Why Your Job Search May Be Taking So Long

If you’ve been job hunting for a while, you know that job hunting today is a long, hard slog. A job search today is so challenging that nearly 3 million people have been unemployed for over 6 months. An unfortunate side effect of that difficult and extended experience is that you have probably concluded that you’re just […]

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5 Essential Components of a Successful LinkedIn Profile

I see and hear many complaints about how LinkedIn “doesn’t work” or “is a waste of time.” Usually, when I look at the profile of the person making the complaint, the reason they are struggling is fairly obvious. LinkedIn Is Not a “Quick Fix” for Your Job Search I doubt that there is a quick fix […]

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After You Start that New Job: Smart Network Management

Once the new job is landed, most of us breathe an enormous sigh of relief, and jump into focusing all our energy and time on succeeding in that new job. Moving on with our career. Finally! YES! However… [MORE: Great! They Want to Hire You, Now What?] Reality: No Job Is Really “Permanent” As we all really know, but […]

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Don’t Blow Your Job Auditions

View your LinkedIn Profile, LinkedIn Group participation, and ALL of your other online activities as auditions for a new job, even if you are not job hunting, because you are being watched — and judged — by what you do. You look very unappealing as a prospective employee when you are too casual in your […]

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Job Search and Job Networking in a New Location

A job seeker recently described a problem that many of us have had, finding a job in a new location far from “home” and her network. Not too surprisingly, she was having difficulty even landing job interviews, much less a new job. Problem: No Local Network Whether you have just graduated from college, followed your […]

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Winning the Job Search Numbers Game

A successful job search is not a simple “numbers game” that you can win by endlessly applying for jobs. Simply submitting as many resumes as possible does not work. A different version of the numbers game provides greater opportunities for success, however. The Job Application Numbers Game Does NOT Work Just keep clicking on that […]

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To Be Hired: Be Focused and Clear About the Job You Want

Yet again, in the Job-Hunt Help LinkedIn Group, a job seeker has posted an announcement about his availability with a description of himself as a “fast-learning, analytical problem-solver.” That’s all. Let the job offers roll in! Nope, didn’t happen. Not a single job offer appeared… The issue: No one knew what kind of problems he solved. Employers […]

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To Be Hired, Be Referred for the Job

Being recommended to the employer by a current employee is usually the best and fastest way to a new job. Known as an “employee referral,” a referred candidate is five times more likely to be hired than a candidate who was not referred. The best news is that everyone usually wins in the referral process! You […]

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Why and How to Turn Down a Job Interview

A job seeker asked me if she should turn down a job interview, and it’s a very good question. Not every job interview is a good opportunity. In this case, she decided to accept the interview, and, in her situation, I think it was the right decision. Most often, my advice is to accept the […]

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To Be Hired: Be Reachable

A key aspect of being hired, once you have been found, is to have information easily available that allows employers and recruiters to contact you. Having an online profile that attracts employers and recruiters is critical to a successful job search. But, the best profile will be useless to you if those employers and recruiters […]

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