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Aug 11 2014

Both Sides Now

Let’s look at both sides of the job seeker – employer equation.  When you think about where you want to take your career, one of the first considerations is the kind of work you want to do, and the industry in which you want to grow.  But an equally important consideration should be your understanding [...]

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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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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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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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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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Jul 23 2012

Wanderlust

Published byHank under research

Every now and again, I get wanderlust.  I feel the need to travel and explore new places.  But it becomes apparent if you are lucky enough to travel far away from your home that no matter where you go these days, there are a lot of people out of work.  Worldwide, the unemployment figures are [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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Sep 19 2011

Get Plugged In

Over the last 10-15 years there have been a lot of changes in the way we look for work.  Some of these changes have been subtle, while others have been more dramatic.  But at the core of a search job seekers must still get their work histories and skills in front of decision makers.  And [...]

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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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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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Nov 29 2010

Transitions

Statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate that those entering the workforce now will likely change careers at least five times in the course of their working lives.  Not just change jobs, but change careers. Some will discover that they are not cut out for the careers they planned, or they have burned out [...]

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