How I Used LinkedIn As My Career Consultant
by Rich Jones - Apr, 2013
When I decided I wanted to transition from a career in Sales to a career in Human Resources, I knew I had a long journey ahead of me. I’d have to figure out what companies I wanted to work for and what skills would get me closer to my goal role. I also had to think about my career progression once I was made the transition. Interviewers often ask “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Since I wasn’t gonna say “Working f...
How to Survive a Long Job Search
by Miriam Salpeter - Apr, 2013
If you’ve been looking for work for an extended period of time, you know how frustrating it is. What can you do to change things up and make sure you aren’t getting yourself stuck in a bad situation and facing a long job search? Long Job Search Survival Tips You’ve heard the statistics: Managers prefer to hire people who already have jobs. The long-term unemployed face steep odds. Some 5.4 million people have been out of...
Is LinkedIn an Important Job Search Tool?
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2013
Just when I thought most all executives knew the importance of having a LinkedIn profile during job search, I ran into Fletch Jones (not his real name). Fletch doesn’t have a LinkedIn profile, nor does he think it is important. In fact, he told me he was a very private person and stayed away from social media altogether. I asked him how that was working for him, and he said (and I quote), “No one is contacting me. I do not lik...
Is Your Brand Preventing You From Job Search Success? - 5 Tips
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2013
Several sources are reporting that the economy is on the upswing, and the job market is opening up. New federal data recently recorded the biggest year-over-year unemployment decline. California and Rhode Island tied for highest unemployment rate (9.8%), while North Dakota reported the lowest unemployment rate of any state (3.3%) in the U.S. Are you experiencing more activity in your job search? Are recruiters and hiring ma...
Selective Networking as a Job Search Tool
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2013
You’ve probably read one or more articles about how to “work a room” and talk to as many people as possible in a networking event when you’re conducting a job search. I know I’ve seen a lot of them published. However, maybe it’s not so much of a numbers game after all. At least, that’s the premise of a recent article by Eric Holtzclaw, “Why Networking Doesn’t Work.” Selective Networking–What It Is and Is Not Selective ne...
Three Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog
by Rich Jones - Apr, 2013
Blogging ain’t easy. It’s time-consuming, requires a good command of English, and forces you to put yourself out there for public consumption. Quite frankly, it can be scary. But when you compare this to the job search, it’s not much different. You have to spend time reviewing job descriptions, doing research and submitting your application. You gotta have a resume and cover letter free of grammatical and spelling mistakes tha...
Social Media Don’ts for Job Seekers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2013
Whether we like it or not, our social media profiles are part of our digital resume. In the same way we stay glued to Facebook for updates from our friends, family, and favorite celebrities, employers look at our social media profiles for clues into our character and qualifications. Strengthen the likelihood of landing the job you want by avoiding these social media don’ts for job seekers: Don’t post questionable photos or...
How Age & Experience Can Help You Land A Job
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Apr, 2013
A plethora of articles are written about the value of boomers looking younger and behaving more youthfully to succeed in the perceived (and sometimes very real) youth culture of job search. This runs the gamut from dressing more hip, brightening dreary hair, honing your tech savvy, and going from flabby to fit. Many of these tips are crucial to remaining competitive in a particularly tough job market. Unfortunately, this...
New City And No Job? 5 Steps To Finding Work
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Apr, 2013
I have had a couple of clients ask me how to network in a new city. Career change is hard enough, let alone finding work in an unfamiliar area. 5 Steps To Finding Work In A New City First, let me recommend you have your career goal in mind and, preferably, at least partially achieved. It surprises me how many people move without having a job or even the prospect of a job – not the independently wealthy, mind you, just...
A Parents' Guide to Career Development
by Thomas J. Denham - Apr, 2013
One of the most valuable things parents can do to help a student with career planning is listen: be open to ideas, try to help your student find information, and be nonjudgmental. Here are 10 ways you can help: 1. Encourage your child to visit the career center (and you go too!) Next time you visit campus, drop into the career services office and pick up a business card from one of the career counselors. When you...
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