Archive for January, 2011

Networking Tips Anonymous: Tip #2

January 31, 2011

On to the next tip in our Networking Tips Anonymous series! And for those of you asking – no, I won’t reveal their identity! TIP #2: MISTAKES, TYPOS AND GRAMMAR, OH MY! I once looked at a portfolio of a young applicant who had a typo on every piece of work she showed me, not [...]

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The Science Behind Motivation

January 28, 2011

There may be no more important aspect of career development and planning than maintaining motivation. Sure, identifying what you’re great at, nailing interview questions, etc. are key. But without motivation, how are you even going to do those things well?! Last year I linked to a video interpretation of a speech Daniel Pink gave regarding [...]

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Is Twitter Right For Your Career Search?

January 27, 2011

Most everyone knows and agrees that LinkedIn is the social network to use for networking and career development. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only one. Case in point: Twitter. Now, I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes right now. I know that a lot of people think Twitter is just a [...]

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Networking Tips Anonymous: Tip #1

January 24, 2011

I’m very excited to introduce the first of a new blog post series, “Networking Tips Anonymous”, in which an executive contact of mine (who happens to be the EVP of his/her company) provides 10 tips for you based on his/her past experiences with people eagerly pursuing a job or career change. Some may be familiar [...]

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Inspiration From a Real Life Job Search Story

January 20, 2011

Jessica Miller-Merrell has been there. “Where”, you ask? Where many of you are quite possibly right now: in the thick of an unpromising job search. On her blog, Blogging4jobs.com, Jessica shares the story of her husband’s unexpected job loss right before the birth of their first baby. She talks about the worry. The planning. The [...]

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Breaking Down Job Search Techniques

January 18, 2011

There’s no question about it: some search techniques simply work better than others. Richard Bolles, author of The Job Hunter’s Survival Guide, did a study on a variety of techniques and came to some very telling conclusions: Only 7% of job seekers find success by mailing out resumes to potential employers. How much time do [...]

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What Does U.S. Career Recovery Look Like Going Into 2011?

January 13, 2011

This is a good question every one of us should be asking – and this article from TIME is a very comprehensive “state of the union” of sorts for the job market going into the new year. The article does a great job of delving into which companies/industries are growing their businesses, providing a good [...]

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What’s Your Job Title Worth?

January 9, 2011

It’s always fun to talk about the happy side of job interviewing: getting an offer! But how do you know what you really deserve based on your job title? Sure, the hiring manager knows – but they want to know if YOU know your value in the market (and if you’re realistic). If you don’t, [...]

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Should You Take Freelance Work?

January 5, 2011

While jobs may seem scarce, freelance opportunities are ample in some industries (take IT, for example). But before you start accepting freelance jobs, there’s an important question to ask: how many months away are you from going under financially? If you can hold off a little while, I would recommend making finding a job your [...]

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Do You Have a Resolution?

January 3, 2011

Some people are firm believers in the importance and power of New Year’s resolutions, while others see them as a gimmick. My opinion? When it comes to your career, a resolution is a wonderful thing. Why? Because it gives you a goal to work toward, not to mention an inherent positive outlook! It doesn’t matter [...]

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