Radical Career Changes – Where Do You Begin?
by Mindy Thomas - May, 2014
It seems like everywhere you look, people are thinking and talking about making career changes. They’re unfulfilled in their job or don’t get along with either their boss or their toxic co-workers. Or, even worse, the company leadership is so darn weak or even non-existent that they are going nowhere in their careers. What does it take to make a radical career change today and how do you begin what may seem like a daunting pro...
The Art of Career Fair Follow Up
by Courtney Bousquet - May, 2014
You’ve dressed to impress, schmoozed with recruiters, and acquired some great leads after attending a career fair, now what? The answer is simple: follow up, follow up, follow up! Your work doesn’t stop just because the event has ended; in fact it’s just beginning. Follow these three simple tips to make the most of your career fair connections. 1. Review your notes. Review any notes you took during the fair, and be sure to...
How to Make a Career Change With No Experience
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
So you’ve decided that you want to change careers, but you have no experience in your chosen field. If this is you, you may find yourself getting discouraged. But you mustn’t let your current lack of experience stop you from following your dreams. Instead, you’re going to need to get some … but how do you do that when no-one will give you a job? Here are 5 time-tested ways to gain the experience you need and ensure that...
When Are You Too Old to Take an Internship?
by Adrienne Erin - Apr, 2014
Finding a job is one of the steps that many adults must take once they finish their education. However, getting that job is another matter. You may have gotten your bachelor’s degree, but that’s no longer a guarantee for a job offer. Even if you’re switching careers, the work experience you had in the past may be inapplicable now. Then there’s the nasty Catch-22 present with many jobs: it’s listed as entry-level but require...
De-mystifying LinkedIn Keywords
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2014
If you want to get found by recruiters on LinkedIn you have to know a thing or two about using keywords. Keywords are relevant terms found within your profile that will make it easy for recruiters to find you when they are searching for certain words or phrases. Think of it is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for LinkedIn. Some really effective places for LinkedIn keywords are within the headline, in job descriptions a...
Part-Time or Full-Time Employment: What’s Best for You?
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
If you need full benefits and/or a substantial salary, the question of part-time or full-time might be easy for you to answer. However, in many cases, it’s not so straightforward. Part-Time vs Full-Time Trade-Offs Clearly, you stand to receive more income if you work a full-time position, and the employment package generally includes at least some benefits, such as vacation and health insurance. For those of you who ar...
“What if” Scenarios Facing Job Seekers and Strategies That Help
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Apr, 2014
This month, allow me to share with you an excerpt of a career planning book for which I am a contributing writer. The chapter I wrote was on the “What if” scenarios facing job seekers and strategies to help them work around those issues. The topic I choose for this newsletter is one that many people face – working with professionals from other generations as equals – or even superiors – in a job. After all, just a few yea...
3 Scripts to Power Up Your Job Search
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Apr, 2014
One thing clients often say to me is “Hold on, I want to write down what you just said.” Or “Your wording is perfect; I wish I could remember it when I am in the interview!” Whenever this happens, I am honored to have gained the trust and confidence of my clients. And, like most situations, things can be a bit clearer from the outside so that is definitely an advantage I have when coaching clients. With that mind, today I...
Get a Mentor Before Your Next Career Move
by Sherri Edwards - Apr, 2014
Do you have a mentor? With the start of a new year and an improving economy, it may be a good time to evaluate your current career path and make some decisions about where you are headed. Rather than assuming things are greener in other pastures, it might be helpful to get some advice from someone who has been there, done that. Asking for help from a trusted professional to assist you with developing and accomplishing your obj...
Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Apr, 2014
Earlier this week I delivered a presentation at a Twin-Cities based job transition group. My presentation was titled, "Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search." It's critically important to have a well-crafted, targeted two-minute pitch, aka your elevator pitch to use during your job search. You'll use your Two-Minute Pitch, coined by the Five O'Clock Club, during networking situations and in job interviews...
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