In a battered, slowly recovering economic environment, job seeking probably occurs more frequently than is desirable. While it is useful for qualified professionals to seek improvement of their career status in any economy, current realities have often put people out of work or drawn to a standstill opportunities for advancement. As these conditions slowly change
As this weekend is Mother's Day weekend, this article providing job search tips to mothers who wish to return to the workforce seemed timely. It has often been said that a mother’s work is never done. Now, imagine that work includes returning to work – the paid workforce, that is – after being away to
// // Some time ago, while at a political event, I had several opportunities to be interviewed by newspaper reporters. While I contributed to their stories, I did so anonymously. Why? Simple. I conduct business on the web and am acutely aware of the importance of managing and controlling my online identity. While I absolutely
// // Are you in the job market right now? Is it taking longer than you want? Do you find yourself getting frustrated, depressed, anxious, and fearful that you'll never find a good job, or maybe even a little bit angry at the circumstances in which you find yourself? If so, you aren't alone.
// Have you ever been involved with an activity and found that the time just flew by — that you “lost time” because you became so engrossed in the task at hand? How about an activity that made your energy level soar? Do you have a hobby or some other activity that you do that
// // It is no surprise to anyone that the job market has become increasingly competitive over the past couple of years. But even as the economy has slowed, and there are increasing numbers of job seekers in the job market, there are many professionals who have been incredibly successful in conducting fast, effective job
// For most job seekers, conducting a comprehensive job search includes—at least to some degree—interfacing with recruiters (a.k.a., headhunters). But, for many people, this is also one of the most misunderstood aspects of a job search. Here are some quick tips and “must-knows” to demystify the process of contacting and working with recruiters, and to
Are you tired of working 10 and 12 and 14-hour days? Do you want more time for yourself or your family? It’s okay to admit it! And, admitting that you need or want more time for things other than work does not mean you are any less professional or any less committed to your work.
// // The elevator pitch. You are probably familiar with the term. It is most commonly used to describe the concise 60-second speech that business owners and executives, as well as salespeople, use to describe their business, product, or service to others. More importantly, it is a speech that is delivered in a compelling way
// // A couple of years ago, there was a high-profile story in the news about the consequences of lying on a resume. Did you see it? Robert Irvine, the host of his own show "Dinner: Impossible" on the Food Network did not have his contract renewed for the following season. The problem, apparently, is
// You’ve heard it before: at least 80% of all the jobs are found through the “hidden” job market, also known as the “unpublished” job market. These are jobs typically landed through word of mouth and referrals as opposed to the hit-or-miss method of answering ads, posting your resume to internet databases, or other techniques
The days of simply browsing through the Sunday newspaper and sending out a few resumes in order to win your next career opportunity are over. The days of retiring after having worked for just one or two companies are also over. Downsizings, mergers, offshoring, acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, consolidation, and other change initiatives have required rapid
Salary Negotiation Tip #1: Know your value and be able to clearly articulate the returns that an employer can expect from hiring you. Never forget that as an employee you are investment. When a company hires you, they are making a financial investment through the compensation and benefits that they provide you (as well as
// // "Should I reveal it or not?" "I've been told that my resume should only include the last ten years of my work experience. Is this true?" "My resume includes experience from 18 years ago and I'm worried that age discrimination might be an issue. How do I handle age on my resume?" These
// // Tip #1 for Handling Job Search References: Never submit your job search references with the resume. You want to have a face-to-face meeting with the employer, or at the very least, a telephone interview, before providing references. The purpose of the resume, at least at this stage of the job search process, is
// // Why is it so important for professionals to have an updated resume at all times? In working with the clients of my resume writing firm, I'm asked these two questions fairly often. Many people simply don't understand. They prefer to wait until they actually need to use a resume. The trouble is, if