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  Job Search Time Savers during the Holiday Season
by Caitlin McNally - Dec, 2010
The holiday season is upon us and it is hard not to get caught up in the hussle and bussle. Holiday shopping, parties and family get-togethers may make it difficult to find the time to focus on your job search. If you find yourself short on time, here are a few job search strategies you can use that take little time to execute, yet yield great results. Use Metasearch job search engines: Metasearch engines include job sites...
 
  Understanding the Power of You
by Adrianne L. Hooker - Dec, 2010
With Wisconsin unemployment rates hovering at nine percent, putting your best foot forward in your current work environment is an absolute requirement. If you’re employed or in search of employment, no matter the arena, consider branding yourself a complete and invaluable total package. In short, become an asset. Lets take a moment to explore the importance of soft skills. Essentially, soft skills are your people skills...
 
  How to Get Your Resume Read (Sort of)
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2010
This month's Career Collective topic is common job search misperceptions. My post is about resume writing misperceptions. You can read the topics by my esteemed colleagues by following the links at the end of this post. It's probably no surprise to you that hiring managers don't read every resume they receive. And you may also know that they don't read any resume in its entirety; instead they scan the resume to find releva...
 
  4 Steps To Ace Your Next Phone Interview
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
In an effort to save time and narrow the playing field, more often than not, companies are conducting one or more phone interviews before bringing candidates in for an in-person meeting. During in-person interviews you are sitting in front of someone; you have an opportunity to engage them – let your personality shine through. Your body language, smile, and ability to connect on a personal level can give you the upper hand;...
 
  4 Ways to Balance Your Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2010
Whenever I talk to job seekers who have been unsuccessfully searching for work for a long time, I often hear a common theme. These candidates have spent almost 100% of their job search time sitting behind a computer searching through online job ads. This is simply not the most effective use of your time out of the workforce. Here are some tips for balancing your activity during your search: Make a point to network every sin...
 
  4 Ways Young Professionals Can Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market
by Alexia Vernon - Dec, 2010
I’ve had the privilege of chatting with a lot of students and recent grads on the book tour, and one of the questions I often get asked is: How can I make myself stand out when a lot of other applicants have more education and professional experience? I always start by saying “breathe.” Then, I usually recommend the following: 1. Request informational interviews with leaders in your target companies BEFORE they post jobs yo...
 
  Career Tips To Combat Unemployment Stigmas
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
On the heels of the recent 60 Minutes unemployment piece, I thought it would be apropos to write a blog to help people with some timely career and résumé tips to help you minimize the stigma associated with being unemployed. -Tip #1: If you have been unemployed for an extended period of time, your résumé is going to reveal that gap. In an effort to showcase your strengths and highlight your inner work-a-holic, consider us...
 
  Five Proven Résumé Tweaks for C-level Executives
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
If you have been fortunate enough to climb the corporate ladder, you know that the trek can be long and arduous; as a C-level professional, you realize the importance (hopefully) of maintaining your image and continuing to brand yourself as a top notch leader. Naturally you want to make the most meaningful impact as you seek new opportunities; who doesn’t? Listed below are some vital elements to consider when tweaking your...
 
  Five Résumé Screw Ups You Might Be Making
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
Let’s face it. When it comes to writing résumés there are a lot of different opinions on the best format, style, and method. Even among certified professional résumé writers, there are a variety of approaches that can be taken. If you have gone the route of doing your résumé alone, or even if you have had a writer prepare your résumé, it is important to check twice to avoid these common screw-ups. 1. Are you a Manager or...
 
  Four Cover Letter Secrets That Will Open Doors
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
Sending a résumé without a cover letter is like driving at night without your lights on. (You know, you will get a ticket for that!) So what are the dynamics of an effective cover letter? How can you determine the major points and entice recruiters and hiring managers to take a closer look? The Salutation: If you know the hiring manager’s name, use it; this is always preferable than the all too common: “To whom it may conce...
 
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