Letting Go of RIF-ed Off Rage: Survival Stages & Strategies for Soon-to-Be Terminated Employees
by Mark Gorkin - Apr, 2010
One way I know that the economy is still in trouble is by speaking topic requests: a) recently I wrote about an after-dinner presentation on “Letting Go” for a career transition support group; to be tactful, many folks were “in between” jobs and b) two weeks ago I led a program on managing stress for county government employees who, due to budget cuts, have either been notified of a specific future termination date or know th...
Afraid To Network?
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Apr, 2010
Most people I speak with know the value of networking. All the experts, including myself, say it's the best pathway to your next great job or opportunity. But what happens if you don't like to network? Or more specifically, you are afraid of it? You are not the only person who doesn't like to walk into a room of strangers and bare their soul. There are many people like you who are uncomfortable opening up to people they've...
Career Change Myths Exposed
by Patricia Erickson - Apr, 2010
If you have been dreaming of making a career change but for some reason never acted on that dream, you might be operating under a false assumption. In fact, there are several career change myths that can be explained away or at the very least worked around. Career Myth: #1) There’s no way for you to make a living doing something you love. Hmm...sounds like fear talking. Work doesn’t have to be something that you dread....
Career Fair Evaluation Scale: How are Recruiters Evaluating you?
by Sharon Cohen - Apr, 2010
• Are you tired of job searching? • Do you just want to stay in bed and sleep in? • Have you given up on Career Fairs? Get re-energized and learn how to prepare! Use a Career Fair Evaluation Form to ace your next networking event! 10 Strategies to Stand out from the Crowd at a Career Fair One of the most efficient ways to network with employers is to attend major, community career fairs. Instead of cold-calli...
Leadership: In Building Trust, Character Matters
by Gary Cohen - Apr, 2010
What if you did something shameful in front of your employees or they found something out about you that you would prefer not to be known? How might your story unfold? You are multifaceted, and there are more dimensions to you than most people know. In fact, there are parts of your character that are unknown to you because the circumstances have not presented themselves yet for you to discover–or you may have a blind spot t...
Is This Simple Resume Mistake Costing You Interviews?
by Louise Fletcher - Apr, 2010
You’ve worked long and hard on your resume – you feel certain it represents you effectively. You send it out and eagerly await the responses...and hear nothing. The problem might not be your resume content – it might be your file format. Of the resumes we receive to review each day, 10-20% are not saved as Microsoft Word documents. This is job search suicide! 99% of the people who will look at your resume online w...
Feeling of Optimism In The Job Market
by Beth Colley - Apr, 2010
I don’t know if it’s just because it’s spring and everything is brighter, but I get the feeling that there’s truly a feeling of optimism emerging among job seekers. Honestly, I don’t think that we’re going to see a huge boom, but I’m beginning to see signs of hope. As usual, I’m going to try to give some practical and helpful advice to give you some strategies on how to take advantage of this optimism. 1) Test the waters wi...
The Death of the Verb, Rise of the Noun
by Joshua Waldman - Apr, 2010
You and I have both heard the typical line from career counselors, “Use power verbs in your resume.” Right? They’ve even given us lists of verbs to begin sentences like: - Managed team of 10 engineers in highly competitive RFP process. - Resolved difficult customer service issue for high stakes sale. - Safeguarded company position through advanced marketing strategy. The problem with all of these verbs is online, v...
First Impressions and Last Impressions - Why Manners and Kindness Matter
by Andy Robinson - Apr, 2010
In the heat of "personal focus" and taking care of our own agendas, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of displaying impeccable manners and demonstrating courtesy and kindness toward others. The impression you leave upon others is highly influenced by the manner in which you conduct yourself and the way you treat others. If you want to leave a LASTING ENTHUSIASTIC IMPRESSION upon others, take it upon yourself to...
Promotions Are on The Rise - That's Good News For Everyone
by Robin Ryan - Apr, 2010
Hiring opportunities exist, but it's not the unemployed that employers are looking at first - it's their own employees. Professionals, managers, and executives are finding that the doors are open if they want to move up - internally, that is. Working with my career counseling clients - those who are employed and seeking promotions, as well as laid-off workers - I have noticed a significant increase in hiring activity during th...
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