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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 »

Personal Brand vs. Company Brand

December 17, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Social Media

Personal brand definitions can be tough when you are operating within a corporate environment. But you CAN execute a personal brand right, even despite the lines sometimes being blurred between what is personal and what is corporate. Here’s an example of what I mean: Yesterday, I gave a presentation to a group of professionals where the following question was raised: “If I am creating online content for my company, which is going out under their social media channels, and this content is some of my best work, how do then I build my own personal brand?” This is a real… Read »

Biggest Secret About A New Job

December 9, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace

Biggest secret about a new job? Well, part of it is that nobody is born an expert. Same goes with someone who is a new hire. You aren’t instantly productive. Why? Because it takes time to acquire the knowledge required to do it, and do it well. Each job has unique nuances, tasks, and needs. And honestly, the biggest secret about a new job really lies in the fact that there is the dreaded learning curve. And you know what? That learning curve isn’t fun. In fact, it pretty much sucks. The reason is that no one likes to have… Read »

Being Present… Always

December 2, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Being present is important for everything you do. Last night, I was participating on Twitter for the Monday evening #InternPro chat, and the discussion revolved around this topic:  “Don’t throw in the towel yet: “How Will You Make the Next 30 Days Matter?” by @CoachJennie. The reason for this chat conversation? A lot of people looking for jobs simply throw up their hands in December, thinking that it’s a “blow-off” month where the holidays become all-consuming and not much hiring gets done. This belief couldn’t be further from the truth. The good news is that there are a lot of… Read »

Applicant Tracking Systems Don’t Work

November 25, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Applicant tracking systems don’t want you to apply. The people using them agree… on both sides of the equation. A recent post by blogger Liz Ryan detailed the horror of online job applications in a recent Forbes.com article. The actual people using this technology also decry about how they are broken, and go from one system to another searching for a better solution, sort of like wandering travelers lost in a desert. What this boils down to is that for the candidate (aka job seeker), even the people who run applicant tracking systems hate them, and despise how they don’t work…. Read »

The Most Important Interview Minute

November 20, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Interviews

The most important interview minute?  It could be the final closing and asking for the job… that’s absolutely critical. Nope. Or is it the first minute once the interview starts? Nope. The most important interview minute is BEFORE it starts. This moment in time occurs when you are being transferred from the waiting area into the interview room… you have about a minute before things settle down and start to get serious. This is your window of opportunity….It’s what you do when you walk in and make a beeline for the chair where you will be sitting. How you handle… Read »

Boasting Is Not Part of Your Career

November 15, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Boasting “ain’t” where it’s at. Never has. Never will. Look how far boasting got this guy:  (watch this video) He thought he had done a great job and was celebrating himself in the end zone, except he neglected to see a very large mistake he made on the way there. Ouch. The very best football players, or for that matter, any worker, should never be boasting. You should always approach things with a sense of being grounded. There’s nothing wrong with being excited when everyone has a big win… but the key is to remember that no one person is… Read »