What To Do About An Employment Gap
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
Historically, having a significant gap in your professional employment has been seen as a huge negative on a resume. However, given that a May Gallup poll showed that 19% of the American population is underemployed (either not working or working part-time instead of full-time), there are many, many job seekers out there wondering how to handle this resume issue. The good news is that there are ways to present gaps in employm...
Why I Won't Be Reading Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that...
Reflecting on Career Mentoring – 4th of July Raspberry Picking
by Julie Walraven - Jul, 2010
Yesterday, I picked raspberries at my father-in-law Bob’s house. The raspberries are early this year. In other years, the raspberries were at their peak during the week of the fair in early August. But spring came early and so did the raspberries. No ordinary raspberry patch Bob has no ordinary raspberry patch with just a few bushes. It feels like a jungle in there. I picked for over an hour, emptying my container severa...
A Great Time to Assemble Your Career Success Dream Team
by Andy Robinson - Jul, 2010
QUESTION: What are you planning to do differently the second half of this year to springboard your career success? As you embark on the second half of 2010, consider the following 10 QUESTIONS and how they might relate to your current level of career success -- also consider how answers to these questions might correlate with your future career success: • Who do you routinely call upon for career advice and career counse...
Communicating More in Your Resume: Why ‘Nuance’ Matters
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jul, 2010
Are you communicating your career nuances like an arousing wine advertisement that sells distinctions in flavor that only THIS $40 bottle of Pinot Noir can deliver? Communicating nuance is my favorite ’secret weapon’ for devising a differentiating resume story. Unfortunately, most resumes severely lack in nuance, and therefore, fall flat on the hiring decision maker’s or recruiter’s palate. According to Dictionary.com, the...
Beyond Your Tasks
by Nan S. Russell - Jul, 2010
Ever hear the story of the two masons working side by side at a building site? They're doing the same work under pretty much the same conditions. One day a stranger comes along, approaches one of the men and asks, "What are you doing?" "I don't know and I don't care," replies the man, his voice brimming with irritation. All I do is slap this crummy mortar on these crummy bricks and pile them up in a crummy line. That's what...
Fear -- Go Toward It
by Cathy Alfandre - Jul, 2010
To me, there are two inextricable components of success in job search and career change: mechanics and mindset. What you do and how you feel about it. The mechanics are what we usually focus on -- networking, resume writing, research, interviewing, and so on. They are definitely important, and definitely need to be done in the best possible way. But mindset is often the factor that really makes or breaks. And the big kahuna...
How to complete your own self-assessment at work
by Elizabeth Freedman - Jul, 2010
It’s review time at the office and your boss has asked you to complete a self-assessment – those forms that ask you to rate yourself on your own work performance. Here’s where you’re going to have to walk the gauntlet like never before. After all, you’re being asked to step back and consider how your work on the product launch, or office reorg, “exceeded” or “met” expectations (or, God forbid, only met the “minimum” requiremen...
From “En Garde” to Guard Down. No Epees Required! Penetrating Arm’s Length Relationships
by Dawn Lennon - Jul, 2010
Have you ever watched modern fencing? It’s a fascinating Olympic sport of controlled swordplay—the “act of defending.” Fencing garb is pretty intimidating: a tough nylon or Kevlar jacket, plastron (under arm protection), knickers, a chest protector (just for women!), gloves, and a mask—all puncture resistant. Fencing is serious business. So how about the “fencers” you work with? The people always in the act of defending th...
Seven Reasons Why College Grads Can't Find A Job
by Bob Roth - Jul, 2010
Approximately 3.5 million students graduate from college each year. However, most people don't realize that more than a million of those students fail to find a good job, a job that pays well and has career potential. In fact, in tough times, the number of unemployed or underemployed college graduates can easily approach two million. Importantly, there are clear and specific reasons why so many college seniors and recent...
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