Career Detours

Scary Social Media Stat For Job Seekers

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

Maybe it’s a rant you blogged in the heat of the moment after a rough day with clients. Or it could be that picture you tweeted in which you had a cocktail in each hand and a reference to drinking too much (in 148 characters or less, of course). Possibly it’s posting a controversial comment [...]

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“The Artist” And Managing Career Change

Posted by on February 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

By now this is probably no spoiler alert: The Artist won Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Now, I promise no major plot spoilers here. But as any general Google search will tell you, the film is about a silent movie star dealing with the massive shift in Hollywood when “talkies” started. The movie [...]

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Are Young Adults in a Collective Career Crisis?

Posted by on February 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Per this article and the below video from the Wall Street Journal, the answer is yes. The statistics are staggering: teens and adults under the age of 24 have double the unemployment rate of adults 25+. The article states “Some young adults have decided to forgo college degrees, graduate school or even the search for [...]

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Career Detour: Responding To All The Help-Wanted Ads

Posted by on February 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

It’s amazing how much time job seekers spend answering ads. People spend hours reworking their resume so that every word fits the job description. Ask any career counselor and they’ll tell you that doing this for every ad can be exhausting – and it’s most often to the result of either a “no, thank you” [...]

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Career Detour: Ineffective Networking

Posted by on December 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Now, I know I just told  you in my last post that Holiday get-togethers could lead to networking opportunities – but that’s if you know how to do it right! First off, networking amongst friends and contacts and asking them, “Do you know of an opening?” will often leave you empty handed. This doesn’t position [...]

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Career Detour: Turning Your Job Search Over To Someone Else

Posted by on October 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm

First off, I’m not talking about career coaches here! What I’m talking about is giving your resume to a friend or acquaintance who will “pass it around to some people” in their company. The minute you do this, you lose control. Try this: instead of having your friends send your resume out like a mailing [...]

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Career Detour: Focusing On Job Openings And Vacancies

Posted by on September 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

The typical job seeker is focused on WHERE to find the openings so they can apply and hopefully score a winner. It sounds logical, doesn’t it? But the problem is many openings are never advertised. Here’s what an “opening” looks like from an HR prospective: they get a job request that’s been signed off by [...]

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Career Detour: Going Solo (When a Career Coach Could Help!)

Posted by on September 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Last week I posted some thoughts on an ABC News article about finding the right career coach. At the risk of seeming like I’m trying to promote myself, I want to go a little deeper into the idea of asking for help when your career is in transition, or if you feel stuck in your [...]

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Career Detour: Unexpected Resumes

Posted by on September 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm

This detour’s a quickie, but one everyone should be aware of. Since I’ve lived in the world of human resources, I can tell you first hand that whenever I received a resume that wasn’t clear about an open position, I most often didn’t keep it around. By law, HR representatives don’t have to hold onto [...]

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Career Detour: Relying On Internal Motivation

Posted by on August 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Whether they’re on the job hunt or in a plateaued career, people too often think that their own internal motivation is enough. Unfortunately, we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do. In job searches, weekly – and sometimes daily – rejections come with the territory. This can affect your behavior and frame [...]

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