Be Find-able to Be Hired: Your Best Keywords

A critical aspect for a successful job search and career — now — is being quickly and easily find-able online. Like actors, actresses, and other public figures, the age of anonymity is over for most of us. Best to embrace it, and make the best of it. We can — and should — keep big […]

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Don’t Make These Bad Assumptions About Recruiters

Many job seekers are confused about how hiring works, and, specifically, about how to work with recruiters. As with almost everything else associated with job search, things aren’t as simple or straight forward as they seem. Recruiters are key players in the hiring process, so understanding how recruiters work is important for job search success. These […]

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20 + Ways to Build Your Job Search Network

Recent surveys of hiring methods show that most jobs are filled by employee referrals. The successful job seeker is referred (not necessarily introduced) to the job by a current employee. Thus, the key to a successful job search (and career) is summed up in one word: networking! Truly: it’s who you know (and who knows you) […]

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Close the Sale for a Successful Job Search

Like it or not, conducting a successful job search is very similar to making a sale — the salesperson (a.k.a., the  job seeker) convinces the customer (a.k.a., the hiring manager) to make a purchase (hire the job seeker). Any successful salesperson will tell you that the secret to making the sale is to put yourself “in the […]

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Protect Your Birthday to Protect Your Identity

I’m very annoyed with Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other social network or website that collects your birth date from you, and then makes it public associated with your name. And, the reason I’m annoyed has nothing to do with age discrimination. I’m annoyed because publishing birthdays makes everyone more vulnerable to identity fraud. To be […]

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Secret Way to Boost Your Job Search Value: Brag About Your Employers

FACT: the better  and more impressive you make your former employers look, the better you look to potential new employers. Demonstrate your attitude and professionalism, the “company you keep,” and what you have experienced and learned. Communicate only positive things (a.k.a. “brag”) about your employers (current and former). Your job search will be helped when […]

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How to Have a Successful Job Search Today

A job seeker shared his job search struggles with me. Let’s call him Bill (not his real name). He is a Veteran and has been in the investment and financial industries for the last 15 years, since he got out of the service. He quit his job two years ago because his daughter became serious […]

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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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