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Digital Footprint Alert: What Job Seekers Need to Know… NOW

Digital footprints are increasingly factoring into the job seeker sprint to get hired. Not having one means not getting on the radar… and is equivalent to being seen as irrelevant. Dice.com recently unveiled their Open Web platform which provides an insight into how the big data future has now arrived onto the doorstep of both recruiters and job seekers. Dice’s Open Web platform pulls from billions of Web pages of publicly available information to put it all into one convenient spot to help recruiters not only find more candidates, but more unique candidates that would not have been able to… Read »




Don’t Be A Job Search Turkey!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and while most people’s thoughts turn to the annual feast and associated family gatherings, it’s important to remember that for job seekers, their search continues on. For them and anyone else contemplating changing job, it is important to know that there are certain things that shouldn’t be done to avoid being labeled a “turkey.” Here are some tips to think about to keep your reputation intact as you look for work: 1) Always thank those that help you. Whether you get a job or the lead that was provided to you turns out to be a… Read »




Preparing For An Interview Is Also A Proactive Process

Many times, we don’t consciously think about what we need to do to prepare for an interview until we get the call that an employer wants to talk to us about a job opening. Then all hell breaks loose. It’s a mad scramble to pull together documents and read up about a company to be as up-to-speed as possible before heading in. Interviews are undoubtedly one of the most difficult steps in the entire job search process. But as a person who actively manages your career, your goal is to be keeping those target companies within your sights for much… Read »




Being Proactive Means Being Forearmed

When was the last time you interviewed? Has it been awhile? Or do your palms immediately turn sweaty even THINKING about going into an interview? Take some of the pain out of this process by proactively rehearsing your answers to those questions before going into the interview, and keep an eye to what your accomplishments have been at your previous employer(s). Do as much research as you can about the target company, so that when you walk into the interview, you are grounded on your background, understand the types of questions that they might throw at you, and have done… Read »




Social Media Profiles

One of the harshest realities of job seeking today and managing one’s career is that embracing technology is becoming an absolute. Those that refuse to risk becoming part of the digital divide and are regarded by a growing number of companies as obsolete. Technology is driving a lot of workplace innovations, and by not embracing social media, sends a strong message to potential employers that there is a skill disconnect. In short: If you aren’t out there, they can’t find you. Or even worse, if you don’t show up in search results, companies could interpret this to mean that you… Read »




Articulating Why Someone Should Hire You Is A Game Changer

One of the first and most critical steps of starting the career management process is for each of us to take ownership of why employers should consider hiring us. In all likelihood, this is a reasonable interview question you might get thrown in your direction: “Why should we hire you?” Most people have a tough time answering this question. The root cause? This could be one instance where we really can blame our parents. From our childhood, we’ve been taught not to boast, and our parents always encouraged us to always be modest about our accomplishments lest we become braggarts…. Read »




So What Happened????!!! Career Complacency Hurts

Something I hear a lot from job seekers recently is that they have never (ever) had to actually look for a job before. They sound completely shocked. And hurt, too. And I’ll actually say it: They sound like they’ve experienced a loss of entitlement. So what happened? The problem isn’t that they either left a job, lost a job, or got laid off. The magic “ingredient” is much bigger than the fact that they are no longer working at the company. The truth is that many people become completely complacent about building their career while they are actually working. Are they… Read »





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