Letters of Recommendation – Yay or Nay?
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Nov, 2013
Given our online world, what is the relevancy of traditional letters of recommendation? The concept of the letter itself is very relevant. The value derives from the ability to have others, that know your work very well, speak about your experience in a way that entices and connects with employers. Traditionally, letters of recommendation were written on embossed letterhead of your former company and was signed b...
Are You an Introvert Who Needs to Be More Social?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following question: My manager knows that I want to become a manager myself at some point, and is working on mentoring me in the skills I’ll need. One piece of feedback he’s given me is that I need to become more comfortable in semi-social situations (networking lunches or event dinners, and the like). I’m not a terribly social person by nature, so I tend to feel a bit shy and o...
Good Grades Are Not Enough
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2013
College students should be aware that employers look for much more than just good grades. Employers believe that well-rounded students who have had a broad range of on-campus and off-campus work and learning experiences tend to perform at a higher level than students whose experiences and performance were limited to classroom. The best employers seek students who have proved that they can excel in more than one environment....
Why Keeping Your Options Open May Harm Your Job Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2013
It is human nature in job search – as in dating – to want to keep your options open. Many job seekers, whether early-career and fairly inexperienced or 15+ years in and heralding a plethora of different functional strengths, feel they will limit their opportunities by narrowing their job search target. In fact, just the opposite will happen. Broad Resume Nets Don’t Work. By casting a broad net, job seekers drown out t...
5 Secrets to Tap into the Hidden Job Market
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2013
Did you know that many of the best jobs are never advertised? Going beyond the traditional methods of job search can uncover the executive job you’ve been searching for. Staying focused will help you tap into the hidden job market where there is less competition than when applying to posted positions online. You can’t be all things to all people/companies so concentrate on what you like to do, what you do well, and what ne...
3 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Career Change
by Joshua Waldman - Oct, 2013
LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools to help you redefine yourself and move your career in a new direction. Taking your career in a new direction is a bold move that requires framing your proven skills for a whole new purpose. Identify your transferable skills, and then consider the following three ideas for using LinkedIn to advance your career change. Use the profile headline to reveal what you do When setting...
Job Searching and Social Media: How Online Networking Can Help Your Virtual Self Get The Job You Want
by Michelle Dumas - Oct, 2013
Conventional business wisdom holds that without a comprehensive online strategy, your business is like a shark that stops swimming: It sinks slowly and lifelessly to the bottom of the sea. Online presence is critical to commercial success. Interestingly, the same can be said for your job search. If you don’t engage in online networking (e.g., use social networking sites (SNS) to look for work, all prospective employers...
5 True/False Statements About Finding a Job
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2013
There is so much information on executive job search today it can be confusing to decipher what is true and what is false. Let’s examine the top 5 statements that affect executive job seekers: True or False: No response – no interest False. It is very discouraging not to hear anything, no communications at all, when you have submitted a resume for a job. Don’t assume the worst. In today’s fast-paced world, recruiters a...
Why Your Job Application Didn’t Get a Response (And What You Can Do About It)
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Oct, 2013
Eagerly sending your resume to the perfect job posting or trying to contact executive recruiters – but not getting a response? If you thought your executive resume was strong, and your LinkedIn Profile was ready for prime time, it might seem that your application traveled into a black hole! Many executives report similar experiences, with reactions ranging from despair to frustration with employers. Can’t they at lea...
Breaking the rules in your job search
by Harry Urschel - Oct, 2013
There’s a bumper sticker quote I see from time to time that always makes me smile… Well behaved women rarely make history I like it, because it’s true not just for women, but for virtually anyone that makes a positive impact in the world. Greatness and success rarely comes about by simply following all the rules. It’s by doing the unexpected, outside the norm, by not following the set patterns that people break out and a...
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