How to Keep Your Job Search Confidential
by Heather Krasna - Jul, 2015
As a career coach, I get this question often: how do I look for a new job without my current boss finding out? Here are some tips: 1. Lock down your LinkedIn profile. If you are connected to any of your co-workers or your boss, and are also aggressively updating your LinkedIn profile, someone might notice. To ensure your updates aren’t being broadcast to the universe, fix your privacy settings. Click on the tiny icon of you...
The LinkedIn Summary Dilemma: Use "I" or Not?
by Jean Cummings - Jul, 2015
LinkedIn profile writing is a challenge. And there are ways in which the LinkedIn profile summary section is still the Wild West. The LI summary is a blank page only restricted by the 2000 character limit. There are no requirements for anything in particular, such as listing your jobs and dates. So why is it important to worry about this? And what should you do? People know that LI is the premier business networking site. I...
The One Thing Winners Do
by Bernie Frazier - Jul, 2015
A few days ago, I was talking with a friend about a variety of topics. One of the topics was careers. As the conversation evolved, I told her the thing I don’t see many people do that is the most effective thing a person can do for their career – play to their strengths. Instead, people spend time, money, and energy trying to transform the areas in which they are weakest (not challenged….weak!) to only end up moving the dia...
The Power of Referrals
by Linda Dobogai - Jul, 2015
Studies consistently show that insider referrals far outpace online applications in helping candidates secure interviews and jobs. This outcome relates heavily to credibility. It is assumed that an inside referral is made by an employee who is willing to risk their reputation by recommending you. An online applicant with no connections to the business is a complete unknown. This, of course, is where the hard work associated...
Wasted Talent: Are You Working for the Right Company?
by Mindy Thomas - Jul, 2015
Wasted Talent. Sadly, I see it every day in the business I’m in. When I hear about how troubling the workplace has become, and specifically the toxic cultures and environments some people work in, I get knots in my stomach. As a resume writer and career counselor, I often find myself serving as a trusted confidante and advisor. Many times that translates to hearing the dirty secrets about the abhorrent lack of leadership, t...
8 Healthy Ways to Stop Being a Worrywart and Find Your Success
by Connie Pheiff - Jul, 2015
Are you a worrywart? How you start your day sets the tone for your daily success. Mornings can be, oh lets say ~ BLAH! How many times are you hitting the snooze button? Your emotional state will depend on your morning outlook. If you are a worrywart then I can almost guarantee you’ve been up half the night. Like most business entrepreneurs, you worry about the productivity of your business. Will we make budget? Are we deliveri...
An active professional network is like insurance
by Sherri Edwards - Jul, 2015
In an ever-changing economic market, or riding the wave through industry changes, you just never know when you might need to rely on your professional network to help bail you out of a rough patch. Maintaining a professional network is like having car insurance – it’s a pretty big risk to drive without it. Your network is your safety net. And like insurance, it requires an investment that can’t lapse. Without it, the costs can...
Executive Presence is Coming Full Circle
by Valerie Sokolosky - Jul, 2015
Can I make an observation? And I mean this with due respect. Your clothing does matter! Listen to the marketplace. You’ll find the term Executive Presence is coming full circle. It’s just flat important! Clients who dress for success get the higher marks. Don’t think for a minute that they don’t. Oh, I know what you’re saying – “Why should I be concerned with what I wear when I’m technically proficient?” Because it’s just...
Gain the Interview Advantage: Benefits of Interview Coaching
by Michelle Dumas - Jul, 2015
Wow. You had no idea your job search would be such hard work, did you? But the standout resume we created for you at Distinctive Documents really paid off. And all the time and effort you’ve spent networking, researching, applying and following up have reaped rewards. You’ve got some interviews scheduled, you’ve picked up your power suit from the dry cleaners, and you’re all set to go. You just know your interview perfor...
Google Search Tips & Tricks For Your Job Search: Find The Information You Need When You Need It
by Michelle Dumas - Jul, 2015
“Google it”! How often have you heard that? Whether it’s to do some research, find directions, check show times or settle a bet, you’ve probably used the “googlelator” to find information about one thing or another. But have you ever used Google for assistance with your job search? If so, you know how much help it can be. If not, read on as we introduce you to Google search tips and tricks for your job search so that you can...
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