Job Search: What’s the magic number
by Abby Locke - Mar, 2013
A client recently asked me “How many job applications would it take to land a new job?” It’s a good question and certainly a valid question, but unfortunately, a successful job search comes down to more than numbers. A job seeker’s successes and outcomes are influenced by so many factors like economic climate, overall industry conditions, level of experience, available opportunities in target market and geographic locations...
6 Revealing Signs You Should Start a Business
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2013
You've been having a tough time finding a job, and the longer it takes, the more obstacles you face. Your last job's end date has become more distant, and you aren't seeing any reason to be optimistic about landing something permanent anytime soon. If this describes you, it could be time to shift gears and stop looking for a job in favor of starting your own consulting firm or business. Is the writing on the wall, but you...
Why Executive Recruiters Are Not Returning Your Calls
by Kim Meninger - Mar, 2013
Most professionals and executives recognize the value of working with executive recruiters, but many do not fully understand how the process works. They may be unclear about how to engage executive recruiters, or they may have unrealistic expectations about the level of support they will receive. Here are five reasons executive recruiters are not returning your calls: 1. You are not a fit for a current position C...
7 Key Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search
by Jean Cummings - Mar, 2013
One of the biggest concerns my executive clients have is how to use social media in their job search. They know that it's the new kid on the job search block, but they themselves have rarely gone beyond a bare bones LinkedIn profile (LIP). Facebook evokes shudders of horror, and Twitter is deemed trivial. Some rethinking might be in order. Life calls on us to go out of our comfort zone on occasion - and this may be one of t...
A Word on Multi-Tasking
by Sherri Edwards - Mar, 2013
There has been a rumor going around asserting that it is “impossible to multi-task.” I suppose a declaration of this kind allows those who aren’t skilled at multitasking to feel triumphant, but very common examples of real life multitasking prove this theory incorrect. If we couldn’t multi-task, then: When driving, we couldn’t look both ways and behind us at an intersection, activate a turn signal and apply pressure to...
Building Mentoring Relationships
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2013
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are engaged in a mentoring relationship: 1. Broaden your Definition of the Term “Mentor” Another term for mentor could be “learning partner.” We can learn from people older and younger than us. You should select a mentor who can help you with specific concerns like conflict resolution, etc. Select them based on their knowledge. 2. Build a Board of Mentors Sometimes, yo...
Elevate Your LinkedIn Profile So Your Talents Can Be Discovered
by Linda Dobogai - Feb, 2013
Having a strong profile is only the first step in actively using LinkedIn as part of a strategic job search. Take steps to make it easier for recruiters to find you. Here are some tips that will help: Review your profile to make sure it is optimized for searches. Be sure that: The headline promotes your personal brand. Use up to 120 characters (the limit) to succinctly communicate your career value; incorporate powerfu...
Insensitive, Divisive, or Self-Serving? Taking on Problem Behaviors | “You” Power
by Dawn Lennon - Feb, 2013
You experience them. You may even mention them–things that are done and said at work that aren’t right. We don’t do our jobs in a vacuum. We have to interact with others. The attitudes and behaviors of our bosses, coworkers, and customers contribute to the culture of the workplace. They make it consistently positive, negative, or a bit of both. So what happens when you see and hear insensitive, divisive, or self-s...
When Is Your Brand Not a Brand?
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2013
If everything you publish about yourself as a professional–and that includes your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and more–makes you sound pretty much like hundreds or thousands of other people…your brand is not a brand. It will not make you stand out to prospective employers as a promising candidate for the job you want. Without finding a clear way to distinguish yourself and convey your desirable value to those emplo...
Should You Relocate for a Job?
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2013
In a job market that still leaves something to be desired, the question on many professionals’ minds is, “should I relocate?” Whether your current organization offers you a transfer that sounds too good to pass up or you receive an offer from an out-of-state (or out-of-country) firm that comes just as you were starting to get desperate, relocation is an issue that must be taken seriously – especially if you have a family that...
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