Monthly archive October, 2011

How to Cope with Electronic Gatekeepers AKA Application Software

Mike tried to apply for a position with his updated resume, and to submit a cover letter.  Apparently when he applied for a similar position a few months ago, his old resume was kept on file and the software will not let him resubmit a new resume or cover letter. Here are the two approaches... ...Continue Reading

How to Make Cover Letters Easier to Write

“Isn’t there an easier way to write cover letter? Can I use a generic one? They take so long to write…” Yes, cover letters take time, and actually they should. Because you want the employer to know and feel that you are focused on them and the position they need filled. That said, there are... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Network In Spite of Your Mind

We all know networking works to land a job.  So why aren’t you doing more of it? Your mind is getting in your way. It is coming up with excuses to stop you from seeing who you can find to talk to ANYWHERE they use your skills. Yes, keep applying. Then find people you can network... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Address All Potential Problems

J. has a sniffle…constantly. I hear him sniff often during our phone calls. It is noticeable. It is loud. And I believe it is a problem for him as he looks for his “right fit” job. Now, I know he has allergies. But do prospective employers know that? Or do they think he has an... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Address All Potential Problems

J. has a sniffle…constantly. I hear him sniff often during our phone calls. It is noticeable. It is loud. And I believe it is a problem for him as he looks for his “right fit” job. Now, I know he has allergies. But do prospective employers know that? Or do they think he has an... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Network In Spite of Your Mind

We all know networking works to land a job.  So why aren’t you doing more of it? Your mind is getting in your way. It is coming up with excuses to stop you from seeing who you can find to talk to ANYWHERE they use your skills. Yes, keep applying. Then find people you can network... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Check Your Attitude

On my mind is the elusive topic of why some people get lots of help with their job search and others don’t. Sure, some people are better networkers and do more to let people know they are out there. But I think there is something else going on, based on my own job search experience... ...Continue Reading