Career Change: Expert Advice To Help You Achieve the Change You’ve Been Dreaming About
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2012
Years of college or university, then onto your first full-time job. You may switch companies and advance in your industry. But as the saying goes, change is good, and you are ready for a shift in a completely new direction. Exciting as it is, consider the factors below before taking the plunge: Why? A simple word with a possibly complicated answer. Why do you want this career change? Are you simply bored with your curr...
If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
I had a great conversation with Jamie Harrison at Black Enterprise magazine recently. She wrote a very interesting article, If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit, about knowing how to evaluate job opportunities and whether they’re a fit for you! This is a process that’s different for every individual, so keep that in mind. Here are some additional thoughts I wanted to share with you… 1) GET A JOB: As a college stu...
Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less
by Rich Jones - Nov, 2012
We can learn a lot of lessons from the hit show Shark Tank, both as entrepreneurs and as job seekers. Haven’t seen the show? Think a panel interview with five no-nonsense CEOs, except that you’re seeking investments for your company instead of a job. If you don’t know your stuff, they’ll tear you apart. If you do, the world—or at least some of their money—could be yours. During this past Friday’s episode, we saw an emo...
3 Job-Search Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making
by Robert Chen - Nov, 2012
Want a job you love? Jumpstart your job search with our online How to Get a Job bootcamp. How long has it been since you either became unemployed or began looking for a new job while stuck in one you hate? If the answer is somewhere between “a while” and “way, way too long,” it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and asking some uncomfortable questions about why you haven’t landed somewhere new yet. Is it the 8.3...
Can You Have Your Dream Job Without a College Degree?
by Dana Sitar - Oct, 2012
In a market where clients are used to measuring your worthiness based on a college degree, opportunities can feel slim for those without that traditional seal of approval. You know you’ve got the skills to master your dream job, but the description on job boards always has that pesky degree requirement that keeps you from applying. Without the paper to prove it, how can you show potential employers or clients that you’ve got w...
Competitive Intelligence for Executives during Job Search
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2012
Wikipedia describes competitive intelligence as the action of defining, gathering, analyzing, and distributing intelligence about products, customers, competitors and any aspect of the environment needed to support executives and managers in making strategic decisions for an organization. How does this relate to an executive in job search? Your competitive intelligence is where you demonstrate to potential employers your knowl...
Before You Can Walk the Walk, You Better Be Able to Talk the Talk
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
So, you want to change verticals; financial services is no longer your cup of tea -- maybe you are thinking of moving to a role in healthcare. Or maybe you spent your whole life working in engineering and think it might be good idea to work for an investment bank. Certainly, it is not uncommon to change jobs or industries multiple times throughout your professional career. But, you better make sure you can talk the talk as wel...
Ask the Career Coach: "How Exactly Do I Set up an Informational Interview?"
by Heather Mundell - Oct, 2012
Informational interviews aren't just for college students and recent grads - they're still a fantastic way to research a field or a company. As long as you are just meeting to get information and aren't asking for a job, people are usually willing to say yes to a request if their schedule permits. Here are my tips for setting up an informational interview: Send an email or call them In many industries, voice mail i...
What to Do When You're Overwhelmed by Too Many Career Ideas
by Heather Mundell - Oct, 2012
Many of the people who hire me as their coach aren't struggling with a lack of career options. Rather they are stuck because they have too many ideas and don't know where to start to narrow them down. This reminds me of a story a friend of mine told me who moved from the U.S. to New Zealand for a year. She lived in a town in New Zealand where the local store had four kinds of cereal, two kinds of soap, one kind of lettuce -...
Senior Job Seekers are Least Prepared to Fill Open Positions
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2012
According to the second annual Job Preparedness Indicator research study, released today by the Career Advisory Board established by DeVry University, senior-level job seekers are the least prepared to fill available positions in today's market. One-in-five hiring managers say that few senior candidates have the right mix of skills and traits to serve their needs, and in particular are lacking in higher-order abilities such a...
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