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Is there videoconferencing etiquette I should know?

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Needless to say, videoconferencing has become a primary way of communicating with colleagues, suppliers and clients. Here are some best practices for videoconferencing etiquette.

2020 130

How to Understand and Adapt to the Current Job Market

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Unpredictability and uncertainty in the business world shorten employment tenure. There are several reasons for this: The fast-paced and ever-changing evolution of technology is generating competitive pressures. Consumer tastes are changing and demanding new products and services. And world events are destabilizers; revolutions, wars, floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis, and reactor meltdowns are examples. Employers find […].

2014 212
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Age Discrimination Is Not Based on Age

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Companies are not permitted to discriminate in hiring based on a candidate’s age, because such discrimination is illegal. And yet they do it every day. Why are younger people considered more desirable in the workplace? The simple answers are that they require less compensation; they’re hungry because they need to accumulate wealth for future […]. The post Age Discrimination Is Not Based on Age appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Age Discrimination

How to Format Your Resume for Electronic Job Applications (What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You. Is That So?)

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The adage in the title is very misleading, especially for people in transition or otherwise contemplating a career change. Not only is the contention untrue but also in fact it hinders the ability to get what you want. Furthermore, it gives a false sense of positive feeling. For example, a person in transition is told […]. The post How to Format Your Resume for Electronic Job Applications (What You Don’t Know Won’t Hurt You. Is That So?) appeared first on WorkAlpha.

2014 207

How to Overcome Your Insecurities

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Are you insecure at times? Of course you are, because this is how we keep checks and balances over our daily behavior. As a practicing career coach, I see this personality trait every day. And because about 70% of my clients are in transition, I see it more than others do. I remember that when […]. Interview Interview Questions & Answers

2015 170

The Job Offer Negotiation: Do You Understand It?

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It takes three steps to get a great job. First, you need a good enough résumé and LinkedIn profile to be fished out from an ocean of candidates. Otherwise, you are invisible and irrelevant! Second, you need to beat your competition in the contest called interviewing. After all, there’s only one job, and applicants not […]. The post The Job Offer Negotiation: Do You Understand It? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Offer Job Offer Negotiation Negotiation Tips

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How to Compete in Today’s Job Market

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It is well-known that in today’s economy, job seekers face unprecedented challenges. One of them is the large number of applicants chasing just a few openings, but another is their lack of understanding of the rules of the competition. Many discount the fact that employers use different methods of selecting final candidates by applying certain […]. The post How to Compete in Today’s Job Market appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Applicant Tracking System Job Search Tips

How Crucial Is That First Impression in an Interview?

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“Nobody impresses me for the first sixty days on the job.” This was a saying that all of those working with me in the corporate world would hear me say over and over. I wanted to express that there’s a difference between the impression a job seeker leaves initially—even as early as during the interview—and […]. The post How Crucial Is That First Impression in an Interview? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview First Impression Interview Tips

2014 196

How Not to Disappoint—Especially When You’re Unemployed

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When you feel disappointed, you feel let down because your expectations failed to be met. Little children at times express their reactions to disappointment by crying; adults deal with disappointment more maturely—through logic. Regardless of your age, though, disappointment evokes strong emotions. Those in job transition have a heightened sense of awareness of such emotional […]. The post How Not to Disappoint—Especially When You’re Unemployed appeared first on WorkAlpha.

2014 193

The Long-Term Unemployed: Can They Do Better?

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Bureau of Economic Research published a chart spanning 1950 through 2012 and showing that the current recession versus all other recessions within the same time period is literally double in size in a comparison of the long-term unemployed as a share of the labor force for […]. The post The Long-Term Unemployed: Can They Do Better? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Job Search Tips Mature Workers

2014 196

Why Should You Connect on LinkedIn With People You Don’t Know?

