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...
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...
Two More Guerrilla Job-Search Success Stories
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2010
Most job seekers you talk to are struggling right now. You can do what they’re doing. But you’ll probably struggle, too. Or, for different results, you can try something different. The two “guerrilla” job hunters in this article did. And they’re working now. What can you learn from their stories? Approach #1: Do Lots of Little Things Right Remy Piazza, from Toronto, Ontario, accepted a job offer in November 2009...
A Fresh Start In Your Job Search for the New Year
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2010
It’s a huge understatement to say that 2009 was a tough year to be looking for a job. Although it looks like 2010 will be somewhat better, it’s certainly too soon to say for sure. As an individual, there’s not much you can do to change the economy, but you can certainly change your personal outlook. Use the occasion of the New Year to start anew. Take a fresh look at your job search, drop the baggage you may have picked up...
The World Is NOT A Scary Place
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Jan, 2010
As the mother of a toddler, I go above and beyond to ensure that my son is not afraid of the world. I tell him I love him regularly, we spend quality time together, and I make sure he is safe. When he questions the world, or is afraid of something, I comfort him and tell him it's going to be ok. Then, he smiles at me and goes along his merry way. How come as adults, we don't have more people in our lives telling us that...
Top Five Career Resolutions For 2010
by Courtney Templin - Jan, 2010
New Year, New You! It’s 2010, and it’s time to set new goals to transform your year and your career. If you’re looking to land a promotion, a new job, or make a career change this year, consider these top five career resolutions: Resolution #1: Get My Resume in Shape Is it time to wipe the dust off your resume and give it a fresh new look? 99% of resumes aren't as good as they could be! Write a resume that focuses on...
How To Get Your Job Search Started
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2010
In the “old days,” job seekers could put together some basic information (a resume, a cover letter and a pitch) and, with a little luck, land an opportunity. Now, not so much. People like to see optimized materials (a *good* resume isn’t good enough), a LinkedIn profile is a must, social (online) resumes are more and more common and an online presence is assumed. Not to mention use of Twitter and Facebook, both of which fuel t...
Great References Must Be Cultivated
by Bob Roth - Jan, 2010
There is an important aspect of the senior year job search that most college students fail to appreciate, undervalue and sometimes ignore. Many students don't seem to understand that the best employers place a great deal of weight on good references. These employers won't hire someone who can't provide them with a list of people who are willing to serve as positive and enthusiastic references. The best references are resp...
Eight Crucial Job Transition Stress Busters
by Marshall Brown - Jan, 2010
Have you just been laid off? Are you "between successes"? Job transitions can be stressful-whether they're due to layoff, a new job or working extra hours because other workers were laid off. If you're facing one of these scenarios consider the following: 1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? What is your brand? How are these influencing your transition - positively or negatively?...
Digging Out From Under The Snow Storm Of Job Loss
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2010
I’ve known loss. Haven’t we all? A blizzard storms through our lives, creating paralyzing white-out conditions. In my life, a painful storm from which I not only survived but from which ashes I arose to rebuild a new and BETTER life, occurred when my first husband requested a divorce. Within months, I was thrust into life-altering decisions that, even under the best of emotional situations, would have been difficult....
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