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How to Get the Right Skills on Your Resume [Infographic]

How to Get the Right Skills on Your Resume [Infographic]

Thanks to Natalie Severt at uptowork.com for this infographic and post. Getting the right skills on your resume is arguably the most important part of figuring out how to make a resume relevant to a hiring manager. Hiring managers will spend an average of six seconds scanning your resume. So, they need to see the... ...Continue Reading
Exploring New Job & Career Options:  How to Begin

Exploring New Job & Career Options: How to Begin

I often get people asking me how they can move into another field, or how to identify other occupations and careers that will use their skills. Be forewarned: this exploration takes time and effort, and you may feel like you are in the dark for quite a while.  You will learn a lot, and you can’t... ...Continue Reading
Access the "Hidden Job Market" Through Networking

Access the “Hidden Job Market” Through Networking

You’ve probably seen them:  postings for jobs that have a really short application window.  Can they really expect enough qualified applicants?  Or perhaps you’ve run across a posting that actually says “an internal candidate has been identified for this job.”  Can they really expect outsiders to apply? These are signs of what’s called the “hidden... ...Continue Reading
You're Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

You’re Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

Graduations from college and university will take up much of the month of May.  Many graduates have lined up summer jobs, or their first full-time job, while others are still searching.  Regardless of where you are in your search, it may be helpful to look at the infographic in this post (courtesy of my colleagues... ...Continue Reading
Coding as a Second Language:  An In-Demand Skill to Learn

Coding as a Second Language: An In-Demand Skill to Learn

If you can code, you can get work.  Coding is one of the most in-demand skills there is. Why learn coding?  Because more and more computers are in use in our modern lives.  Computers are in everything from phones to cars to thermostats and refrigerators.  So if you know the language of computers, you will... ...Continue Reading
Use Your College / University Alumni Network in Job Search

Use Your College / University Alumni Network in Job Search

If you went to university or college, you have a built-in network ready for you to access:  fellow and sister alumni. One reason to access an alum is to gain more information about an employer, to see if you, too, would like working at that company.  At the same time, you can learn how your... ...Continue Reading
How to Manage Your Expectations in Job Search

How to Manage Your Expectations in Job Search

This is the way of job search – hope and then disappointment, followed by hope, followed by disappointment, followed eventually by landing a job. Yet every step you take brings you closer to the right job for you.  I’ve seen it happen time and again. When people are in the midst of the search and... ...Continue Reading
Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

“Cover letters are dead!” scream headlines from Forbes and Fast Company. Is that true? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Cover letters are essential parts of your application. They give you the opportunity to market yourself as THE person who can deliver the results the employer wants. Your cover letter gives you a chance to show the recruiter and... ...Continue Reading
5 Tips to Make Your LinkedIn Photo Work for You

5 Tips to Make Your LinkedIn Photo Work for You

Here are my tips on what makes a good profile photo for LinkedIn: Put up a head shot, either full or 3/4 face – so people can easily identify you (top of shoulders good) Make it in color – black and white is for artistes and public figures. Otherwise people want to see the color... ...Continue Reading
The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

When writing a cover letter, be aware that it will serve as a writing sample. You can ensure that you are demonstrating good writing by using a very simple tool:  The 8 Word Rule. All sorts of writers (including me) put a whole lot of introductory clauses in front of the main subject and verb.... ...Continue Reading
How to Answer "What's Your Greatest Weakness?

How to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

The interviewer asks:  “What’s your greatest weakness?”   The interviewee thinks:  Not that question! This question makes even the most sophisticated job seeker nervous.  Sometimes it breeds contempt, because it seems like a stupid question.  I mean, who’s going to admit to having a weakness? You have to answer the question, though.  And fear or contempt... ...Continue Reading
How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

Most job seekers know that it’s important to have the right keywords in your resume and LinkedIn profile, so you will make it past the computerized and human screeners, and be found by recruiters. When you apply for a specific job, you can easily identify the relevant keywords in the job posting.  The keywords will... ...Continue Reading