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When Your Dreams Hold You Back, Part 1

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“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.” ” ~Erma Bombeck. Dreams are an important thing.

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What Is HR Thinking During Your Interview?

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This is a topic that has been percolating for a while. It was initially sparked earlier this year when I visited with a teen group that I am mentoring about job hunting and early career management.

2015 218

Consider Eliminating This Word from Your Resume

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In writing a résumé, great care should be taken to ensure that the words chosen powerfully convey the value you have to bring to a prospective employer.

2014 249

Five Reasons to Interview for a Job, Even If You Are Not Sure

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You’ve gotten a lead on a job that, a first blush, sounds perfect. But then you learn information about the company or the job itself that causes you to think again about how good that job may really be. Should you even bother submitting your résumé?

2014 240

What Kind of Impression Do You Leave in an Interview?

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I was out with my family shopping for various items when my six-year-old son picked up a small toy fire truck and looked at it with quite a bit of interest. With the gathering of items for birthdays and Christmas being a year-round event, I take the opportunities whenever I get them.

2014 251

Fake LinkedIn Invitations: An Update

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Those scammers who are trying to sucker you with fake LinkedIn invitations are getting craftier (maybe it’s because they’ve read the original post I wrote last spring calling them out).

When Should Career Management Start?

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Over this past school year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to partner with a local library by meeting with their teen group. We’ve discussed résumés and will soon be getting into job interviews.

Top 5 Interview Red Flags to Help You Steer Clear of a Bad Job

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Making it to the in-person interview always feels like such a victory. You have successfully navigated the phone interview and made it to the short list of candidates — way to go!

2014 226

Everyone Needs to Manage Their Careers? Yes, EVERYONE!

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In preparing for an upcoming presentation on career management, I posted the following on my Facebook page : “Think that career management isn’t necessary for you? Let me ask — are you currently working or in transition?

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Structuring Your Resume to Accomplish Its Goal

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It’s not uncommon for folks who want to partner with me to say something along the lines of, “ I need a better résumé to get a job. ” I then (gently) correct them: Your résumé won’t get you a job. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best résumé in the world.

Five Times You Should NOT Hire a Career Pro

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I know the title of this post may seem strange coming from me. You may be thinking, ‘Shouldn’t she be encouraging people to sign up for her services ?’ ’ I definitely believe there are numerous benefits to finding the right career professional to help you navigate your career.

2015 203

Personal Branding and Hard Work: Complementary Efforts to Success

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There was a short article on AOL Jobs that quoted writer and director Spike Lee on his take on personal branding. “‘Too Too many people are focused on building their brand and not their work,’ [Lee] said, when asked how he’d developed his own iconic brand. Brand is the flash.

2014 228

Lessons from Coach Elliot Uzelac that Every Leader Should Learn

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The Benton Harbor (MI) Tigers made headlines across the country during this past football season. They were featured in Sports Illustrated , ESPN , and Good Morning America for their historic run at the state playoffs. I first heard about this story from my sister, Louise Wrege.

2015 185

The Art of Following Up Your Résumé

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A client recently sent his résumé to a contact he developed. Upon not hearing anything back after a week, he asked me: “Should I contact [name] again?” ” The answer to this question really depends on how the follow-up is framed.

10 Ways to Plan Ahead to Reduce Interview Stress

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In-person job interviews are stressful, and the fear that something will go wrong increases that stress. But with a little planning, you can handle some of those issues with ease so they don’t take you off-track. Try on your interview clothes the week before the interview.

2014 212

Extra Effort Brings Extra Flavor to Your Resume

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I love soups made from scratch. The aromas, the explosion of fresh flavors from all the ingredients… yum! You just can’t get the same culinary experience from a can of condensed soup or a package of dried bits and powder that has to be reconstituted.

2014 225

The 4 C’s of Accomplishments

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It’s no secret that accomplishments trump a listing of duties on a résumé. Achievements that tell your career story are also a significant part of a successful job interview. But how do you know if your successes are being framed well to position you as a top candidate? They are CLEAR.

Why Stellar Employees Sell Themselves Short in the Job Search

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Earlier this month, I had a brief Twitter interaction with Jason Cortel of Leadership XL regarding my post, “Answering ‘How Have You Gone Above and Beyond in Your Work?’” ’” Jason had liked the post and thought the question would be useful to him in his work.

2014 227

3 Reasons Why You Still Need to Do Interview Prep. (Yes, Even If You Are a “Shoo-in.”)

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Job searches are, without a doubt, draining. And, given the nature of today’s shortened employment tenures , all serious careerists are in constant job search mode. The tasks that are part of a comprehensive job hunt are overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could cut corners?

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Four Reasons for Deliberate Resume Development

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“One of my back brakes is out,” my husband announced one day last week as he walked into the house. Upon taking off the tire, he discovered that a part was broken. Much to his disappointment, the part he needed wouldn’t be available until the next day.

2014 217

What If My Dream Employer Calls and I’m Not Ready to Interview?

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It’s so exciting when, after applying for a position with a dream company, you see their name flash on your caller ID. It’s the call you’ve been waiting for! Calming your nerves, you answer the phone. The HR rep on the other end of the line says: “Hi, Terry.

