Where to Use a Branding Statement
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2010
You’ve been working on your resume, and you fashioned a fancy branding statement for yourself. Of course, you want to display it across the top of your resume, but where else should you be using it? Cover letter: Format your cover letter to match your resume by copying your contact information and branding statement in the same format. Thank you letter: Same as your cover letter. Business card: If you’re using networ...
Interview Success Means Getting Your Game Face On
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2010
We all know how draining the interview process can be. If you really want to kick butt and take names you better get your game face on. What does this mean? It doesn’t mean you should be a “face painter.” Preparation: A successful interview can only be achieved with preparation; knowing your background and ability to articulate your achievements, goals and interests is critical to a positive interview experience. Your résum...
Are You A Superstar Job Seeker?
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Sep, 2010
The job search competition is fierce; there is no way to deny that. All the career gurus are advising you to build your brand, get online, tap into the hidden market, launch a strategic job search campaign...but, have we failed to divulge you must be a superstar!? With so many qualified professionals seeking employment, it is not enough that you are competent, smart, and experienced. Nope, it is not. Your self-marketing mu...
Two Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Sep, 2010
You can find great job-hunting ideas by reading publications that have nothing ostensible to do with job hunting. Example: “The Sticking Point Solution,” a business book by marketing visionary, Jay Abraham. What, you may ask, does a book for entrepreneurs and marketing/sales professionals have to do with your job search? Nothing. And a whole lot. You’ll find nothing in it if you’re content with ordinary job-search...
How to Ace the Marathon Interview Process
by Heather Mundell - Sep, 2010
So you've got a one or two-day interview ahead of you, during which you'll meet everyone from the CEO to the janitor. What can you expect? How can you make your best impression and somehow not collapse from the stress of repeating yourself and smiling for hour upon hour? More and more, risk-averse employers in today's slow hiring market are investing plenty of time getting to know you before extending an offer. The goo...
The Words all Professional Resume Writers Hate to Hear
by Louise Fletcher - Sep, 2010
Checking my email one day this week, I found one that started in a way destined to make my heart sink: “I know we finalized this resume a while ago, but I showed it to a friend and he had some comments …” My heart doesn’t sink because of the extra work – I don’t mind that if the comments are helpful – but because I know that they probably won’t be. So I now have two choices. 1) Make changes that will be detrimental to th...
Leveraging Unsuccessful Interviews
by Sherri Edwards - Sep, 2010
In previous posts, I have addressed the need to invest time in preparation and being able to bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Tracking your activities and learning why things don’t go as planned are critical to changing the results you may have gotten. Before an interview, it is important to have done research to learn as much as you can about the person interviewing you, the role you are applying for and the or...
Five Tips for Writing a Compelling Résumé
by Nimish Thakkar - Sep, 2010
Résumés have come a long way since they were just typed pages that chronologically listed employment histories, job duties, and educational qualifications. Hiring managers are inundated with hundreds of résumés that still follow “old school”. In a competitive economy, however, a résumé needs to work much harder. Every inch of résumé space must be used to effectively communicate your value proposition and differentiation str...
Your Next Job Could be a Tweet Away
by Nimish Thakkar - Sep, 2010
From tweeting about office gossip to discussing dating nightmares, social media has literally redefined the way we communicate about our personal and professional lives. As a career coach and professional resume writer, I am witnessing an emerging trend: On the employment front, both job seekers and hiring managers are embracing social media with open arms. In fact, the utilization of social media is so prevalent, the very ter...
Why Trying for Less Will Get You More
by Louise Fletcher - Aug, 2010
Can narrowing down your job search focus actually get you more interviews than trying for a wide range of jobs? That’s been my experience. First let me give you a business example, and then I’ll tell you about a client of mine who got amazing results just by narrowing her sights. When we worked with the amazing Squared Eye to redesign our website earlier this year, we made a big decision: we would clearly define our targ...
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