3 Secrets to Interview-Winning Cover Letters
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
Can a cover letter really win you an interview? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the resume? A resume isn’t the sole determining factor in whether you get the interview. A cover letter absolutely can play a deciding role in securing an interview, and I’m going to share with you three secrets that we utilize in the cover letters we write for our clients that generate immediate interview interest. We give them three reas...
Five Ways to Find Nine Hours of Job Search Time Per Week
by Lisa Rangel - Mar, 2014
Want more time to job search? Would you like to find nine hours of job search time per week? Do you find yourself asking these questions? “How am I supposed to look for a job when I am employed?” “Finding a job is a full-time job…and I already have a job. How am I supposed to do this?” Sound familiar? It is a perplexing dilemma in today’s world of over scheduling, multitasking and uber-achievement. But there is hel...
Going Public: Strategies for Career Re-Entery
by Kristen Carter - Mar, 2014
I recently attended a conference where I had the pleasure of listening to one of the keynote speakers, Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of iRelaunch. As the name of her organization suggests, Ms. Cohen addressed the topic of how to best “re-launch” oneself after a career break. As a career coach, I have worked with clients who have articulated this very challenge—how to get back in the game with a significant employment gap on...
How to Use LinkedIn as Your Personal Website
by Jill Kurtz - Mar, 2014
I was recently talking with a friend who is looking for a new job. He recited a litany of things he wanted to do to support his job search. I was happy to be able to take one item off the list – a personal website. The great news is that LinkedIn has added so many features that it makes the personal website obsolete. LinkedIn is the best place to establish your professional profile and network to build a career and fi...
Performance Reviews: A Love-Hate Relationship?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2014
Very few people, if any, would say they love performance reviews–either receiving or giving them. After all, they’re a pain to prepare for, regardless of whether you’re on the giving or the receiving end, right? For this post, I’m going to focus on receiving a performance review, including tips for making the experience as positive as possible and enhancing your prospects for long-term career success. 5 Reasons People...
Taking a Second Job: Why It Might Be Worth It and Why It Might Not Be
by Adrienne Erin - Mar, 2014
It doesn’t take a genius to know that, economically speaking, times are tough. Cuts in pay and horror stories about companies laying off employees left and right have made many Americans uneasy – prompting them to seek a second job. But should you really take on a second job? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Read on to figure out what’s right for you. More Money, More Problems So an obvious perk of having a sec...
How to Network at Social Events When You Aren’t Social
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
Like it or not, most professionals initially get their jobs by leveraging their network of contacts, and those contacts can be elusive if you never socialize. Just for the record, I’m not talking about landing your next gig through your brother or girlfriend. I’m talking about finding your next job through your brother’s friend’s neighbor’s boss’ wife’s childhood buddy who’s just been named vice president. Otherwise known as s...
Is it Time to Clean Out Your Resume Closet?
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
One of the reasons why it is so difficult for people to write their own resume is that there is often so much emotional baggage attached to our careers and it is hard to let go of the things we experienced in each of our jobs. Writing a good resume forces you to make choices about what should and should not be listed in the document and the exercise is similar to cleaning out a closet of cherished items that no longer have a p...
LinkedIn: Confusion or Conquest? Part 2 of 2
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2014
Still confused by LinkedIn and how it fits into your job search strategies? Last week I shared the typical LinkedIn concerns voiced by executive job seekers, as well as strategies and tools to help executives better leverage LinkedIn for their job search. LinkedIn: Confusion or Conquest? Here are nine more strategies that are sure to elevate your LinkedIn profile to executive status and improve the chances of recruiters an...
Are Your Work Habits Slowing You Down?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Mar, 2014
Nobody’s perfect and we all come chock full of our own personal bad habits. But what if your undesirable habits are piling up and creating a case against your work success? If you think you might be committing some office faux pas and are interested in making some small steps to improvement, ask yourself if any of the following bad habits ring true for you: Exaggerating the Truth You may feel you need to “prove...
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