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I’m a huge proponent of increasing the number of connections on LinkedIn. I voice that strong opinion every time I make a public presentation on a relevant subject or speak with anyone looking for advice on finding a job. At times, I find opponents to the concept, but mostly only up until I give them […]. The post Why Should You Connect on LinkedIn With People You Don’t Know? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Networking LinkedIn Online Networking

2014 196

Importance of Your LinkedIn Profile Picture

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Ever asked yourself why YouTube’s popularity is growing exponentially? The answer is that people are much more attracted to information they get via images versus having to read content. Well, the same principle applies about photos on LinkedIn profiles. As soon as a profile pops up on the screen, the human eye gravitates first to […] The post Importance of Your LinkedIn Profile Picture appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Networking LinkedIn LinkedIn Profile

2013 197

Best Practices When Applying for a Job Via Email

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Email makes job hunting very easy, which is both positive and negative. Positive because it means that you can reach out to a great many different potential jobs as you want; but negative because it means that many other people may be doing the same thing, thus making it that much harder to stand out. […]. Job Search Job Applications

2015 161

BANG: Here’s How to Get a Job

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BANG is not what you think! BANG is an acronym that stands for Barnes And Noble Group. It’s a job search networking group that was started about nine years ago at a time I was in transition. One day, at a job search networking group meeting, I was approached by another job seeker asking me […]. Job Search Job Search Tips

2015 162

Interview Answers Must Be Short. Know Why?

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I’m not sure whether you’re like me. I’ve stopped reading! I read no more. I skim and browse and hover over the surface of words, and when I find something interesting, only then do I dig in and absorb the content. Nowadays, because of ubiquitous electronic media, you can immediately suffocate from constant immersion in […] The post Interview Answers Must Be Short. Know Why? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview Interview Answers Interview Tips

2013 192

Older Job Seekers Are Being Rejected

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Once you reach a certain threshold of maturity, fewer job opportunities are available because you get stereotyped. It’s a fact in most cases. But why? There are several reasons. First, in today’s exponential advancement of technological developments, younger people seem to catch on and to be able to adapt much faster than older folks can. […]. Job Search Discrimination Job Search Tips

2014 169

Resume Advice for New Graduates

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Congratulations! You did it! Four years or more of hard work and perseverance have paid off. You are now the proud owner of a college degree. So what’s next for you? Getting a job of course! In order to do that you will need to create a resume. You might be wondering how you will […]. The post Resume Advice for New Graduates appeared first on WorkAlpha. Resume New Graduates Resume Tips Resume Writing

2014 179

Tips on How to Network Using LinkedIn – 7 Secrets Most Professionals Don’t Know

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LinkedIn is one of the best networking avenues out there. According to Jobvite’s 2014 Job Seeker Nation Study of 2,135 adults, 94% of recruiters are active on LinkedIn, but only 36% of job seekers are. And you don’t have to be a “job seeker” to benefit from the connections you make – whether it’s meeting […]. The post Tips on How to Network Using LinkedIn – 7 Secrets Most Professionals Don’t Know appeared first on WorkAlpha. Networking LinkedIn

2014 170

How Non-Sales Professionals Can Quantify Their Achievements

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Like any other product, a well written resume has certain criteria or quality standards that need to be met. One of the most important criteria for a well written resume is that it contains achievements which are quantifiable and show results. For individuals in sales who have been instructed to keep a “brag book” over […]. Resume Resume Tips

2015 143

“Tell Me About Yourself” — One More Time

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All of my career coaching clients go through “Tell me about yourself” during our first 10 minutes together. Why is this so pivotal? It is for several reasons. The most important one is that the first impression is a lasting impression. In a job interview situation it is of utmost importance to make a good […] The post “Tell Me About Yourself” — One More Time appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview Interview Tips

2013 183

How to Get Your Dream Job After College

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For those of us who have gone through college, we usually can’t wait to graduate and start our career. But then reality slowly sets in after we graduate when it dawns on us that all the lofty dreams we had aren’t turning out as expected. That dream job you thought you would land is hard […]. The post How to Get Your Dream Job After College appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Job Search Tips New Graduates

