Archive for the 'Communication' Category

Mar 17 2014

Making It Personal

In this age of social networking that reduces much interpersonal communication to the news feeds from various social websites, people tend to forget the value of making it personal through real face-to-face networking.  Nothing replaces looking someone in the eye, sharing a handshake and a smile.  Have we become too content with mere electronic representations [...]

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Dec 02 2013

Too Far Or Not Far Enough?

In this age of political correctness, I often wonder whether attempts to maintain sensitivity to all things has taken us too far or not far enough.  Have we gone too far in our attempts to be politically correct (pc) about just about everything?  It has changed our language, our communication and our own sensitivity to [...]

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Aug 12 2013

Katrina Rides New Waves

Recently, I heard from Katrina, a French-born marketing assistant living in Ohio, who has spent most of her life in the United States.  She has lived in many diverse locations around the globe, has traveled extensively, and considers herself industry-wise because of her world-wide exposure to her field.  Katrina told me she attended college in [...]

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Jul 01 2013

Analysis

This week, I wanted to talk a bit about the analysis of your interaction with prospective employers, and their response to you and your efforts to gain employment.  There is no hard-and-fast science at work here, though there are some very workable theories for the analysis and understanding of employer responses to your submissions.  However, [...]

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Feb 11 2013

Resumes: Used And Abused!

Published byHank under Communication, creativity, resumes

Ah, the resume.  The most used and abused document in one’s job search arsenal.  I’ve seen great resumes, and I’ve seen really poor ones.  You can have the best skills, and the most extensive work experience, regardless of your industry, but if the written content of your resume is not organized and presented properly it [...]

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Nov 26 2012

You Don’t Say!

When clients tell me they aren’t sure how they did during an interview, they usually talk about all the things they claim they told their inquisitor.  Granted, knowing what to say is important.  But frequently, the success of an interview can hinge on what you don’t say.  And sometimes, what you don’t tell your interviewer [...]

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Mar 19 2012

Like Vs. Respect

Let me know if any of this sounds familiar:  You’ve been in contact with someone you’ve known for a long time, someone you know well who works in your chosen profession.  You feel there is a genuine rapport, and honestly believe you like each other and trust each other.  You also believe the other person [...]

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Feb 20 2012

Shifting Gears

Among the issues I get to frequently talk to job seekers about is how to transition from one career to another.  For many shifting gears and their career focus, there is an almost natural progression that might emanate from the development of new skills or successfully tackling a progression of more difficult responsibilities.  For others, [...]

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Feb 06 2012

The More Things Change …

You’ve probably heard the expression, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”  Well, when it comes to job search, and the self-promotion required to successfully obtain work, we’ve seen a tremendous evolution in the ways we apply for employment.  Newspaper classifieds have given way to the online job boards, industry-specific sites and [...]

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Jan 23 2012

The Right Message In The Right Time

Last time out I wrote about the importance of clarity in work communication and its effects on job survival.  While at the gigantic Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, I was continuously reminded of the importance of clarity in brevity, particularly when it comes to what we often refer to as [...]

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Jan 09 2012

Survival = Clarity

Published byHank under Clarity, Communication, productivity

 
Regardless of the kind of work you do, or where ever you are located, if you have or want a job, you will interact with other people! (Well “Duh!” That’s obvious!) Bear with me! The basic give-and-take of what is sometimes simple communication, is how we get through our day. Sometimes the information being passed [...]

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Dec 12 2011

I Fatigue

Recently, I was reviewing resumes, cover letters and doing some interview preparation for job seekers at a job fair.  Although the age of the participants skewed a bit older than most of these events, the employment hopefuls were as diversified in their skills, experience and positions of interest, as would be expected. But one of [...]

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Nov 14 2011

Prospecting

There was a time not too long ago when job seekers routinely sent out their job search documents to unknown recipients. More times than not job announcements instructed job seekers to send their resumes and cover letters to blind addresses – Post Office boxes or routing numbers in care of the newspaper that ran the [...]

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Jul 11 2011

What Do You Need? What Do You Want?

In my last entry, we talked about Marilyn and how her efforts to find a new job were thwarted when she turned the focus of her interviews to her needs rather than those of the job and the employer.  This time out I want to reiterate and expound further that you should not ignore your [...]

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Jun 27 2011

Too Much Too Soon

Did you ever go on a first date with a too chatty gal or guy who told you far too much about themselves? Was he or she too self-absorbed?  Too much superfluous information provided too soon can ruin your chances of getting to know another person.  In job search, just like in dating, or other [...]

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May 30 2011

Location, Location, Location!

“Location, location, location!” usually refers to the three most important things to consider before buying or opening a retail business.  But have you given much thought to the location of your interviews?  Interviews today won’t always take place in an office.  Your next interview might be in a conference room, in a lunchroom, at a [...]

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May 16 2011

Submission!

Questions about the best way to submit your resume and application documents are as common today as they have always been.  Despite all the ways technology has provided for submitting these necessary documents, is there a single best way to make sure the right person sees and considers your materials?  The answer is, “It depends!” [...]

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Apr 18 2011

Vouch or Ouch?

Among the frequent discussions I have with clients is the topic of references and prospective employers’ attempt to confirm what job seekers claim on their resumes, applications and in interviews.  You’d be amazed at the number of people who voice serious concerns about what others will say about them.  And they should be concerned.  But [...]

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Apr 04 2011

Humble Brag

If you’re looking for work, there’s nothing wrong with tooting your own horn, and telling others about the quality of the work you do.  In fact, it’s expected! Being able to tell others what you are good at what, and how it relates to what they do, is as important as where you send your [...]

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Mar 07 2011

By Association!

Are you judged by the company you keep?  When it comes to your job search, frequently the answer is Yes!  Networking with the right people can mean the difference between success and failure in your hunt for the right job.  But for many job seekers, where to meet the right people is the problem.  If [...]

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