Archive for the 'Clarity' Category

Mar 31 2014

Going Back; Going Forward

Recently a friend told me she was returning to her former place of employment.  “Why would you want to be going back there?” I asked. “I thought you wanted to be going forward in your career?” The idea of her returning to that employer was a bit of a surprise because when she left her [...]

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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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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 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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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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Oct 18 2010

Inspiration

Published byHank under Clarity, creativity

Searching for a job isn’t easy! Whether you are looking to work for someone else, or trying to generate work for yourself, frequently it can be downright boring! What happens to your motivation, focus and inspiration when you’ve been out of work for a while, feeling a little defeated and even a bit depressed?  Your [...]

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Jun 14 2010

No Comparison!

Have you ever read a feature (online or in print) that claimed to offer two views of the same idea, topic or product?  There are all kinds of examples of this “two sides of same coin” column in a wide variety of publications.  But upon reading them, frequently the questions asked are not the same [...]

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Feb 22 2010

Clear Job Descriptions

If you’re an employee, the title of this piece may seem like an oxymoron.  Jobs rarely turn out as they were described in their recruitment announcements.  They often lack complete information and merely  elude to on-the-job realities.  And then there’s the catch all phrase, “… and other duties as assigned,” that necessitate your ability to [...]

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Feb 08 2010

Accomplishment Clarity

Recently while providing feedback to job seekers about their resumes at a local job search preparation event, I was surprised by the overall quality of information delivered by many of those in attendance.  It seemed that many candidates I spoke with were trying, often successfully, to convey not just what they did on their jobs, [...]

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Oct 19 2009

Above The Crowd

Recently I attended a very large, and very crowded free outdoor 3-day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  Moving between six stages of exceptional talent proved to be an arduous and exhausting experience; that thankfully wouldn’t diminish the inspiration and invigoration fueled by the great music.
But I was thinking that it might have [...]

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Oct 05 2009

It’s In The Proof!

Opinions about what belongs in a good resume are a little like belly buttons – everybody’s got one!  Myself included.  Career development specialists, employers, human resource professionals, corporate recruiters and head-hunters, hiring managers, department heads, and every successful job seeker, all believe they know the secrets that go into creating resumes that get results.  And [...]

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May 19 2009

Hurdles – Fear Of Rejection and Failure

There are an awful lot of things that get in the way of our success, whether the objective is looking for and finding work, or any other personally important endeavor.  Fear of rejection and failure in the job search are among the most cited concerns voiced by job seekers.  “What if I don’t get the [...]

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Apr 06 2009

Resume Customization

One of the questions I get asked most often is: “Do I need to customize my resume for each job that I apply for?”
Unless you are applying for only one specific kind of job with little variance to the functions you want to perform (and even then so), the answer is Yes, you do need [...]

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Mar 23 2009

Networking Almost Everywhere; It’s Almost Never A Bad Time To Network

For many people, introducing one’s self to a complete stranger is a very painful experience.  Believe me, I know!  It’s much easier for me to address a room full of people (strangers or not), than to introduce myself to someone I don’t know!!  But to overcome my discomfort talking with strangers took commitment and determination.  [...]

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Feb 09 2009

Reach Out

Whether you are a new graduate looking for your first major gig, or an experienced professional who has been laid off, open and honest communication with your network of family, friends and industry peers is your best bet for making headway in your job search.
It is not uncommon to feel withdrawn when you’re out of [...]

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Jan 26 2009

The Object(ive) Of Your Affection

An Objective statement on your resume, and reiterated in your cover letter is a concise way for you to communicate your career goals.  Too often Objective statements are written as flowery batches of verbiage that convey little or nothing about the job seeker’s real aspirations.  Once upon a time it was OK to use a [...]

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Dec 01 2008

Don’t Take It Personally!

With the unemployment rate rising, it is apparent that more people are completing for fewer jobs.  And as employers are receiving more resumes than they have positions to fill, they can’t always spend the time coding, classifying and filing all the resumes they receive – electronic or paper – for present or future consideration.
Even though [...]

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Nov 16 2008

Nice n Soft – Conveying Your Soft Skills

There’s no question that one’s skills, experience and qualifications should be the primary consideration by an employer when selecting a candidate for hiring.  But one of the most important skill sets any applicant can bring to a job is far less recognizable from interviewing alone.  The qualities one brings for being able to deal with [...]

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