7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…” If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line. Entice them with the job title and s...
Career Change: Now…Later…Never?
by Georgia Adamson - Jun, 2013
Career Change: Now…Later…Never? If you’re one of those fortunate people who knew at age 10 what you wanted your life’s work to be and have never wavered from that, congratulations! You’re almost certainly one of a fairly small minority. Most of us have progressed through multiple career changes; many have done it a lot. Sometimes it’s a question of personal growth, changes in our outlook on life, the realization that we...
Excuses–Self-Inflicted Career Wounds | A Pro Knows
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2013
You can run but you can’t hide. Mistakes, poor decisions, sub-par performance, unbecoming behavior, and unmet expectations stalk even the most skillful among us. Performance missteps will happen spite of our best efforts to avoid them. In every case they belong to us. We own them and it’s in our career best interest to admit that. Excuses cut deep. We don’t want to goof up at work. It feels bad. When it happens our...
How to Find a Job in a New City: Three Tips
by Rich Jones - Jun, 2013
One of the most common job search questions I get is how to find a job in a new city? It’s a struggle I know well. You have the skills or ability to do the job if given a chance. You’re willing to relocate. You’ll even take a less than savory salary because you want the experience. But every application you submit disappears into the belly of the internet beast — only to occasionally be burped up as a rejection message. Th...
What Is Your Professional Resume Really Saying?
by Abby Locke - Jun, 2013
It seems like every time I turn around, there are more speculations and “predictions” about the economy. One minute we are up and the other we are doomed, however, if you are a job seeker who has been trying everything to land a job or break into a new career, it’s just down right frustrating. Well, the one job search strategy that needs no prediction is a professional resume. Despite all the online branding and social med...
Six Things You Must “Nail” in a Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2013
Cover letter! Those are possibly the two most dreaded words known to any job seeker. If you feel your cover letter is weak, take a look at the list below of six things that you must “nail” in a cover letter. If you master these categories, you will have an effective cover letter. Not only that, you may even enjoy writing cover letters. (Well, that may be extreme.) Salutation Take the time to get an appropriate contac...
Wayfinding: The Art of Navigating Your Career
by Dan King - Jun, 2013
Wayfinding. It's knowing where you are, knowing your destination, and following the best route. Quite simply, it means "finding your way." Early seafarers of the South Pacific practiced wayfinding to navigate open ocean voyages without instruments, through careful observation of natural signs, like the skies, the sun and the stars. They looked upon navigation not merely as a technique of getting from one island to another...
What To Do On A Phone Interview
by Lisa Adams - Jun, 2013
Recently, I received more than a normal level of questions from my clients about what to do on a telephone interview. How is a phone interview similar or different to an in-person interview? How should I prepare? What’s The Purpose Of A Phone Interview? If you have asked the same questions, here are the basics to a successful telephone interview. The Basics What is the purpose of a telephone interview?...
How to Target That Job You Really Want
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
Not since the Great Depression has finding work been more difficult. But if there’s a job that you really want, you shouldn’t give up hope. There are a number of ways to make yourself more employable and to target the job you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s a basic guide to landing not only an interview but also to securing the perfect job: Fixing Your Resume Before you can even think about interviews and job applicati...
How to impress hiring managers
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2013
How can you impress hiring managers? If only you knew how desperate some hiring managers are for you—or anyone—to be the right candidate for the job, you would be surprised! No one wants to interview endless disappointing candidates only to go back to the drawing board without a hire. It’s not very difficult to stand out from the crowd of applicants, because many job seekers fail to follow the most basic job search rules....
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