January, 2015

10 Great Interview Tips for 2015

Career Alley

Most of us think of the New Year as a fresh start. We have a new conviction to accomplish all of those “things” that have been on our “to do” list for the last 12 months. Getting a new job with more responsibility and compensation is high on many lists. Maybe you’ve had a number of interviews but just can’t figure out how to nail it. So what is the secret is to getting an edge on your interview?

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7 Things To Do To Get Ready For Your Job Search

Professional Resume Services

If your goal is to get a new job this year, here are seven things you need to do to prepare yourself for your job search. Update your résumé. While ideally your résumé is customized for a specific job, having an up-to-date résumé targeted for a specific “type” of position is the next best thing.

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How to Keep Your Career Options Open

Ms. Career Girl

The post How to Keep Your Career Options Open appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Our new columnist, Arielle Patrick, shares her advice on job opportunities when you’re not looking, and how to deal with them gracefully. As we kick off the New Year, hordes of companies are re-evaluating their balance sheets, and making new hires. When things are going well at your current job, it is easy to become “near-sighted.”

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7 Tips to Starting a Job Search

Hiring Technical People

Do you have a resolution to find a new job this year? Check out these tips for a better, streamlined job search. Develop your LinkedIn Profile along with your resume. You need both. You might want to read 7 LinkedIn Profile Tips and Tricks in 2014 That Make a Difference. You cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn. It is just as important as your resume. And, you don’t need the same information in each. You don’t have the room on a resume. You do have the room on LinkedIn.

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Over 50? Is Personal Branding for Boomers, too?

Executive Career Brand

Personal branding seems to belong to Gen-X and Gen-Y. They’re talking about it, blogging about it, and using it more than Boomers. Does that mean that personal branding works best for them, and not so much for you, if you’re a Boomer? Or that the process of defining and communicating your personal brand is different than for younger generations? If you believe some of what they have to say about personal branding, you may answer “yes”.

Networking at the Interview

Careers Done Write

Always think of the bigger picture when you are in job search mode. Rather than focus on one particular job posting at a time, keep your eyes open, so you don’t miss other opportunities. Continuously expanding your horizon allows you to meet valuable contacts, learn about new companies, and identify new industry trends. With this mindset, enter your next interview open to the possibility of expanding your network. Here are three networking-at-the-interview opportunities to consider.

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11 Tips to Help Recruiters Find You on Social Media

Career Alley

Like everyone else these days, recruiters leverage the Internet to find their candidates. They do their research like the rest of us, but spend a fair amount of time leveraging social networks such as LinkedIn. Also like us, recruiters specialize in one or more fields (but not every field). You need to know where recruiters look based on your field or expertise. Companies like Jobvite specialize in software that allows recruiters and HR professionals find candidates via their social networks.

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Take LinkedIn To The Next Level With These Tips

Professional Resume Services

I hope that by now you have a LinkedIn profile because this social media platform is one of the best ways to keep your career viable — if you use it wisely. But once you have completed your profile and started exploring your options, how do you decide what is a good thing to do? And how do you figure out how to do it? Search Engine Journal has recently given us some good ideas in Kristi Hines’ 10 LinkedIn Tips and Strategies You Need To Know.

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Job Search Tip: Choose Enough References

Hiring Technical People

If you’ve been working for a while, you have a number of people who could be references for you: colleagues, project managers, managers. All of these are people who know what you’ve done. So, how do you choose references? Make sure your reference can talk on the phone. If you select someone who hates talking on the phone, you are not going to get a good reference.

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Get the Most Out of LinkedIn

Executive Career Brand

This compilation of past posts about using LinkedIn for executive job search follows up a 3-part series of posts I wrote about a year ago, How to Use the New LinkedIn for Executive Personal Branding. Using LinkedIn is a favorite and frequent topic of mine, and I realized that since I posted that series, I’ve written more than a dozen other popular LinkedIn posts. They can help give you the competitive edge and accelerate your executive job search.

