Pitfalls of Career Typecasting
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
Avoid Career Typecasting You may have heard the term typecasting in relation to actors, who sometimes get pigeon-holed for a certain type of role and find it difficult, if not impossible, to land other types of roles. For example, someone who has always done comedy might face rejection from film companies that are casting for a drama or action-adventure movie. What does this have to do with careers? It's not uncommon fo...
Plan to Succeed
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, business manager or employee—or currently unemployed—you need a plan in order to achieve your goals. As the saying goes, “Failure to plan means planning to fail.” That’s not to say that plans are carved in granite and can’t be changed. In the chaotic situation that affects most of the world today—from the global view down to issues faced by our own local communities—change and unpredictabili...
Six Tips for Fessing Up to Your Mistakes
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Nov, 2012
It happens to the best of us: We make mistakes. Whether it is blowing a crucial deadline, mismanaging a project, missing an important meeting or copying one’s boss on an unflattering e-mail, we have our blunders, and sometimes we get called to the carpet for them. It's no wonder we make mistakes. Today’s stressful workplace expects perfection. This quarter’s numbers have to exceed last quarter’s numbers. Market share has t...
Top Three Mistakes that could Keep you Unemployed
by Nimish Thakkar - Nov, 2012
Technically, there are hundreds of ways to sabotage [literally] a job search campaign, but for the purpose of this discussion, I will restrict myself to three common mistakes most job seekers make. Over the past few months, I have observed a steady (and measurable) increase in the number of candidates finding “meaningful” employment opportunities. This is certainly a refreshing change from the horrendous unemployment stori...
Can your email get you fired?
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
News of events related to the scandal involving General David Patraeus and his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell reminds us that even the powerful and successful succumb to poor professional judgment. What’s one important lesson for “regular people” to learn? It appears as if inappropriate emails created a paper trail that led to this story breaking in the news. Some agencies reported that Patraeus and Broadwell might...
Easy Ways To Improve Your Job Networking During The Holidays
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2012
The holidays will be here before you know it, and that means gatherings, parties, and more social events. If you’re looking to engage in job networking, you may think that this is not the time to start – but that’s not true! With the combination of being around people you know now and those you are meeting for the first time, the holidays can really jump start your job search. Here are a few easy ways that you can improve your...
Should I Hire a Career Coach?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2012
From humankind’s earliest days, mentors and coaches have been a significant ingredient in the careers of many accomplished individuals. As they reported in Fast Company in 2006, Jim Bolt and Brian Underhill conducted a study that found that 56 percent of surveyed companies emphasized coaching as a major learning method, and two years later, 51 percent of the same organizations said that the use of coaching had increased....
The Best Way to Network with Alumni on LinkedIn
by Lindsey Pollak - Nov, 2012
If you’ve been feeling the urge lately to buy fresh pencils and open the first page of a crisp new notebook, you’re not alone. Whether you graduated two years ago or 20, September always feels like the beginning of a new school year. For job seekers, this sense of a new beginning can inspire you to inject new energy into your hunt. In particular, the fall season is a nice time of year to reconnect with members of your coll...
Top 5 tips for your resume
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
Are you lost and unsure about your resume or cover letter? Here are 5 things to keep in mind when writing your resume: 1. Keep it short – Keep it at two pages or less. Most people hiring prefer one page, but two pages is okay if the content is appropriate. For example, someone who has had a longer career. 2. First Person Implied – As a rule, your resume should be written in first person implied. No, you don’t want to...
“How Long Should My Resume Be?”
by Louise Fletcher - Nov, 2012
Of all the questions we get asked, this has to be one of the most common. For some reason, resume length is one of those things lots of people have a firm opinion on, but – to be honest – few have any real basis for that opinion. For example, there are many people who will tell you that your resume must be only one-page long. This is a myth (as I explain here) and should be ignored! Others – generally those over 50 – will...
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