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  • How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well … you’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so ... More


  • Why it Pays to Follow Up in Your Job Search

    Why it Pays to Follow Up in Your Job Search

    Many job seekers miss the one step that can land them an interview and the job they are applying for. Sure, they send in their resume or application. They may even send additional information requested. But many of the unemployed simply fail to follow up with the employers to whom they apply. Why follow up? 1. Consideration. Care to guess how often an ... More


  • How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career

    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career

    Income…$0. Value…Priceless. It’s always a good thing to give back. Whether it is doing hands on service with a group like Habitat for Humanity, or assisting in the back office of a local non-profit, there are benefits beyond money that come from volunteering. Apart from just the positive feeling of sowing good actions into a cause you believe in and the ... More


  • How to Deal with the Signs of Layoffs

    How to Deal with the Signs of Layoffs

    Layoffs hit our psychological jugular (I just created the term in this context). Emotions run awry. Relationships are transformed. Former professional/work alliances become beleaguered, UNLESS we make strategic measures to overcome these realities. Speaking from experience in the past of one who has worked in various industries (radio broadcasting, education, sales and marketing and career/employment services). To quote J.T. O’Donnell, the ... More


  • Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part II

    Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part II

    In Part 1 about making your resume stand out, I talked about the resume itself and the 3 key components your resume needs to capture a decision maker’s attention. Just to recap, these 3 factors were…making sure your resume: 1 – Is branded. 2 – Is focused. 3 – Provides proof of your brand and statements by using quantifiable achievements and ... More


  • Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part I

    Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part I

    Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or getting yourself ready just in case; you wonder how to get your resume noticed in today’s competitive environment. Right? So how do you stand out in a sea of competition – often equally qualified? The answer is two-fold: - By knowing the 3 must-haves to include in your resume. - By using ... More


  • What That Job Description Really Means

    What That Job Description Really Means

    BEWARE: Job seekers aren’t the only ones who sometimes get creative when it comes to selling themselves (i.e. resumes and cover letters that have been, shall we say, ‘tweaked’ to make a person look like the ideal candidate). Some employers have a tendency to use verbiage that makes their open positions sound better than they really are. Over the years, I’ve ... More


  • 7 Executive Resume Mistakes That Can Sink Your Job Search

    7 Executive Resume Mistakes That Can Sink Your Job Search

    If your job search strategy keeps running into a brick wall whenever you send out your executive resume or you are repeatedly receiving phone calls for lower paying positions that are below your capabilities, it may be time to re-examine your executive resume layout. One of the main things to remember is your executive resume is a strategic marketing tool ... More


  • Twitter is the New Tool for Job Seekers

    Twitter is the New Tool for Job Seekers

    Being in the job search is tough and as a job seeker you are not alone, especially with the more than 15 million who are out of work and in the job hunt. People don’t prepare for the job search although they should at least six months in advance. This provides you an opportunity to grow and build your network using ... More


  • Ace the Career Fair

    Ace the Career Fair

    With so many potential employers in one spot, you definitely want to make a good impression, right? So when thinking about your approach to an upcoming career fair, it may help to start by putting yourself in the shoes of the campus recruiter. In other words… You are meeting a lot of students in one day. (A lot of students!) You ... More


  • Mastering the Art (and Science) of Thank-You Letters

    Mastering the Art (and Science) of Thank-You Letters

    After interviews, job seekers typically send nondescript, cookie-cutter thank-you notes: “It was a pleasure meeting you and I appreciate the time you spent speaking with me. I know that I can add significant value to your team,” but, these letters are often disregarded and turn out to be a waste of time. To ensure your letters stand out from the competition, ... More


  • 5 Surefire Resume Writing Tips

    5 Surefire Resume Writing Tips

    Is the thought of writing a resume as pleasant as having your wisdom teeth surgically extracted? I ask because I was discussing resume writing strategies with a client today and she mentioned she was thrilled I was going to write her resume. This was because she was no longer actively involved in (as she put it) the “whole torturous process.” I ... More


  • Healing Tips for the Broken Hearted Job Seeker

    Healing Tips for the Broken Hearted Job Seeker

    Someone once told me a corporation was a nasty thing to fall in love with – because it will NEVER love you back. The rules of loyalty in the work force are changing. No one can deny that. However, knowing this doesn’t change the pain of getting laid off or let go. It hurts. It can wound. Each of us reacts ... More


  • Got an Annoying Coworker? When to Take it to HR

    Got an Annoying Coworker? When to Take it to HR

    Dear J.T. & Dale: I normally am a very happy, enthusiastic employee. Getting along with ANYONE has never been an issue. However, I now have a co-worker who has been very hostile and makes rude comments that he pretends are “jokes.” About a year ago, I began keeping a journal of these incidents. As much as I would like to go ... More




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