Start Smart. Finish Strong. Job-to-Career Strategies.
by Dawn Lennon - Apr, 2010
Singin’ the “I Need a Job” blues? It starts like this: “Don’t know what I wanna do with my life...Got so many bills to pay.” It’s a sorrowful tune about the rock and the hard place. You want a job that launches your career but can’t find one—the rock. You settle for a make-do job to cover debts and expenses—the hard place. Luckily, there is a cure for the blues! Jobs don’t make a career, but they can add up to one. A...
Standing Out in a Job Search
by Joshua Waldman - Apr, 2010
Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with defining who you are based on NOT being someone else. Let me explain. When I was in high school, I didn’t really stand out. Despite how hard I tried. Grew my hair long, dyed it green. Whatever it was I tried, it didn’t really work. I was still the quiet, unremarkable white kid in the back of the class. Then, one day the loud speaker announced, “Will Joshua Waldron please come to ...
It’s Not All About You
by Dawn Bugni - Apr, 2010
Career Collective post: Once a month, a group of career professionals blog on a subject topical and timely for a job seeker. We’ll post our thoughts on our own blog and link to the post of our colleagues on the same topic. This month’s topic: How are you fooling yourself about your career/job search? What can you do about it? “How to avoid being tricked by common job search blunders?” Imagine my surprise the other day wh...
Five Career Readiness Tips For Students
by Ruth Shapiro - Apr, 2010
Looking ahead to graduation to launch your job search means planning ahead. Much can be done by starting now. to put every experience under the proverbial microscope to test its relevance to your career goal. If you’ have not identified your goal, following these five steps will help you in planning your direction. You will begin to see patterns and common denominators of skills, interests, talents and contributions that ke...
Funny Job-Search and Work Stories
by Ford R. Myers - Apr, 2010
Winter was long and cold across much of the country, and for many people it was an extremely challenging period with regard to work, careers and job search. The news about the economy and job market continued to be negative and cynical throughout the season. But now, it’s April. Spring has finally arrived, and many aspects of our world seems to be lightening-up. With this in mind, I’ve decided to offer something quite diffe...
Ten Ways To Tell If Your Job Search Is a Joke
by J.T. O'Donnell - Apr, 2010
In celebration of April Fool’s Day, I was asked by my fellow bloggers with the Career Collective to address foolish job search tactics. However, it’s hard to write something funny when what you’re seeing is no joke. We’ve got 15 million job seeker right now. I’d argue more than 70% of them are conducting a weak job search. I guess the good news is, if you are reading this, you can avoid the lame job search efforts below and ge...
Hiring Trends and Tips for Spring 2010
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2010
Whether you’re a new college grad or a seasoned executive, if you’re hitting the pavement in search of work this spring, here’s good news... After more than a year in the dumpster, hiring appears to be on the upswing with employers in the Twin Cities and other metropolitan areas. “Things are ramping up exponentially. This year, we’ve seen a lot of upper managers and directors being hired,” says Linda Forseth, President o...
I Don’t Wanna
by Julie Walraven - Mar, 2010
The commonality of lack of energy and lack of motivation strikes a cord in many professional people today. I would guess a day doesn’t go by when I don’t hear the words, “I’m overwhelmed.” Someone said that overwhelmed is the new busy. We have so many forms of stimulation coming at us from all angles on a daily basis that frequently we suffer from being tired, and well...overwhelmed. We don’t sleep enough, rest enough, g...
Five Questions to Ask BEFORE You Start Your Next Job Search
by Tai Goodwin - Mar, 2010
After many anxious nights and frustrating days you’ve finally made a decision: you need to find a new job. Over the last few months you may have gone back and forth, thinking and rethinking, questioning if you should just stick it out or is now the time for you to get your resume updated in plans for finding a new home for your talent. The perfect timing for you to start your search is before you begin feeling a desperate need...
Are You In Control of Your Job Search?
by Harry Urschel - Mar, 2010
Do you know where your resume has been presented? Do you know who presented your resume? Are you driving, or being taken for a ride? Often, people think that the more their resume gets shown to a company, the better their chances of being considered. That can be true if done right, but often can backfire if handled poorly. Unfortunately, many people handle it poorly. What should you, and what should you not do? Here ar...
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