August 6, 2016 @ 5:40 AM
If you’re in between jobs and battling discouragement, the last thing you need is a depressed posse hanging around you. Misery does love company but you don’t have to join the party. Rather than give in to discouragement or stress, take a break. Here are four ingredients to spice up your life, recharge your mental battery, and help you receive fresh career inspiration all at the same time.
Ingredient #1 - Choose to Laugh
Laughter is a very powerful tool. It can break the affects of discouragement, strengthen your heart, and heal you during challenging times. You may be thinking what is there to laugh about? ......
July 2, 2016 @ 8:16 AM
For years, I’ve attended job fairs as an organizer and previously as a job applicant. Of the hundreds of clients I’ve helped, not one of them has said that they love job fairs. Typically, job applicants complain about job fairs. They find issues with everything from the choice of companies, to the long waits in lines, to the lack of jobs actually offered at hiring events.
I admit that all job fairs are not equal. Some are more professional than others. Some are setup to do more selling—with college recruiting and résumé services—than “buying.” And while some recruiters stand out because of their genuine interest in job seekers, there are others who only ......
June 4, 2016 @ 9:37 AM
When an employer says, “Tell me about yourself,” he or she wants to know facts, even evidence, to ensure you’re the right candidate for the job. Lots of questions fill an employer’s mind: Does this candidate have the qualifications required? Is their experience relevant? Is there proof of effectiveness? With that one request, “Tell me about yourself,” and the response in the form of a well-crafted 30-second commercial, many of an employer’s questions can be answered.
What happens, though, when the response includes unnecessary or undesirable information or leaves an employer without valuable information needed to consider you a serious candidate? ......
May 1, 2016 @ 1:30 PM
Can’t afford to take college-level courses? Well, think again. You’ve got options. Yes, you can actually get a quality education with “hands-on training” for a low cost or no cost at all? While other job seekers are exploring expensive degree programs, you can learn new skills to re-enter the marketplace in just a few weeks—for pennies!
Eager job applicants shouldn’t miss great employment opportunities just because they can’t afford to enhance their skill set. Nor should any feel pressured to spend $5,000 to $50,000 to obtain a certification or degree in a career field where they’ve proven themselves for over 5, 10 or more years. ......
April 2, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Have you ever ordered an entrée and when it arrived discovered that it didn’t taste the way you imagined? Well, reading and inaccurately interpreting a job posting can turn out to be just as disappointing. What do job postings actually tell you anyway? How can a job seeker ensure the he or she is reading them correctly? Today, we’ll deconstruct a customer service job posting to find out. I’ll share a few insights that will help you determine what an employer is looking for and if you qualify. Remember that although job postings and announcements differ in some aspects, they share the same basic information. Let’s begin.
Employers create job titles......
March 5, 2016 @ 8:27 AM
A profile statement is a great selling tool. It sets the tone for your entire résumé. So, why have so many job seekers missed its value? They mistakenly believe a one-size-fits-all profile statement is better. It’s generic, they say, and therefore can fit any job posting. But employers don’t agree. In their search for real talent, generic profiles or summary statements tell employers little about a job applicant. A finely honed statement, on the other hand, showcases a candidate’s true value. The best approach if you want to successfully land that dream job is to create a distinct résumé for each job to which you apply. And within that résume......
February 5, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
Transition, the process of change or moving from one state to another, can be both scary and exciting. Scary because you don’t know what is waiting for you on the other side. Yet exciting for the very same reason. Times of transition can make you feel vulnerable, out of sorts, and well . . . fragile. So, how do you keep your wits intact and block out the blues during a job transition? Here are four proven ways to stay sharp while planning your next career move.
Losing your job is a traumatic event. Fear, grief, self-doubt, even discouragement can overtake the most positive person. You must resist the woe-is-me mindset. Share your feelings, even release the ......
January 2, 2016 @ 7:38 AM
If you’ve heard an employer say this to you more than once, it’s time to do some serious soul-searching. In today’s job market, you can lose a job for any number of reasons. And if you work in an at-will state, an employer doesn’t need a reason to say “Bye-bye.” But if your last few employers said, “You’re fired,” you need to make adjustments to reposition yourself in the marketplace. Here are six ways to rebound in the job market and avoid getting fired in the next job.
#1 Apply for jobs that match your skill set
It frustrates employers to waste time scanning resumes or sitting in interviews with unqualified ......