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What You Read Shapes Your Career

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 »




Hacking The Job Market

This guest post is generously provided by Chris Fields, MLHR.  Chris has 10 years’ experience in HR as a practitioner and consultant. He’s the Chief Blogger at CostofWork.com and regularly contributes to PerformanceICreate.com, SmartRecruiters.com, and Jobsite.com, and he’s a resume writer. You can connect to him on Twitter @new_resource or LinkedIn as well. What’s a hacker? The most traditional definition of a hacker is a person that cracks computer codes and programs. But nowadays, the term hacker is used to describe anyone that breaks down a difficult process and makes it more efficient and useful. Dawn R is a professional… Read »




Your Attitude Defines You… And Your Job Search

Zig Ziglar once said, “Your attitude determines your altitude” and he couldn’t be more right. I remember when I lived next to an exceptionally grouchy old neighbor. No matter what, I always said “hello” when I spotted him outside sitting on his porch. “How are you doing?,” I would venture. His response? “Just TERRIBLE.” It never varied. Day after day, the same reply. And he sat alone on that porch, day after day. I never did see him smile or look happy. And that kept me and other neighbors away. We tried reaching out, but his attitude was so awful… Read »




Most Tragic Mistake Job Seekers Are Making… Right Now!

Day in and day out, I get emails from prospective clients in need of resume assistance, which I welcome as a service provider in this area. But a lot of times, after I get this message, I have to start an elaborate dance with them because they have put their job search in complete jeopardy. What’s that, you say? It’s true. Call it comfort. Call it laziness. Call it being too busy or tired to work on looking for a new job when they get home, but many people continue (astoundingly) to conduct job searches from their current workplace. On… 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 »




Negotiating Salary To Win

There are only a few things that we do on occasion that can have deepest impacts on every facet of our lives. All involve negotiation. Are you buying a car? Are you buying a house? Are you wooing a potential partner or spouse? Chances are you’ve spent more time preparing for those big moments than you have getting ready to duke it out on the salary negotiation mat with a prospective employer. Coming to an agreement on salary is nerve-wracking, yet so much is at stake. Why is that we spend more time investigating and preparing for the other decisions in our life… Read »




Who’s Driving The Interview Bus?

So, who is exactly in control during the actual interview? Did you guess the employer? Wrong. You BOTH are in control. Most job applicants mentally hand over all the power in a job search to the prospective employer, being that they (the employer) has something that the candidate wants (the job). It’s easy to think that the target company is the sole decision maker as to whether they hire that person or not. This is a dangerous attitude to take, because in essence, you are effectively handing over the power of the situation to someone else, when in fact, you… Read »




You Are What You Write: 10 Ways To Impress Everyone You Encounter

Job searches being what they are, you’re inevitably doing a lot of writing along the way.  There are cover letters and rĂ©sumĂ©s to write/tweak, emails to compose, and thank you notes to send out. During this process, however, many people get lazy. The sheer volume of what they are trying to do makes it very tempting to cut corners and make assumptions, when in fact, this is the last thing that should happen. It is more important than ever to pay special attention to every single facet of your writing as this is directly connected to your brand.  How you… Read »




Hiring Discrimination Exists Whether Employers Admit It Or Not

Yesterday, I was participating in YouTern‘s radio show discussing what students should know about resumes and job searches when we got a caller from North Carolina. As a career center adviser for a college, she wanted to know how to equip students in handling employer stereotyping and discrimination. Many of the students she was working with made it to the interview stage, but encountered racism and discrimination that ended up in them not getting the nod to be hired. What an absolutely life-crushing moment. Students emerge from school absolutely idealistic about the opportunities in front of them, only to have… Read »




Can a Prospective Employer Demand Access to an Applicant’s Facebook Account?

This post generously provided by Dee Rubanoff, an attorney at  Williams, Zografos & Peck in Lake Oswego, OR which represents employers. ———————————————————— Employers are reportedly engaging in “shoulder surfing” during job interviews, meaning that they require an applicant to access his or her Facebook account for viewing during a job interview.  The issue of whether this is lawful has been percolating for a while in the media, and it is a hot button issue for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but there does not appear to be any established case law yet. Obviously, the uncertainty only relates to non-public information… Read »





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