Join a Job Club for a Shorter Job Search

A job search is a very tough process, especially now. Don’t job hunt alone! Search with a friend, friends, and/or family members, or, better, find a local job club to join. As the old saying goes, there is strength in numbers. That motto applies to job search as well as many other human endeavors. Proving […]

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The LinkedIn Professional Headline Mistakes that Ruin Opportunities

Your LinkedIn “Professional Headline” is very important to your career and job search, and too many job seekers make the mistake of being careless with those headlines.  Vague LinkedIn headlines are not helpful to the job seeker. The mistake? No clear intention for their careers or job search and no clear message for recruiters (and others) who […]

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35 Ways Time Is Wasted in Job Search

A job search can be a very tough slog through seemingly unending rejection – definitely not fun, particularly if you are unemployed with bills to pay. Effective job search methods have changes substantially with the Internet and other new technology, particularly in the last few years. If you haven’t modified your approach to a job […]

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Negotiating the Best Starting Salary for Your New Job

When you start a new job, you have a “starting salary” — what you are paid at the start of your tenure in that position. The right starting salary is very important. Negotiating it can be challenging and a little scary, but the techniques and information in this article should help you understand your options. The […]

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Why Are You Still Unemployed?

You may have lost your job last week, last month, last year, or in 2009, but, if you are unemployed, you are part of a very large group of people. You are probably asked about your unemployment, and you probably ask yourself, too. As someone who has been on the recruiting side of the process, […]

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Gratitude in Your Job Search Helps

The job search process today feels de-humanized. Resumes drop down the infamous “black hole.” Employers, receiving an average of 250 responses to every job posting, are over-whelmed  (or under-staffed or badly managed or clueless). Employers don’t respond to every job seeker – sometimes, not even to most job seekers. So, gratitude may not be part of your […]

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Chart a New Career Course with Information Interviews

Speaking as someone who has made the bad old job to worse new job transition (a.k.a. “frying pan to fire”), changing employers or jobs is not easy or simple to accomplish, whether or not you are currently employed. But, there are smart ways to make the transition, and the foundation of “smart” is information. Learn, before […]

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Increasing Your Job Search Luck

When you were a kid, did you cross your fingers “for luck” when you were really, REALLY hoping something good would happen? Perhaps, you crossed your fingers as you were getting ready to ask someone out on a date, star in a school play, take your drivers’ license test, or as the teacher/professor was handing […]

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3 Bad Assumptions About Networking for Your Job Search

Many job seekers have told me how much they hate networking for their job search. They don’t like meeting strangers, particularly when they (and the strangers) have “an agenda.” They’d rather spend (waste?) time endlessly clicking on the “Apply” button on job boards than venture out into the scary world of “NETWORKING”! My favorite networking […]

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Job Search Networking Secrets From the Top Recruiters

I attended the Fordyce Forum, a two-day conference of top independent recruiters (also known as “head hunters”). And it was a VERY educational experience! At the Forum, I was able to meet and interact with over 120 of these top professional networkers in action. And the activities I observed offer important insights for effective job […]

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