Thank You Note Dos and Don’ts
by Adrienne Erin - Oct, 2013
Writing a letter is a difficult task for many people. What is even more difficult, however, is writing an adequate thank you note to an employer. While you might feel as though thank you letters are outdated, they are not. A thank you note, no matter how difficult, should be written to every employer you interviewed with during your tedious job hunt. These tips should make it a bit easier for you to find the proper words to th...
4 Key Cover Letter Strategies to Get you Noticed
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2013
The cover letter remains a critical component of a successful job search despite what you may hear anecdotally. It may be true, however, that a great cover letter will not win you an interview or be the defining factor in getting you the job you want, but it is certainly true that a terribly written or bland cover may earn you an instant rejection from a recruiter or HR representative. Achieving success in your job search is a...
Career Sabotage and Your Comfort Zone
by Georgia Adamson - Oct, 2013
At least once or twice in the past I’ve written about some aspect of career sabotage–that is, when you have sabotaged your own career, not when someone else has done it to you. The topic came to mind again today when I read an article called “5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Career Success” by Avery Augustine. The thing is, you’re probably more likely to spot it when someone is doing it to you than you are when you are the “c...
Turbo Charge Your Networking Results & Get Hired Faster With These 5 Tips
by Michelle Dumas - Oct, 2013
Networking can be the difference between a successful job search and one that remains stagnant. Networking can give you a leg up on your competitors and get you hired faster, even when jobs are scarce and competition is at all-time highs. So how do you turbo charge your networking results to get hired? Here are 5 strategies you can incorporate into your networking plan: 1. Good times, bad times: Although the first reaction...
Why Didn’t I Get the Job Offer? 6 Interview Mistakes Executives Make
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2013
The resume did its job and you are called for an interview. After the interview you don’t hear back from the employer or recruiter. You are left wondering what happened. 1. Show up late for the interview. There are no excuses! You can imagine a recruiter or employer has heard them all, and they have. Allow more time than you think you will need and if you have to sit in the lobby for 30 minutes, count that as a bo...
Best Way to Have Outstanding References
by J.T. O'Donnell - Oct, 2013
Last week, I thought I had a phone stalker on my cell. I didn't recognize the number and the caller ID had a weird name. Finally, I picked up the phone. It turned out to be the head of HR for a company in NYC doing a reference check on an intern I had 5+ years ago. I was totally caught off-guard. I hadn't heard from this person in over two years, was given no warning I'd be contacted, and didn't even know what position he was...
Your Brand Could Get You a Raise
by Valerie Sokolosky - Oct, 2013
“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” -Oprah Winfrey Here are a few points I made when I was the guest Personal Brand Expert on KTXD-TV in Dallas, TX. 1. Have a story to tell. When was there a time that you used your brand strengths to reach a departmental goal or affect the bottom line of the company? Too often, we reach a goal and...
Two Useless Words Every Job Seeker Loves to Use on Their Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2013
I’m on a mission this week to attack ineffective words and phrases job seekers love to incorporate into their resumes. Watch out resumes … apparently I’m on the war path. =) Success and results—two words job seekers seem particularly partial to including in their resumes. My hypothesis is that candidates want to be perceived as successful or able to deliver results, and so they think that by using these words on their res...
Important Questions You Can Ask When You Are Interviewing For a New Job
by Michelle Dumas - Oct, 2013
“Interviewing”. Yes, we know. We feel your pain. No matter how much we try to tell ourselves otherwise, a job interview is usually not a good time, ranking somewhere below attending traffic school among things we look forward to. Sure, interviewing for a new job can be exciting, but it’s hardly ever fun (an example of how those two words don’t mean the same thing). Now, we’re not suggesting that a job interview should...
Resume No No’s
by Lorrie Boyer - Oct, 2013
In a recent study done by Harris Interactive, there are several common mistakes that job candidates make on their resumes. With over 2,000 hiring managers and Human Resources representatives taking part in the study here are some of the things that you should not do on your resume: Using text-speak. For example, job seekers should spell out the word “you” and not use “u” on resumes or any other job seeking materials....
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