How to Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2014
Among the top interview questions you must be prepared to answer, “Tell me about yourself” strikes dread in the hearts of most job seekers. Whether you’ve been on a leadership job hunt for some time, or this is your first job search effort in years, this query can throw you for a loop while you try to figure out the best response. If this question always catches you by surprise, consider preparing for your interview...
Resume Don’ts: 5 Resume Mistakes To Avoid
by Kris Plantrich - Jan, 2014
In order to stand out as you progress through your career and up the corporate ladder; your resume needs to keep pace with your career. Whether seeking a new position inside your current company or looking externally, your resume will be a first glimpse first impression to many. You want to put your best foot forward and avoid these costly mistakes. 1. Don’t Use an Outdated Format - Many professionals keep the same format...
The Fine Art of Listening
by Brian Muys - Jan, 2014
As a communications professional, I take my obligation seriously to write and speak clearly and effectively when interacting with the media, senior executives or faculty, and co-workers. While this seemingly basic skill is not unique to my trade by any means, I’ve found it’s equally essential to respect and master the art of listening. Many of us, regardless of our specific job, are quick to brush off this advice and say t...
“Hey, I Know You!” How Social Media Could Ruin Your Chance of Landing That Job
by Rowe Leathers - Jan, 2014
I know your likes and dislikes. I know how you spend your weekends and where you go on vacations. I know who your friends are, and I know your family. I know where you went to school and where you live. I know the things that interest you and the things that are important to you. I know all of this about you without my ever having to ask. More importantly, I know that I do not want to hire you. Just like that, you have...
The Determined vs. Disbelieving Job Seeker: Which are you?
by Kristen Carter - Jan, 2014
With a difficult job market and an overqualified applicant pool, it is becoming increasingly common for people to seek job search guidance with the hopes of landing a position. The importance of standing out to a potential employer, has led many job seekers to admit they need outside help. Enter career coaches! I have been blessed to work with many students and alumni as a career coach. The variety of hopes and dreams tha...
A Growth Mindset Can Increase Career Options for Females
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2014
Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? How about others you encounter, whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or career coach? Have you noticed if some are more open to trying new things than others? What is a fixed mindset? According to Stanford University psychologist and author Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset occurs an individual believes intelligence is a fixed trait and are therefore more likely to avoid c...
How Do I Become A Virtual Call Center Agent?
by Pamela La Gioia - Jan, 2014
If you’ve been thinking about working from home but thought this type of work arrangement was only for web designers, writers, or computer “geeks”, think again. There are numerous call center companies that have adopted this work-from-home model. And the number of virtual call centers are growing. This means more job opportunities for Americans who are interested in working from home as customer service representatives. T...
Get Out From Under the Career ‘Should Haves’
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Jan, 2014
When I talk with women in my coaching practice and around the country about loving their work, some balk at the idea. There is a contingent of women in the workforce who believe that the words ‘love’ and ‘work’ don’t belong in the same sentence, and many of these women are quick to pepper their conversations about jobs and career with an abundance of the word ‘should’. On a regular basis I hear things like ‘It doesn’t...
4 Steps to Prioritizing Your Career Goals for 2014
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Jan, 2014
The new year is a great reboot button. With the clarity of a successful year behind you and a clean slate ahead of you, your perspective has never been better. Is something missing? Are there career milestones or new workplace adventures you’d like to reach but at this rate seem impossible? Take this opportunity to start fresh and prioritize your career goals with these Warren Buffet encouraged steps. 1. Figure out wh...
Why Business Cards Don’t Matter as Much as This
by Rich Jones - Jan, 2014
I’ve made a good number of business cards over the years. Some I spent a ton of time on. You may have done the same. You sit there agonizing over the logo (if you have one), where your name goes, which phone number you put down (I be on my Google Voice flow), and how quickly they’ll arrive. Because honestly, a lot of us don’t think about business cards until there’s some event coming up where we know we’ll meet a lot of peopl...
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