Getting Interviews, But Not Job Offers?
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2015
Here’s the good news – if you’re getting interviews, your resume is doing its job – assuming you’re getting interviews for the types of positions you want. But what you do before, during, and after the interview can increase your chances of getting the offer. Before the interview, do your homework! Review the company’s website and LinkedIn profile to learn more about the key personnel, the work they do, their clients, an...
Is Your Resume “Old News”? Think Resume Update
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2015
It’s the start of a new year, and you probably have a list of things you need or want to do. Looking at your resume might not be one of them unless you’re on the verge of launching a serious job search. (Some people don’t do it even then, although they should!) The fact is, any point at which you’re not in or planning a near-term job search is an excellent time to haul out your existing resume and dust off the cobwebs. For...
Does Your Resume Emphasize the Wrong Things?
by Robin Schlinger - Jan, 2015
A client called me recently for an update on his resume. In the past, he had worked as a second-in-command in Human Relations at various colleges and now he was eager to transition into a higher level job with a company outside the educational sector. He wondered if his resume could be honestly updated to give him a better chance of a corporate interview. When your resume lags behind your career goals, recruiters and hiring...
Interview Questions about Your Weaknesses – How to Answer Them ?
by Thea Kelley - Jan, 2015
Some of the trickiest job interview questions are the ones about your weaknesses. Questions like these can make you feel a little paranoid! "What is your biggest weakness in your work?" "What are three areas in which your supervisor wants/wanted you to improve?" "What's your growing edge – what do you wish you could do better?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Why are they asking this? While it is always...
Recruiters - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Part 1: How to Discover Whether a Recruiter is Right for You
by Sandra M. Smith - Jan, 2015
If you’ve been a professional in your field for a while, you have more than likely come into contact with many different recruiters over the years. And, chances are, not all of those experiences have been pleasant. I have talked with many candidates who have expressed that they have had “bad” experiences with recruiters in the past. If this has happened to you, you may have resolved to cut off all ties with recruiters for fear...
Is Your Job Stressful?
by Carole Kanchier - Jan, 2015
Occupational stress has been defined as a “global epidemic” by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization, and it’s increasing. What does this quiz say about you? Stress Quiz Answer “yes” or “no:” I … 1) Am irritable, tired 2) Have little to say 3) Have no leisure activities 4) Lack autonomy, support 5) Lack challenge, feelings of accomplishment 6) Forget appointments, deadlines...
Career Success–No Fear in 2015
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2015
With all that’s been going on in the world during the past months and years, you might roll your eyes at the very thought that you could pursue career success without fear this year, and it would be hard to blame you. However, I’d like to offer some encouragement with this thought: fear paralyzes; hope energizes. I know it’s easier said than done to tell you to put fear aside as you plan your career steps this year. Like yo...
2015 Job Interview Trends
by Lisa Rangel - Jan, 2015
If you’ve been following the Chameleon Resumes blog lately then you know we’ve been covering the latest trends in job hunting, LinkedIn and resumes for the new year. Of course, an overview of trends for an upcoming year wouldn’t be complete without mentioning interviews! We’ve curated a list of what to expect in the coming year – from new trends to old methods that are making a comeback. Situational Job Intervie...
Expand Your Network in 2015
by Stacy Harshman - Jan, 2015
The best way to land a job in 2015 is to expand your network. The art of building and maintaining relationships is vital to job seekers. Greg Simpson, Senior Vice President, Career Transition Practice Leader at Lee Hecht Harrison says “The reality is that most job openings are never advertised or posted, which means tapping your network is an essential job search resource to uncover hidden opportunities. In fact, 63 percent of...
Have a problem at work? Here are 6 times when listening can be part of the solution.
by Beverly Jones - Jan, 2015
Recently a reporter asked me to name the one piece of advice I most often give clients. Because coaching isn't supposed to be just about giving clients standard advice, I side-stepped that question. But since then I've been dreaming that if I could wave a magic wand to give all of you one enhanced career skill, that super skill would be listening. By "listening" I mean you not only shut your mouth long enough for the other...
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