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When Team Spirit Fizzles Your Job Search

June 24, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews, Resume

Sure, we all want to demonstrate that we have team spirit, but it can fizzle your job search. Say what?!!!!??!! Yes, it’s great to be rah-rah about the team when talking about past projects, but sometimes, this can be a liability, versus an asset. In job searches, I’ve found that people start talking about their accomplishments in “we” and team spirit terms, and don’t use personal language. But that’s not what the employer is interested in… They aren’t hiring the rest of the team. They are interested in what YOU can do. Not the others. When it comes down to… Read »

Lead at Work… Without Being a Leader

June 9, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace

Do you want to lead? Believe it or not, as much as everyone likes to move forward and upward in their career, many professionals actually don’t want to get into leadership roles. The added responsibility, sleepless nights, and stress, as well as bringing work home regularly are completely compelling reasons to do what you do best: the worker bee kind of stuff. There’s some added truth to this, because as the saying goes: “too many cooks in the kitchen” means that if everyone is a leader, then they are too busy making their own changes/opinions… and nothing gets done or… Read »

What You Read Shapes Your Career

April 14, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews, Job Search, Networking

Like many people, I am ashamed to admit that I have become a “skimmer,” which is a far cry from the voracious reader that I used to be in earlier years. In fact, as a kid, it was more common than not that I would be in the middle of a 500-page book. (Color me nerdy.) But today, skimming is a real problem. We are only touching the surface of an idea. We truly aren’t getting into the deeper and finer points of the content. Just get to the point, you say. What’s the baseline so I can understand what… Read »

The One Word That Can Shatter Your Career

April 2, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Interviews, Job Search, Networking

There’s one word that can do more harm than any other when it comes to your career. Using it cuts the legs out from underneath your credibility. It is one that too many people use… and the trouble is that they don’t even know that they are using it. What is this powerful word? It’s the word “think.” As in, “I think I am capable of doing this…” Or, “This is a task I can do, I think.” Too many times when I am interviewing clients about their accomplishments or abilities, they will use “I think.” Really? You think… but… Read »

Job Qualification Facts or Fantasy

March 24, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Job qualification is important. Here’s why: Recently, I was working with a client who had designs on getting into digital marketing as a career field. This person is obviously a go-getter, and has an exceptionally bright future ahead. However, this person’s current background is only in retail sales in a sporting goods store. After they sent over several job targets to me, I had to break the news that they didn’t even have any single job qualification. This was something they wanted to do, but had no skills in doing. Reading job postings and understanding what an employer is really… Read »

Why You Need To Get Over Being Nervous In Interviews

March 12, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Interviews, Job Search, Networking

Being nervous during interviews happens to most people. We tend to focus too much on what the outcome might be (read: I won’t get the job) that we forget to be in the moment. And that feeds our nervousness. But what we are really doing is becoming our very own saboteur. If you are so distracted by outcomes and not investing your energy into the conversation taking place, then THAT’s actually where you lose control and fail. Instead, try to think about an interview in these terms: Imagine that the interviewer is a celebrity you’ve been dying to meet. You… Read »

Wrapping Up Loose Ends from Previous Jobs

February 25, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Loose ends exist.  Unfortunately, many jobs from which we depart don’t have a silky smooth “tally ho!” transition. Oftentimes, things are ugly, and the departure is even uglier. It might be because it was your fault. But a lot of times, it can be the employer’s fault , too. It goes both ways. So what happens when you have some potential job search liabilities on your résumé in terms of what you want to say about your career narrative for that company? The trick is to think strategically, and remember these tips: You never should “explain away” why you left… Read »

Top Thing You Should Never Do in a Job Search

February 17, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search, Networking

The top thing you should never do in a job search isn’t a secret.  But many people do it anyway. It something that is so alluring that it’s almost irresistible.  It preys upon our hope… and our fears at the same time. What is the top thing you should never do in a job search? It’s to stop looking once you have a tangible prospect in the pipeline during your job search. You know you’ve done it. We rationalize the sequence of events should we receive multiple job offers. Things look so promising with the current prospect that it seems… Read »

Employee Engagement Does Not Equal Loyalty

February 6, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace

Employee engagement is a phrase being used by many HR professionals these days. Sure, every human resource professional wants their company to be known for a fun, hip, and cool workplace where people are literally battering down the doors to work there, and job turnover is low. After all, keeping employees are in their best interests, as statistics repeatedly show that the more engaged the employee, the higher the retention rate.  Which equals less cost to the employer. Going through the recruiting and hiring process carries an extraordinary price tag, in addition to lost productivity and momentum during a position… Read »

Résumés and Online Portfolios Need to Pop in 2015

December 29, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Resume, Social Media

Résumés and online portfolios need to stand out visually, from this point forward. Why? Humans, are, for the most part, visual creatures. And we pay attention to things that catch our eye. We simply can’t help it. This is now becoming true with résumés and online portfolios. While we’ve resisted the urge to make our résumés and online portfolios “pretty” for a long time, the fact that content is still king still matters in the long run. But what has changed is the order of priority. It used to be that the résumé was seen as the first part of… Read »