Add three to five people to your connections over the holidays. Take advantage of the holiday family and social gatherings to learn what others are doing and tell them about your career interests. Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert, gives some great tips in her article Networking Tips for the Holidays.Networking Tips for HolidaysFiled under Blogroll, General Career Advice, Job Search, Resumes and Other Documents | Comment (0)
Employers read cover letters. Many pay more attention to the content and flavor of the letter than they do the resume, since so many resumes look similar. Do include a cover letter. When writing your cover letter, be sure to review Martin Yates’ simple check list, all the while keeping it to one page.Simple Checklist For Writing Effective Cover LettersFiled under Blogroll, Job Search, Resumes and Other Documents | Comment (0)
Career Advice for Young Professionals from Successful Go-Getters article by The Brazen Team found in Brazen Life
Career Advice for Young Professionals from Successful Go-Getters
If you are sending out resumes and not hearing back, Dr. John Sullivan’s May 20th article on ERE.net is a MUST READ in its entirety. Why You Can’t Get a Job … Recruiting Explained by the NumbersFiled under Alumni, Full-Time Jobs, Job Search, Resumes and Other Documents | Comment (0)
TheCampusCareerCoach.com asks recruiters what advice they have for job seekers. In Getting Your Foot in the Door, Macy’s and other companies answer questions posed by TheCampusCareerCoach.com on what recruiters look for at career fairs and when meeting applicants, as published in the CSO eNews.Job Search | Comment (0)
Ashleigh Trahan writes this article for TalentEgg: 4 Novel Ways to Tackle Your Job Search In 2013. (January 2, 2013)
Disclosure: These creative approaches are not for everyone.
It’s a tough job market out there, which means you’re going to have to step up your game if you want to land your first (or next) gig.
In this spirit, some bold individuals are finding extreme ways to proactively market themselves to potential employers.
While these unique (and sometimes wacky) … more…
My Takeaway: Traditional resumes still work, but novel approaches to marketing yourself will get more attention. cw
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While some people are fortunate enough to find their true calling on their first try, for others, finding the job that best matches their strengths, skills and interests may call for a career change – or several as they search for it.
Vancouver resident Fannie Smith made a successful change, with the help of careful planning. After working in the tourism industry for several years, she started questioning her career path, wondering if a more fulfilling profession was out there.
The journey towards her new career began while Smith was watching a wheelchair rugby game in 2010, when she decided her true interests lay in event management for disability sports. She then began to plan her career change. After a year-long transition involving a lot of time and energy, she is now thriving in her new role as high-performance coordinator with the Disabled Skiers Association of B.C.
If a new career area has piqued your interest and you are considering a move into a new job, sector or profession, those who have made the leap say there are a number of steps you can take to help you get there.Filed under Blogroll, Full-Time Jobs, General Career Advice, Job Search | Comment (0)
by Joshua Waldman | From Recruiter.com
The year 2012 seems to be the year of innovation around the job search. They say great inventions come when people find a better way to solve a problem. Others say laziness is the mother of all invention. But I say that great innovations happen when millions of Americans are out of work and finding a job sucks.
So in honor of America’s comeback, here are four of my favorite innovations so far this year.Filed under Blogroll, Career Technology, Full-Time Jobs, Job Search | Comment (0)
By Shane Snow
From Fast Company
Despite being the 75th largest metro area in the U.S., Charleston is ranked in the top 10 fastest growing cities for software and Internet technology. Here’s why.Filed under Blogroll, Career Technology, Helpful Web Links, Job Search | Comment (0)
The following career advice is what I believe to be the top eight things college graduates should know before joining the workforce. I am sure there are additional tips you can bring into the workforce but these are a great start to ensure you begin on the right foot.
1. Time Management
Time is finite. Once it is gone you cannot take it back. Once a deadline is missed there is no turning back. If you missed an assignment, you risk a lower grade. But in the working world it can mean losing a job project and the company having to incur financial losses. Learn time management skills and you end up being more productive, effective and efficient.
2. Do More, Talk Less
It’s far too easy to be convinced by people who say you can talk to impress people. And I do not deny that, but eventually your work has to be the proof that you are a good worker and you are dependable. You need to decide if you will do more and talk less or do less and talk more.
3. Being Present
Being present means two things to me. Firstly, it means be on time every time. This ranges from a small internal meeting to meeting your deadlines. It means being there when you are needed. Golden opportunities present themselves when you are present. Secondly, being present means focusing on what is the work that needs to be completed. It also means being mindful and fully aware of your surroundings.
4. Give Your Work a Routine
Develop some form of routine and be disciplined to stick to that routine. This is related to time management but goes beyond the time management that you do in the office. Have a routine for your life. Give yourself time – block off time for yourself to read or even do the chores like laundry, etc. Start to be more organized than when you were in college. Stick to this career advice even though it does not relate to career building. You will soon see the wisdom of it.
5. Be Nice
Learn to be authentic and avoid politics. Of course, sometimes it is tough not to get involved at all. But you can learn to avoid it and be real. Be authentic to your values. These are your anchors that hold you when people change and agendas change. Be nice to people regardless of rank and designation. Smile often. Say your “please” and “thank you.”
6. Compete With Yourself
Compete with no one else. Of course, no matter what is said and done, you will always be peeping at the next guy to see how he is doing in his career.
But don’t be overly affected by competition that you forget to look at yourself. Be the best you can be in this long cross country marathon, it is filled with detours and stops. When you focus too much on your competitors you may get lost. It’s one of those graduate career advice you need to experience to know what this truly means.
7. Create, Not Just Discover
Life is as much about creating as it is discovering. I hear far too often fresh graduates saying, “I need to discover myself.” But is life all about discovering yourself? It is and it is also not. Life is as much as creating the you, you want to be as it is in discovering the you that you are.
The truth is somewhere in between. So, when you get a job that is less than satisfactory for you, use it as a pedagogue to discover yourself. More importantly, use it to give you hints at creating the self you want to be.
8. Fun is in Learning
There is a lot of fun in learning. If you understand being present in my earlier advice, then you will know work life presents so much you can learn and be paid for it. Learn to love what you do and learn to love learning. Because the chance to do what you love maybe far and in between. When you find fun in learning then you will be constantly improving yourself. Learn to love books and all sorts of books. There is no need to stick to books in your own industry.
These are the eight things I consider solid career advice for any graduate. A new phase of life has just begun. It’s a long road of work from now on. There is no need to take the whole in one breadth. Take time and enjoy life while honing your skills as you move along.Filed under Blogroll, General Career Advice, Helpful Web Links, Job Search | Comment (0)