Who Needs a Cover Letter? You Do!
by Wendy Enelow - Feb, 2011
Executive-level clients frequently ask me if they need a cover letter. They’re not convinced anyone reads them, and they often wonder if writing them is worth the time and effort. These concerns are not completely unfounded. About one-third of hiring managers will never look at a cover letter, another one-third will go back and look after reading the resume, and the final one-third will go through the resume IF the cover l...
A Tale of Two CEO Brands
by Suzanne Bates - Feb, 2011
You may have seen their stories side-by-side in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago - the new CEO of HP, Leo Apotheker, and the just-fired CEO of Time Warner, Jack Griffin. Apotheker’s star is rising; Griffin barely got his nameplate on the door before they showed him out. Both companies were facing significant challenges when these chief executives came on board. So what happened? Let’s look at the facts as...
The Risk of Ignoring Millennials
by Judith Lindenberger - Feb, 2011
One of the biggest challenges for businesses today is integrating the Millennials twenty-somethings into a Baby Boomer culture. They are the newest generation to enter the labor market, arriving with their distinct ideas about what they expect from their jobs. They are our future leaders and our next generation of revenue-generators. So who are the Millennials and how do we manage their expectations while maintaining high perf...
What Kind of Skier Are You?
by Christine Hassler - Feb, 2011
This past weekend I spoke to a group of professionals of all ages on the topic of career transitions. Mark Goldston, CEO of an extremely successful internet company kicked off the event with his biggest “pearls of wisdom” and there was one particular metaphor he used that I want to share with you. He asked us all to envision our career as a mountain and ourselves as the skier. We have choices when it comes to which path...
Clean Up Your Toxic Workplace
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Feb, 2011
Organizations with sound diversity and inclusion strategies frequently experience higher rates of creativity, are able to hire and retain the best and brightest talent and make product development a priority in order to stay competitive. Yet for years — and in some circles today — the word diversity has been associated with controversial, even negatively viewed practices, such as affirmative action, the Equal Employment Op...
4 Classic Quotes about Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Feb, 2011
What can Leonardo da Vinci and Will Rogers tell you about finding a job? Plenty, it turns out. Read on for some new twists on timeless advice that might help you get hired faster … 1. "Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active." - Leonardo da Vinci You see, your subconscious mind can solve problems while the rest of your brain and body are doing other things, like sleeping, eating an...
Should You Start a Business?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2011
Whether you are thinking about starting a new business or overwhelmed and overworked by an existing business, there is a lot to consider. Business strategist and deal maker Carol Roth talks about some of the key things you should know, from her new book, The Entrepreneur Equation. Could You vs. Should You?: Can you start a business? Absolutely! Should you? Well, that’s a whole different story. Just because you can do...
The Sociopath, The Psychopath, and The Bully at Work
by Yvonne Brown - Feb, 2011
A Sociopath, a Psychopath, and a Bully walked into the corporate office. They were dressed impeccably. The Sociopath was charming and glowed with charisma. The Psychopath wore his Armani suit and Ralph Lauren Purple Label tie like a fashion model. His hair was perfect. The Bully seemed sweet in her pearls and understated St. John's knit suit. Women and men in the lobby paused to look at the trio as they entered the...
Be You-Nique: Resume Writing “Rules” to Break
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2011
As a member of Career Collective, and in collaboration with my friend and co-coordinator, Miriam Salpeter, I am happy to announce this month’s topic: Job-hunting “Rules” to Break / Outdated Job-Search Beliefs. Please visit other blog posts on this subject, linked at the end of this post on Wednesday. For those on Twitter, we invite you to follow the hashtag, #CareerCollective. Relax, and You Can Rule the Road This subjec...
Five Essentials For Competing With Professionally Written Resumes
by Cathy Eng - Feb, 2011
While it is ideal to effortlessly craft a masterpiece resume that's irresistible to any employer, the reality is most people hate writing their resume and the result can often be obvious in the finished product. Poorly presented resumes communicate a lot more than what is written on the page. They tell employers that the candidate may lack attention to detail, follow-through, and quality. The simple solution is to have a prof...
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