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  Are You an Introvert Who Needs to Be More Social?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following question: My manager knows that I want to become a manager myself at some point, and is working on mentoring me in the skills I’ll need. One piece of feedback he’s given me is that I need to become more comfortable in semi-social situations (networking lunches or event dinners, and the like). I’m not a terribly social person by nature, so I tend to feel a bit shy and o...
 
  Encore Career Coaching – Just Say No
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2013
In our next 2 posts we are focusing on advice for those of you ready for your “encore career” or closer to retirement, in 2 retirement coaching articles… Thank you to Katie Weiser, one of our associate career coaches for these posts. Steve Jobs has had an enormous impact on the world. His quote, below is a reminder to all the baby-boomers who are working or retired who still have not learned how to say NO. People thin...
 
  Good Grades Are Not Enough
by Bob Roth - Nov, 2013
College students should be aware that employers look for much more than just good grades. Employers believe that well-rounded students who have had a broad range of on-campus and off-campus work and learning experiences tend to perform at a higher level than students whose experiences and performance were limited to classroom. The best employers seek students who have proved that they can excel in more than one environment....
 
  How to be a Polite Pest Using Your Resume
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2013
Here is a very helpful article that our certified resume writer, Jasmine Marchong, shared with me recently about being a polite pest during your job search… (I’m telling our clients this all the time by the way, be a pest, just be professional and polite about it!) We’re doing this as a Q&A format again to help you think outside the box using your resume as a tool for your search. Read the article here. Hallie: How can you...
 
  How to Write a Resume the Employer Wants to Read
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
Over the past few weeks I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes—and to my dismay, they’ve all looked and sounded the same. I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to give job seekers the advice that replicating an unoriginal career summary or objective statement on their resume was a sound job searching practice. But whoever did that should be blacklisted from providing career advice to job seekers. I can assure you (and I’m...
 
  Why Keeping Your Options Open May Harm Your Job Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2013
It is human nature in job search – as in dating – to want to keep your options open. Many job seekers, whether early-career and fairly inexperienced or 15+ years in and heralding a plethora of different functional strengths, feel they will limit their opportunities by narrowing their job search target. In fact, just the opposite will happen. Broad Resume Nets Don’t Work. By casting a broad net, job seekers drown out t...
 
  Why Email is Not Dead and its Future
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Every few years, some tech writer proclaims that email is dead. In my experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean hey, I recently stopped spelling it “e-mail” (for electronic communication) and joined the billions for whom email is a universally recognized, standalone concept. Dileep Thazhmon has an article on the Next Web on the current state and future of email. Thazhmon agrees that email is not go...
 
  Why Defensiveness is Your Worst Offense
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
When I was new to the business world, I was very sensitive. I was so insecure about whether or not I was doing a good job that I took constructive feedback badly. Specifically, I would get defensive and respond as if I was being attacked, at any hint that my work, appearance, or conduct wasn’t absolutely perfect. An example: “Alex, your suits are nice, but sometimes they look a little wrinkly. Do you think you could...
 
  5 Steps to Keep Your Network From Getting Stale
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2013
Building and maintaining a successful executive network should be a top priority whether you are involved in a current job search or not. Don’t store away contacts that you meet and reach out only when you are in the midst of job search. You need to create an action plan to cultivate those contact relationships. First and foremost, get organized. You know those bits of paper with information about a contact person that you...
 
  Networking for the Nervous
by David Couper - Nov, 2013
If you don’t like going outside and meeting people then don’t! The Internet is a powerful way of spreading a form of “electronic word of mouth.” Blogs, newsletters and well-visited web sites can carry your marketing messages to large worldwide audiences. These messages can lead to job opportunities, freelance contracts and customers. You may know that a company is hiring and you simply want to know more about that company....
 
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