: -“I’m right out of college and stuck in an entry level job because I’m the only one who can show my older coworkers how to do stuff on their computers.” - “Because I’ve worked here my whole career, everyone thinks my ideas aren’t cutting edge enough.” -“No one takes my ideas seriou...
 
  How to Fire a Client or Partner
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2010
As a business and workplace author and speaker, I’m always getting asked about how to cope with getting fired, or how to fire a wayward employee. But no one ever talks about the best way to cut ties with an individual you’re working with as a client or a partner. In my native world of public relations, the idea of firing a client who is paying you is virtually unheard of. You simply put up with the abuse no matter how sev...
 
  The Dos and Don’ts of Thank You Notes
by Lindsey Pollak - Nov, 2010
Last week I talked about how to ask people for advice. This week, I thought it would be helpful to talk about how to thank people for the advice (and any other assistance) you receive. How perfect that it’s Thanksgiving week, too! Here are my top tips: Email thank yous are acceptable. I admit I’ve changed my mind over the years about email thank you notes. For a long time, I preached the importance of sending handwritten...
 
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