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Over 50? Start Looking Over Your Shoulder

September 10, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

Over 50 years old? Please don’t shoot this messenger… because if you are in this age group, you need to seriously start taking stock of what the final years of your career will look like.  There’s a reason you need to be concerned. Companies, unfortunately, oftentimes see more mature workers as a cost versus an asset. Age discrimination is absolutely illegal, but employers can and ARE finding ways to sidestep those protections to cut down on overhead costs. Of course they talk about how much they value the knowledge, expertise, and organizational background that comes with having over 50 workers… Read »

New Job: How To Rock the First 30 Days

September 4, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

You got the new job and are on top of the world! There so much possibility.  Everything is bright and shiny. This is everything you ever wanted. Awesome. Now it’s time to rock it like the rock star that you are. Some companies will provide an on-boarding process through an orientation or new employee training. But the truth is that many are rather lacking in this department. And this is where you can positively shine and totally rock it. You need to develop a plan to rock the first 30 days of your new job, and here’s a template to… Read »

Resume Updates: What You Need Before You Start

August 21, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Resume

Resume updates: They have a lifecycle, just like anything else on this planet. You write your resume. You get a job. You forget about the resume. Then all of a sudden, you need it for either a job opportunity that comes along, or a job search that gets kicked off. Love ’em or hate ’em, resume updates are a necessary evil that everyone, sooner or later, will have to deal with. But what most people don’t realize is that there are some really important things that you need to be doing BEFORE you jump into resume updates at any point… Read »

Job Searches are a Team Effort

August 14, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Job searches are a team effort. When one partner or spouse gets axed, the whole team has to jump into action. Case in point: One of the best parts of writing this blog is having a real-life example literally write the story for itself. However, this one is personal. Real personal. And isn’t so easy to write, this time. And yes, it is about job searches. On Monday, I was watering the garden after work when my husband got home. “I’ve got some bad news,” he ventured. “Okay….,” I replied… waiting for the shoe to drop. “I’m getting laid off.”… Read »

Job Stealth Mode: Find Critical Info About Potential Employers

July 28, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Job stealth mode can make a difference.  We all know that asking questions in an interview are a good way to learn more about a company.  The purpose of this activity is to find out if you want to work there too. But to be really prepared, you need to go a lot deeper than this. It’s time to go into “black ops” job stealth mode. Doing your due diligence in stealth mode before, during, and after an actual interview can reveal a lot more information than initially gleaned during a 45 minute interview. And can make the difference between… Read »

 Edging Out The Competition For A Job

July 10, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

Edging out the competition: What does it REALLY take? When it comes down to the wire, and there are two finalists for a job, what exactly is that “magic ingredient” that tips the scales in your favor over the other person? There are a lot of factors at work in the application process that are on every hiring manager’s checklist that can make the difference in edging out the competition. Let’s pull back the curtain and see what an employer is really looking for: A) Candidate meets job criteria B) Has relevant experience C) Cites specific examples demonstrating ability to… Read »

Job Search: Quit Banging Your Head Against the Wall

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

This is a story about hairspray. Well, not really. But it serves as a great metaphor for a job search. This morning, as I was getting ready, I was exhausting the last little bit of the hairspray can as I readied my hair. You know that moment- when you are shaking the can, trying to get the spray nozzle to empty that last annoying spritz that you can hear jiggling inside. As much as I wanted to get that final amount out, the can was not cooperating and instead just spraying empty aerosol at my head. Finally, I called it…. Read »

Are You Shutting Out The World In A Job Search?

June 16, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Recently, I was flying back from a business trip, and noticed a young man seated in the row in front of me who had a brief conversation with a seat mate before we took off. After some quick introductions, it came out that he was looking for a job as he was working on his resume.  (Yes, I held my tongue as I am a professional resume writer!)   But as soon as the plane took off, he put on his headphones, and shut out the world for the rest of the 5 hour flight. And missed some great opportunities…. Read »

Endurance: What Are You Made Of?

May 19, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Endurance matters. As my husband Brad always says: “Slow and steady wins the race.” And he’s right. In this fast-paced, instant-gratification world, there’s still one unbroken rule: Being constant.  This has a direct application to achieving your goals… We cannot ever get what we want by simply hitting the “easy” button. That button doesn’t exist. This past weekend, Brad and I went backpacking along Oregon’s scenic Rogue River. In 3 days, I hiked 48 miles carrying 31 pounds of gear on my back as we trekked across very rough terrain that undulated in 6,200 feet of elevation gains and losses…. Read »

Video Interviews: 5 Tricks For A Great Performance

May 9, 2014
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Interviews, Job Search

Video interviews are usually something that most people loathe, but for talent sourcers (read: recruiters), they serve a purpose, especially if candidates are located outside of the area where the job is sited. Video interviews give the recruiters or hiring managers an opportunity to further screen candidates to determine if there is a fit before time and expense are made to bring them in to a face-to-face discussion. So don’t be unnerved. Here are some tips to follow to have a great performance during video interviews: Create a set. What the other person sees makes an impact of how they… Read »