Category Archives: career change

Dear Colleagues, if you work with injured Workers

Dear Colleagues, if you work with injured workers, please share this site a resource for them: http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com/ I “moved” my primary blog activities to the following sites in January: Injured Worker Help Desk Job Search For The Rest Of Us … Continue reading

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Many Unemployed Missing Job Search Skills

Many of the un- and under-employed are missing job search basics. The marketplace has undergone tremendous change recently and most job seekers are just not doing what they need to do to find a job. In short, they continue to apply old techniques to a new job market. Continue reading

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Should You Go Back to School? 4 Factors to Consider

An article published earlier this month showed that more than half of recent graduates from college did not receive a job offer prior to graduation, regardless of their undergraduate major. September 2010 data showed that the average length of unemployment was more than eight months. Scary statistics such as these have left many wondering if now is a good time to return to school. Continue reading

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Who’s Hiring in the Top IT Companies – Vol 1

I’ve worked in partnership with a number of the larger technology companies. We all have our "external view" of a company’s profile and corporate image. You really don’t get a good feel for what a company is actually like until you’ve worked with them as a business partner or an employee. Continue reading

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PROOF OF THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET

I have returned many clients to work as a result of accessing, either directly (cold calls) or indirectly (networking), but cannot think of any other ocassion when a job was created as a result of a cold call. My client is very excited about this opportunity in a new field and I will no longer feel like a broken record preaching about THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET….Amen! Continue reading

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CAREER FAIR – DON’T HIRE ME!

I am just coming from a career fair, here in Delaware and saw or heard many of the scenarios outlined below. A few I added from other career fair experiences, but not many! This is no commentary on Delawareans or those seeking to work in Delaware – I commonly see and hear many of these egregious examples at job fairs I attend across the region.

This article was meant to be tongue in cheek and not to offend anyone. That having been said, if you are guilty of any of the preceding: Don’t do it again! Good Luck on your job search…. Continue reading

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Jobs in the Fast Lane

Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

Life in the fast lane Surely make you lose your mind” – The Eagles

If you’ve been working for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve had the thought “How did I wind up in this job?”. Not all of us wind up where we had planned at the beginning of our careers. And, if you are reading this article, then you are probably contemplating your next move or hoping to land a job if you are out of work. It is never too late to re-think your career, but if you are going to take the plunge and completely change what you are doing, you really need to be prepared. Continue reading

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8 Ways To Make A Great Interview First Impression

First impressions are especially critical in an interview. Why do so few people do anything to manage the first impression they give, when research shows that most hiring decisions are made based on first impressions in the first 2-30 seconds Continue reading

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Phone Interview Advice: What to Do Before and During the Interview

Preparation
• Have these items ready and in front of you: your résumé, job description, questions to ask the employer, notes about the company, and your calendar/schedule.
• Ask a career counselor, HR professional, or even a reliable friend to practice a telephone interview with you. Get feedback on your answers, voice inflections and any recurring flaws in your speech, (“like”, “um”, “er”, and “uh”).
• Be ready to give examples of your accomplishments and previous work experiences.
• Sell yourself in every response.
• Write down the name(s) of your interviewer(s) so you can refer to them by name, and write them a Thank You note afterwards. Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Reading Your Cover Letter

We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that going on and on for paragraphs about irrelevant experience was going to make me want to read their resume—or even more so—interview them? Continue reading

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Résumé tips for career change

Looking for work can be difficult in the best of times… These are not the best of times. Advice about résumé writing abounds and experts offer astoundingly different opinions. How is a job seeker to know which advice to follow? The bottom line: No one way is the right way for everyone. Continue reading

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Tweaking the job search: Capturing valuable interview feedback

Remember the good old days, back in high school or college? You’d work like crazy to get your assignments done and turned in on time, so that you could receive the high marks you needed to keep your grade point average in check. The entire purpose of the grades was to provide feedback, so that as you move forward in your studies, you can continue to improve and grow academically.
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Where the Jobs are – Thousands of Jobs

So everything I read lately says that, even when the economy starts to rebound (and many think it has already started), new job creation will lag. Now who am I to dispute that bit of wisdom? But while that may be true, there are still thousands of jobs out there to be had. In fact, there are probably 10’s of thousands of jobs to be had. Now granted, there may not be thousands of jobs that you can fill and they may not all be where you live, but if you are willing to have an open mind and are flexible about where you live (or desperate in the extreme) there are thousands of jobs and I’m about to show you how to find them.
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So You Want to Be a Manager?

Management can be a very rewarding career. However, many people apply for or accept their first management job without stopping and thinking about what it really means to make the transition from being an employee to being a supervisor. A lot of things will change when you become a manager, and it’s a good idea to stop and think about whether you just want to move ahead, or if you really want to manage other people.
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What Are Your Job Search Tools?

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Who’s Hiring from the Most Admired Companies – Vol 14

Author Byline: CareerAlley Author Website: http://Careeralley.com “Whatever you have, you must either use or lose.” – Henry Ford I had drinks with a former co-worker the other day who has been out of work for over a year. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Use the Internet to Find a Job – Part 5: Making the Most of Facebook in Your Job Search

Actively engage and share information with people. Get involved with the conversations going on within your network, shown on your news feed. Continue reading

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Who’s Hiring from the Fortune 500 Vol 10

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda Continue reading

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Fortune 500 Jobs Vol 14

Whether you are out of work or ready to move, browsing through the Fortune 500 is a great idea, but you should do your homework on the companies before blindly applying for a job. Such thoughts regarding how is the company doing financially, how do employees view the company, are they a leader in their industry? All of these criteria are as important as the job opportunity. Continue reading

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Your Career As a Mystery Shopper

Article Title: Your Career As a Mystery Shopper Author Byline: Jessica Miller-Merrell is a recruiter and human resource professional that helps companies leverage social media as a business growth strategy. Author Website: http://www.blogging4jobs.com Mystery shopping or secret shopping is a … Continue reading

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