2014 167

Hiring People You Won’t Have to Fire

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I should have fired my first employee long before I did. If there was one area where my inexperience really showed when I started running my own business it was in not firing people who should have been let go. I naively believed that more or less everyone was like me and my friends — […] The post Hiring People You Won’t Have to Fire appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Miscellaneous Good Hiring Practices

2013 182

Does a Job Interview Make You Nervous? Tips on How to Overcome Your Nervousness

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Most if not all people feel nervous before and during a job interview. For the past several years, I’ve been helping people prepare for job interviews. I’m also a very experienced interviewer, but recently, when asked to be on a radio talk show, I went through the same emotions and nervousness as all my clients […] The post Does a Job Interview Make You Nervous? Tips on How to Overcome Your Nervousness appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview Interview Tips Nervousness Stress

2013 180

Outstanding Grades VS Outstanding Personality

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Once upon a time, when only the minority were able to study at university, good grades were enough to make you stand out from your peers. However, in this day and age, when an ever growing number of people are university educated, are good grades still enough to land you that dream job? There’s no […]. Job Search New Graduates

2015 141

How to Avoid Long-Term Unemployment

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If you’re out of work for a long time, it’s not necessarily your fault, says Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight, a polling aggregator. Casselman says his firm’s work shows that by far, the single biggest predictor of whether people will be out of work for a year or more is the state of the economy at […]. Job Search Dealing with Unemployment

2015 143

The Main Reasons Why a Recruiter Would Reject a Job Applicant

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As a recruiter, you normally receive a lot of resumes for every job opening. This is good for the most part as you get your pick of the most qualified candidates, but can also be a rather frustrating process. You are looking for something to stand out, you are looking for the candidate that jumps […]. Job Search Job Search Mistakes

2015 137

Trick to Gain an Edge with the Post-Interview Thank You Letter

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Is the post-interview thank you letter important? The answer is a resounding yes. Many years ago, in the pre-email era, I snail-mailed my thank-you letter after an interview and was told later by the director of human resources that my thank-you letter was the decisive factor in the company’s offering me the job. As a […] The post Trick to Gain an Edge with the Post-Interview Thank You Letter appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview Interview Follow-Up Interview Questions Thank You Letter

2013 173

Some Employers Really Act Stupid (and Some Tips on How to Decide Between Multiple Job Offers)

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As a career coach, I’m often asked to help job seekers evaluate more than one job offer that they’ve received within a short time period. Such a phenomenon is happening more often than logic would bear: a job seeker searches for months and months without luck, and then all of a sudden, he receives multiple […]. The post Some Employers Really Act Stupid (and Some Tips on How to Decide Between Multiple Job Offers) appeared first on WorkAlpha.

2014 156

Decoding the Perfect Online Marketing Program

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Welcome to America, the land where marketing was invented and perfected. I applaud those who successfully deploy marketing methods and have flourishing businesses. But many buyers fall for certain ads without doing their due diligence. Following is the typical format of an online marketing campaign. If executed well, it could be very rewarding and very […]. The post Decoding the Perfect Online Marketing Program appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search

2014 155

Networking Is the Best Way to Build Your Safety Net

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So you love your job. You’re totally happy and can’t envision ever working somewhere else. But then your department is downsized. Or a new boss comes. Or you decide that you could be making more money somewhere else. Whatever the circumstance, today’s transient job market means that you are always job hunting. Or should be. […] The post Networking Is the Best Way to Build Your Safety Net appeared first on WorkAlpha

2014 164

The Elevator Pitch Advantage

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You are given a chance to introduce yourself and your professional availability by standing up in front of a certain group of people who may be able to help you or whom you could help. But the vast majority of people are not effective at doing this, and the unfortunate outcome is that the listeners […]. Networking Elevator Speech Networking Tips

2014 147

Interview Question: What Kind of Money Are You Looking For?

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Of all of the typical interview questions, that one is the most controversial, because it’s one of the most poorly understood—but is among the most important ones. Many people get electrified by the question because they think the interviewer is ready to negotiate. That conclusion, however, is furthest from the truth. The interviewer merely wants […]. Interview Interview Questions & Answers

2014 147

Interview Question: What Is Your Biggest Weakness?

