A Professional Resume: What It Means and How to Create It
by Robin Schlinger - Sep, 2014
A professional looking and sounding resume is as important as a professional wardrobe when you are looking for a job. What makes a resume professional? First, the contact information is professional, with an email address that consists of your name, not some cute phrase or an address you share with your entire family (such as TheSmithFamily@yahoo.com). Second, the content conforms to expectations for professional resumes...
Is a Bad Credit Rating Hindering Your Career?
by Rowe Leathers - Sep, 2014
Having a poor credit rating can do more than just keep you from getting a job. Simply knowing that your credit rating is limiting your employment options can reduce your self-confidence, and in turn, can negatively impact your attitude, outlook and overall demeanor. Unfortunately, your demeanor can send a message of doubt and desperation that potential employers can sense, and quite frankly, avoid. When hit with a financial...
3 Little Known Ways to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search (Relocation)
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
Sometimes the perfect executive level job for you just doesn’t seem to exist in your area. You resolve to looking for jobs that require you to relocate thinking this will help expand your job search. While this may be true, you soon realize there’s a special set of challenges that present themselves when trying to conduct a job search that requires relocation. Use the tips below to show recruiters that you are serious about...
That problem in your background? It isn’t as bad as you think
by Louise Fletcher - Sep, 2014
I’m taking on online sketching class at the moment. I’ve always loved painting and drawing, and I’m finding this a particularly rewarding way to work. But I’ve noticed a lot of the students are very uncomfortable sharing their work. They’ll preface each post with caveats like ‘this isn’t very good’ or ‘I don’t like this one at all.’ Usually, the drawing is excellent – full of life and personality and character – but all they s...
Executive Bios: The Top 10 Ways to Use One
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
Do you have an executive bio? And do you know how best to use one? Bios have been around for decades and are often used by senior executives. In fact, recruiters and employers tend to assume that if you are a senior executive, you already have one. Useful for reminding your network what you bring to the table and introducing your background to prospective contacts, your bio also presents key details about you to recruiters,...
Network into Your Next Job
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2014
A job search can feel overwhelming at times. You don't need to do it alone. Your network can help take some of the "work" out of your search. Getting Clear It's important to let your network know that you are in a job search. They can't help you if they don't know! And, without clearly defined job targets, i.e., specific positions, industries, and companies you are seeking, it can be even harder for your network to help....
How to Use Travel Tips to Reach Your Career Goals
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2014
Were you one of the lucky ones that actually took time off this summer for a vacation? Typically, there is a lot of planning that took place before you took off to the wild blue yonder; choosing a destination, setting a budget, purchasing travel tickets, hotel rooms, and then packing the suitcase. What if the plan to reach your career goals was as easy as planning a vacation? Choose your destination Most people don’t...
Commodity Job Seeker: Make Sure This Isn’t You
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2014
One definition of commodity is: “A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type.” In the world of job search and career management, you do not want to be a commodity! Interchangeability is not your friend. Avoid the “Me Too” Syndrome If your resume and other career marketing/job search tools paint you as just another candidate like the scores whose resumes preceded yours...
How a Great Resume Prepares You for a Great Interview
by Robin Schlinger - Sep, 2014
Your resume introduces you to a company and puts you in line for an interview. But your resume is also an essential part of your preparation for that interview. First, suppose you tried, without a resume, to keep the exact same information on employment websites, social media like LinkedIn, personal contact, networking, email and snail mail. It would be very difficult to avoid minor errors and contradictions while juggling...
How To Leave Your Best Brand Impression:The Second Time
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
We hear it all the time. “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” That good ol’ first impression, in which people “sum you up” in a matter of seconds. Some say this isn’t fair but research shows that we do make judgments about others in the first few seconds of meeting them. In a short amount of time, there can be assumptions made about a person’s income, where they live, where they work, their perso...
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