Learning About Careers, One Video at a Time: An Interview with Shatterbox Founder Amanda holt
by Lindsey Pollak - Aug, 2011
With all the disheartening news lately about a double-dip recession and consistently high unemployment, many job seekers are desperate for new career ideas. One great place to seek inspiration is shatterbox, a video-based social community for students and young professionals to find inspiration and share ideas about innovative careers. The site is completely free and is conveniently searchable by industries or keywords. I r...
Are you looking in the right direction for your career?
by Miriam Salpeter - Aug, 2011
Last month, while walking in the magnificent Central Park in New York City, I saw a man taking a picture. As you can see in the photo I took of the man (to your right), it wasn’t that he was taking a picture that was striking, but HOW he was taking it — on his back, on the ground, pointing the lens up at the trees. His tripod (if that’s what you call it) covered his body like some sort of shield. Clearly, there was somethin...
White Collar Professionals Unemployed for 1 Year or More: Investigating Your Job Options
by Ben Ruark - Aug, 2011
If not encountered already, at some point in a protracted unemployment interlude we're forced to decide whether continuing a search for the same/similar position previously held is going to succeed in the near-future; or whether we're on a treadmill-to-nowhere: that we've crossed over some invisible 'threshold of denial' - refusing to acknowledge the harsh reality that our profession's job market exercises exclusionary criteri...
Conquering a phone interview
by Valerie Sokolosky - Aug, 2011
A terrifying pause, a screaming child, a continuous beeping from the other line. There seem to be so many ways that a phone interview can go wrong. But they’re unavoidable these days. Employers use them to weed through applicants and select potential hires for in-person interviews. I think that there is a way to do phone interviews well. It requires preparation and focus, but it’s possible. 1) Isolate yourself. Clear the ro...
What You Should Know Before Contacting an Executive Recruiter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2011
Many executives and senior-level professionals planning to enter the job market will consider contacting a recruiter to find out about open jobs in their field. However, presenting yourself as a great candidate to work with a recruiter doesn’t just happen. It’s important to understand the relationship among all involved parties (the recruiter, company, and you), get your resume in top shape, and to be ready to deal with po...
Facing Cisco's 2011 layoff? Take these 5 steps in your job hunt
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2011
Cisco Systems announced its largest layoff ever in July 2011, and employees are certainly feeling the aftershocks. With 6,500 staff being cut (up to a 14% drop in its workforce), Cisco has announced that it plans to restructure in order to maintain a competitive position. If you’re one of those affected by this or other layoffs, what should you do? It's no secret that professionals have bemoaned the state of the job mark...
5 REASONS WHY RECRUITERS ARE USING TWITTER FOR RECRUITMENT — AND WHY JOBSEEKERS SHOULD TAKE NOTICE!
by Teena Rose - Jun, 2011
#1 Twitter is free; and with the cost of business sometimes being a hefty burden, even recruitment firms can’t resist the charms of a no-cost, useful online tool. For recruiters seeing a decline in assignments, free services such as Twitter can offer needed relief to a weighed-down operating budget. For jobseekers: Twitter is free, even to Jane and Joe Jobseeker. If recruiters are using Twitter to attract ideal job candida...
Executive Job Hunting? You'll Need more Than a Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2011
If you’re an executive planning your next career move, it might intrigue you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your job search. In other words, a full resume is not necessarily the best fit for each interviewer or contact. Surprised? You’ll find that recruiters, company owners, Boards of Directors, and other hiring decision-makers often look at your experience through a series of interv...
Prepare in advance for the job that may come knocking
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2011
Last week, a prospective client contacted me. He was thinking about solidifying his “personal brand” and thought he could use some help firming up his job search plans. We spoke briefly, I explained how I could help him identify the stories that would relate and appeal to his target audience and how I could teach him to propagate those stories via social media. I agreed to outline a strategy/proposal while he interviewed other...
Are You Ready for a Career Change?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2011
I recently conducted a poll on LinkedIn which asked, “If you could change your current career path and reinvent yourself, would you?” 63% of the respondents said yes. We reposted the article on the LinkedIn Group ‘Jobs Openings, Job Leads, and Job Connections’ and there was a huge outpouring of comments. Clearly this issue resonates with people. What the poll results tell me is that many people would like the opportunit...
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