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    Job Search Guide - Creating a Wow Factor in Your Job Search
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - May, 2016
Finding a way to standout from the crowd has always been a key to landing a new job. With so much information and competitive options available, job seekers need to find ways to make employers say, "Wow!" Mike Perry, president of Szarka Financial, uses his decades of experience in hiring to give job seekers the inside scoop on what hits home with potential employers. He tells Tim Muma the specific areas hiring personnel look f...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Promote Yourself Without Bragging (or Selling Short)
by Rick Gillis and Tim Muma - Dec, 2015
Promoting yourself and trying to professionally tout your own experience and skill is one of the more common challenges people face when it comes to their careers. Bragging make you look conceited or selfish, but if you say nothing, who will? Rick Gillis, career expert and author of "Promote! It's Who Knows What You Know That Makes a Career," talks about the subtle and effective ways to make other aware of your value. He gives...
 
    Job Search Guide - Authentic Networking the Key to More Job Leads
by Debra Feldman and Tim Muma - Sep, 2015
There's hardly a doubt that networking leads to the most and best employment opportunities; however, connecting the right way can still be a challenge. Debra Feldman, the Job Whiz, joins Tim Muma to give her experienced take on creating authentic networking relationships that last and give you more job leads. Debra breaks down the most important actions you can take to become a networking pro while bonding with others on a gen...
 
    Classroom to Boardroom - Technology's Impact on Communication
by Roger Whitson and Tim Muma - Sep, 2015
Communication has always been a hot topic in the world of employment. Each year, communication is listed as one of the most important skills, but also the one needing the most work. Roger Whitson, professor of English at Washington State University, discusses how technology is impacting our language and communication, particularly in the professional world. He explains to Tim Muma that college students need to recognize and ut...
 
  Starting A Summer Internship? Here's Advice You Haven't Heard Before
by Lindsey Pollak - Jun, 2016
Show up on time. Ask smart questions. Have a can-do attitude. All good internship advice that you’ve likely heard before. There’s no question that summer internships can be the gateway to future employment: a new survey from Looksharp confirms that internships increase your chances of early career success. And, since demand for internships is greater than supply, you have to prove you’re among the best and the brightest. Bu...
 
  5 Dangerous Myths about Job References
by Thea Kelley - Jun, 2016
As spring is followed by summer, hopefully your job interviews will be followed by reference checks! Don't be knocked out of the running by relying on any of these deadly myths. Myth #1: Employers will only contact the persons you include in your references list. Not true. Many will contact others; it's neither illegal nor particularly difficult. They can even discover and contact past employers you haven't listed on y...
 
  5 Insights For Nailing Your Job Interview
by Tim Muma - Jun, 2016
Once you’ve fought your way through the free-for-all of resumes and cover letters, it’s time to put on display the precise reason the employer would be a fool not to hire you. The job interview is your bottom of the 9th, bases loaded moment: a strike out ends the game, a base hit gives you a chance, and a home run – well, you get the picture. Of course, you need to make sure you’re on time f...
 
  More Than Fetching Coffee: How To Build Great Relationships
by Lindsey Pollak - Jun, 2016
With summer intern season about to begin, I wanted to share helpful advice I’ve been reading about making internships truly beneficial for both interns and organizations. What you do to help interns succeed will impact them far beyond this summer. And their contributions can make a real difference to your operations. Start Off On the Right Foot “On the first day of the job, an intern is most likely going to feel a little...
 
  Career Satisfaction & Lateral Moves
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2016
Many people change jobs to gain career advancement because they feel stuck where they are and see no likelihood of change in their current organization. Conventional wisdom suggests that moving “up the ladder” is the way to advance professionally, which might mean finding a new job in another company. However, a relatively new trend in the work world indicates that not everyone thinks this way or adopts the traditional care...
 
  Time to Retire the "Elevator Speech" For Job Seekers
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Time to retire the term “elevator speech” from the job seekers lexicon. Does it really work for job seekers? Isn’t a “speech” about 30 or 40 minutes? Most elevators are very short rides here in California. So what is the standard definition? From Wikipedia: “An elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply defines a person, profession, product, service, organization or event...
 
  Your Secret Source For Top Talent
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2016
“But we were on a break!” (“Friends” references cross the generational divide, right?) Ross may have been talking about a relationship break, but I want to talk about career breaks – when employees leave for another company or a personal life event. Today, most employers realize that job-hopping employees are a fact of life. The 2016 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey found that 44 percent of millennials plan to change jo...
 
  Avoid Network Tunnel Vision
by Sherri Edwards - May, 2016
It’s commonly understood that there are many reasons to network with professionals in your field. What is not as widely recognized is the need to network with others outside of your field of interest and the benefits that can be gained. Networking outside of your comfort zone can lead to unexpected learning opportunities that can add to your development as a responsible citizen, employee or emerging leader. To start thinkin...
 
  Goodwill Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May, 2016
Most people know Goodwill as the community place to bring used clothing and wares to be sold in stores and online. What you may not know is that Goodwill can also help boost your career. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that unemployment is the lowest since March 1973, but many are still looking for work or interested in upping their career game to avoid being underemployed. Elise Gould, an economist for the Economic...
 
  4 Things You Should Know About References
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
I field many questions about professional references, and there is an abundance of both misunderstanding and erroneous information out there. I want to dispel the many myths that there are, so here are the top four things you should know about references. •They can say anything: Many people tell me that their former employer will only verify dates of employment and previous titles. That may very well be the employer’s form...
 
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