Beware: Physical Actions Do Matter At Interviews
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2010
Physical actions by an applicant during the interviewing process do in fact make a great deal of difference on the hiring decision, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. Over two-thirds of interviewers declared that failure to make eye contact could cost a job candidate their chance at a job. More than three out of 10 said the absence of a smile was a killer. A third of those surveyed said poor posture could hurt a job se...
Interviewing? Choose a Strong Company
by Alexandra Levit - Aug, 2010
Countless individuals were laid off or fired in the last two years due to their companies’ dire financial situations. Whether you are currently unemployed or employed but thinking of working somewhere else, you should know how to avoid this scenario in the future. Your safest bet is to select a new company with a high profitability ratio. In short, companies with high profitability ratios take in more income per unit so...
Resiliency-How Do You Measure Up?
by Sherri Edwards - Aug, 2010
This has been a year filled with endings: banks failing, businesses closing their doors, homes going into foreclosure. Everyone has been impacted by the turbulence in the business world, and the need to adjust quickly is greater than ever. If we don’t learn another thing from the economic wake left behind, resiliency is a quality everyone needs to understand and develop to carry on in the years ahead. The initial thought f...
5 Mistakes Job Seekers Make on their Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
I’m sitting in front of my computer trying to think of a new way to say the same things I’ve already said a million times. I think I’m beginning to feel border line preachy with my resume and cover letter advice. But I also feel a duty to share with job seekers the blunders and mistakes they make that prohibit them from getting the interview and ultimately the offer. After ten years of working as a human resources manager and...
Job Quest Underway? Discover Your Buried Treasure--Transferable Skills As Career Doubloons
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2010
It’s unnerving to be out of work. Starting the job hunt can be gut-wrenching. We can even get confused about how to answer these simple questions: What do I know how to do? What jobs should I apply for? How do I get started? The temptation is to slap together a resume with a chronology of past jobs, titles, and duties. Then, with guns blazing, fire them out to every job board, classified ad, or on-line posting. Ugh!...
Twitter Job Search Tips and Tools
by Kevin Donlin - Jul, 2010
Can Twitter help you find a job? Yes. But only if you use it right. It can be a huge challenge sorting the wheat from the chaff on Twitter, where millions of updates appear daily, only a few of which contain useful job-search information. Let’s start at the beginning, then explore two case studies. Twitter is the micro-blogging service that lets users send updates (“tweets”) of 140 characters or less to people...
Gutsy, Courageous and Fearless (Oh My!)
by Dee McCrorey - Jul, 2010
Some weeks back I was writing a blog post about an upcoming Big Dreamers guest, Allyson Tapin, who I referred to as fearless. It got me thinking about the terms we use interchangeably for outside-the-box behavior: brave, gutsy, courageous, fearless, chutzpah, risktaker to name a few. This reminded me of the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, where the Cowardly Lion hooks up with three pals in search of something differen...
Recruiters and The Job Hunt
by Randy Wooden - Jul, 2010
During my career I’ve not only provided private and corporate outplacement, but I’ve also spent years as a headhunter (executive search) and have worked inside corporations as an in-house recruiter. And I’ve been a job seeker myself. So I bring a diverse experience when assisting someone’s job hunt. I’m often told, “I’ll hold off on contracting with you because I want to have a recruiter place me for free.” The reality i...
3 Ways to Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
Want to get hired faster? You can avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking. Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume information—but only if you know how to use them correctly. Here are 3 tips for mining job ads for better resume results: 1 – Get an idea of the title you'll be applying for. While this may sound odd, your first ste...
How to Effectively Follow Up on Sent Resumes
by Kris Plantrich - Jul, 2010
As I talk with many candidates, the biggest frustration I hear is that there is no response to resumes they send out. Although many have worked hard to develop a large contact list, targeted specific companies of interest and have a specific system or plan in place to send out resumes, I find most do not follow up on sent resumes. When I ask the question, “Have you followed up with them?” I usually get the deer in the head...
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