2014 213

Do This One Thing to Make the Photo/No Photo Question a Moot Point

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A very common query that brings people to The Job Quest is, “Should you put a picture on your resume?” ” This leads them to a guest post that was written in 2010 and provides three reasons to keep a photo off a résumé.

2015 191

How to Bridge an Employment Gap

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Things have certainly changed a lot in terms of what is considered the norm with career paths: Staying with one company in a position that spans multiple decades is now the exception, not the rule. More folks are working on side gigs and other entrepreneurial endeavors.

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When Your Dreams Hold You Back, Part 2

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Last week, I started talking about reasons why dreams can hold us back from really achieving, well, our dreams. As oxymoronic (yes, that’s a word ) as that sounds, things can get tripped up for us when we try to usher the images in our mind into the real world.

2015 194

Promoting Soft Skills When Searching for Employment

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A few weeks back, my eight-year-old son and I had this conversation: Son: “Mom, I like to make people happy.” ” Me: “That’s a good thing. How do you do that?”

2015 174

What If I Interview and Decide I Don’t Want the Job?

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A reader writes in: “I interviewed for a job and they are checking references. I have decided that I am not really into the job after considering everything. How do I politely decline if I am asked? I didn’t say I would take the job if offered when asked in the interview.

2014 208

Getting Asked Clown Questions in Your Interviews?

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You know when you get those really annoying interview questions that you just can’t stand? “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” ” “How many ping-pong balls can you fit inside the earth?” ” “What do you think of garden gnomes?”

2015 188

Illogical Arguments Don’t Make a Bad Job Search Strategy Better

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I’ve spoken before about my dislike of the spray and pray job search method. Do I think it should never, ever be done? Nah, I don’t like to say “never.”

2015 190

A Key Factor for Success

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I read this quote recently: “Successful people are so busy getting things done that they don’t have time to make excuses.” ” And it saddened me. It saddened me because of the lack of empathy and the broad generalizations that it paints with its few words.

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Top Priorities When Job Loss Enters the Picture

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Priorities can get so completely messed up when job loss enters the picture. All too often, the fact that a person is now unemployed takes over everything.

2014 197

How Do I Handle a Sabbatical?

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I was recently asked this question: “I would like to take some time off to spend with my young children. How should I handle this gap on my résumé to minimize my difficulty in reentering the workforce?”

2015 191

How to Make for an Uncomfortable Office Holiday Party

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Ah, yes. We are fully embroiled in the holiday season, and with that comes holiday parties. Even though Christmas is less than a week away, office holiday parties often extend into January.

2014 191

Don’t Be Duped by Fake LinkedIn Invitations

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Scams that prey on job seekers are everywhere. Some that pretend to be legitimate organizations can be hard to detect. One I have been seeing quite a bit in my inbox recently is the fake LinkedIn invitation, so I wanted to take some time to address it.

2013 239

Preparing for the Job Hunt

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I used to have a love/hate relationship with cooking. Unless it was a recipe that I had made many times before, I found myself struggling with it. Forgetting steps. Not having some ingredients on hand. Despising the prep work involved. Why couldn’t it be as easy as it was for the chefs on TV?

2015 167

Herzberg’s Theory & What It Means for Job Seekers

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I saw an article that posed the question “ Does More Compensation Improve Productivity?

2016 154

Three Reasons to Use Lists on Your Résumé

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When you take a look at blog posts on a variety of topics, you may notice something: a significant number of the titles indicate that there is some type of list that can be found within the context of the post. That’s not just an anomaly. Readers gravitate to lists for a variety of reasons: 1.

2014 201

Why “2 Years of Experience” Applies to Entry-Level Jobs

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…and How It Helps Your Career. At times, I have heard this lament from college students who are applying for jobs: “Two years’ experience required? But it’s an entry level position! How can they expect that?”

Don’t Throw Your Career Under the Bus Chasing the Almighty Dollar

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Job hunting is nothing short of a roller coaster ride. You have your long stretches where it feels like you are constantly networking, sending out résumés, and keeping attuned to the job market. But, nothing appears to be happening.

2014 198

Looking at the Process

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When writing a resume or prepping a client for a job interview, I am constantly asking my clients about the end results from their work. I hope they don’t grow tired of my probing questions: “What efficiencies were gained?”

2014 193

Three Ways to Defeat a Bad Attitude

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My friend and fellow career pro Julie Walraven has written many posts on attitude and how one’s attitude can help or harm a job search.

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Answering the Interview Question that is REALLY Being Asked

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One recent morning, one of my children had this conversation with me: Dear Child (DC): “Mom, what is the temperature and what’s the high for the day?” ” Me: “Ummmm, it’s 34 degrees, and the high will be 48.”

2016 147

One Very Important Question to Ask During an Interview

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This cartoon from 1.00 FTE reminded me of a question that I, as a candidate, was once advised to ask my interviewer: “Why do you enjoy working here?&#. Some folks answer this well, but every once in a while, you get an interviewer who stumbles on it.

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Are You Lacking in Soft Skills? Build Them by Volunteering!

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The need for employees with soft skills is regarded as a high priority in the workplace.

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