Job Search and Housecleaning: An Odd Couple?
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2012
I am not necessarily recommending that you start your job search planning by literally cleaning your house, but the combination of the two activities is not such an odd couple as you might think at first. Whether you are the kind of person who finds housecleaning (or cleaning in general) therapeutic–I am not!–you could find it useful to consider some of the key aspects of housecleaning and how those might translate to an eff...
2 Hours To An Effective Job Search
by John Crant - Dec, 2012
As Quoted by The Wall Street Journal’s Career Website, FINS.com: http://sales-jobs.fins.com/Articles/SBB0001424052970204464404577114853392680714/Finding-a-New-Job-in-Just-Two-Hours It’s difficult to effectively focus our job search activities when we are still working for our ‘future’ past employer. But with a proper structure and plan in place, we can be successful with just 1–2 evening hours of efforts per day. Her...
Get Your Hands Dirty: Messy, Gross, Great-Paying Jobs
by Annie Favreau - Nov, 2012
There’s no getting around it: some jobs have a high “ick” factor. In these so-called dirty jobs, you’ve got to deal with stuff that would gross most people out—like disease, waste or even death. But without these positions, society would be a whole lot messier. As the saying goes, “It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.” But here’s the not-so-dirty little secret: these career paths actually come with big benef...
10 Mistakes to Avoid in a Confidential Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
In an ideal world, every job seeker could be open about the job search with colleagues, friends, family, and even employers. However, in reality you often won't want your employer to be aware of your job search—at least until you've secured your next position (offer letter signed off and accepted). This is generally known and respected in the business community and should not be held against you by the companies you apply to. ...
Top Three Mistakes that could Keep you Unemployed
by Nimish Thakkar - Nov, 2012
Technically, there are hundreds of ways to sabotage [literally] a job search campaign, but for the purpose of this discussion, I will restrict myself to three common mistakes most job seekers make. Over the past few months, I have observed a steady (and measurable) increase in the number of candidates finding “meaningful” employment opportunities. This is certainly a refreshing change from the horrendous unemployment stori...
Should I Hire a Career Coach?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2012
From humankind’s earliest days, mentors and coaches have been a significant ingredient in the careers of many accomplished individuals. As they reported in Fast Company in 2006, Jim Bolt and Brian Underhill conducted a study that found that 56 percent of surveyed companies emphasized coaching as a major learning method, and two years later, 51 percent of the same organizations said that the use of coaching had increased. ...
Get Hired During The Holiday Season? Yes, You Can!
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2012
With the holiday season approaching, many people think that hiring by organizations slows down almost to a trickle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Even if the want ads may not be as plentiful as they are at other times of the year, organizations always need people to fill vacancies. By understanding the subtleties of the season and working with them, you can get hired even during the holidays. Here are a few points to kee...
10 scary job search mistakes
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
It's a spooky time of year. Ghoulish decorations, goblins, and jack-o-lanterns abound, reminding us that it's time to stock up on bowls of candy for greedy trick-or-treaters. It's also a good reminder to make sure that you aren't frightening off hiring managers and squandering opportunities to land jobs. Is it time to dress up your job search strategy? You don't need to transform into someone else altogether, but if you ha...
Tips for Making a Short and Succinct Elevator Pitch
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
Everyone knows how to introduce themselves, right? It's just like those name tags organizers pass out at networking events, "Hello, my name is…" Unfortunately, a lot of job seekers have a tough time getting beyond that very basic introduction. Sure, they can chat about where they grew up or their favorite book or movie, but when it comes time to say something smart and relevant about their job search interests, it gets a littl...
Top 5 Things Recruiters Hate
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2012
Okay executives, no matter what phase of your job search you are in, a time will come when you will cross paths with a recruiter, whether it is an in-house recruiter, retained recruiter or contingent recruiter. A quick review of the three types of recruiters: In-house recruiter is an employee of the company whose job is to recruit employees for job openings. This recruiter may have other HR duties or talent management resp...
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