Managing The Trick Question
by Karen Burns - Feb, 2010
A loyal reader writes with this intriguing dilemma: How do you respond when a manager says they understand your job can be a bit boring and repetitive? This conversation was at an informal networking event. I responded by saying it’s challenging in some aspects but there are interesting parts. Is it okay to admit it is boring? Ah, those tricky little “innocent” questions. You can make yourself crazy with them. It’s ...
Quick Tips for Your Job Hunt
by Anne Jabusch - Feb, 2010
You've found yourself unemployed. With the recession and advances in technology, a lot has changed in the job market, and you might be feeling overwhelmed. The following tips can help you with what comes next. • Use your 40 hours a week: In the past, you may have laughed off the thought that looking for a job is really full-time work. Think again. Use at least 40 hours a week in your job search. Set up a daily routine; get ...
Three Ways To Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2010
Want to get hired faster? You can avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking. Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume information — but only if you know how to use them correctly. Here are 3 tips for mining job ads for better resume results: 1. – Get an idea of the title you'll be applying for. While this may sound odd, your first ...
Ten Strategies to Stand Out From The Crowd at a Career Fair!
by Sharon Cohen - Feb, 2010
• How can you stand out? • Who are you hoping to meet? • What can you offer an employer? • What are you hoping to learn? As part of the Career Management team, at Georgia State University's Robinson College, our business is to provide career management advising for job seekers and recruitment support for employers. We have 8,000+ students each semester and 11,000+ recruiters in our job-board databases. We host many, la...
Personal Mastery and Self-Confidence: A Key to Success
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Feb, 2010
"Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities." — Terry Josephson 21st-century motivational author – A new year always seems to bring out the need to improve our desires to start something new. Personal Mastery is the second of the five disciplines defined by Senge (1990) as necessary for any successful transformation effort whether personal or professional. It has been suggested perso...
Using Video Resume is a Generational Difference in Personal Marketing
by Yvonne Brown - Feb, 2010
Whether you are a recruiter or a job hunter today's job market is a stressful one. Job hunters are hard pressed to stand out in a sea of resumes so that they are the ones selected for an open position. One recruiting manager informs me that his staff has gone from receiving 2000 resumes a day to 40,000 per day. It is difficult to keep up with the high volume of people seeking employement and using the internet to post the...
In Challenging Times, No More “Inner Child”: Boldly Bring Your Inner Chutzpah
by Mark Gorkin - Feb, 2010
Over lunch, my agent posed a provocative challenge: “Write an article on chutzpah.” He believes the timing is right. In this difficult economy and uncertain times it’s certainly tempting to withdraw into a shell. But a better strategy might be a contrary one, throwing off the shell and putting yourself out there. One “chutzpah” source involves productively tapping into what I call the “RAGE” in “Out-RAGE-ous.” (And these ...
Laughing in the Face of Layoffs
by Mark Gorkin - Feb, 2010
"How can the person displaced or downsized see both the danger and opportunity in career change or disruption? Can we learn, even, to both cry and laugh at this career crisis turning point?" To be able to see the comic in the crisis requires two achievements. First we must embrace Charlie Chaplin's penetrating insight: "A paradoxical thing is that in making comedy the tragic is precisely what arouses the funny...we have ...
Six Strategies for Finding Work
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Feb, 2010
Have you ever met a fisherman with just one lure in his tackle box? I haven’t. As a kid I remember my dad discussing the merits of various lures with his brother when fishing on Lake Huron. Their tackles boxes were always a mess of shiny objects and one never knew from one day to the next which would be selected for catching the Northern Pike and Walleye they sought. As a job seeker, you can’t afford to have only one too...
Time to Revise Your "Elevator Speech!"
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2010
If you had only seconds to tell someone about yourself, you'd give what's called an "elevator speech" -- because it's brief enough to deliver on an elevator ride. A well-written (and memorized) elevator speech is an invaluable tool because: • It describes what you do, for whom and how they benefit. • It allows you to introduce yourself, quickly and efficiently. • It emphasizes the Wow! Factors you bring to the table. ...
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