Save Your Job Search Today! Replace Your Outdated Resume Objective With A Powerful Branding Summary
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2012
A resume objective serves no purpose other than to inform the reader of what your job search objective is—which is like any other job seeker—to find a job. And it typically sounds something like this: To obtain a position with a progressive organization that will utilize my experience and education. Awful, isn’t it? If your resume includes anything similar to what is listed above, then you’re just wasting precious space tha...
10 Tips for Landing a Flexible Job
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2012
When you're job hunting, you want to target organizations and companies with workplaces and cultures conducive to your lifestyle. And if you're looking for a job with some flexibility, you are in good company: A 2011 national study, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the flexible staffing firm Mom Corps, found that 42 percent of working adults are willing to forfeit some percent of their salary in exchange fo...
Job hunting? What is your greatest strength?
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2012
When people ask for help to prepare people for interviews, they inevitably ask how to respond to the “What is your greatest weakness?” question. But what about the times job seekers are asked about identifying their greatest strength or best accomplishment? It’s important to be able to identify and discuss something you are actively improving regarding your qualifications (as long as it is not a major requirement of the jo...
The Key for Unemployed Job Seekers
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2012
If you are an unemployed job seeker, your job search might be more difficult because you don’t already have a pre-existing schedule to help you establish a structure for your search. There are pros and cons to being an unemployed job seeker. You have more time than those who are employed, but you also have to create your own structure and schedule from scratch to ensure you’re effective in your job search. I recently spoke...
Writing a Unique Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Mar, 2012
One reason so many job seekers hate writing cover letters is because they find it difficult to write something unique. There is a lot of pressure to write that one-in-a-million killer cover letter, especially in a crowded job market. So, how do you write something original and captivating? Write a hook in the opening paragraph. ¡Start your letter with a startling fact or industry trend. ¡Congratulate the company o...
Another Option After High School: Trade/Vocational Schools
by Randall Hansen - Feb, 2012
Why college? Unless you are one of the lucky few who receive a full scholarship to college, is a college education -- and tens of thousands of dollars in debt for you or your family -- always the right path after high school? As a former college professor, my first response is yes, of course a college education is worth the investment. More and more jobs and careers are professional, white collar jobs in which an undergrad...
A new job search strategy
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2012
You’re looking for a job? When is the last time you tried a new strategy? A change of direction? Your job hunt is lasting longer than you thought? You know it’s a tough market, but you’re frustrated and looking for answers? Maybe it is time to “change up” your job search. When I speak to clients about job search, I often suggest, “Talk to people you don’t think can help you.” Silence typically ensures…”People who CAN’T...
Job Hunting Tips and Ideas February 2012
by Jason Stauffacher - Feb, 2012
Here are some job searching tactics to use in today’s 2012 job hunting: If you write a generic, all-purpose general resume and cover letter, it won't get read by the hiring manager at all. To boot, shot-gunning hundreds of companies with that all-purpose résumés addressed, "to whom it may concern" will not land you a new job or even an interview. It's very important to customize all of your appli...
Marketing Yourself in Job Search
by Kathy Bornheimer - Feb, 2012
No matter how the “job market” swings the prepared job seeker/career manager must understand the employer’s needs and wants. Basic marketing principles apply in this endeavor in order to “seal the deal and obtain the job you want. Basic Market Research Techniques What does the market (employers) want? Find this out by doing your homework through various resources. The Internet is a fantastic tool; however, how you use it i...
5 Ways Teens Can Shine in a Summer Job Interview
by Marcia Robinson - Feb, 2012
Some students are thinking beyond their spring break plans and wondering about how to land a summer job. Summer jobs have been scarce in the last several years. Not just because the number of summer job opportunities are less, but also because older adults are snagging some of the jobs typically reserved for student employment. In July 2011, the Department of Labor reported that the share of young people employed was 48.8%. I...
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