Staying in the Game During the Holidays
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Dec, 2009
This is the time of year of when many job seekers make the mistake of dropping out of the job search. Time and again I hear, “Nobody gets hired during the holidays. I’m going to close up shop until after the new year.” The fact is, because so many people buy into this myth, your competition is greatly reduced, significantly increasing your chances of success. Here are three very good reasons for staying in the game durin...
Job Seekers - Do You Have Questions? We Have Answers
by Randy Wooden - Dec, 2009
Job Seekers - Do you have questions for us? Below is a list of frequently asked questions and our answers. What are the differences between The Wooden Group and an executive search firm, recruiter or personnel agency? Unlike search firms, recruiters and personnel agencies who essentially find people to match positions, The Wooden Group works one-to-one with our clients to optimize their ability to find and secure high...
Polish Your Brand During the Holidays
by Kris Parfitt - Dec, 2009
There are many questions being asked this time of year about what is expected and/or appropriate actions towards professional peers and colleagues during the holidays. Do you give your boss a gift? Is it OK to bring baked goods to the office? Can I bring a date to the office party? How professional should I dress for the company’s holiday party? All these and the many more questions of professional etiquette during the holiday...
Two Costly Job-Search Misconceptions and How to Avoid Them
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2009
If you’ve been struggling to find work this year, you’ve got company. While the pace of job losses slowed last month, with payrolls declining by 11,000 positions in November 2009, the length of the average job search actually surged, to 28.5 weeks of average unemployment -- the worst in more than 10 years. So, times continue to be tough. And times may stay tough, if you’re laboring under two of the most common and co...
'Help, I have 4 job offers!' Evaluating offers, Career Decision Making and Employee Motivation
by Sharon Cohen - Dec, 2009
True story of how one of my clients hit the Career jackpot! Last Thursday, one of my clients, who is a Graduate MBA student called me. He sounded very anxious on the phone and requested an Emergency Career Counseling session. My first thought was, “oh no, it must be bad news.” But then he told me he has 4 offers, 3 of which are for full time work and 1 of which is for a full time internship! However, these were “exploding o...
Six Steps for Product Marketing Me: Strategy for the 'Unpublished' Job Market
by Rob Taub - Dec, 2009
The best way to introduce yourself to a company with which you would like to work, find a company for which you think you’d like to work or to target companies for the purpose of networking into a position, openings notwithstanding, is to know the “What, where and how you can help the company”. I can give you a better-than-even chance of getting in the door to introduce yourself and possibly creating a job which is right for y...
The Five Ways to Determine Corporate Culture
by Rob Taub - Dec, 2009
Many companies today promote building teams over individuals; respecting the entry-level mailroom clerk and the top salesperson equally. They consider failure the beginning not the end of developing talents and careers and that ‘Values’ are not fads. Still in other companies you will find a lack of esprit de corps where departments operate as fiefdoms and do not work in partnership with one another; where leadership is assign...
Five Creative Gifts For Job Seekers
by Tai Goodwin - Dec, 2009
Chances are that somewhere in your circle of friends and family you’ve got someone who is looking for a job. Your first thought may be to give them cash or a gift card as a present if they have been added to your Christmas list. The following list is for those looking for something just as practical but a little more creative for the job seekers on their list. If you are looking for a gift that is creative and somewhat practic...
Job Search - Follow the '80/20 Rule' and Achieve Results
by Andy Robinson - Dec, 2009
Your job search will only be as effective as the level of effort you put forth (the amount of TIME) and the the QUALITY of that effort (focusing on the HIGHEST IMPACT job search activities). I have spoken with dozens and dozens of individuals over the past 90 days who are actively seeking new job opportunities. Those who are seeing little to no results are either: NOT spending sufficient time and/or are NOT focusing the time...
Stay Alert for Opportunities - They're All Around You if You Pay Attention!
by Andy Robinson - Dec, 2009
As you move throughout your day today, remember that opportunities for growth and movement in new directions are always all around you. Because many of us are so "outcome-focused" and goal-driven, our minds are tuned more toward getting things done than staying open to receiving those seeds of opportunity that surround us. Staying attuned to new opportunities can be instrumental to our growth and development AND can be tra...
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