Do you say what you know or know what you say?
by Dr. Arlene Barro - Mar, 2011
Understanding employers' responses and requests is essential to succeeding in your job search. Based on what I have learned from coaching job seekers, many have difficulty reading in between the lines. It is not uncommon for employers to: • spend significant amounts of time interviewing for an open position and then cancel the search • hire someone other than you after picking your brain Do you say what you kno...
4 Guerrilla Job-Search Tips from Ireland
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2011
St. Patrick’s Days is fast approaching. What better time to learn from one Irish job hunter, who was so resourceful, he found work in only 7 days -- despite having no permanent address. Read on to learn how you can get hired faster by taking the “Irish” approach, courtesy of Curt Bolan, a career counselor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “It was Spring 2009 when Pat first e-mailed me, from Ireland,” says Bolan. “He and his...
How to Make Your Cover Letter a Perfect Fit for Any Opening
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2011
Let’s face it, a blanket cover letter just isn’t going to cut it these days. So how can you make the best use of your time while maximizing your results? Here are a few simple steps to customizing your cover letters. (And if you don’t think you SHOULD customize your cover letter for each application you submit, then we have bigger problems than I thought …) A MEMORABLE OPENER Here’s a mistake I see more and more job s...
Honesty and the Job Interview
by Wendy Enelow - Mar, 2011
Some years ago, I was fired from a job. It was not for cause, but it certainly dealt a blow to my ego, confidence, and desire to look for another job. I was devastated. Once I began interviewing, I was inevitably asked “Why did you leave your last job?” Not yet in career management, I was at a loss, and didn’t handle my reply very well at all. I didn’t land another position until I finally mustered my courage, returned to ...
Top 10 Tips for Phone Interviews
by Caitlin McNally - Feb, 2011
Phone interviews are a crucial first step in the hiring process. The purpose of a phone interview is to narrow down the pool of candidates who will be invited to in-person interviews. Below are tips to make sure you are prepared on how to best present yourself in hope of being chosen to move on to an on-site interview. A phone interview should not be taken lightly since a phone screen is a prerequisite for a face-to-face meeti...
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...
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...
Answering "What are your strengths?"
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2011
One interview question many people seem to have a difficult time answering well is "What are your strengths?". Either they feel uncomfortable "blowing their own horn" in the interview process, or they give answers that are very generic and don't distinguish themselves from the majority of other candidates. This is one question you know will be asked in one form or another… either directly, or indirectly through behavior...
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