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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 »




LinkedIn Networking #FAIL: Here’s What Not To Do

Yesterday, I was speaking at a business group on the concept of career management, and among the many topics I covered, we discussed networking. Particularly, the do’s and don’ts of how to do it right. Then, ironically, I received the following astounding email shortly after my speech concluded.  As an open networker, I don’t mind connecting to folks, but when any of us get messages from someone we’ve never met or interacted with (like the one below), we totally cringe: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good afternoon Dawn, Thank you for connecting with me via LinkedIn. I’ve been with (ABC Company) for 5+ years. During that… 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 »




LinkedIn Is A Great Tool…. BUT Here Are 5 More Things You Need To Know

I just saw a great blog post on how LinkedIn can cause problems at work on Resume Bear, and it got me thinking that there are some things that job seekers should be aware of in addition to the excellent points mentioned in that article: 1. Sudden flurry of updates tell your network something’s a-foot. Every time you update one area of your profile, everyone in your network is updated. So imagine if you really start tinkering with your profile in earnest… that means there’s activity going on… and that you are cleaning up your act, possibly preparing for some… 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 »




Demanding Job Search Help Doesn’t Mean You’ll Get It

Recently, I was contacted by a job seeker through Twitter who sent me very urgent missives asking me to please help them, and they instructed me to check my email for a message that they had sent me.  When I got the note, the person’s message provided a number of reasons why they couldn’t pay for a resume service, but they wanted to see if I could basically provide my services for free.  Unfortunately, I can’t because this is how I earn my living to pay my bills. To be fair, I do get a lot of these types of… Read »




Are You in Danger of Being Obsolete?

This past weekend, in searching for some new ideas for dinner, I delved into a cookbook in which my grandmother had lovingly handwritten all the treasured family recipes.  In her shaky script lay some real meal gems, and I found what I was looking for at long last. But what was really surprising to me were some ingredients she mentioned that I wasn’t familiar with… like “oleo.”  What in the heck was that?, I wondered. Then set off to Google this mysterious substance only to find out that is an earlier reference to what we modern folks like to call butter. Then, I spied another interesting ingredient… peanut… Read »




Turn Your Job Search Upside Down in 2011: 6 New Year’s UN-Resolutions

Ah, New Year’s Eve. A time of noble resolution-making, yet so many get broken while they are still brand-spanking new. So for 2011, I have a radical idea. Job seekers should decide to make some New Year’s un-resolutions. I mean, we can all make very positive career resolutions that are extremely productive, but shouldn’t we also not resolve to do some of the bad stuff, too? Un-resolutions are actually the things we wouldn’t consciously do because they just don’t make sense, but a lot of us do them anyway for a lot of reasons, including force of habit, being shy,… Read »




Sneak Peek into Future of Job Seeking –A Chilling Trend That You Absolutely Need To Know

The past weekend, I attended a gathering of career thought leaders in Seattle, WA, and found this to be an incredibly insightful experience. Usually, rĂ©sumĂ© writers and career coaches are so busy with clients that we don’t often have the opportunity to sit down and discuss observations, as well as up-and-coming trends on the horizon. We talked long and hard about how social media is slowly creeping into the candidate selection process, and spent quite a bit of time on video rĂ©sumĂ©s. Full disclosure: I’ve been relatively un-swayed in my opinion that resorting to videos is the wrong route to… Read »




Why LinkedIn Matters In A Job Search

Want to elevate your credentials? LinkedIn can make a difference, and add a significant amount of gravitas to your professional background.  There are a lot of different resources out there that provide helpful tips on LinkedIn, but here are the top things you need to know why you should take LinkedIn seriously as a valid career tool with as much weight as your resume: 1.  Online presence. Nowadays, if your name doesn’t pop up on any online searches, it’s become almost a bad thing. Here’s what an employer thinks: If the candidate hasn’t done anything to get themselves out on the Internet, then it’s… Read »





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