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  How to Follow Up After an Interview
by Barbara Safani - May, 2014
You felt the interview went well. The hiring manager gave you the impression the company wants to fill the position quickly. But you’re still waiting for a response and you are starting to get quite anxious. How long should you wait before following up on an interview, and when you do follow up, what should you say? How can you follow up strategically and intelligently? Here are a few suggestions. 1. During the inte...
 
  Ten Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Get Hired
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2014
Here are ten ways I see job seekers sabotaging their job search. Are you guilty of any of these mistakes? 1. Inflate their qualifications or lie on their resume. While a resume is not a legal document, it should be an accurate representation of your experience and achievements. I advocate for showing your employment history in the best possible light, buy lying is never wise. 2. Forget to proofread their resume. One of t...
 
  Interview Tips for Men: What’s in Your Wallet?
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
My male clients often ask me questions about appropriate interview dress. Most know to wear a suit and tie and polish their shoes. But I recently read a great post by Ann Lindsay of Style of Success, an image consulting firm specializing in men, titled What Does Your Wallet Say About You? If you think about it, your wallet is a huge part of your interview attire.You may need to pull it out during the interview so you can give...
 
  Yes, You Should Send a Thank You Letter
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
Thank you letters are an excellent self-marketing tool and a critical component of your job search strategy. The time spent crafting a targeted thank you letter after an interview will be well spent and can contribute to a more credible and efficient search. Here’s why. A thank you letter creates an opportunity to reconnect with employers. Chances are you are one of many candidates being interviewed for an open position....
 
  How to Network at Social Events When You Aren’t Social
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
Like it or not, most professionals initially get their jobs by leveraging their network of contacts, and those contacts can be elusive if you never socialize. Just for the record, I’m not talking about landing your next gig through your brother or girlfriend. I’m talking about finding your next job through your brother’s friend’s neighbor’s boss’ wife’s childhood buddy who’s just been named vice president. Otherwise known as s...
 
  Is it Time to Clean Out Your Resume Closet?
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
One of the reasons why it is so difficult for people to write their own resume is that there is often so much emotional baggage attached to our careers and it is hard to let go of the things we experienced in each of our jobs. Writing a good resume forces you to make choices about what should and should not be listed in the document and the exercise is similar to cleaning out a closet of cherished items that no longer have a p...
 
  Facebook is Ten! Are You Using it to Manage Your Career Yet?
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2014
In celebration of their 10th birthday, I’m blogging about Facebook to show how much I appreciate its implications for career management and job search. Facebook often plays second fiddle to LinkedIn and many are unaware of its enormous potential for job search. Here are a few of the features I particularly like. Graph Search Graph Search allows you to search profiles based on information that may be important to your...
 
  How Women Can Negotiate a Salary That Isn’t Half What Their Male Predecessor Earned
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2014
Recent reports regarding GM CEO Mary Barra’s salary suggested she was earning half what her male predecessor, Dan Akerson earned. And while the latest reports note that GM has clarified that when Barra’s total compensation of base pay, short-term, and long-term compensation is disclosed later this year, the numbers will represent more equitable pay between the two, the incident has brought the issue of unequal pay for women to...
 
  How to Look for a New Job on LinkedIn Without Everyone Knowing
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2014
If you are currently employed, you may be concerned about using LinkedIn for your job search, since your activity could tip off certain people about your search who you would prefer to keep in the dark. But with a few minor adjustments, you can leverage LinkedIn’s robust network and data to create a stealth networking strategy and keep your intentions private. The key is to adjust your privacy settings, so certain information...
 
  Are You a Resume Hoarder?
by Barbara Safani - Sep, 2013
Resume to Referral has a brilliant infographic called Avoid Being a Resume Hoarder that points out some of the things job seekers tend to keep on their resumes that should have been tossed out with the trash years ago. Writing a resume can be an emotional process and it can be difficult for some to maintain objectivity during the writing process because the person has become attached to their own “stuff.” They remember the...
 
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