Reply All: The Nightmare
by Suzanne Bates - May, 2010
I couldn’t believe I did it. Just kill me now. I was responding to an email from our consultant Sarah. I don’t know why. I hit REPLY ALL. Tell me you’ve done it too. (Please.) Okay here’s what happened. I was in a hurry. (check one.) I assumed it was from my consultant with a copy to our business manager. (check two). I didn’t review the name in that second line. (check three.) I was trying to be cl...
Must-Have Traits of Successful Career Changers
by Tai Goodwin - May, 2010
All the strategy and planning towards making a career change will amount to nothing without the right traits to drive progress. Each one of us has dreams and goals, but only a small percentage of people actualize their dreams and make things happen. We all know someone who has always wanted to _____ (fill in the blank here). I call these folks disciplined wishers: They spend an enormous amount of time planning, researching, de...
Want to Accelerate Your Career Success? Then Sharpen Your Listening Skills
by Andy Robinson - May, 2010
Hey, listen up...Want to really accelerate AND sustain your career success? Then, you've GOT to be a highly effective listener. As a leader, LISTENING skills are MORE IMPORTANT than your speaking skills...No question. You learn much more from listening -- you pick up details and key information that you tend to if you don't really dial into what the other person is saying. Others feel much more comfortable with you if th...
Seven Cover Letter Mistakes You Make When Applying via E-mail
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2010
How many times have you replied to a job ad via e-mail by shooting them a copy of your resume and cover letter? I’m going to venture a guess and say at least 20 (but more likely hundreds of times) if you’ve been searching for any significant length of time. Here are some of the most notorious mistakes we’ve seen—and what you can do to greatly improve your chances of being noticed. Attaching the cover letter to the e-mail....
Career Search Support and Inspiration
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2010
Reflecting on the clients that I have had the pleasure to work with I thought it appropriate to provide some observations regarding career search. One thing that immediately hampers a job search is poor feelings of self-worth. The power of positive thinking is something that should not be dismissed as unimportant. The happier you feel, the more that feeling will make you feel happy; and it will spread to those that come in con...
Ask These Interview Questions
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - May, 2010
An interview is a conversation between two or more individuals with all parties involved in the process. Asking and answering questions is fair game for everyone. Unfortunately, sometimes job seekers and hiring managers alike are so uncomfortable with the interview process that they ask the wrong questions or forego their opportunity to ask questions entirely. As a job seeker, it is your responsibility to communicate to the...
Four Secrets Of Grabbing The Recruiter’s Attention In Your Cover Letter
by Shweta Khare - May, 2010
With hundreds and thousands of resumes being submitted for one single job opening, the only way you can make the recruiter open your resume is by having a smart and unique cover letter (and of course the other way is when you have a direct reach to the hiring managers). Remember that the employers are seeking the best candidate for their offered job description and it is to you how you can make yourself stand out. Here are the...
Who You Should (And Shouldn't) Turn To For Resume Advice
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2010
Showing your resume around to get feedback? Doing so can be a career-killer, especially if you're blindly taking others' advice. Here are 5 groups you might seek out for an honest, effective perspective on your resume--including some resources that I'd recommend skipping if you really want more interviews: 1 - Personal contacts (friends, family, etc.) Unless they are familar with your career accomplishments, this grou...
10 Habits To Energize Your Day! Time To Pump It Up!
by Andy Robinson - May, 2010
Balancing "highly focused work effort" with adequate rest and recovery is invaluable in any performance venue - work, athletics, sports, hobbies, etc. Without adequate recovery time, we overstress our bodies physically, emotionally and mentally. Energy levels suffer and peak performance is impacted. Energize Yourself! With regard to work activities, recovery time not only includes planned vacations and time away from wo...
How to say ‘no’ without saying ‘no’ to the boss
by Elizabeth Freedman - May, 2010
If you work for a Slave Driver, you’ve got to master the art of saying ‘no’ the boss…without saying ‘no.’ Here are a few tips, smoothie: Let your boss know how much you care about getting the job done – and how much you value working “smart” – instead of just working “hard.” Try: “John, I’ve noticed how much extra time we put in on weekends and evenings to get the job done. Would you be open to having me come up with a few...
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