Tag Archives: advice

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

Posted in advice, career change, General, interview, Networking, new grad, Résumé, Resource, Vocational Counseling | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in advice, career change, General, interview, Networking, Personal Growth | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in advice, career change, interview, new grad | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in advice, career change, General, interview | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in advice, General, Networking, new grad, Vocational Counseling | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in advice, career change, interview, Networking, Résumé | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in advice, career change, interview, Résumé | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in advice, General, Networking, Resource | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.
Continue reading

Posted in advice, career change, Networking, Résumé, RTW | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.
Continue reading

Posted in advice, career change, General, Résumé | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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.
Continue reading

Posted in advice, career change, General, new grad, Résumé | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Best College Grad Job Search Sites – Vol 1

A little humor for this post, but seriously, you will need to find a job once you graduate (or step it up a notch if you’ve already graduated). Following the trend of some of my other posts, I thought it would be a great idea to list the best college grad job search sites. Just to be clear, there was no voting, no analysis, no surveys and no criteria. This list is simply based on my view. Also, there is no particular order to my list (like the best of the best or official ranking). I will, where appropriate, mention those that are in my top ten. Continue reading

Posted in advice, interview, new grad, Résumé, Resource, Vocational Counseling | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in advice, career change, General, Networking, Résumé, RTW | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in advice, career change | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Extreme job change: One woman’s story

It is very encouraging to see people that not only are able to find employment, but able to secure positions that they would have never considered a few short months ago and in which they will find happiness. As adults, we spend a large part of our lives working – why not plan to enjoy it? Continue reading

Posted in advice, career change, interview, Résumé, Resource | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Find Your Recruiter and Discover Your Job Vol 6

The perfect job. I’m sure you’ve been asked “What would be your perfect job?”. And, you probably have an answer (and if you don’t, you should). I’ve been asked that by recruiters and career counselors many times over my career and the answer has changed as I’ve learned about opportunities I never knew existed. Continue reading

Posted in advice, General | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in advice, career change, Networking, Résumé | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lights, Camera…..Interview: Tips for an Award Winning Performance

You’ve been applying for various positions in your field for a number of months, and finally have received the call to schedule an interview. Are you ready for an Academy Award winning performance?

Top candidates understand the importance of preparation. Continue reading

Posted in advice, career change, interview | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in advice, career change, Networking, Personal Growth, telecommute, telecommuting, work from home | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

FREE: 6 Things Every Job Seeker Must MASTER to Get Hired in 2010

FREE webinar next week called, “6 Things Every Job Seeker Must MASTER to Get Hired in 2010” –https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/533888241 More career information: Read my articles on Examiner.com Read my blog on WordPress Follow me on Twitter Read my articles on Delaware … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment