Job Search and Headhunters (aka Recruiters)
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2013
The subject of using headhunters (aka recruiters) in a job search comes up from time to time. I guess some jobseekers view it as a possible magic bullet in the job search. I have written at least one post in the past about this subject. However, recently a couple of clients have asked me questions about using headhunters in a job search, so I decided it was time to revisit this topic. Recruiters Don’t Find You a Job I...
3 Tips to Writing a Strong Career Biography
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2013
A career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume. However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio. Instead, power up your biography...
Is Working Through Lunch Getting You That Promotion?
by Tai Goodwin - Jan, 2013
I can’t tell you how many coaching conversations I have had with super-achievers who think that working through their lunches and eating at their desks, routinely, is the way they will get ahead. I challenge them to “think again.” While getting the work done, accomplishing the task, achieving the goal is critical to a person’s success, building relationships that will enable that success are just as, and perhaps significan...
Warning signs of a dysfunctional company
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2013
Scenario: you are thrilled that you have a job offer and are excited to start your new position. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing really, except that sometimes executives are so ready to jump into their new job, they may ignore the red flags that exist. Of course no company is perfect, but before you accept that job offer, look at these issues that could spell disaster. Bad vibrations. You know when you walk into a...
Addressing an Inefficient Process
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2013
It’s one of the great injustices of Corporate America. Complex processes spring up around everything, and only some of them make sense. As someone with an eye toward improving productivity and adding to the bottom line at your organization, inefficient, overly complicated, unethical, or just downright silly processes may irritate you to no end. Off With Its Head! Whether you’re a new employee who has seen things done...
5 Signs It Is Time for a Career Change
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
Many professionals consider a career change at one point or another. Some experience a rough patch in their current careers and begin to wonder if a new career direction would be a better fit. Others struggle to find work in their current field and debate pursuing something new. Still others secretly harbor a dream job that they’ve never had the courage or opportunity to explore. How do you know when it’s the right time...
Are Your Employees Spreading Ideas – or Germs?
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Jan, 2013
‘Tis the season: flu season. You’re coughing, sniffling, achy, and feverish. While climbing back into bed with the box of tissues by your side sounds like a great idea, do you do it? Or do you drag yourself to work? If you are one of the estimated 40% of American workers who have no paid sick days, it’s likely that you will dose up on some over the counter medication and head to work. Under current U.S. labor law, empl...
5 Ways to Maximize Your Annual Performance Evaluation
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
Annual performance evaluations are managed differently by company, as well as by leader. Some managers use the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with their employees, offering constructive feedback, as well as valuable insights on how to take the next step. Others view performance evaluations as yet another administrative task to cross off a long list of action items. Regardless of how your manager typically...
Retirement Plans Important in Career Management
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2013
If you have not yet considered eventual retirement as a part of your overall career management, I encourage you to start now. We all know that the economy and job market have become seriously more challenging over the past several years. What you might not have thought enough about is whether you need to revamp your career management planning in light of the need to cover your retirement years. While I tend to be an optimi...
Why It’s Important to Have Branded, Coordinated Job Search Materials
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Do you want your resume, cover letter, and biography to look disheveled or professional and well-prepared? These documents are a reflection of you as a candidate—and as such, how you present yourself is important to how you’re perceived as a potential employee. Therefore, having documents that don’t match in style, format, design, or branding can really portray you as unorganized, not very detail-oriented, and lackluster. Howe...
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