The Art of Salary Negotiation
by Shun McGhee - Nov, 2013
Upon graduating college and returning to the D.C. area from Baltimore, my older brother inquired about the types of jobs for which I was looking. After satisfying his curiosity, he then asked me what my salary requirements were, to which I responded by saying I would not being applying for any positions offering less than 35-40 thousand dollars per year. He responded by laughing hysterically. It was not that what I had said wa...
What Career Coaches Can’t Do for You
by Cathy Francois - Nov, 2013
I love what I do and believe it’s my personal calling to help others move forward in their careers. Whether I’m working with a student or doing private consulting I assist people of all walks of life with career planning, updating resumes, job search techniques and even motivation. However, with all the benefits of having a coach guide you through the sometimes complex job search process there are some things career coaches ca...
Have a Strategy to Make Social Media Job Search for You
by Joshua Waldman - Nov, 2013
Don’t get bogged down in keeping up with the seeming constant changes of social media, just keep focused on your goals and how these tools can help you achieve them. For people just beginning to use social media to advance their careers, a common complaint is that it changes so much. For example, they often cite the most recent Facebook privacy change or LinkedIn’s new user interface. A good army general doesn’t get ca...
How-to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into a Multimedia Career Portfolio
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
Once upon a time, conducting a job search was relatively straightforward: You’d ask friends and acquaintances if they knew of any openings, peruse the Classified Ads section of the local newspaper, and send resumes along with a nice cover letter. It was even permissible, if not advisable, to follow up with a telephone call. No longer. The Internet has completely (and likely irreversibly) altered the job search lan...
What do you do when a recruiter has viewed your LinkedIn profile?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2013
The etiquette required in connecting/contacting people on LinkedIn can make even senior executives anxious. The thing to recognize is that people who look at your profile are usually there for a reason. While some may be recruiters, others could be friends, or former co-workers trying to reconnect. So, what do you do when a recruiter has viewed your profile on LinkedIn? This question came up in a LinkedIn Group discussion...
4 Ways Women Can Get a Miserable Job Off of Their Back
by Debra Ann Matthews - Nov, 2013
Five years ago, you enjoyed your job, right? Now, you are bored, restless and feel as if you do not want to go back to work. So in a way you feel stuck. But then again, it's the end of the year and you are in luck. Time to take stock and re-evaluate your career plan to get that miserable job off of your back. Here are a few good tips taken from a talented woman from the Barnes and Company organization, Ms. Emily Barnes. You ma...
Writing a LinkedIn Profile That Leads to an Exciting Job Offer in 30 Days or Less
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
This past week we had a client who received an exciting new job offer from a company that found him on LinkedIn using a LinkedIn profile we had written for him. We’ll call him Joe Smith. Within two weeks of using his LinkedIn profile, Joe was found by an employer and received a great job offer. Without the use of a resume, this client leveraged his LinkedIn profile to secure an exciting new career. Here are the five strat...
6 Ways to Avoid LinkedIn Profile Picture Mistakes
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2013
Thank you to Stacy Smyk-Santiago, one of our certified career coaches, for this article! What should I choose for my LinkedIn profile picture? You may not think it matters much or that your “stock” picture will get you by, but you only have seconds to make a first impression. Studies have shown that people respond in dramatically different ways to slight picture variations which affect your connection rate, recruiter c...
Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2013
Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that p...
Cover Letters That Get Noticed
by Lorrie Boyer - Nov, 2013
The Cover Letter is the first chance you get to make a lasting impression on the potential employer. In many cases, it is what makes the employer or Human Resources person want to read your resume. The cover letter should showcase your personality, professionalism and of course your skills relevant to the position you are seeking. In addition, you should make sure that the tone and how you write the cover letter to a perso...
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