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Feb 17 2014

Your Butt Could Get Bit

It is no surprise to employers that many applicants have experienced some legal issues in their lives.  Formal job applications still ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime, and you typically authorize the employer to perform a background check when you sign that form.  But just because you satisfied the courts’ requirements, [...]

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Jan 02 2014

Top Ten Things NOT To Do In Your Job Search In 2014

It’s hard to believe that the year 2013 is over.  It went by quickly and hopefully productively for you.  If not, like many, you are still looking for that right employment situation that matches all your needs.  Well, hopefully with this list, you’ll remind yourself of a few things not to do, and move forward [...]

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Dec 16 2013

Back On Track

What does it take to get your career pursuits back on track after your plans get derailed due to a major health crisis?  How do you come back after years of recuperation?  Battling a major illness and recovering from a severe injury are among life’s most difficult challenges.  But after all the physical healing is [...]

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Sep 09 2013

Time To Take Inventory

In the last installment Watch Your Q’s and A’s, we talked about the differences between skills, qualifications and accomplishments.  Now it’s time to take inventory of those skills. Taking stock of what you know how to do and where each skill can best be applied enables you to tell employers you have what they need [...]

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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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Jun 17 2013

Patience Is …

Patience is a virtue, and a necessity!  The hardest part of any job search is the waiting.  After dutifully contacting numerous employers with openings well suited to your skills and experience, you hear … nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Bupkis!  No calls, no emails, no smoke signals.  You have followed every instruction, sent every required document, without [...]

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May 20 2013

Directory Assistance

There are lots of good resources for job seekers, but there are few as useful as industry specific directories.  For almost any professional endeavor these publications reveal vast amounts of useful information for job seekers and others already working in those fields.  Most industry specific directories are published at least annually, and some are updated [...]

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Apr 08 2013

Control Part Two

When you are out of work, control isn’t something you generally feel.  But when you’re looking for work, you have more control than you may think!  There are many aspects to the job search where you, the job seeker, are in control.  And while you may need to exercise caution and respect exerting that control, [...]

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Mar 11 2013

What Are They Really Asking?

Published byHank under interviewing

There are all sorts of interviewers.  Some are much better inquisitors than others.  There are those who ask pertinent and relevant questions that delve into your knowledge and experience, and who understand the nuances their questions imply; and there others who ask traditional questions.  And there are those who ask the “off-the-wall” questions just to [...]

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Feb 25 2013

Closer Than You Think

These days, it’s more important than ever to talk with the people in your network and ask them about openings where they work.  In doing so, your next job may be closer than you think because increasingly employers are sourcing appropriate candidates through the networks of their current employees.  And more and more employers are [...]

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Jan 28 2013

Culture Or Capability?

Recently, I read an article from Bloomberg Business Week about how many employers believe it to be more important for prospective hires to have a strong cultural match with a company’s existing staff, than it is for applicants to just have strong skills.  Really?  I guess I didn’t get the memo on this edict.  When [...]

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Jan 14 2013

In Pursuit Of Happiness

One of the things I think some people take for granted is the freedom with which we can make change to our work lives in this country. If you’re not happy on the job, feel you could be making more money, or have more control over the work, you are free to leave your job [...]

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Dec 10 2012

Dig Deeper

An old friend got in touch recently to ask about some people in my contacts list on one of my social networks.  She was digging through other friends lists as well in an effort to find familiar names from our common past.  Her interest, as it turns out, was to make a late stage career [...]

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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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Jul 09 2012

Sacrifice And Compassion

There are times in your life that necessitate that sacrifices are made. The small act may not seem like a big deal at the time, especially if the right sacrifices is made, and is done with our hearts so we can demonstrate our compassion, our understanding and patience.  Things like giving up your seat on [...]

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Apr 30 2012

Exit Strategy

Back in the day, workers spent a lot more years with a single employer than they do today.  We once thought we’d spend our entire careers with a single employer, but this is no longer the case.  In fact, it’s becoming increasingly rare for employees to spend more than 5 years with a single employer.  [...]

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Mar 05 2012

Everyone’s A Comedian. Not!

Published byHank under Community, interviewing, research

Bob went for his interview at a major market radio station excited and grateful that he was being considered to fill a rare and much coveted on-air news position.  He felt prepared to meet the station’s news director, and had done a lot of research about this station, its lengthy ratings dominance, its audience and [...]

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Dec 26 2011

Top 10 Job Seeker Resolutions For 2012

Ah yes, the end of the year.  Now is the time year when almost anyone with an audience looks back on the past twelve months to reflect on the best of this, and most important of that.  Brief perspectives such as the “top ten list” can be very handy in providing a close-up view of [...]

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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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