Month: April 2012

How to Use Your Stress in Job Search

Are you stressed about your job search?  Do you  feel you don’t have enough time to tackle your to-dos?   Does the challenge of finding a job seem overwhelming?

Many people assume that being stressed impede with their capability to function effectively, not to mention performing at a higher level than usual.  Well, think again.  It turns out being stressed might actually be helpful to you.  According to an article in Harvard Business Review, there are ways to actually make your stress work FOR you. Read More

The 5 Core Competencies of Self-Promotion

Today our guest blogger is Matt Youngquist. Matt is the President of Career Horizons, serving Northwest individuals and organizations dealing with the unique challenges of job hunting and employment transition.  Matt is a recognized expert in the field of career coaching, job hunting, and professional employment counseling.  You can follow him on Twitter @mattyoungquist.

When it comes to ensuring ongoing career success, the operative word is marketability.

Marketability, not talent alone, is what is separating the big winners from the big losers in today’s world of work.  And along these lines, I’ve been espousing an equation for years that will likely bore the dickens out of most people, but that I’m going to share anyway — since it sums up what I’ve learned after having the chance to observe thousands of people succeeding and failing on the front lines of the modern job market.  That equation is Q+S=M, which stands for: Read More

Multi-Generational Workforce: Take Two

A recent Jobfully blog highlighted some of the differences between older and younger workers in today’s workforce. The blog cautioned older job seekers from jumping to conclusions about the new generation. But younger job seekers have a lot to learn too. This blog is a response from one Gen-Yer on what we can do to work well in a multi-generational workforce, and how we can use our different work approach to get most out of our job search. Read More

Are You Getting Bad Advice About Your Job Search?

There is an overwhelming amount of job search advice on the web.  That advice can range from excellent to flat out bad.

Case in point: A recent blog recommended this method for finding a job fast: Go on job boards and locate openings that match your passion. Send your resume to 10-20 employers a day and wait to hear back.   This job search method is probably the worst way to look for a job in today’s market! Here is why: Read More

How Liberal Arts Degrees Help Your Job Search

“Your major was what?! What in the world are you going to do with that major?” Have you heard this before? If college was a time to major in a subject that was really interesting but not much consideration for future careers, then this blog is for you. Having a degree that doesn’t connect to an obvious profession doesn’t have to limit what you can do in life. In fact, it can open many opportunities.

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Job Search Resources for Graduating College Students

Finding a job when you’re about to graduate from college can feel daunting. You’ve just spent years of your life earning a degree, and now it’s time to get out there and use it. Many students stay so focused on graduating that they don’t know where to start when it comes to finding a real job. Before you leave campus to start your search, be sure to take advantage of the resources that are readily available to you. Read More

Cleaning up Facebook for Your Job Search

An article published in HR Magazine (the most widely read and respected human resources publication in the world) told the story of a physician who didn’t get a job at a small mid-west town hospital because she liked books on witchcraft on her Facebook page. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Facebook content resulting in lost job opportunities. In today’s age of social media, looking up future employees is the common trend for hiring managers, and as the article in HR Magazine stated, “There is nothing that screams more accurately who you are than a Facebook page.” So how can you clean up your Facebook so it’s appropriate? Read More