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  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...
 
  You do what for a living?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Some of you out there have nice, easily explainable jobs like “professor” or “salesman” or “consultant”. Others of you have job titles that people either totally don’t grasp or think are kind of odd. As a resume writer, I fall into the second category, with reactions to my vocation ranging from, “Wait, is that a euphemism for your being unemployed?” to “Why would anyone ever pay someone to write their resume?” Most people...
 
  You Landed the Interview – Now What You Need to Know to Land the Offer
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I recently met a recruiter for a Fortune 50 company who interviews at least 10 candidates every day for her employer. As we all know, hiring managers are receiving anywhere from dozens to hundreds of applications for most open positions these days. Given that atmosphere, this recruiter offered the following piece of advice: If you get an interview with a company, your resume has already convinced them that you could do the j...
 
  Career advice for conference attendees
by Cherisse Figueroa, SPHR - Oct, 2010
If you’re heading off to attend your industry’s annual conference, gear up and get ready to take advantage of a terrific career opportunity. Check out some tips of how to make the most of this annual event: Don’t Wing It. Walk into your conference with a focused plan. Exhibitors are terrific at this – but conference attendees tend to wander around, play it by ear, and make selections about what sessions to attend by how the...
 
  5 Success Tips for Gen Y
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2010
It's been a while since we've talked generationally, and since these ideas came up in two media interviews this week, I thought I'd share them here: *Focus on acquiring transferable skills. You have all the time in the world to get promoted and have the responsibility of a senior executive. Enjoy not having to take care of anyone but yourself and focus on acquiring skills like project management, budgeting, sales, mark...
 
  Career Today—Gone Tomorrow. Now What? | Finding “Right-fit” Job Options
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2010
Read the paper. Watch the news. Get an endless dose of pundit certainty about the uncertainty in the job market. If you have a job, the news makes you uneasy. If you don’t, it makes you sweat. You can let the job market control you or you can step up! Who’s making the rules? When times are tough, we can allow ourselves to be paralyzed or stoke ourselves to act. We can choose to see the options or imprison ourselves...
 
  How to Command the Room
by Brad Karsh - Oct, 2010
In our business, speech is spontaneous. We don’t have the benefit of memorized presentations or teleprompters. Sadly, we’ve all experienced a meltdown or two. I’m sure there are a few of you who wish you would have said something a bit differently in the presentation. Maybe you wish you had the ability to press rewind in the interview, or you even wish you were more persuasive when you were talking with your boss. The...
 
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