Holiday Tip for Job Seekers: Four Ways to Impress Others with Your Professionalism
by J.T. O'Donnell - Dec, 2009
Job searching in the holidays is not easy. It’s hard to stay positive and upbeat when you are feeling the pressure to find work. And yet, you need to have the right attitude in order to project an image of confidence that others will remember. Which leads to my tip: Instead of talking about the struggles of the job hunt, you need to find other things to discuss. There is a simple technique I teach clients to make networking...
Careers For 2010
by Claudine Vainrub - Dec, 2009
What you did not consider before could turn out to be your next career move... Everyone knows that registered nurses and computer engineers make a lot of money, but did you know a postsecondary teacher can earn $51,800? Or that general and operations managers earn an average of $77,420? No matter who you are or what you want, there’s a job for you! For example, if you’re all about the money consider becoming a computer h...
Does Your Job Currency Stand Out Like a Shiny Coin?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2009
According to Altan Khendup, senior technology leader, strategist and advocate in Silicon Valley, California, when people think you’re interesting, they start listening; they become engaged, and then you can inject your pitch and your value. I’ve had the pleasure of keeping in touch with this forward-thinking technology leader (oh, and by the way, a client of mine!) for the past nine months. An active Tweeter, blogger and Li...
Jobless During The Holidays? There Is Hope.
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Dec, 2009
How do you cope with unemployment a during the holidays? Like any loss, a job loss results in grief. Inevitably you must mourn the loss of the job and all that it provided: Security, money, self-esteem, status, identity, etc. I like this model for dealing with loss that is similar to the traditional Kubler-Ross Model, but provides 7 stages for moving BEYOND the grief. In Part I an overview of the grieving process as it relates...
Brand It, Sell It, and Win It - What Makes You Different?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2009
I have heard this statement over and over again “Find a need and fill it.” Mostly people use it to describe opening their own business, creating a product or service, or selling something. Today I’m applying it to your job search and your resume. Find what the employer needs and sell them on how you can fill it. Specifically how you can do it, how much better you can do it than everyone else, and why they should give you a cha...
Seven Tips for Surviving A Layoff
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2009
1. Ask for more projects. I know this may sound like a crazy idea, and you might already be overloaded, but I knew a colleague in IT that had asked for additional projects and she survived three rounds of layoffs and still is working at her company. 2. Don’t have the “It won’t happen to me mentality”. I’m not suggesting that you walk around scared that you have no job stability but take the boy scout motto to heart. Always...
Temp Jobs Can Lead To Permanent Employment
by Ramon Greenwood - Dec, 2009
Given the dismal outlook for the job market in the foreseeable future--driven in large measure by the uncertainty of the regulations and taxes the government may impose on businesses--employers are reluctant to take on permanent employees. This means that there will be more opportunities for temporary hiring and internships. There are two ways to work in these situations. One, some will treat the job as a short term,...
Curtain-Raising Cover Letters: Full Disclosure
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2009
Cover Letters Get Tossed. Haven’t You Heard? Quite a conundrum--creating an alluring and candidacy strengthening cover letter without reciting your resume. So why do some dislike the cover letter? I’ll tell you what I’ve heard and why sometimes I too don’t like them... Many underestimate the cover letter and write it as just a formality; others write cover letters with futile marketing attempts because they just recou...
Researching Your Marketplace
by Bob Maher - Dec, 2009
One of the most important skills a job-seeker can learn during a job-search is research skills. The quality of your research skills will dramatically impact both short term job search and longer range career continuity. Information is a critical commodity in job-hunting; the more you know and the easier it is for you to find information, the better your chances of success. So, make the commitment to improve your research skil...
Three Reasons Why LinkedIn is NOT the Only Way to Get a Job
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2009
There have been more and more stories of people finding work through LinkedIn. In fact, most recruiters I talk to say they are actively seeking candidates through keyword searches on LinkedIn. So why would a job seeker look anywhere else for their online networking? I think there are 3 reasons why it is a bad idea to corner yourself, as a job seeker, to just LinkedIn. But first let me preface this by saying I LOVE Linked...
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