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  3 Reasons Why Your Resume is Keeping Your Phone from Ringing
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
If you know someone who’s looking for a job—and I’m sure you do—then you may have heard them complain about having sent their resume off to hundreds of employers, only to receive absolutely no responses or acknowledgements. I’ve heard this complaint countless times from friends and colleagues. Part of the reason this happens so often is because companies really have become much less personal about their hiring processes. Th...
 
  An important question to ask your friends today – it could get you a job!
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I write often about the need to surround yourself with positive, supportive people during a stressful period of job transition. Connecting with family and friends regularly lifts your spirits and reminds your network to keep an eye out for you. It can also provide you with important insider information about the job market in your local community. I recently had lunch with a friend whose husband works for a Fortune 200 co...
 
  Are you too hard on yourself?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Remember when you were a teenager, and you were convinced that everyone around you was staring at every single imperfection you possessed? Fortunately, as we get older we realize that most people really aren’t that concerned with what we’re doing. However, I often encounter job seekers who seem a little stuck in the mentality of “Everyone is looking at me!” Few things in life are absolutely perfect, and most people don’t...
 
  Is Improper Use of Social Networking Hurting Your Job Search?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
If you’re looking for a job in this tough employment market, having an online presence can definitely improve your chances of landing a position. Sites like LinkedIn and Twitter allow you to make a professional statement and provide additional information to complement your resume. However, understanding how to properly use these sites is essential to their helping you in your job search. Here are some things to avoid: In...
 
  Is there still a market for what you do?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Most people know that certain sectors of the economy have been hit harder than others, like real estate, construction, and banking. If you’ve spent the last decade or two working in those industries, what are you supposed to do now? As you begin your job search and sit down to write your resume, you should ask yourself an important question: “Do any companies pay people to do what I do?” Remember five years ago when the...
 
  Looking For Work? Have You Considered Part-Time?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I wish I could quote some studies showing how quickly the job market is improving, but unfortunately, things are still tough out there. Many of the unemployed have held full-time, high-paying jobs their entire careers and are struggling to land their next position. If you find yourself in this spot, limiting your job search to only full-time openings may be severely limiting your opportunities. The fact is, many compani...
 
  Managing Your Online Brand and Digital Dirt
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
On the one hand, the Internet is a wonderful place to get your name out as a highly qualified job candidate. On the other hand, there may be information floating around about you that you’d rather was not shared with everyone in the world. How can you determine what’s out there in cyberspace? Googling your own name is a popular technique for digging up digital dirt. You will certainly find some information this way, but...
 
  Should You Be Worried About Temp Jobs On Your Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
In the midst of the Great Recession, many workers have found themselves cobbling together temporary or short-term jobs in order to pay the bills. These workers often become very concerned about how this work activity will appear on their resumes. If this is a concern of yours, take heart—many people are in the exact same situation. The first thing you should know is that the current economy has forced many workers to take...
 
  Should you go back to school? 4 factors to consider
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
An article published earlier this month showed that more than half of recent graduates from college did not receive a job offer prior to graduation, regardless of their undergraduate major. September 2010 data showed that the average length of unemployment was more than eight months. Scary statistics such as these have left many wondering if now is a good time to return to school. Here are some things to consider when makin...
 
  What NOT to Do in an Interview
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Last week I had lunch with a colleague who had recently hired someone for a part-time position for her office. My colleague was interested to observe the wide variety of people who applied for a low-paying, part-time position. She was even more intrigued by one candidate’s behavior during the interview. Apparently this candidate had called on her way to the interview to say she was en route. Based on her supposed whereab...
 
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