As we begin 2011, we're seeing signs that the job market is improving. Most everyone agrees that it will be a long, long time before we see a full recovery, but there are a number of indicators that suggest your prospects of landing a new job in 2011 may be better. According to a recent
// // Have you been in the job market longer than you expected? Are you frustrated because you just don't see as much progress as you would like and because you feel like success-the perfect new job-is eluding you? There is no doubt that job searching can be stressful. Not only do you have to
// 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 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
// // I frequently talk to potential clients who tell me they have been conducting a job search for X months without any success, or that they have sent out X number of resumes with virtually no response. When I press for more details, almost invariably, I hear stories about resumes posted in online resume
// // The stakes have been raised in the job search. Employers and recruiters receive a deluge of resumes every day and in response to every job opening. The online resume databases are packed full with tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of resumes! How will you ensure that your resume will make the
// // 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
// // Many people learn how to write a resume in high school or college. They write their first resume when they graduate and then just keep adding to it over the years as they gain new experience. The next thing you know, it has been 10, 15, or even 20 years, and the resume
// // Unfortunately, with unemployment at the highest rates that many of us have seen in our lifetimes, the average length of unemployment is currently many months. And if you are currently employed, your job search will often require weeks or months of additional time simply because you have less time to devote to it.
// // When you think about your next career move, how would things be different for you if you were HUNTED rather than being the HUNTER? Personal branding (the process of clarifying and communicating what makes you and your unique value proposition different and special) allows you to make a name for yourself. It differentiates
// // Long Distance Job Search Tip #1: Looking for work can be difficult. Looking for work long-distance is even tougher! Fortunately, the Internet makes long-distance job searching easier than it has ever been before. Using a job search engine is a great way to find and apply for job openings in the geographic area
// // Age bias / age discrimination in the job search can be a real issue for some job searchers. Unfortunately, many job seekers make the problem worse simply by the way they structure and write their resume--including information that showcases rather than de-emphasizing age. Here are some tips on how to write your resume
// // Though 50% of my current sales are generated from referrals (generally, from past clients) and repeat clients, one of my primary business goals always involves increasing the percentage of new business generated through word-of-mouth sources. I've read and studied a number of books on this subject and on developing a referral marketing strategy.