Keywords: The Good, The Bad, and The Overused
by Cathy Eng - Feb, 2011
One of today's major buzzwords is "keywords" and even though the English language contains thousands of usable keywords, many are getting used way more than they should in resumes. The secret to keywords is to be as specific as possible, using words that set you apart from the competition rather than put you in a class with them. Here are some of those keywords I would classify as good, bad, and overused. Good: These keywor...
College Leaders Face A Paradigm Shift
by Bob Roth - Feb, 2011
College Presidents and Board Members are starting to respond to the employment needs and expectations of their students and the parents of those students. Students want to graduate with a good job, one that has career potential. Parents want their large financial investments to pay off. Now, after many years, progressive and concerned college leaders are actively looking for ways to improve the employment success of...
How Many Bullets Are Too Many & Other Common Job History Questions
by Cathy Eng - Feb, 2011
For most professionals, your job history (commonly listed as Professional or Work Experience) is where hiring managers find a lot of your value. This is where you detail in a reverse-chronological order what you did, for whom, where, and for how long. Though there are many ways to write a job history, there are some tried and true methods for making it clear, concise, and interesting - essentials for getting noticed by a hirin...
How to find a job — stop competing and start excelling
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2011
Everyone wants to know the job search rules. How long should my resume be? What should my cover letter say? When is the right time to follow up? How do I introduce myself in a networking setting? Do I list “job seeker” in my LinkedIn heading? Should I use Twitter? How often should I tweet? The list goes on and on. The short answer I tell all of my clients? “There’s no one *right* way to approach a job search.” It’s...
Job vs. Career
by Thomas J. Denham - Feb, 2011
Having multiple careers is an ever increasing trend. The average American may have two, three or even five careers during their lifetime, but even more extensive array of jobs. In the world of work, the terms “job,” “occupation” and “career” are often used interchangeably. However, there are some major differences that need to be clarified. Job A job is a position with specific duties and responsibilities that are regul...
Is a Results Oriented Résumé Obsolete?
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2011
Q. I wanted to ask a quick question. I came across an article that was posted via LinkedIn, which contradicted some of the things you recently taught us at a webinar I attended. The author of the article said to keep the font size no smaller than 11 pt and also mentioned that a results oriented résumé with lots of action verbs is useless. R.T., Phoenix, AZ Dear R.T. A. Thank you for your excellent question R.T. and fo...
Start Your Career with Self-Assessment
by Thomas J. Denham - Jan, 2011
Most of my clients don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, and often say to me, “I just don’t know what I want to do.” The very first step is Self-assessment. It’s the most ignored part of the entire career development process, but required for an effective job search strategy. It begins with an extensive and written inventory of your “VIPS” (Values, Interests, Personality Traits and Skills). The goal is to buil...
Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it is important to change along with it. Here are 10 tips for updating your resume to remain relevant in the eyes of the...
How to Socially Intelligent Interact with People
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2011
My leadership coaching clients who display great character communicate clearly and are empathetic. They are authentic in their interpersonal interactions and help people achieve a shared purpose. They are optimistic, inspiring and forward thinking. One of my law firm Managing Partner executive coaching clients recently shared with me that he was having a hard time influencing several of the firm partners on a new strategy for...
Interview (not so) Common Sense!
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2011
Over the course of 25 years as a recruiter I've interviewed thousands of people. Beyond that, I debrief with my clients after they interview candidates and get their feedback and impressions as well. Although there is an occasional "new one" I've never encountered before… most of the time candidates make the same mistakes, usually without even realizing what they're doing is a problem, or realizing that they are creating a...
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