10 Strategies to Stand Out from the Crowd at a Career Fair!
by Sharon Cohen - Jan, 2014
How can you stand out? Who are you hoping to meet? What can you offer an employer? What are you hoping to learn? As part of the Career Management team, at Georgia State University's Robinson College, our business is to provide career management advising for job seekers and recruitment support for employers. We have 8,000+ students each semester and 11,000+ recruiters in our job-board databases. We host many, large...
Digital Dirt, Online Candidate Review and Other Mysteries!
by Sharon Cohen - Dec, 2013
What are recruiters reading about you online? Do you have digital dirt? Is this affecting your job search? My most popular workshops are on personal branding , social media audits and managing your digital dirt. Increasingly, job seekers are also requesting this content during individual, one on one coaching sessions. Are you prepared? There aren’t any consistent statistics on how many companies are checking out candid...
4 Career Solutions to 4 Types of Unemployment
by Sharon Cohen - Jun, 2013
I just read an interesting article about the 4 types of Unemployment. However, it left me wondering what job-seekers think of this. If you know the cause of your job loss, then what is the career solution? As a career advisor, I customize my approach to the client's unique needs. Debriefing the loss is essential for moving forward in your career. Only then can we formulate, an effective career action plan. Here are my ideas...
Blue Ocean Strategy - Identify your Niche in Crowded Job Market!
by Sharon Cohen - Aug, 2012
Are you using a Red Ocean strategy or a Blue Ocean Strategy? Worried about competing in the current job market? Feel like you're on the edge of a job search cliff? If you are in business school, then this MBA lingo will be commonplace. However, for those of us who aren't business majors it can be both annoying and intriguing. These days, it's common for job seekers to be compared to consumer products. Marke...
What Motivates you at Work: Factors for Career Happiness!
by Sharon Cohen - Jul, 2012
Your dream job is another person's nightmare. Don't worry about what jobs your classmates are pursueing, you need to chart your own course! When I worked as a Business Career Advisor in Vancouver, BC, Canada I was given a great recruitment project from Starbucks Head Office... Since ten years have passed, I can share this story with you. For those of you who may not know, Starbucks was founded in the Pacific Northwest...
ATS software is screening your resume! 5 resources to get noticed
by Sharon Cohen - Jun, 2012
Is your resume getting the attention it deserves? Ever wonder what happens when you apply online? Ever try to apply to a job for which you are qualified, only to be blocked by the software? Wonder if the keywords in your resume are the “hot” keywords for your industry? If you answered yes, to any of these questions, you need to learn about ATS software. Each time you submit a resume online, chances are that A...
Fairy Job Mother: Is this the right career for me?
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2012
I wish I was a Fairy Job-Mother with magic career powers! I'd like to wave a wand and instantly connect people with their dream jobs. As a Career counselor - I'm frequently asked: What career should I pursue? What will make me happy? How can I be sure? Well, you know what two things everyone can be sure of - and neither are related to career choices! I wish I could guarantee people's career happiness! If only...
Career Confusion: Take a Career Quiz!
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2012
• Can't stand your current job, but feel stuck? • Are you overwhelmed with job-search buzz words? • Learn the top 25 activities of succesful job seekers! Take heart, the lack of call backs and interviews may have nothing to do with your education or experience. It could be that you are simply using old, outdated or inefficient job search techniques. It is not your fault. Most people wouldn't hesitate to hire a pers...
Be a Career Success, Not a Statistic! Inspirational Stories about Real Job Seekers
by Sharon Cohen - Sep, 2011
•Feeling discouraged about the job market? •Frustrated with all of the negative press? •Hear some good news for once! •Read about career success stories. •Get inspired! The best, very best part of my job is when my clients get hired! There is nothing more gratifying!As a career advisor I know that job search is a process, it is not a Starbucks' Drive- Through experience. I wish I could just hand jobs out to my clients....
Is your Resume an old Laundry List? Use KSA's to get noticed!
by Sharon Cohen - Sep, 2011
•Is your Resume Good? •Is it really good? •How do you know? •Worried that your resume is just a laundry list of skills? Writing an effective resume is both an art and a science. Many job seekers choose "random" or "free" resume templates as if this was a one size fits all proposition. To create an effective resume, first you must understand how resumes are read. Learn what employers aqnd recruiters are looking fo...
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