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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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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 23 2013

Greener Pastures

Do you ever contemplate relocating to another part of the country, or another part of the world?  Do you wonder if greener pastures are on the other side? Are there new, different, more exciting opportunities for you someplace else?  It certainly is possible that something different, maybe even better, awaits you in another location.  But [...]

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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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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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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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Aug 20 2012

Time For A Tune Up

Periodically, just about everything needs a little tune-up.  You know?  Maintenance!   Not necessarily a major overhaul, but the kind of routine attention that keeps systems working as optimally as possible.  The first thing that requires a tune-up is our bodies so they can serve us for many years to come.  Our cars and other transportation [...]

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Jun 25 2012

Summertime, And The Living Is … Distracting!

When you are looking for work, you always face a lot of distracting temptations.  But during the summer months, when the temperatures warm up, it becomes harder to concentrate.  It seems that everyone else is doing fun stuff and there are so many places you’d rather be than in front of your computer looking for [...]

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Jun 11 2012

Are Job Fairs Still Worth Your Time?

If you’re looking for a job, In addition to all the online social and real interpersonal networking, job boards, posting sites and direct applications, are you still attending job fairs?  Are these events still worth your job search time?  For a great many job seekers, the answer is, “Yes”!  Attending job fairs is still a [...]

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May 28 2012

Being An ENABLER Can Be A Good Thing

These days, when we hear the word “enabler” there is a negative connotation implied because too frequently it is used as a psychology term. Unfortunately, Enabler isn’t generally associated with all the positive traits exhibited by those who try to bring out the best in others. Too bad!  Because among us are those rare, special [...]

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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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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 28 2011

A Little Goes A Long Way

Now that you’ve made it through the Thanksgiving Weekend with or without a tryptophan induced hangover, and with or without bruises from the Black Friday melee, maybe you’re at work not quite feeling the gratitude the holiday name suggests. Understandable!  Due to our sustained economic doldrums, many employers are cutting down on office celebrations, bonuses, [...]

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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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Oct 03 2011

No Shame and No Justice

Unless you’re devoid of any feelings, one of the toughest things to hear from someone is that they lost their job.  This is a hard thing to hear from anyone, particularly if you know the person well, and know that they have committed themselves for a long time to that gig.  And even if you [...]

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