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This is a job interview question that everyone dreads, but there’s really no reason to! This is not a question that you even necessarily need to customize for each interview. The point is to focus on something that doesn’t really have an impact on your ability to do this job — or any job. Stay […]. Interview Interview Questions & Answers

2015 143

What You Should Accept and Not Accept About Their Salary Offer

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You find the job listing, you nail the job interview, and then comes your moment of glory, the job offer. You open it with great anticipation, which is then followed by the most deflating feeling possible… the salary isn’t quite what you hoped. You were hoping they would knock your socks off and be able […] The post What You Should Accept and Not Accept About Their Salary Offer appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Offer Salary Expectations Salary Negotiations

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The Older Job Seeker: Strategies for Deflating the Ageism Myth

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Recently, a client in her fifties told me that in a job interview an employer told her outright that they were really looking for someone much younger. She said that this experience caused her a lot of anxiety and has made her very self-conscious. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. In a coaching session, […]. Interview Interview Tips

2015 127

Fix the Problem before It Occurs: Hire the Right Candidate

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A survey performed by CareerBuilder revealed that 41 percent of companies estimate that a bad hire costs more than $25,000, and 25 percent said it costs more than $50,000. And the higher the position, the higher those numbers become. Besides such costs, which are extraordinarily high—and which can be avoided—there are other contributing elements: ones […] The post Fix the Problem before It Occurs: Hire the Right Candidate appeared first on WorkAlpha.

2013 164

Interview Debrief: Why Didn’t You Get That Job?

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The moment a job seeker gets notified to come in for an interview, the person’s personality, mood, energy level, and enthusiasm change radically. Such changes are common and logical because the first obstacle to being selected has been hurdled. “Oh, Oh, what a relief it is,” like the old Alka-Seltzer commercial used to say. But then, […] The post Interview Debrief: Why Didn’t You Get That Job? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview Interview Mistakes Interview Tips

2013 159

How to Find Your Next Job

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1) Start with 5 to 10 target companies. There are several ways to identify the kinds of companies you seek. For example: Google companies by typing the company name, the word near, and your ZIP code. Use LinkedIn’s company search by selecting an industry type and location. Search companies that you know employ people in […]. Job Search Job Search Tips

2015 127

Employed but Scared

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David, a recent client, is not looking for help to get a job. He has one—for the past 20 years. The job started way back then as a weeklong gig after he graduated from college but didn’t yet know what he wanted to do. David seemed—in the eyes of his supervisor, then a vice president […]. Career

2015 131

Unemployed and Blaming Self

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Recently, while looking around LinkedIn, I came across an article that intrigued me. It was about a recently published book titled Flawed System/Flawed Self, written by Ofer Sharone, who teaches at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he is assistant professor of work and employment research. I ordered the book and found it amazing. The […] The post Unemployed and Blaming Self appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Job Search Tips Unemployment

2014 155

Business Cards for the Unemployed

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In America, if you don’t have a business card, you’re a nobody. And nobody likes to be a nobody. I’ve been using that catchy phrase for years because I want people to remember the importance of having a business card—especially when in transition. Why so? Because more than ever, those in transition absolutely have to […]. Job Search Job Search Tips

2015 133

How to Improve Your Verbal Communication: Five Things to Consider

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Fair or not, how professional you are to others is often a matter of perception and nothing affects others’ perception of you more than your verbal and written communication skills. This two-part series will explore the best practices for each. Why is verbal communication important? Picture this: You’re the boss and you are attending a […]. Workplace Communication Workplace Dynamics

2015 131

What’s Really behind Common Interview Questions?

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People sometimes feel they did not do their best at their job interview. And as a career coach who specializes in interview preparation, I understand that. First, in general, most people do not prepare sufficiently for that oral test commonly known as the job interview. They simply don’t know how to. But because of their […] The post What’s Really behind Common Interview Questions? appeared first on WorkAlpha. Interview Interview Answers Interview Questions Interview Tips

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