So, Tell Me About Your Weaknesses
by Dan King - Oct, 2010
In a calm, confident manner, Sam replied, "My biggest weakness is that I can become impatient with people who don't set standards as high as mine." Huh? I should have let it go, but it was late in the day and I was already on my sixth interview. Pretending to be puzzled, I looked Sam in the eye and asked, "Are you saying that your biggest weakness is your impatience? Or is it that you set unrealistic standards. He gla...
9 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Association Career
by Marshall Brown - Oct, 2010
Are you a CEO who suddenly finds it necessary to reinvent your career due to the economy, layoff or merger? Or do these uncertain times simply inspire you to make a change? If so, you may wonder if you can make a fresh start without having to start over. The good news is, you can. Here’s how: 1. Feel your feelings. Get angry or frustrated or confused or scared or excited. It’s natural and healthy. No need for the...
Find a Job Faster With Social Media
by Kevin Donlin - Oct, 2010
If you’re looking for a job in this economy, consider adding social media to your tool kit. Specifically, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn -- used correctly -- can help you find work faster. To get the latest tips, I spoke with Dan Schawbel, author of “Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future,” published in October 2010. According to Schawbel, job hunting is now giving way to people hunting...
8 Thoughts That Are Really Bad for Your Career Development
by Thomas J. Denham - Oct, 2010
The #1 barrier to achieving career success is you. You are standing way of your own success with negative distortions. I am often my clients’ best cheerleader, while they act as their own worst enemy beating themselves up with criticism, self-doubt and worry. I listen patiently and hear them offer up their dominant thoughts from the dark side. Thoughts come and go so frequently that we rarely think about how they impact...
Leaving Effective Voicemails In Your Job Search!
by Harry Urschel - Oct, 2010
When networking, following up on an application, reconnecting after an interview, or for virtually any other aspect of a job search… talking to someone is always better than an email. A professional voice on the phone is much harder to ignore than one of dozens of emails. However, for most people, the majority of calls you make will initially result in leaving a voicemail than actually being able to catch someone on the...
Which Cola does your Resume Brand you as?
by Nimish Thakkar - Oct, 2010
As top Cola brands fought to capture and sustain market share in an oversaturated soft drinks market, some very valuable marketing and branding lessons surfaced. What we learnt from the “Cola Wars” was that the fittest brand did not always thrive. On the contrary, ultimate success was the result of a shrewd branding strategy, one that truly differentiated the product from the crowd of “me too” competitors. To combat 9.5% un...
Investing in an Interview
by Sherri Edwards - Oct, 2010
1. Know the organization. First of all, if you are only applying to posted roles on Craigslist or Indeed without researching companies ahead of time to be better aware of what is a fit for you, then you have put yourself at a disadvantage. It means you have to act quickly to get attention (within 24 hours), and, you have little time to get in touch with people to learn more before a call from the employer is expected. To...
Job Fair A-Z: How to Effectively Navigate A Job Fair
by Staci Eggert-Dziedzic - Oct, 2010
A- Assertive job seekers make a positive first impression on employers. B- Bring multiple copies of your resume to distribute to those organizations that interest you. Come to the Workforce Development Center to update your resume and make multiple copies. C- Communicate your skills in a clear and concise manner. Focus on your experience, values and interests. D- Dress the part. Professional attire is appropriate for jo...
Why No one is Calling You Back (and What to do About It)
by Louise Fletcher - Sep, 2010
The most common complaint I hear from job seekers is this: “I’m sending tons of resumes out and no one is calling me back.” I know how frustrating this can be from personal experience. I’ve been there myself back before I had my own business. You see the perfect vacancy – you just know you have all the right skills for it – and you are sure they will call you as soon as they see your resume. So when the phone doesn’t ring,...
Job-Clinching Interview Secrets and Tips
by Nimish Thakkar - Sep, 2010
The entire interview process is designed to sift the average from the extraordinary and to select the candidate who will be the “right fit”. To facilitate decision-making, hiring managers often leverage behavioral interviewing (an interview technique relying on past performance as an indicator of future success). Interview success is largely dependent on how the candidate delivers responses. Consider the following tips:...
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