Ready to Reboot Your Career? How Reinventing Worked for Me, More Than Once.
by Dawn Lennon - Apr, 2013
Careers can get old for a lot of reasons: Boredom when the work gets too predictable Declining fulfillment from achievements Disenchantment with a job going no where Curiosity about what's out there Compensation ceilings that won't meet future needs I've experienced all of these at different times. Each one caused significant stress, confusion, and frustration, sometimes all at once. I tried to force my way t...
6 Ways to Use Twitter in a Job Search
by Marcia Robinson - Apr, 2013
Twitter is a great resource for anyone who is looking for a job right now. Some job seekers are more adept at using Twitter and other social media tools than others. However, like all social media, Twitter has it's pros and cons. The big con of course is that college students should know that whatever they put out there in the Twitterverse may exist for a lot longer than the student might want it to. On the other hand, Twit...
Your Resumé Is You
by Bob Roth - Apr, 2013
Most employers learn about college students from their resumés. Whatever is on the resumé is all they know about the student. Therefore, if the resumé has few examples of accomplishments and successes, the employer will have little reason to interview the candidate. Since employers use the resumé as a screening device, your resumé is you. In the end, employers are interested in only one thing. They want to learn abo...
Is Your Boss a Poor Communicator?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2013
Good communication skills should be a minimum requirement for promotion to management, but too often that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, you might find that your boss is a poor communicator, and you have to cope with that unsatisfactory situation. Unless you find a way to deal with it successfully, you might find yourself heading out the door sooner than expected–either voluntarily or involuntarily. In view of that...
Need a mentor? How to find (and keep) one
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2013
When you hear about someone looking for a mentor, you probably think about young people seeking an older and wiser, senior person to show them the ropes. Today, the definition of mentorship includes people at all ages and experience levels; mentors aren’t just for twenty-somethings anymore. If you’re in your 40s, can a mentor help you? University of Georgia professor of industrial-organizational psychology, Lillian Eby, Ph...
How To Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out
by Lisa Adams - Mar, 2013
The goals of a cover letter are to 1) affirm the connection you have (hopefully) already made with the addressee and 2) to get you noticed. If that is the case, why do all the cover letters I see look the same? All short one paragraph, maybe with a few bullets about why this candidate is applying for the job. What do you think the reaction is from recruiters and hiring managers when they see this type of cover letter? I sa...
5 Steps To Landing The Job: How To Follow Up After A Job Interview
by Michelle Dumas - Mar, 2013
The job interview is over. You rerun it in your mind, probably repeatedly. In so doing, however, you’re actually distracting yourself from taking steps that may still impact whether you get the job or not. After all, there’s no point in herding “COWS” (Coulda, oughta, woulda, shoulda). What you should do is follow up after the interview. The job interview might be over but your prospective employer’s decision-maki...
Performance Management–Yours or Your Team’s
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2013
Performance management through open-minded learning has always made good sense to me. Along those lines, I always enjoy reading insightful communications from professionals I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with and getting to know at least a little. One of those is Saeed al Muntafiq, a senior executive in Dubai who has a view of the business world that transcends geographical boundaries. Performance Management and Deve...
15 Ways to Describe Yourself in an Interview
by Ken Sundheim - Mar, 2013
In just about every interview, the interviewer asks the question, “How would you describe yourself?” While this is something that should be anticipated and practiced, many job seekers overlook the importance of this question and fail to take the time to formulate the right answers. Moreover, when describing ourselves, we should approach our answers in an honest, candid manner. Even though some answers are laid out below,...
A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Careerist Self About What Really Matters
by Karen Vitale - Mar, 2013
It’s a classic Catch-22—with a careerist twist. When facing big decisions early in your career, you don’t have tons of real-world experience to draw upon. And by the time you’ve actually racked up a decent supply of workplace wisdom, you may feel like you no longer need career advice. If only career tracks came with fast-forward and rewind buttons. (Or a blue police call box, for those who like to time travel in style.) Wh...
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