A few years back I asked a gardener friend about the best time to plant fruit trees. His response, “Ten years ago.” And then he asked if I would like to know the second-best time. I took the bait and said, “of course.” To which he answered, “today.”
Which brings me to the topic of this week’s column — references, testimonials and letters of recommendation. When is the best ti...
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“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”
It’s one of the most clichéd pieces of advice. That’s because it’s true — especially if you are job hunting.
Research shows that recruiters typically only give your resume a six-second glance, and some people say the first seven seconds of meeting someone are the mos...
Your resume should communicate to prospective employers the value you actually and legitimately have (fact), not embellish unnecessarily, exaggerate or invent value (fiction). Don’t be tempted to “gild the lily” and risk causing yourself possibly major headaches down the road. (Note: According to Urban Dictionary, “gild the lily” represents “a condensation of Shakespeare’s metaphor in...
It is all about results. I’ve written extensively about the importance of developing a compelling resume filled with accomplishments and results rather than job responsibilities.
Beyond just a listing of your job history with a few educational details thrown in, an accomplishment-focused resume will help you make the case that you are the solution to the needs of your target employer. The best resumes prove your pote...
I am a huge advocate of networking with new contacts and existing connections to land your next job.
Studies from CareerXRoads, JobVite and SHRM and others show networking to be the most effective way to get hired.
However, that does not mean a job seeker should ignore job boards in conducting their job search.
There is a right way – actually I’ve listed six right ways, and one wrong way to use job boards,...
Taking control of what recruiters and hiring authorities find when they search for your name online isn’t just smart — but critical in today’s digital and global job search landscape.
So, what have you done to steer your online image the right way?
We'll, let's see...
You are probably on LinkedIn. Yes? Great. No?
You have a Facebook account. Good! Maybe.
Be careful with what...
Unless you have a personal connection to a wish-granting genie, the best job search strategy doesn’t work well as a spur-of-the-moment undertaking. If for some reason you’re wishing for career help and not for pots of gold and superpowers, a job search takes preparation.
If you want to put yourself in the best position to succeed, you can start your preparation by asking yourself these four questions.
Strong GPA. Check.
Impressive internship. Check.
The right technical certifications. Check.
Seems like you’ve found the perfect candidate. But before you make an offer, there’s one more area to assess that can make or break job performance — soft skills. According to a LinkedIn survey, more than 60 percent of hiring managers say these can be challenging to screen for.
Here are some tips to h...
Whether you are a seasoned executive or a manager with an eye set on elevating to an executive level role, you need to be aware of how the below resume writing tips impact the effectiveness of your job search.
1. Profile section.
According to Dummies.com, “A career summary [profile] section should be a descriptive selling point distilled from your past accomplishments to emphasize your future value to the potential...
This 1 #SMH mistake does not discriminate.
Executives. Professionals. Entry-level. Corporate.
Marketing. Finance. Scientific. Law. IT.
This 1 #SMH mistake is committed by everyone at all levels from all walks of life every day.
I see this error daily.
All. The. Time.