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Tag Archives: job seeker
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
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
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
• 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
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
Job Descriptions – “Reader Beware!” Are companies clear on what they are looking for and are you addressing it?
Author Byline: Ron Cottick, Author Author Website: http://informationexchangegroup.com Job Descriptions – “Reader Beware!” Are companies clear on what they are looking for and are you addressing it? I became more involved in writing, editing and re-writing job descriptions when I … Continue reading
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
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.
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
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
Actively engage and share information with people. Get involved with the conversations going on within your network, shown on your news feed. Continue reading
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
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
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
You are in a unique position to present specific skills and achievements that the employer is looking for! One of the major benefits of temporary employment is the opportunity that temporary workers have to both learn about their employer and impress them. Continue reading
The bottom line is – it is better to have more information than less, even if it might be difficult to hear! Continue reading
You should always take the lead from the labor market… If you are not getting in the door with your MBA then don’t highlight it. Continue reading