Persistence in Your Job Search and Career Management
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2012
Banging your head against a brick wall and hoping to punch-through by sheer will-power is not recommended. However, persistence in pursuing your job search and career management plans can pay off, and the alternative–giving up–doesn’t offer anything that’s really worth having. As The Executive Blog puts it, “Believing in yourself is one way of improving yourself, mastering your craft, and engaging others to try out what you ha...
Teens Looking for Summer Jobs Should Write Cover Letters
by Marcia Robinson - Feb, 2012
A cover letter is a simple job search document that can help a teen land a summer job in a competitive job market. Teens who are planning for summer jobs should know that hiring managers, even in the days of online applications, will still be impressed with a well written cover letter and a resume. Teens should know that cover letters do not have to be complex. All the cover letter really needs to do is express interest the su...
What Every Job-Searching Veteran Needs to Know
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2012
Making a career change isn't easy. You need to showcase why you are qualified for the targeted job, even if your past experiences do not identically match the employer's requirements. Most employers are not familiar with military service, positions, jargon, or acronyms, so it can be even more challenging for veterans to make a strong case. What can job-seeking veterans do to help transition into civilian positions? Identif...
Why American Teens Need Summer Jobs
by Marcia Robinson - Feb, 2012
The economic downturn has made it very difficult for American teens to land summer jobs during the last few summers. Department of Labor reports show that at the height of summer hiring in July of 2011, the share of young people employed was at 48.8 percent. It was the lowest July rate on record since 1948. In proposing the Summer Jobs 2012 initiative, President Obama said, "America's young people face record unemployment,...
Back to Basics: 7 Essentials for a Successful Job Search
by Lindsey Pollak - Feb, 2012
I’m excited to announce that my book, Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, will be published in a brand new, fully revised second edition on January 31st! In honor of the launch, this month I’ll be writing series of “back to basics” blog posts on the essentials of getting from college to career. Today I’m starting with the basics of getting yourself set up with what I consid...
Career change – Top tips for a successful transition
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2012
The facts are clear. Over the last decade, executives want a career change because they are dissatisfied with their job / industry, unhappy with salary, insecure about longevity of job, work in an obsolete industry, or a victim of corporate downsizing. Maybe you are among nearly 50% of job seekers rethinking their career path. A recent Today show segment focused on Marla Romash, who after an amazing career in politics felt...
How To Make Yourself Three Times More Likely to Get Hired
by Arthur Frank - Jan, 2012
Research done by the executive search industry has shown that the first person interviewed gets the job only 17.6 percent of the time. But the last person interviewed is hired almost 56 percent of the time, or more than three times more frequently. The reason: As in most human endeavors, people are wary of accepting the first choice offered. Therefore, do what you can to position yourself among the last candidates intervie...
How to Stand out from the Crowd in a Competitive Market
by Frank Traditi - Jan, 2012
To stand out from the crowd, conduct your job search like a marketing campaign. The traditional picture of job-seeking is that you look for open positions posted somewhere and follow a formal application procedure to be considered for them. But with thousands of job-seekers applying for only those positions that are advertised, the competition can be overwhelming. The only way to beat the odds and the competition is to a...
How to get a job: whose back do you have?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2012
Last night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address. He spoke a lot about jobs and getting people back to work, but that is not what inspired this post. The President spoke about a mission — and about being able to get something — something BIG — done, because you know someone has your back. This was the end of the speech: “One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the...
12 Things Skilled Hourly Jobseekers Need to Know About a Company
by Marcia Robinson - Jan, 2012
I was working with a skilled hourly jobseeker whose deli job ends in March. The supermarket chain where this jobseeker worked for eight years has been sold to a competitor and his location is one of the three to be closed by the new owners. I encouraged him to get started on a new job search right away, especially with a completely new chain of supermarkets, opening this spring a few miles away. In conversation with this s...
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