Top Three Keys To Making A Great First Impression
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
When you are job searching, you want to be prepared from all angles. Once you apply for a job, the microscope zooms in and you must be prepared to be examined. Putting your best foot forward when you are being so closely inspected involves more than presenting an error-free resume and wearing a nice smile. Here are the three pieces that fit together to shape how employers see you. Are you lacking in any of these areas? 1. ...
by Ariadne Moisiades - Nov, 2010
Just the other day, I had another person tell me all they want to do is work at Google. I get this one a lot, so I’ve started asking why. The response usually focuses on one of the following: • “Because it’s fun.” • “They really support you.” • “They give you room to be yourself.” I also usually hear: • “… and they have great perks.” It makes sense – Google offers great health care, child care, flex time, generous compen...
Job Search Essentials: New Resume, New Suit, New Attitude?
by Cathy Eng - Nov, 2010
When I was searching for my first corporate job, I was called a few days after an interview and told, "Thank you for coming in, however we’ve decided to offer the position to someone else." I politely thanked her and let her know I appreciated the interview and follow-up call. The next day, I received a call from the same person with a job offer. I remember her words so vividly: "I’ll bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me!...
Pulling a “Heath Shuler:” The Right Way to Get Someone Else’s Job
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2010
Pulling a “Heath Shuler:” The Right Way to Get Someone Else’s Job The Nation sums up Congressman Heath Shuler like this: A chiseled ex-football star and devout Southern Baptist from the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Shuler was the prize recruit of Rahm Emanuel’s class of ’06. Despite his conservative stances on guns, abortion, immigration and gay rights, Democratic activists in WNC rallied behind Shuler,...
Renovate Your Informational Interview Strategy
by Alexia Vernon - Nov, 2010
First, in an informational interview you have an opportunity to learn about a specific company. A lot of jobseekers, particularly young professionals, use informational interviews for this reason. Most of the time we actually know quite a bit about the particular company, and that’s why we’re in the room. We aspire to work there. If this is the case, make sure you ask questions you don’t already know the answer to. Use the kno...
Job Fair A-Z: How to Effectively Navigate A Job Fair
by Staci Eggert-Dziedzic - Oct, 2010
A- Assertive job seekers make a positive first impression on employers. B- Bring multiple copies of your resume to distribute to those organizations that interest you. Come to the Workforce Development Center to update your resume and make multiple copies. C- Communicate your skills in a clear and concise manner. Focus on your experience, values and interests. D- Dress the part. Professional attire is appropriate for jo...
Is Your Career Goal Realistic?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2010
If you’re not gaining the response you want from your job hunt, there can be several reasons: lack of hiring in your desired field, a watered-down resume that doesn’t represent your skills, shotgun job-search tactics like applying to every job you see, or an over-the-top, unrealistic goal for your next position. The latter situation can occur when you’re unsure how your skills tie into different rungs on the career ladder, ...
5 Questions to Ask BEFORE You Start Your Job Search
by Tai Goodwin - Sep, 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...
Resume Writing Strategies from a Career Coach’s Secret Toolkit
by Nimish Thakkar - Sep, 2010
Ever wonder how career coaches and resume writers transform ordinary resumes into attention-grabbing documents? As career professionals, we use a variety of strategies to position job seekers and add the much-needed “punch” to their resumes. 1. Address employer needs; speak their language Employers look for solutions, not people. When a company publicizes an opening, it is advertising a need, a gap within its system. In...
3 Keys to a Successful Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
With all the layoffs that have taken place over the last couple of years, it’s no wonder that many of those who are still employed often feel stretched to the maximum of their productivity. It can be very demanding looking for another job when your current one is continually stressing you out. After all, when you get home from a long and frustrating day, the last thing you want to do is give any more thought to the world of ...
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