Does your resume dwell in the past or does it focus on your future?
by Tom Albano - Jan, 2011
To succeed in today’s intensely competitive job market, your resume cannot simply dwell on your past job responsibilities. Instead, it must project into the future by providing prospective employers with a sneak preview of what they can expect from you as an employee. How do you do this? By making strong assertions about your strengths and capabilities and backing them up with solid accomplishments. Any tennis play...
Keeping Your Resume Fresh
by Caitlin McNally - Jan, 2011
Returning to the job hunt can be a difficult adjustment. It can be especially challenging when it has been many years since you last updated your resume. Just as technological and clothing trends go out of style; your resume can quickly become outdated too. The standard resume writing advice of ten or twenty years ago is becoming obsolete today and could potentially do more harm than good for your chances of getting an inte...
BranchOut vs. LinkedIn, and Recruiting Passive Candidates in 2011
by Lou Adler - Jan, 2011
Although there were some naysayers about my predictions for job growth in 2011 (Dec 14, 2010 ERE), it’s more clear that 2011 will be banner year for professional hiring, coupled with the added impact of employee churn. Even if the prediction is somewhat premature, get ready for it anyway. What else are you going to do? With that as a backdrop, consider the impact Facebook’s new career network BranchOut will have on the world...
What does Starbucks’ new logo have to do with your job search?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2011
It’s all the buzz in the Twittersphere – Starbucks, the legendary coffee company – is changing its logo. As you can see in the image, the most recent transformation (bottom/right) leaves off the Starbucks name and seems to try to disassociate it from its coffee roots. A Reuter’s article quotes Starbucks‘ Chief Executive Howard Schultz as saying, “Even though we have been, and always will be, a coffee company and retailer,...
Employee Motivation and Engagement at T.G.I. Friday’s
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jan, 2011
Let’s imagine you work for a company called, “Counting the Minutes Until Quittin’ Time,” or “I Really Wish It Was the Weekend So I Wouldn’t Have to Be Here” This is what I found myself wondering at an airport T.G.I. Friday’s the other week, eating a Tropical Splash Salad (so good) and being served by a very courteous, efficient gentleman named Evan. Sure, the operation seemed to be running smoothly, and given the number of...
Is Your Professional Brand as Strong as Starbucks?
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
Starbucks just unveiled their new logo featuring their well-known green siren but with one dramatic change – the words “Starbucks Coffee” have been dropped from the logo. At first I thought, “What the heck? Why would a company drop their name from their logo? How is that a sound marketing strategy?” But then I thought about it. Maybe it’s an act of shear brilliance. Maybe it’s Starbucks’ way of saying, “Hey, we are Starb...
How to Create a Job for Yourself
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2011
If you’ve been jobless for an extended period of time, maybe you ought to stop looking for the right job. Instead, try looking for the right employer. If you do, and contact them with the right message, employers may create a job just for you. It happens all the time -- even in today’s economy. Here are three case studies and takeaway lessons to illustrate … 1) Offer to help first and get hired later While...
Leadership Charisma and Employee Engagement
by Eva Jenkins - Jan, 2011
Background on Charisma Arthur C. Clarke famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It is a classic human tendency to describe anything we do not fully understand in magical or mystical terms. The ancient Greeks observed that some people, generally their leaders, had what they perceived to be a “mysterious quality” that enthralled others and made them want to follow them. Becaus...
Rejuvenate Your Job Search
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Jan, 2011
Not getting what you want in your career these days? Are the resumes you've been sending not getting a response? Are your phone calls or e-mail not getting replies? Are your attempts to leave a job that may be eliminated not making a difference? Do you wish the recession would go away? Today's job market is tough. Demand for jobs is high and supply is low. It is easy to become frustrated and disappointed w...
Five Common Missteps That Weaken Your Resume
by Cathy Eng - Jan, 2011
If you looked at hundreds of resumes a day like hiring managers and recruiters sometimes do, they all begin to look alike. With that in mind, how should one avoid presenting a resume that blends in with the competition? Here are some common resume mistakes that cause hiring managers' eyes to glaze over, leaving your resume lost in the sea of competition. Relying too much on personal branding. Though personal branding is a bi...
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