Executive Coach Tip: Your Answer to
by Andy Robinson - Nov, 2010
A great way to end a conversation with a network contact is to ASK the question -- "How can I help you?" -- then listen carefully and probe for details if necessary. If you can deliver on the request, then deliver -- as soon as possible -- or follow up with a recommendation for someone who can help if you know of someone. Now .... How do YOU answer that question when someone in your network asks YOU? Be prepared to let p...
Minimizing Risk of Retaliation Claims Is As Easy As A B C
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Nov, 2010
In last week’s #EEOChat, the issue of retaliation came up. How much do you know about retaliation claims? Retaliation claims are on the rise. Among all charges filed with the EEOC in 2009, 36% included a claim of retaliation; this represents an increase of approximately 70% over the last decade. In her May 3, 2010 article on retaliation, Karen Gieselman, an attorney in the Columbia office of Fisher & Phillips, states: G...
Students Must Stand Out To Make Out
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2010
When college students simply tell employers what they can do and what they have done, they are putting themselves in the middle of a very large pool of job applicants. However, the best candidates will stand out when they describe the exceptional “results” that they have previously achieved. That?s important because employers believe that past results are the best predictors of future results. Which statement of stu...
Holiday Time Means Seasonal Jobs
by Anne Jabusch - Nov, 2010
With the holidays right around the corner, many companies are starting to advertise for additional workers to help them get through the rush. If you are unemployed, work part-time or just need some extra cash, this is a great time to find seasonal work. Even if the seasonal position doesn’t align with your skill set or background, it is still a good opportunity to fill any employment gaps on your resume. You also never k...
How boring is your resume summary?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2010
Have you struggled with putting your brand into your resume, writing a profile paragraph that looks great, but is failing to get the attention you deserve? If you’ve spent considerable time (or money) on a lackluster resume that serves up the same information as everyone else’s, it might be time to rewrite your introductory summary to get better results. You’re boring hiring managers if your resume contains an opening pa...
Stupid Mistakes Job Hunters Make
by Thomas J. Denham - Nov, 2010
1. Being Negative – Number 1 is not having a positive, upbeat and enthusiastic attitude. Evict any thoughts that are excuses, self-defeating, limiting, or roadblocks. Forget about what’s not working. Focus on what IS working for you. Put out positive energy. Key to your success is staying mentally and physically fit with a good diet, exercise, sound sleep and a dose of fun. 2. Insufficient Reflecting – STOP and really ...
What does your LinkedIn headline say about you?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2010
Did you realize that LinkedIn has a built-in marketing and search engine-friendly capability that is easy to use--and often overlooked? Well, neither do most job hunters. The best 120 characters of keyword optimization you can find for a job search, your LinkedIn Headline (or title) is a major piece of the puzzle that can help recruiters locate your skills. If you're one of the many that loaded up this field with your cu...
Job Action Day-Opportunities Knock Harder When You Use Social Media
by Barbara Safani - Oct, 2010
In honor of Job Action Day, I am banding together with other career professionals to support job seekers and encourage them to take some time on November 1 to reflect on their careers and/or job search and make a commitment to do something different that will help them achieve more in the months to come. This year I landed over a dozen long and short-term projects that I never would have had a shot at if it weren’t for soci...
When Your Career’s Sagging, Get Yourself Business Fit.
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2010
Ever had that old sagging feeling? It’s when: -Nothing at work excites you. -Your motivation has flat-lined. -The signs that “you’re going nowhere” loom. -Your energy is drained. -Even a Red Bull can’t jolt us out of that. Wake up! When our careers are sagging, it’s because we’ve allowed it. After all, we own them. They’re a function of our choices—the education we pursued and the work experiences we’v...
3 Job Search Lies That Keep You Unemployed
by Kevin Donlin - Oct, 2010
This may ruffle a few feathers, but your time is valuable, so I’ll be blunt: If you’ve been struggling to find a job for more than 6 months, you may be doing the wrong things to get hired. Worse, you may have been given bad information by well-meaning folks who have steered you wrong during your search. I am here to set things right. And to offer three Guerrilla Job Search “truths” to get you hired faster … Lie ...
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