Boost Your Job Search Networking Prowess with a Personal Marketing Plan

There has been a lot written online and elsewhere about the importance of networking in creating a successful job search campaign that lays the groundwork for finding a great job. This blog has touched on the issue in the past with several posts. When attending a job search networking opportunity or just speaking individually with …

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Take Control of Your Job Search Campaign

As a professional résumé writer and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner, I have helped hundreds of people who are looking for job and/or career opportunities. These people generally fall within one of three categories: 1) attacking the job search with energy and drive; 2) actively pursuing opportunities that they see; or 3) passively waiting for opportunities …

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Will Job Fairs Help You Find a Great Job?

Job fairs have gotten a bad rap over time as resembling more of a meat market than job search opportunity. While it may be easy to dismiss job fairs as a waste of time, a better option is to develop reasonable expectations regarding what can and probably cannot be accomplished by attending. It is important …

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Three Ways to Overcome Age Bias in Hiring, Critical to Finding That Great Job

There has been a lot written in recent years about the challenges older workers face in finding gainful employment. In general, people over the age of 55 take longer than their younger job competitors to secure the work they desire with many choosing to leave the workforce out of frustration. The U.S. Census Bureau reported …

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Cover All of Your Bases before Diving into an Executive-level Job Search

Planning and executing a winning job search campaign for executive-level positions can be a high stakes endeavor. The competition is usually fierce and mistakes or miscalculations can severely compromise your efforts. Although things can certainly happen outside of your control, proper planning and preparation can minimize the negative impact of issues you can control. Here …

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3 Ways to Reduce the Emotional Impact of an Extensive Job Search Campaign

There is considerable material out on the web that provides people with guidance and recommendations on effective job search strategies; resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile creation; and interviewing skills. However, the toll a job search campaign can take on someone, especially a long and drawn out campaign, is not nearly as well covered. Stress, …

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Will a Bells and Whistles Resume Format Get You Interviews and a Great Job?

There is considerable debate within the career, job search, and resume creation sectors regarding the benefits of having a resume that maximizes visual appeal or keeping the resume format simple and more traditional and business-like. From my standpoint, the answer is “it depends.” Before I start, there is nothing that will replace compelling and priority …

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Don’t Short-circuit Your Skype Job Interview with Poor Planning

Whether you are comfortable with current web-based trends in job interviewing or not, you must be prepared to use Skype or similar conferencing software to find a great job. Since the applicant usually has to follow the lead of the prospective employer in how an interview is to be conducted, indicating the inability to use …

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Don’t Short-circuit Your Job Search Campaign with Poor Strategy Choice

A successful job search campaign requires careful planning and a focus on doing things that have the greatest positive impact. There are a range of job search strategies that you can use to find a great job. It is not practical to do them all, so developing an overall approach that includes strategies that are …

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Set Yourself Apart from the Competition with an Accomplishment-driven Résumé

Ready, Set, Go! The 2017 job search season is upon us. January through April is viewed by many to be the most active time of year for employers to hire. However, it is also the most active time for job seekers to be searching for new employment opportunities. What this boils down to is there …

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