Category Archives: Networking

Assess yourself before job searching

There are several different kinds of résumé s and you may have several versions, depending on where you are in the hiring process and/or what types of jobs you will be seeking. Before starting your résumé , though, you will want to identify your strengths, skills, and abilities. 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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The Problem with Getting Champagne-Quality Talent on a Beer Budget

s recruiters in a sluggish economy, I’m sure there are plenty of stories out there about how companies are looking to obtain top talent at bargain prices. Kind of like having “champagne tastes” while only wanting to pay for a beer. I’d like to address this with the hope of providing some education and also learning what some best practices might be to combat this. As a recruiter that has been through many different markets, I know the downside of this type of hiring practice. In most cases, it is an unhappy ending for the company… and a frustrating experience for the candidate. 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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Why Should I Join LinkedIn?

If you haven’t joined LinkedIn by now, you should. There are over 65 million professionals involved in LinkedIn, making it the most significant online business network around. Don’t make the mistake of thinking of it in the same terms as Facebook or Twitter (although they have their place). And don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s only for job searchers (but it’s fantastic for that). LinkedIn is a rock-solid, uniquely valuable, free tool for your career. 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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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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Networking For Your Career Success

It is essential for job seekers to cultivate an arsenal of contacts or a network which can provide support, information and job leads. Continue reading

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How to work at home

Overall, working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you, your family, and your employer, if you follow a few simple tips. Continue reading

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Should I Try the Hiring Manager One More Time?

The bottom line is – it is better to have more information than less, even if it might be difficult to hear! Continue reading

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Potential Employer Stood Me Up TWICE!

December 4, 2009 by sparktalk QUESTION: Dear Experts, A successful web development company I have recently applied to stood me up TWO times for a scheduled phone interview. I have spent 2 hours studying their company and their services and an … Continue reading

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How Do I Say “No” to Freeloading Co-workers?

Just say NO…

Be polite, but firm! Indicate that you just make it a policy not to do this. If a co-worker didn’t pay you back right away or you purchased the wrong item it could strain your relationship. Continue reading

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Didn’t Know About Unwritten Rule

Unwritten rules are hard to define for new employees and can trip up even the best newbie! Continue reading

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What Are the Best FREE Resources for Skill Building Online?

As a recent graduate, I am assuming that it is your job seeking skills you are looking to develop! Continue reading

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Best Way to Introduce Myself to Company I Want to Work For?

In the end, though, your enthusiasm for the company may carry you forward as long as you can present it in a cogent light that causes the employer to notice you as a good match! Continue reading

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Need to Announce Promotion Via E-mail, But How

I’ve been asked to write an e-mail announcing a promotion of one person to a management role. As a result, all his peers will now be reporting to him. I am supposed to write this as a ‘congratulations’ e-mail but also outline the new reporting status. Continue reading

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Best Way to Decline a Job Offer?

I accepted the job and said I’d start this week, but now I don’t want to go! How should I decline the job? Continue reading

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What are your career concerns?

A place to post your career concerns and get some helpful feedback and advice. Continue reading

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