Why Resume Templates Are Job Search Killers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
There’s this wonderful illustration about nature I want to share in relation to the effectiveness of resume templates. Zebras have these great stripes that cause them to blend into their herds. It’s actually a lifesaving feature when being attacked by a predator. I equate resume templates to a Zebra’s stripes—really great for camouflage and blending into a “herd” of other job seekers. Not so great for standing out from the...
Millennials Aren’t Aimless Kids Anymore
by Alexandra Levit - Mar, 2014
Picturing millennials, we may think of late bloomers carrying huge debt and living in their parents’ basements. For many millennials, however, those days are far in the past. According to the results from a survey I conducted last year with Deloitte, 50 percent of currently employed millennials already meet our definition of a leader. Forty-four percent of them have only three to five years of experience, yet 41 percent hav...
Positive Job Forecast for Executives in 2014
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2014
Have you ever wished you had a crystal ball to help you see into the future? There are two reports regarding the global executive outlook for 2014 (Executive Search Industry Global Outlook Report and BlueSteps Global Executive Outlook) that are the next best thing. These reports cover the executive search industry outlook, business performance, senior talent shortage, and more. Some of the findings include: Retained s...
Part I — Q&A For Creating An Outstanding Resume
by Ramon Greenwood - Mar, 2014
Recruiter Requirements Q: What do recruiters want to see in a resume? A: Recruiters screen hundreds of resumes daily. On average they spend 2 to 3 seconds per resume. They source candidates from proprietary networks such as Ivy Exec and LinkedIn. –Recruiters want to quickly see a clear declaration of what you do, for whom, in what sectors and with what results/contributions. –You must be present on LinkedIn....
Yes, You Should Send a Thank You Letter
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
Thank you letters are an excellent self-marketing tool and a critical component of your job search strategy. The time spent crafting a targeted thank you letter after an interview will be well spent and can contribute to a more credible and efficient search. Here’s why. A thank you letter creates an opportunity to reconnect with employers. Chances are you are one of many candidates being interviewed for an open position....
3 Secrets to Interview-Winning Cover Letters
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
Can a cover letter really win you an interview? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the resume? A resume isn’t the sole determining factor in whether you get the interview. A cover letter absolutely can play a deciding role in securing an interview, and I’m going to share with you three secrets that we utilize in the cover letters we write for our clients that generate immediate interview interest. We give them three reas...
Five Ways to Find Nine Hours of Job Search Time Per Week
by Lisa Rangel - Mar, 2014
Want more time to job search? Would you like to find nine hours of job search time per week? Do you find yourself asking these questions? “How am I supposed to look for a job when I am employed?” “Finding a job is a full-time job…and I already have a job. How am I supposed to do this?” Sound familiar? It is a perplexing dilemma in today’s world of over scheduling, multitasking and uber-achievement. But there is hel...
Going Public: Strategies for Career Re-Entery
by Kristen Carter - Mar, 2014
I recently attended a conference where I had the pleasure of listening to one of the keynote speakers, Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of iRelaunch. As the name of her organization suggests, Ms. Cohen addressed the topic of how to best “re-launch” oneself after a career break. As a career coach, I have worked with clients who have articulated this very challenge—how to get back in the game with a significant employment gap on...
How to Use LinkedIn as Your Personal Website
by Jill Kurtz - Mar, 2014
I was recently talking with a friend who is looking for a new job. He recited a litany of things he wanted to do to support his job search. I was happy to be able to take one item off the list – a personal website. The great news is that LinkedIn has added so many features that it makes the personal website obsolete. LinkedIn is the best place to establish your professional profile and network to build a career and fi...
Performance Reviews: A Love-Hate Relationship?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2014
Very few people, if any, would say they love performance reviews–either receiving or giving them. After all, they’re a pain to prepare for, regardless of whether you’re on the giving or the receiving end, right? For this post, I’m going to focus on receiving a performance review, including tips for making the experience as positive as possible and enhancing your prospects for long-term career success. 5 Reasons People...
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