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Showing You’re Versatile, Not Lacking Focus

If you’re eager to land a job, it’s tempting to try to be all things to all people. You see a job description and think “I could do that” or “That’s a little like what I did before.” While versatility is good, applying to anything and everything can be problematic. Read More »

Working With External Recruiters

A reader recently asked us to address the topic of whether job seekers should proactively reach out to headhunters. The answer is yes! Headhunters, as some recruiters are called, can be a source of job leads and connections in your job search and should not be ignored. Read More »

Online Networking Etiquette

Online groups can be a great way to broaden your network – get to know others in your field, connect with leaders and put forth your expertise.  As you interact online, rules of good behavior and etiquette apply, just as they do in the real world.  Here are some ways to keep your online encounters positive: Read More »

Answering the Interview Question “Who Has Inspired You?”

Everybody has had a mentor, hero, or supervisor who has been inspiring.  Interviewers sometimes ask applicants “Who inspired you?” or “Who has been the biggest influence on your career?” or “Who is a role model for you in your professional life?”  While it may not necessarily be a tough question to answer, it can throw you if you’re not prepared. Read More »

Boost Your Online Presence: How to Start a Professional Blog

Online presence is a vital part of your job search. Building a powerful presence can expand your network, establish your expertise, and promote your personal brand. If you’re looking for a way to expand your presence beyond social networking sites, a professional blog can be a great tool.

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Are You Coming Across Too Young?

Young job seekers entering the job market may find themselves in work environments where they’re the youngest among older workers with more experience. Your age shouldn’t keep you from finding work, but your behavior and attitude can. Here are some common missteps young job seekers make that can turn off potential employers, and possibly cost you a great career opportunity.

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Picking the Right Size Target for Your Job Search

We talked about the problem of having a job search target that is too narrow.  But equally problematic is having a target that is too broad, or a scattershot attempt to land any jobs. Instinct tells you that having a big target gives you a better chance of hitting something. Yet with job search, a huge target is not the best way to assure success. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Selling yourself as “I can do anything” makes you look like a dabbler who has done lots of things but is not deeply competent in any one
  • Selling yourself as “I’m willing to do anything”  makes you look desperate rather than appealing
  • Lack of clarity around your strengths makes you less memorable
  • People in your network find it hard to help if you are not clear what you’re looking for
  • Lack of focus makes you less credible
  • Pursuing jobs outside your area of expertise or well below your level is likely to leave you frustrated
  • Applying for anything and everything, even jobs that are not a good fit, wastes your time and energy, taking away focus on finding jobs for which you are truly a match

How do you assure you’ve got the right size target?  Read More »

Productive Ways to Fill Resume Gaps

No matter if you’re in a career transition or between jobs, it’s vital you continue to build skills and successes you can show on your resume.  You will be viewed much more positively if you demonstrate recent achievements and continued growth than if you present a resume representing no new skill development or career growth over the last several months.  You will also have interesting things to talk about when asked what you have been doing recently.

Spending time productively sounds much more impressive than simply saying you’ve been looking for a job. Here are four excellent avenues for productivity during a job search: Read More »

Entering And Exiting Networking Conversations

For many people (including myself), networking at social and professional events can seem like a very intimidating process.  Two of the trickiest parts:  How do enter into a networking conversation, and equally important, how do you properly end one?

Starting a conversation can be the most intimidating part of networking.  It sets the tone for everything else.  How do you determine when a good opportunity has come up to start a conversation? Read More »

Using Your “Elevator Pitch” Correctly in Your Job Search

Job seekers are often told to have an “elevator pitch”, a concise summary of their core skills and accomplishments that they can deliver rapidly to anyone who will listen.  But used incorrectly, this little speech can kill your chances for further discussion, let alone finding a job lead.  Some tips for creating a pitch that will get you in the door, not kicked out of the building. Read More »

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