References as Rainmakers
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Jul, 2010
As a job seeker, you understand the importance of having a list of solid references — those folks who can’t say enough great things about you. But today’s job candidate needs to go beyond simply compiling a list of folks who will say positive things about him when a potential employer calls. Today’s A-list candidate seeks out references who are rainmakers, mentors and salespeople. People who can and will actively promote...
What to do when offers for help don’t pan out
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jul, 2010
First, let’s accept a little fact about people: They lie. All the time. So, when Mr. Smith is offering to forward your resume to his contacts, he might be sincere and really mean it. Or, he might have a problem with saying no, might be afraid to disappoint you, so he offers to help, even though he has no intention of doing so. Or, Mr. Smith may have had the best of intentions, but he got slammed with a project at work, or his...
Facing the Fear in Your Career Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jul, 2010
In what I envision at least a 2-part series on “Facing the Fear in Your Career Search,” my husband, Rob, starts us off with a riveting story on how our journey into a storm created one of our most memorable experiences this summer (perhaps ever). Likewise, in my nearly 13 years’ experience consulting with, coaching and strategizing career positioning messages for career transition-ers, I hear the fear over and over, and ove...
Jobseekers – Eight Tips for Getting Your E-mail Read
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Nothing is more frustrating as a job seeker than sending an e-mail out and not getting a response or even knowing if it was received. You might be doing several thing to block you from even getting to the employer’s inbox and you could look more professional when your e-mail does arrive in the inbox. #1. Your e-mail address should be your name and it should be on your resume as part of the header. If your name is John Sm...
The New Social Business Card: Poken Review
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2010
Imagine you are at a job fair. You have 10 copies of your resume, and 50 business cards. You are ready to network! However, about half way through the aisles you begin to run out of materials. So you’re more selective about who you give your information to. Then you begin to wonder what those companies are actually going to do with your card or resume…will they be tossed away or lost in the pile of hundreds of other ones fr...
What’s the Difference Between a Resume, CV and Bio?
by Thomas J. Denham - Jul, 2010
When it comes to packaging and marketing your background, you have three main choices: 1) a resume, 2) a CV (curriculum vitae) or 3) a bio (career biography). There are some significant differences. You will need to determine the reader’s preference - do they want something short, something more detailed or a promotional document. Resume - a one or two page bulleted list of your professional information used to apply for...
Jobseeker, Are You Interconnected & Plugged In?
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Today I spent the day in the hospital waiting while my husband, Bill, had outpatient surgery. Since I am not good at waiting, I packed plenty of work, books, my phone, and my laptop to keep me company while I waited. Interconnected I certainly wasn’t alone. The easily accessible wifi connected me with my e-mail and my Facebook status let my network know where I was and what was going on. I talked to clients via e-mail, t...
Two Old Ways to Find a New Job
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2010
You think it’s tough to find a job now? It’s been tougher. Like in the Great Depression of the 1930s, for example. Try to imagine a world without Twitter or Facebook, when the unemployment rate ranged from 14.3% to 24.9% (1931 to 1938). Would you be interested in learning two ways to find that worked back then -- and still work now? Here they are... 1) Appeal to the self-interest of the employer In the boo...
Tips to Avoid the Summer Job Search Meltdown
by Anne Jabusch - Jul, 2010
It's very easy to get distracted by the sun, hot weather and seemly endless summer events. Smart job seekers know that finding employment is a full-time job, and while you can give yourself a "mini-vacation" for a day or two, you need to remain dedicated. Here are a few tips to keep your search strong in the summer months: Network, network, network: You don't have to be at an organized networking event to meet new people. T...
Successful Job Search Strategies For Mature Workers
by Ford R. Myers - Jul, 2010
On July 2, 2010, CNNMoney.com ran an interesting article about older job candidates. Click here to read the article. It stated that “Companies are starting to hire again, but many are turning their backs on older job seekers.” The piece went on to say, “The nationwide unemployment rate for older workers – while lower than that of younger workers – has barely moved since hitting a record high of 7.2% in December of 2009. This r...
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