Applying to Small vs. Large Companies: What Are the Differences?
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
Before I list the differences between small companies and large companies from the job applicant’s viewpoint, let me list a couple of similarities: Both small and large companies use applicant tracking systems these days. About the only companies that don’t use electronic systems to weed out resumes are sole proprietorships! Both small and large companies expect to see a professional, clearly written, focused resume, not a...
Why You Should Always Keep an Eye Out for the Perfect Job
by Adrienne Erin - Nov, 2014
You’re content with your job. You’re happy where you are. You’re confident in your job security. You have the perfect job and don’t need to job search. Right? Think again. Contrary to popular belief, you can and should continue to search for the perfect job, regardless of whether or not you currently need or want to change employment. It may seem illogical or counter-intuitive, but continually searching is crucial to you...
How to Politely Nudge Recruiters
by Heather Krasna - Nov, 2014
You’ve applied for the job; you’ve had an interview; or you’ve just reached out to a new networking connection at your favorite company. Now it’s a waiting game, right? Wrong. Done right, good follow-up can get your resume a second look in searches, bring in more job leads, or even land you the job. To follow up without being annoying, always emphasize your interest in the company, be appreciative of others’...
Get Hired Quickly! Tips To Work Your List of Targeted Employers
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2014
Are you currently engaged in a job search? Although it can be fun, it probably isn’t because, quite frankly, it’s work, work that’s often stressful to boot! And usually a lot of work. Which, if you’re working while looking for other work, is almost unworkable. Obviously, the goal is to get hired and get hired as quickly as possible. We know that you’ve put together a list of targeted employers designed to make your job se...
How to answer the “what is your greatest weakness?” interview question
by Louise Fletcher - Nov, 2014
The ‘what is your greatest weakness?’ question is one we all dread – right up there with ‘so tell me about yourself.’ Frankly “what is your greatest weakness” is a pretty pointless question as it rarely gets an honest response, but nevertheless, it’s a question you are very likely to be asked. So what do you say? Obviously you don’t want to say anything that hurts your chances of getting the job, but you have to answer....
Finding a Job in a Difficult Market—A Six Source Plan to Expand Your Opportunities
by David Maxfield - Nov, 2014
Confessions of a Job Seeker “I’m looking for a job. And, surprise, so are many others with plenty of skills, experience, and education. I prepare a resume and cover letter. Next, I search for job openings using employer and job search sites. When I find prospective jobs, I tailor my letter and send off my information. I try to place follow up calls but the sites say calls are not accepted. Do they really mean it? I don’t...
Ho-Hum Resumes: Is Yours One of Them?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
Sometimes it feels as if I’m playing a broken record on this, but experience shows that too many job seekers still don’t get the difference between a resume that showcases their unique value to employers and one that looks basically like a job description. The latter is what I’ve decided to call a ho-hum resume. In other words, the response to it is likely to be something along the lines of “who cares?” or “So…?” or even “O...
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
They creep in everywhere, the little exaggerations or omissions: those little resume lies. Some resume writers even encourage them in the name of “helping” a job applicant look good. But in my viewpoint, the consequences of lying are never worth the risk; they are too severe, both personally and professionally, and too likely to be exposed, even during the job interview. Those little lies include: Inflating a job title. Your...
Numbers Talk: Why You Must Use Social Media in Your Job Search
by Lisa Rangel - Nov, 2014
You have read so many articles like “14 Ways to Use Twitter to Land a Job” or “8 Ways to Get Recruiters to Find You on LinkedIn.” You may have read many of ours giving this type of premier advice…but here is the million dollar question… Are you doing it? Any of It? Even a little bit of it? You know the answer to that… I have to believe you do not need any more convincing as to why you must use social media in your...
4 Steps to Thaw Out a Frozen #JobSearch
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2014
Frozen by the cold harsh realities of job search in today’s ever-shifting and often-brutal economic climate? Here are 4 counterintuitive steps you can take to help thaw things out: 1. Write thank-you letters or call someone (friend, family member, co-worker, former boss) to let them know you appreciate their impact in your life. It’s amazing what showing appreciation for others can do for you. Witness the spark you spur wit...
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