Don’t Get an Associate from the School of Assumptions: How to Conduct Career Research
by Cathy Francois - Aug, 2014
This post is inspired by a recent conversation with a friend of mine, who, it turns out, was making career decisions based upon assumptions, not facts. This friend was interested in pursuing a career in a highly specialized healthcare field, and picked her current major believing the coursework would satisfy the necessary prerequisites for this career. Being an experienced career coach, I knew this was not the case. However, r...
How Online Marketing Practices Can Boost Your Chances of Getting Hired
by Lisa Rangel - Aug, 2014
One may not think that online marketing and the hunt for a traditional job are related, but the truth is that everything is online these days. In fact, more and more recruiters are relying on online searches to help them find candidates. As a result it would be helpful to know some online marketing practices that could help get you hired. While it may be true that these practices are generally used for businesses, there’s a...
It Costs A Lot For New Grads To Live On Their Own
by Bob Roth - Aug, 2014
Finding a job that pays a salary that new grads can live on is extremely important. And yet, year after year, college freshmen and sophomores make decisions that hurt their chances for landing a job that pays a decent starting salary. These new students: Have no idea what they want to do when they graduate Select fields that have few good paying jobs Fail to conduct the research that can give them the informati...
Choosing Between Two Good Job Offers
by Carole Kanchier - Aug, 2014
Charles, 32, a biologist, has two great job offers. One is with an older, established public corporation, and the second with a fast growing four-year old private firm. Charles does not know which one to accept. What type of company would you prefer? What criteria should Charles use when making this decision? Most important, evaluate the job in terms of its compatibility with your personal qualities and desired career g...
How to Contact Headhunters
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2014
In the first post of this series, I talked about how headhunters work. In the second post, we looked at how to find them. Finally, I want to walk you through how to get in touch, because the way you approach headhunters is key to your success or failure. Here’s how I recommend going about it. 1) Contact them by email I recommend contacting headhunters by email. It’s easy for the headhunter to answer in her own time,...
Your Social Media Accounts: Clean Them Up Before Job Hunting or Leave Them As-Is?
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2014
If you post a lot of compromising photos or inflammatory material in your social media feed, then you might be passed over for job opportunities. According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD), two out of every five employers looks at candidates’ Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles before recruiting them. At the same time, a profile that’s too squeaky clean might actually turn off...
How to Make Competition Irrelevant
by Lisa Rangel - Jul, 2014
Job candidates at every level worry a lot about what other candidates are saying during interviews. Oftentimes they are also worried about credentials, status and experience. In other words, they’re worried about the competition. While it’s completely normal to be a little concerned about your competition, the reality is this can actually make you fumble during job interviews. If you’re stressed about what other people are...
Jump Start Your Job Search through Networking
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jul, 2014
Networking can help you…. 1. Get the word out that you are in a job search. 2. Gain advice about your job search techniques. 3. Uncover job leads in the “hidden job market.” 4. Get referrals to other individuals or organizations that you’re targeting. 5. Learn more about specific positions, fields, or industries. 6. Gather information about specific companies. 7. Expand your network...
by Beverly Harvey - Jul, 2014
Your elevator pitch is a twenty-to thirty-second statement that tells networking contacts and company decision makers that you have what it takes to resolve their outstanding problem(s). It’s centered on your branded value proposition, what you offer, what you bring to the table. As such, it’s an extraordinarily valuable networking and selling tool. It acquired its name from the concept of accidentally meeting a decision ma...
My Interview with OpenColleges
by Joshua Waldman - Jul, 2014
This interview first appeared on OpenColleges. “Most students I talk to are seniors with five people in their LinkedIn network. This is a huge mistake.” 1. What is your number 1 tip for getting a job after finishing study? Don’t wait until your final months to get serious about your career. I did that. I waited until my last week and made some pretty bad choices out of desperation. (Like following some girl I barely k...
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