Consistency - In Brand and Simply Following Directions
by Kris Parfitt - Oct, 2009
I often wonder what goes through the mind of a candidate who does not follow the directions for submitting a resume after reading a job description. Do they get so excited about the position that they skip over the application directions? Do they think the “rules” don’t apply to them so instead send a link of their LinkedIn account directly to the recruiter? Do they think applying differently makes them look special leaving th...
Don't Always Blame the Resume in the Job Search
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2009
“I am not getting any offers and so I need to change my resume,” is something I hear all the time. In fact, it is one popular rationale frustrated job seekers use if their job search isn't yielding results. Of course in some cases the resumes may be the cause of the job search setbacks, but in many other cases, some job seekers have done a pretty good job with resume writing all on their own or with the help of professiona...
Consistent Online Branding Builds Value
by Beth Colley - Oct, 2009
As a job seeker, what are you trying to stress about your expertise, experience, or accomplishments. If you’re only brand is that you are a job seeker, then there’s nothing about your brand that is distinguishing you from the millions of other currently unemployed people out there. Ask yourself, “what “uniqueness” do you want to highlight? Perhaps I should spell that “YOUniqueness”. Capture the unique brand everywhere you p...
It Pays To Groom Your References
by Rob Taub - Oct, 2009
Grooming your references is essential; knowing exactly where you stand and avoiding surprises can be the make-it or break-it in a search. A little time with a reference can result in great returns. 10 Steps (yes, another “10-Stepper”) for preparing your references to work for you: 1. First phone or visit your references. Demonstrate the importance of your request my investing your time. 2. Ask for their permission eve...
Man Hired in 7 Days By Employer Who Rejected Him
by Kevin Donlin - Oct, 2009
Here’s how you can turn ordinary phone conversations into job interviews and job offers. Best part: It works even when employers call to REJECT you for a job. Want proof? Here’s the story... One of our readers, Joe, got hired by the same person who called to turn him down for a job. And it took only 7 days. Joe had applied by email for an advertised job opening (not something we recommend you spend a lot of time d...
Admit You Need Help, Build Your Strengths
by Ramon Greenwood - Oct, 2009
Forget the macho mode. You are not expected to know everything or to be perfect in all regards as your pursue your career goals. Never be afraid to admit you need help and then ask for it. Many careerists, otherwise smart and capable, hamstring themselves by believing they lose face if they say, "Hey, I don't understand this problem, much less what to do about it. Please help me." Career Tip: Asking for help is not a sig...
Marriage, Infomercials, and Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Oct, 2009
You may have heard that finding a job is like finding a mate. But did you know it’s also like writing a sales letter? Or producing an infomercial? You’ll find the explanation below, along with sure-fire tips to use in your job search. 1) Treat networking like a mating dance. If your networking isn’t paying off, you might try a less-obvious approach. Consider Bill McCausland, a marketing executive from Novi, ...
Ten Ways to Overcome Job Search Phone Phobia
by Rob Taub - Oct, 2009
Job search phone phobia is very common. Here are some ideas that could turn your phone into the feather-light tool it should be and not a 500 lb weight. There are many types of phone calls. The calls that give people the most trouble are the “Introductory Calls”. The purpose of the call is to make you known. The goal is to get an appointment or at least another call of longer duration. This type of call is infamously known ...
Expertise in a Jobless Recovery: Portable Assets and Transferable Skills
by Dee McCrorey - Oct, 2009
Whether you're looking for a new job now or prepping for a promotion or new role with an existing employer in the future, your reinvention strategy needs to bring more to the table in a soft recovery--one that some analysts and officials say could last well into 2012. The 2009 Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations (EDGE) Report based on the annual survey findings of employers and employees by Robert Half Internationa...
Getting Rehired By The Company That Laid You Off
by Elizabeth Freedman - Oct, 2009
As the economy starts to slowly get back on its feet, companies are also slowly starting to rehire. You loved your old job and would like nothing more than to be rehired by your former employer. How to get back on the short list when your company starts hiring again? Here are a few ideas to consider: Here’s the good news: You’re well-positioned to be a top contender for a shot back in the door at your former employer. A...
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