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Oct 07 2013

Time Management

When you are working, there is a lot of structure to your day. You generally know how long it will take you to get out of bed and out of the house, the length of your commute, and what you might be doing on your job.  But when you are looking for work, constructive time [...]

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Aug 26 2013

Watch Your Q’s and A’s!

Without minimizing the importance of being able to answer tough interview questions with concise answers, today’s column is about the other Q’s and A’s: Qualifications and Accomplishments.  Qualifications and Accomplishments are the resume headings misused most frequently during job search document preparation. This happens primarily because the information revealed by both these and other headings [...]

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Jul 15 2013

Contingency

What happens when the conveyance you depend on for getting to work or looking for work is not functioning?  Do you have a contingency plan for such situations?  Have you given thought to how you would get around if your personal vehicle or local transit system wasn’t running?  Last week in the San Francisco area, [...]

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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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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 02 2013

The Coast Is Clear

Published byHank under Job Search Preparation

Happy New Year!
The phrase “The Coast Is Clear” was frequently used to advise seamen that the fog had lifted and the shore could be seen from out at sea, or that the oceans and shipping lanes were clear for smooth venturing onto open water.  Metaphorically, and on dry land, it also implies that it is [...]

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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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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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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 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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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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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 13 2011

How Far Will You Go?

This is a question every job seeker eventually needs to ask her/himself.  “How far am I willing to go for my job?” Certainly most folks want to go as far in their careers as they possibly can, but this is more a question of physical and geographic distance than of accomplishment.  How far are you [...]

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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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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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Mar 21 2011

Length!

An old friend with more than 10 years in nursing needed to create a new resume because she wants to find another job.  Having worked at several hospitals, in a number of specialized areas, she has a wealth of experience and accomplishments to convey to the medical professionals who could employ her.  Not wanting to [...]

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Oct 04 2010

Listen And Repeat

Listen and repeat!
For many years, high school students had that phrase drilled into their heads when they were learning a foreign language.  Regardless of the foreign language being studied, the prerecorded voice of the instructors in the widely used ALM series preceded each expression with “Listen and repeat.”  In those days, students learned key phrases [...]

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Sep 20 2010

Systems

Over the past few days I’ve been trying to find some hardware from a disassembled desk that had been in storage.  This hunt necessitated going through some boxes that had been in tucked away for over 5 years, and I thought I knew where the hardware had been packed.  When these boxes were being filled [...]

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