Leveraging Those Letters of Recommendation In a Job Search
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
Letters of recommendation and other types of testimonials such as performance reviews are a great strategy for reinforcing your value proposition and of course, your personal brand. One of the ways you can put these letters to good use is to add some snippets from each letter to your resume. Why does this help? Well, a resume is written to tell your own story, presumably from YOUR point of view. While you can tell other...
Tutorial: Analyzing The Offer
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2010
When it comes to analyzing the job offer there are some key things that you should be reviewing to determine whether or not the position is right. Of course if you have made it this far, chances are you like the company and they like you. But how much do they really like you? Is it worthwhile to leave (if you are currently employed) or accept vs. continuing the search for something more suitable? Since you are not going to...
Three Reasons Job Seekers Will Have to ‘Hit the Gym’ in 2010
by J.T. O'Donnell - Jan, 2010
We recently asked CAREEREALISM readers how long it’s going to take to find a job in 2010. The majority of you (45%) said you expect it to take 3-5 months to find work. But honestly, current economic indicators suggest it will be even longer. With 6 job seekers to every job opening and unemployment expected to hover near 10% for most of 2010, the harsh reality is only the truly committed job seekers will find work. Similar to l...
by John E. Long - Jan, 2010
Remember that old definition of insanity: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Well it’s 2010, and there is no time like the present to push the boundaries of your comfort zone by infusing some creative energy into your daily routine. No need to make lofty New Year’s resolutions just because it seems like the thing to do in January. I’m suggesting that you reflect back upon 20...
Leadership Accountability - Losing Control of Your Staff?
by Gary Cohen - Jan, 2010
Reader's Question: I am a sales manager for a business services firm in Minneapolis. I am responsible for all new business revenue for my company and I have 5 sales people that work for me. Of the 5 sales people only one is a star performer. The issue I am having is he breaks all the rules and creates really bad relationships with all the other people in the company. I am on the senior team and the rest of them are angry that...
Rules of Intimacy for Social Media
by Joshua Waldman - Jan, 2010
Social media can be a real time sink. There is no doubt. And with out a strategy, the danger of spending hours online and getting nothing accomplished is very real. So in response to this apparent need of saving people time online, 'Social Media Aggregation' services were invented. These services allow you to simply post your update once, and 40 of your social media sites get the update simultaneously. Seems like a good...
Are Leaders “Born” or “Made?”
by Suzanne Bates - Jan, 2010
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi I’ve talked with a few clients recently about whether it was “worthwhile” to invest in their people. One CEO said he wouldn’t put ANY of his direct reports through further training. An SVP decided to postpone coaching because he couldn’t decide whether...
No One Size Fits All - Sixteen Simple Actions For Leading Change
by Dee McCrorey - Jan, 2010
Change is not one-size-fits-all. People move at different paces according to what they perceive as inside or outside their comfort zones, the amount of trust they have in their support network, and how much perceived value the change has for them. This is oftentimes why formal change management programs aren't as effective--introducing change and implementing change require different approaches. Sometimes, moving the needle...
What Are You Getting Better At? Make This the Year You Become the Best You Can Be!
by Andy Robinson - Jan, 2010
Business As Usual in 2010? In the day-to-day, week-to-week conduct of our work, business life and personal life, we do the things we need to do to accomplish our job and get things done. We exercise our talents to get these things done; we utilize our key skills to do those things as well as we can. Six months go by, a year goes by, lots of work is done, lots of things get done but...have WE gotten better?...or are we sim...
Are You Committing These Common Job Search Faux Pas?
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2010
Many job search candidates spend innumerable hours pursuing employment opportunities; yet many do not achieve the desired results. Having worked with thousands of people trying to obtain positions of increased responsibility in their chosen industry or field, I have encountered the following common mistakes, resulting in failure to achieve optimal outcomes: No organized search strategy: You need a plan. Keep yourself organi...
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