Eight New Year’s Resolutions for Your Resume
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2014
If your resume is not getting the interviews you expected, now is the time to review it and follow through on these New Year resolutions: Resolution 1: Believe in yourself. You have hard and soft skills, experience, and accomplishments that will bring value to future employers. Let your resume focus on you, not on “creative” formats, half-truths, and wishful thinking. Resolution 2: Lose the deadweight. Read through the j...
The Christmas cookie platter and job search strategy
by Dawn Bugni - Dec, 2014
Fudge, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Scotcharoos, and Melt Aways. I decided to make Christmas treats this year. Those close to me know a voluntary venture into the kitchen is rare. The hubs plans meals and is chef extraordinaire at our house. I’ve not changed to a baking blog. I promise. This comes back around to job search. Knowing I wanted Christmas-type cookies I began the planning process. No matter how good the treats,...
The Art of Following Up
by Rowe Leathers - Dec, 2014
One of the most important components in a job search is the interview follow up; yet it is one of the most overlooked and uncertain parts of the process. While many job seekers recognize this to be a critical step, many fear it because they don’t know what to say or, worse, don’t want to be a nuisance. To conquer your fear of making that call, consider shifting the way you think about it. If you view your follow-up call as...
Resumes vs. Personal Introductions
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2014
As a professional resume writer, I have to acknowledge up front that I have a bit of bias on the subject of resumes–especially when I read (as I usually do) a column by Ask The Headhunter’s Nick Corcodillos, who basically considers resumes most suitable as garbage-can liners! In a recent post, titled “The Magic Resume Calculator: Save 95% of your job hunting time!,” Corcodillos does, however, make good points that I can agr...
5 Tips for Leveraging Content to Get Noticed in a Job Search
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Dec, 2014
One of the most powerful ways to stand out with recruiters, influential contacts, and hiring executives is to make yourself useful. By that I mean sharing useful content that relates directly to your areas of expertise. You can share such content in LinkedIn status updates or in LI Groups discussion areas, of course, but you can also leverage these types of resources when building relationships one-on-one with specific indi...
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2014
Headlines are important in a resume because they guide hiring managers, recruiters, and electronic tracking systems (ATS) to important information (“Professional Work Experience,” “Education”) and because they help you organize your resume logically. There are four basic resume headlines, but some resumes may require more or less. The first resume headline is the one used for your name and contact information; this always...
Don’t Pick a Boss, Pick a Job
by Bernie Frazier - Dec, 2014
I recently read an article entitled, “Don’t Pick a Job. Pick a Boss.” While the article made some valid points, I want to offer a different perspective. After spending 25 years in Corporate America and having 17 direct supervisors, I can truly appreciate any person’s desire to have a great boss. As the article stated, great bosses facilitate learning, welcome ideas from employees, believe in their employees and more. J...
Interview Follow-up: Another Way to Stand Out
by Thea Kelley - Dec, 2014
Following up after your job interview is more than just a formality and a matter of common courtesy. Most interviewers say a follow-up letter - or the lack of one - can influence their opinion of a candidate. What your follow-up can achieve: Reinforce the employer's memory of you – your brand, your unique selling proposition. Demonstrate your continuing interest and excitement about the job and the company. Help reso...
Be Clear About your Goals Before you Interview
by Sherri Edwards - Dec, 2014
Even though times are tough, asking for a job because you are desperate is not a good look. Employers need convincing evidence for investing time and money in you. This requires knowledge of the company and considerable preparation before you speak with them. The old days of winging your way through an interview are long gone. But first, you need to know why you want the job you are pursuing and how it fits into your life plan...
30 Days to a Holiday Job Search
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Dec, 2014
Many job seekers make the mistake of taking December off thinking that nothing happens until after the first of the year. Not true. I’ve had clients receive job offers on December 23. Here are some ideas for keeping your job search active this month. Dec. 1: Check your supply of business cards; if you are running low, order more. If you don’t have one, create one. It should represent you as the quality candidate you are....
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