What Do Hiring Managers Want?
by Harry Urschel - Feb, 2010
As a recruiter, I was just talking to a client, a Director at a mid-size company, about a couple of positions he’s trying to fill and specifics of what he wants to see in a good candidate. I wish many of the people in my job search classes could have listened in on the conversation because he clearly answered what many job seekers want to know...“What do hiring managers really want?” Certainly, in both of the open positi...
It’s The Little Things
by Dawn Bugni - Feb, 2010
Discouraged is a difficult place to live. We all visit occasionally, but wallowing in a cesspool of negativity doesn’t solve anything. And yes. I realize that leaving “discouraged” is a lot easier said than done. This in no way is meant to diminish personal circumstance, but I do know it’s much more difficult to sell your skill set when you’ve lost confidence in you and it’s difficult to have confidence in you when you can’t s...
A Key Strategy to Standing Out In A Sea of Other Job Seekers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2010
What you need is a competitive advantage, something that gets the hiring manager’s attention, causes him or her to keep reading your resume, and ultimately, pick up the phone and call for the interview. How do you differentiate yourself from all the other people seeking the same opportunity? Simply put, value. WHAT VALUE DO YOU OFFER? If you were going to purchase a new laptop computer or a new car, chances are you wou...
From Survival to Revival: Getting Ready for the Recovery
by Dan King - Feb, 2010
How high will unemployment go? Has the job market hit bottom yet? How bad will it get? And when will the recovery begin? I am frequently asked these questions – and the answers are not forthcoming. The fact is, “I don’t know.” I do know that there’s no shortage of “doom and gloom” out there, and hordes of people to spread and sustain it. But I'm not willing to run with the herd. Sometimes it’s best to separate from t...
One Surefire Way to Stand Out in Your Job Search
by Louise Fletcher - Feb, 2010
Imagine if employers saw you as not just another job applicant, but as an expert in your field. Think how it would feel to point recruiters to the speech you gave at a prestigious conference or your Masters thesis on your industry. If you’re not a well-know entrepreneur or senior executive, you might think that’s just a pipe dream. But it’s not! No matter what you do for a living, the Internet makes it possible for you t...
Restoring Your Joy in Job Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2010
Joy was palpable as the oversized airplane plane descended onto the tiny tropical landing strip. The pilot forcefully applied brake pressure, wings wobbled and dear, flying-averse hubby squeezed his fingers tightly into my arm as the plane safely landed. Applause erupted and a plane-FULL of passengers, many of whose travel had been delayed several days due to winter storms, were elated to finally embark on their Key West adve...
What To Do When You Are Discouraged About Your Job Search
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2010
• What do you do when you’re really, really, really discouraged about your unsuccessful job search? • How do you overcome the negative aspects of job search? It breaks my heart when I hear from a job seeker who reaches out to me after hunting unsuccessfully for a job for months – even a year or more. More often than not, it is clear to me why the person’s job hunt has gone on for so long. Either the resume and job search m...
One Big Lesson From The Olympics For Your Job Search
by Harry Urschel - Feb, 2010
There have been a few articles I’ve seen using the Olympics to make a point related to a job search. However, I believe there’s one point that’s been fascinating to me but lost in many of the other discussions. One of the most amazing things to me as I watch these elite athletes compete for a hunk of precious metal, is how some perform at their peak when it matters most, and how others fail! Think about that...in any spo...
Writing Your Bio – Tips To Succeed
by Claudine Vainrub - Feb, 2010
Have you noticed that everyone seems to have a bio nowadays? Google the name of your favorite celebrity, visit their website and you’ll probably find a bio with his or her accomplishments, career beginnings, areas of expertise and much more. Well, you don’t have to be famous to sell yourself like a celebrity. The beauty of a bio is that it helps you tell your story in a way that sells you well. 1. It’s like dating – First I...
Job Search Smarter - Not Harder
by Debbie Shalom - Feb, 2010
You don’t need a Ph.D. to conduct a successful job search campaign. Achieving your career goals requires an organized strategy and disciplined approach. Below are six tips to help you SEARCH Smarter, Not Harder. Sell your value. What makes you unique? How will your strengths, skills, and accomplishments solve prospective employers’ problems? Determine your Unique Value Proposition (UVP) and use this information as an integr...
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