5 Things to Do While You’re Unemployed
Unemployment is something most people rarely plan for. Besides building a healthy bank account, and maintaining an active network of peers, there is often little you can do to prepare for unexpected unemployment and its aftermath. Getting that pink slip and being shown to the door is like getting a punch in the gut. It […]Read More
Your Resume Tells Your Story. Make it a blockbuster!
The competition is stiff. Hiring managers and recruiters can receive hundreds of resumes for a handful of positions. A human scanning through a stack of resumes looks for college degrees, certifications, job titles, typos – trying to winnow out good applicants in a minimal amount of time. Seven seconds. Or, your resume may go through […]Read More
3 Job Search Pests You Don’t Want to Be
3 Job Search Pests You Don’t Want To Be (via A Hire Calling) Persistence is key in a job search, but can you take it too far? A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals that more than 65 percent of job seekers contact employers directly as a method of job […]Read More
How to Reverse Engineer Your Career Path
During the recession, workers hung on to the jobs they had, even though the work was no longer fulfilling. Job descriptions changed to include my job, your job and his job, because your job and his job no longer existed. Company loyalty became a confused commodity, and the word “pension” was relegated to the dictionary. […]Read More
How to Ring in a New Job in the New Year
The holidays are here and everyone is taking off to go skiing in Vail, or scuba diving in Cozumel. At the very least, they’re taking the kids over the river and through the woods. Or so it seems. But take a look at the job boards. The ads are still going strong, and new jobs […]Read More
You and Your Recruiter: In a Relationship? or It’s Complicated
Finding and working with a good recruiter is not luck. Sure, maybe a recruiter initiated the first call and caught your attention. A second call, and you both start thinking there’s something there. But then, the work begins. In part 1 of the recap of my conversation with Barbara Blau, President of DPP, we discussed […]Read More
Red Flag or Red Carpet?
Is your LinkedIn® profile sending out Huge Red Flags? Hiring managers for any level – from C-Suite on down – use social media platforms to scope out their applicants and pipeline for future openings. LinkedIn is the site most used by hiring managers, recruiters, and human resources to source for the new candidates. What are […]Read More
Scouting the Opportunity
In Part 1 of this 3-part series about working with a recruiter, we talked about the recruiter as a career partner and an ally. A good recruiter will provide impartial career advice. He will work to build a relationship with you, one which includes active listening and asking lots of questions. Here’s part 2 of […]Read More
The Recruiter: Ally or Albatross?
You’ve just hung up the phone after talking with some character who, out of the blue, asks you if you’d be interested in changing jobs. Maybe it set your antennae quivering. Maybe your stomach plummeted. You may have difficulty refocusing. And maybe you have been mulling over a career change, and this phone call pushed you […]Read More
Identity Theft: Not If, but When
One in 10 Americans has been a victim of identity theft or identity fraud. The FTC reports that identity theft continues to be the #1 complaint by consumers, and has been for the past 13 years. The number of reported instances of identity theft was 12.6 million in 2012, up from 11.6 million in 2011. […]Read More
Does “GIGO” Describe Your LinkedIn® Profile?
When you hit the “Apply with LinkedIn®” button, what will the hiring manager or recruiter see? The “Apply with LinkedIn®” button is used on career sites to make it a bit easier for job seekers to respond to job ads. When you use this button to apply for a position, LinkedIn® generates a snapshot of […]Read More
Make Your IT Resume Pop!
You’ve heard the stories: Recruiters spend only 6 seconds scanning your resume Your resume will be sucked up by the black hole known as an ATS (applicant tracking system), never to be seen again How do you elude the 6-second scan or the gaping black hole? Expertise Summary There’s good news. The objective statement is […]Read More