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Your Reason for Leaving

Your reason for leaving a company can be one of only three things: You left because you wanted to leave. You left because the employer wanted you to leave. You left because both you and the employer wanted you to leave. Discussing your reason for leaving can be tricky, especially when you didn’t really have a say in the matter. Unfortunately, a lot of online applications force you to discuss this point without really giving you an opportunity to fully explain why you left. Here is a glossary of terms you might consider using in order to spin your reason… Read »




The Hidden Gold of Employee Referral Programs

Think of it as a bounty. A price on your head (as it were), and you don’t even know what that price is. But in truth… that doesn’t even matter. What DOES matter is how this program delivers results for you. What I am talking about are the smart and savvy companies that offer incentives to existing employees for referring top industry talent as suggestions as potential company new hires. The adage of “people hire who they know” rings ever true. By being engaged in your industry, building meaningful relationships and connections, and yes, even volunteering within your field or… Read »




Why the cover letter matters as much as the résumé

I have the occasional client who pauses when they are told what the investment level is for a cover letter. Why so much, they wonder. Is it really that important? Let me put it this way: What would happen if you had THE perfect rĂ©sumĂ©, but then sent along an accompanying cover letter that had grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors? What if you didn’t express thoughts in a clear, compelling way? How would an employer respond to this? If you guessed not favorably, you are right! Proofreading errors in a cover letter are the number one job prospect killer for… Read »





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