Mid-Year Check Up: The Full 360
by Walter Akana - Jul, 2011
Okay, I can almost hear what you’re thinking: “Washington is making massive job-killing mistakes, employers are either getting by with less or unwilling to expand, and besides it’s summer. So, what can I possibly do to move my job search forward?” Frankly, if you’ve honestly been taking reasonable steps in conducting your job search, and assuming you’re using every opportunity to show your value and build relationships, there...
Is My LinkedIn Profile Really Compelling?
by Andy Robinson - Jul, 2011
LinkedIn is the world's largest social business network in the world. As it continues to grow it is crucial to have a compelling and interesting profile. Here is a list of questions you can ask as you review your profile: •Is my profile 100% complete? If not, LinkedIn will tell you exactly what to do to get it there (look on the right side of your profile). •Have I created a compelling headline that is my marketing/bra...
Job search inspiration from New York City
by Miriam Salpeter - Jul, 2011
It’s been a hectic week returning from being away, so I thought I’d re-share a post I wrote several years ago after visiting NYC. I think it’s still relevant. Stay tuned for a few more career lessons inspired by my trip to the Big Apple! Recently, I had an opportunity to ride the New York City subway. I say “opportunity,” because watching other passengers and what goes on in and around the subway offers an array of ideas fo...
3 Ways Twitter Can Enhance Your Executive Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2011
A whole new world of job search is open to candidates through social media and is booming like never before. It’s already been established just how beneficial this medium can be for individuals conducting professional job searches, especially when LinkedIn is a priority. Twitter has also been deemed a useful tool for job seeking, especially for entry- and mid-level professional job seekers. But should it be utilized at th...
Facing Cisco's 2011 layoff? Take these 5 steps in your job hunt
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2011
Cisco Systems announced its largest layoff ever in July 2011, and employees are certainly feeling the aftershocks. With 6,500 staff being cut (up to a 14% drop in its workforce), Cisco has announced that it plans to restructure in order to maintain a competitive position. If you’re one of those affected by this or other layoffs, what should you do? It's no secret that professionals have bemoaned the state of the job mark...
The Sweet Sound of Striking the Right Chord: An Interview with Ricky Bell
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2011
I met Ricky Bell because my home office computer was deadly slow. As an independent computer technician, Ricky came highly recommended by my accountant, so I knew I’d be in good hands. To my surprise, I soon learned that those hands were equally talented on the neck of a guitar and that Ricky had connected two talents into one amazing career. DL: Ricky, do you consider yourself a computer guy who’s a musician or a musi...
Are you positive about your job search?
by Dawn Bugni - Jul, 2011
You’ve set up metrics to track resume send-out-versus-response ratios. You’re so engaged with your network, you know who you spoke with, when, the topic of conversation and have scheduled a date and time for the next contact. You set up social media profiles across the web making you Google-able. You online presence is pristine. You engaged a career professional to make sure your resume and other career documents properly posi...
It’s Time to Use Your Cover Letter Introduction as a Marketing Tool
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2011
Writing your cover letter may seem like a mundane task—something you must do to ensure you submit all documents required when applying for a job. But in reality, your cover letter is so much more than that! This document gives you the opportunity to add life to the technical nature of the resume while showcasing some of your personality. Your job when writing the cover letter is to make sure you grab the hiring manager’s ...
Remember Your Manners :)
by Jan Melnik - Jul, 2011
Don’t forget to say “thank you.” It matters more than you may think - especially in job search. According to a brief in the June 2, 2011, issue of Human Resource Executive, “More than one in five (22%) of 2,878 hiring managers surveyed say they are less likely to hire a candidate if he or she fails to send a thank-you note after an interview.” (Data source: CareerBuilder.com, Chicago) Mom was right. Courtesy does make a ...
How a New Grad Cut His Job Search Time in Half Using Twitter
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jul, 2011
How long is the job search? 27 weeks, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)! Is there a shortcut? One jobseeker found it ... in the form of Twitter. Stephen Moyer, one of the 13 jobseekers featured in The Twitter Job Search Guide (JIST, 2010) authored by Chandlee Bryan (@chandlee), Deb Dib (@CEOCoach), and myself (@SusanWhitcomb), is a stellar case study on how Twitter can work wonders in a job search. As Chandlee li...
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