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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
Infographic:  How to Nail a Phone Interview

Infographic: How to Nail a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the first step in what can be a lengthy job interview process.  It’s the first hurdle, and there are some good ways you can prepare yourself to do well.  This infographic shares some of them. For more on nailing phone interviews, see my posts on phone interviews.  These posts share common phone... ...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
Job Search Affirmations #2

Job Search Affirmations #2

Born from hard experience, these affirmations do two main things for job seekers: offer hope, confidence and comfort, helping you escape the anxiety and desperation that so often accompany job search guide you to actions you can take to be more effective in your job search I developed many of these for myself when I... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Affirmations

Job Search Affirmations

Searching for a new job is a bit lonely, and full of ups and downs – the excitement of getting an interview, the discouragement of not hearing back from an employer, the confidence-building that comes from having a great informational or networking meeting, the fear over how long it is taking to find that “right... ...Continue Reading
Position Yourself for a Career Transition

Position Yourself for a Career Transition

If you are hoping to transition from one career to another, I have some tips for you based on my experience working with many clients who’ve moved from one field to another. Here’s a story about one of my clients who I helped cross the bridge from one career to another. My client had recently... ...Continue Reading
9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

“Cats have 9 lives.” “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.” Cats want to know about everything.  I have 2.  They are always looking out the windows to see what’s going on outside.  And both sniff and paw at grocery bags, packages, boxes, flowers, and other things I bring in from the outside.  Sometimes they... ...Continue Reading
Reframe Job Interviews as a Conversation

Reframe Job Interviews as a Conversation

Have you stopped yourself from applying for jobs because you decide you won’t like the company?  Or because you re-read the job description and think there’s too much in it you won’t like doing? You’re not alone!  Many people make decisions about potential employment opportunities based on very little actual knowledge of the job or... ...Continue Reading
Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

If you haven’t heard about purple squirrels, don’t worry. They don’t exist. Squirrels are not purple. Except in the minds of many people writing and posting job descriptions. You’ve seen those job descriptions that ask for someone who has so many qualifications, it seems impossible that any one person could meet those criteria. And chances... ...Continue Reading
4 Reasons to Ditch a Home Address on Your Resume

4 Reasons to Ditch a Home Address on Your Resume

Old-style resumes included lots of information that just isn’t necessary anymore – and may actually harm your chances of getting a job in today’s market.  One of those things is your home address. I never include home addresses when I’m putting together a resume, with very, very few exceptions.  Here’s why: It takes up valuable... ...Continue Reading
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