How to Impress a Prospective Employer
by Maureen Cullen - Dec, 2010
Use these 10 Tips to Prepare for an Employment Interview Pre-planning is the most important thing you can do to prepare for an employment interview. If this is done thoroughly your chances of impressing your interviewer and getting a job offer may increase by as much as 75%. And if it is not done thoroughly you may decrease your chances of success by the same percentage. If you follow the tips below you will knock the socks o...
‘Polishing, Scrubbing and Tweaking’ your Resume (Oh My!)
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2010
After reading a recent US News article, “6 Steps to Polish Up Your Resume,” my vision of a staid, buzzword-rich resume with your top 10 accomplishments waxed. Though the bones of the article were solid, and the emphasis on translating your work history into achievements respectable, I couldn’t help being consumed by a certain dull roar of the same-old, same-old resume advice. Unfortunately, the focus on the tactical aspect...
Making the Most of Working With a Recruiter
by Caitlin McNally - Dec, 2010
As you know, looking for a job can be challenging and frustrating. This is especially true if you feel you've already utilized all of your resources. If your job search has been ongoing, now is the time to review some of your tools to make sure you're utilizing them to their fullest potential. For instance, have you been making the most of working with your recruiter? Recruiters can work as an extension of your job search a...
4 Ways to Get More Done in Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2010
It’s been said that time isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. When you’re job hunting, this is especially true. Because every day spent in the wrong job (or in no job) can seem like an eternity to you and your family. As we wind down the year this month, here are four tips to help you save time and get more done every day, so you can find your next job faster … #1: Plan Every Day “A lifetime is composed of days,...
Job Search Time Savers during the Holiday Season
by Caitlin McNally - Dec, 2010
The holiday season is upon us and it is hard not to get caught up in the hussle and bussle. Holiday shopping, parties and family get-togethers may make it difficult to find the time to focus on your job search. If you find yourself short on time, here are a few job search strategies you can use that take little time to execute, yet yield great results. Use Metasearch job search engines: Metasearch engines include job sites...
Understanding the Power of You
by Adrianne L. Hooker - Dec, 2010
With Wisconsin unemployment rates hovering at nine percent, putting your best foot forward in your current work environment is an absolute requirement. If you’re employed or in search of employment, no matter the arena, consider branding yourself a complete and invaluable total package. In short, become an asset. Lets take a moment to explore the importance of soft skills. Essentially, soft skills are your people skills...
How to Get Your Resume Read (Sort of)
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2010
This month's Career Collective topic is common job search misperceptions. My post is about resume writing misperceptions. You can read the topics by my esteemed colleagues by following the links at the end of this post. It's probably no surprise to you that hiring managers don't read every resume they receive. And you may also know that they don't read any resume in its entirety; instead they scan the resume to find releva...
4 Steps To Ace Your Next Phone Interview
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2010
In an effort to save time and narrow the playing field, more often than not, companies are conducting one or more phone interviews before bringing candidates in for an in-person meeting. During in-person interviews you are sitting in front of someone; you have an opportunity to engage them – let your personality shine through. Your body language, smile, and ability to connect on a personal level can give you the upper hand;...
4 Ways to Balance Your Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2010
Whenever I talk to job seekers who have been unsuccessfully searching for work for a long time, I often hear a common theme. These candidates have spent almost 100% of their job search time sitting behind a computer searching through online job ads. This is simply not the most effective use of your time out of the workforce. Here are some tips for balancing your activity during your search: Make a point to network every sin...
4 Ways Young Professionals Can Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market
by Alexia Vernon - Dec, 2010
I’ve had the privilege of chatting with a lot of students and recent grads on the book tour, and one of the questions I often get asked is: How can I make myself stand out when a lot of other applicants have more education and professional experience? I always start by saying “breathe.” Then, I usually recommend the following: 1. Request informational interviews with leaders in your target companies BEFORE they post jobs yo...
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