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  Take Responsibility For Your Career
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - May, 2011
Who do you fault if something goes wrong in your career? Yourself or someone around you? How about if no one is to fault, but someone is responsible? How about if the responsible person is you? Most people don’t like to take responsibility. First of all, it’s not fun. Second, responsibility forces you to look deep inside yourself to assess and reassess your life and career, which is also not fun. Finally, responsibility...
 
  The employer didn’t get back to me. What should I do?
by Wendy Enelow - May, 2011
It seems that 99% of the time, employers say they will get back to you within a certain time frame, and then they don’t. There are two possible reasons for this: 1. They are short-staffed and just can’t get all the decision-makers together to make a hiring decision, so they haven’t decided who to hire yet; or they are still checking people’s references and waiting to hear back from the references before a decision is made...
 
  Want That Executive Job? Don't Write Your Own Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Here’s a common refrain that I’ve heard from budding C-level executives: “I wrote my own resume a few years back, but I can see that it’s just not working now. I can't get anyone to respond at the right level!" An overwhelming majority of aspiring and current executive job hunters (and I mean literally 80%+ of the people that I talk with) cannot position themselves properly in a resume, and here’s why: Buzzwords and pro...
 
  6 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid While Job Seeking
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2011
For many job seekers, the Internet presents two very different worlds. One consists of hanging out with friends via social networking, and the other focuses on the seriousness of a job search. Having the worlds collide could result in the playful social media environment posing problems for a job search since many employers conduct online research to determine candidate eligibility. This is why, if you’re looking for work...
 
  Having No College Degree Doesn’t Mean You’re Not a Qualified Candidate
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2011
Are you currently seeking a professional job but don’t have a college degree? If so, you are not alone. According to a recent study conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, only 27.5 percent of adults in the United States have a degree. This means there are a lot of people competing for professional jobs but lack the credentials some employers desire. But just because you don’t have a degree doesn’t mean you aren’...
 
  The Right Tools for the Job
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2011
Imagine for a minute, that you’re a contractor. And let’s say you’ve heard about a job that is going to pay handsomely. Only problem is, your cash flow is a bit “sluggish” right now, and you’ll need to obtain a few specialized tools before you can submit your bid; without those tools, you won’t even be considered for the contract. And you intuitively know that if you could just submit that bid, the contract would likely be...
 
  50 Interviewing NO NOs!
by Thomas J. Denham - May, 2011
So much of the job search is out of your control. The interview is one of the few aspects of the job search you can control. The interview is a selection process for which you can practice and prepare. There are plenty of unusual horror stories committed by job hunters. The following is a laundry list of the most common things that are deal breakers: 1. Arriving late to the interview or arriving too early 2. Showing...
 
  Make a slight change in your career direction
by Hallie Crawford - May, 2011
One of the newest members of my April coaching group, Beth, reminded our group of an important lesson this week. You don’t always have to throw the baby out with the bathwater in your career transition. Sometimes just making a slight change in your career direction is all you need to find a career that is right for you. Here is Beth’s story: Beth went back to a career that she had done before and didn’t like (a pricing p...
 
  Are You Ready to “Work on Purpose”?
by Lindsey Pollak - Apr, 2011
In today’s changing economy and challenging job market, it can be difficult for a young professional to make choices about what type of career you’d really like to pursue. The options can seem nearly limitless, and it may feel impossible to truly consider all of the necessary factors involved in your decision-making. Furthermore, many Millennials feel compelled to find work that is personally fulfilling and beneficial to th...
 
  Getting a Little Ahead
by Suzanne Bates - Apr, 2011
In college I once pulled three all-nighters. In a row. I wasn’t trying to ace the finals. I had to cram, just to pass. It wasn’t a report card I was proud to show my parents. And, just before the last final at 7 pm, I lay down (exhausted) to take an hour or two nap. I awoke in the middle of the night, in a panic, 7 hours late for the test. No way to reach the professor. I sweat it out until office hours. He had mercy a...
 
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