Brand Yourself to Success
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jul, 2013
How can you build a brand that matches your intentions and helps you get to the next level in your career? Here are a few tips to help you demonstrate your brand that is respected and content with your goals. Brand yourself through your professional presence: First impressions count. What message are your clothes sending? Are they trendy, conservative, fashionable, or outdated? What about your grooming? Your hair...
5 Must-Haves for an Effective Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
When it comes right down to it—let’s be honest—the real purpose of your resume is to do what? Get you interviews. That’s the primary function of a resume—no more, no less. So how do you create a resume that’s effective at getting you interviews? Here are five tips that will get you started: RELEVANCE The most effective resumes are the ones that are targeted to a specific position. Resumes that lack focus produce little...
Internal Opportunity Interviews
by Georgia Adamson - Jul, 2013
When you’re going for a possible promotion or other desirable job opportunity within your company, you might be tempted to think that the interview process will require less effort than for an external opportunity. Not so fast! The Employer Knows You–Are You Sure? You could well have an edge going in because you’re a known quantity versus a stranger trying to come in from outside, but it’s not a given. Several factors...
You Will Get Googled… Are You Afraid?
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2013
I like to tell my clients they will be Googled just as surely as it will rain in Portland tonight. Do you know what they will see when they find you? Online reputation management is a critical piece of your job search. There is just no getting around it, no matter what field you are in. Quick story: When I Googled my name a year ago, I was a convicted felon and a prolific New York gynecologist, either simultaneously or...
Job Interview Failure–What Happened?
by Georgia Adamson - Jul, 2013
Job Interview Failure–What Happened? Maybe you’ve never failed to ace an interview and win the job you were after; if so, I salute you. Most of us mere mortals have had that unhappy experience–maybe more than once in our working lives. If you’re one of us, you’re all too familiar with the incredulous “what the heck happened?” reaction you experienced when you learned that you hadn’t landed the job after all. So what the...
5 Ways to Fight Off Self-Doubt | Dealing with Performance Dips
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2013
We can be our own worst enemy if we’re not careful. We’ll tell ourselves that we: Bulletpoints: don’t measure up never seem to get things right keep falling short of expectations are out of favor with the boss The more we doubt ourselves…the more we doubt ourselves. It’s a downward spiral we need to stop, and fast! Heads up. I’m a big sports fan. I watch golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, football, and the...
4 Steps To Getting Your Network To Say Yes To An Interview
by Kristin Johnson - Jul, 2013
Savvy job seekers know networking is essential to shortening a job search. The thinking is that it’s easier to get hired when your interviewer knows, likes, and trusts you. How do we know this to be true? Are employers really open to hiring people they meet at networking events? Every year, Career Directors International conducts its Global Hiring Trends Survey. In 2012, they asked this question: “If you met a job seeker t...
How to Answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2013
“So…. Tell me about yourself.” It’s the interview question we all dread. And we dread it for good reason. It’s way too broad and we have no idea what the interviewer wants us to say. “Just be honest” is the advice given by many careers experts. So how’s this? Well, I’m 29. I’m scared of heights. I sometimes take a teddy bear with me when I go travelling. I love Coldplay. I still smoke even though I told everyone...
3 Career Tips to Upgrade Your Quarter Life
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2013
Your 20s and 30s are a defining set of decades in your life. You make choices about your career, your friendships, your romantic relationships, your finances and your home that help shape the trajectory of your life. If you’re feeling the pressure to make the “right” choices or to do the “right” things, you’re not alone. Some people might refer to this feeling as a part of the “quarter life crisis” – a period defined by con...
7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…” If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line. Entice them with the job title and s...
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