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5 Must-Have Tools for the Professional Woman

Ms. Career Girl

The post 5 Must-Have Tools for the Professional Woman appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. We’re two and half weeks in to a new year, and everyone is busy working on their resolutions and goals. While we are in the mood to improve, we should consider what tools every career girl needs to have handy. There are 5 must-have tools for every professional woman, which she should have up-to-date and ready to go, at all times. Where do you stand on the career girl preparedness scale?

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6 Tips for Expanding Your Job Search Network

Career Alley

People often ask “Is it who you know or what you know?” ” (see 6 Links to Networking for Job Search – It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You). While it’s crucial to have the proper experience and knowledge on how to do the job, take a step back and think about the sheer number of resumes that an average employer receives along with yours.

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A+ Internship Interviews

Careers Done Write

It is time to apply for a summer internships. The most dreaded part of the process for most candidates is the interview. Interviewing causes anxiety for almost everyone. However, with some practice, interviewing becomes easier. Here are five simple suggestions to help you ace the interview for your dream internship. Be Authentic. The interviewer wants to get to know you. They read your resume, so they know your key statistics and history.

Are You Looking For A Way To Improve Your Job Skills?

Professional Resume Services

Many of us need a little help learning the new skills that are a part of today’s workplace. Fortunately, there’s a way to get some of that education for free — the MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. The challenge is finding the right course for your circumstances, and not being overwhelmed by the task. Many of the top universities offer MOOCs, but just because it’s good content doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Do Your Research.

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Making Beautiful Noise With the Stories of Your Career

Career Trend

What inspires you? It took me decades to be inspired by Neil Diamond – his pure, crystalline lyrics, his voice that is “gravel and potholes.” ” Diamond’s music feeds the soul and inspires; you connect to it; you’re compelled to sing along, with conviction. He sang the marquee song in one of my favorite movies, Here Comes the Boom, where “Holly Holy” is […].

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Toxic Executive Job Search Beliefs: Hit the job boards hard

Executive Career Brand

Your executive job search isn’t going well. You don’t know why. You spend hours and hours every day scouring the job boards, customizing your resume, and responding to postings. Is this what you’re thinking? “My My branded resume and LinkedIn profile are ready. Time to hit the job boards hard.”.

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The Perfect Career Girl Handbag

Ms. Career Girl

The post The Perfect Career Girl Handbag appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. What is the one accessory every successful career girl must have? The perfect handbag. The Natalie Tote by Robert Matthew combines style with functionality, allowing you to carry all of your essentials and simultaneously make a powerful fashion statement. photo courtesy of RobertMatthew.com.

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6 Hot Careers in Engineering

Career Alley

Engineering continues to be a hot career for college grads. Engineering careers tend to pay quite well, although much depends on the specialty and demand for that specialty. If you are thinking of a career in Engineering or if you are already an Engineer, then it makes sense to know the some of the engineering career choices, including salary expectations and leads on where to find a job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Engineering remains one of the top degrees for employment.

Look beyond Your Inner Circle

Careers Done Write

Most of us rely upon our friends for advice, which works well in many situations. When it comes to subjects in which expertise and current knowledge are critical, it is best to seek a professional. For example, your next-door neighbor who happens to be a genius aeronautical engineer may not be the person to whom you would turn for investment advice. I would be more likely to trust my financial future with a professional…or I would seek established resources.

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The Top 5 Skills Sought By Employers In 2014 (and what that means for 2015)

Professional Resume Services

Did you ever wonder what the global job market is actually looking for? LinkedIn is in a unique position to find out, so after analyzing over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles, they came up with The 25 Hottest Professional Skills of 2014. Of that 25, the top 5 are: Statistical Analysis and Data Mining. Middleware and Integration Software. Storage Systems and Management. Network and Information Security. SEO/SEM Marketing. What This Means For 2015.

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Interview Follow-Up Letters Should Be More Than Just Polite

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Following up in writing after a job interview may seem like an easy task. However, after the “Dear Mr./Ms. Nickels” salutation, uncertainty often prevails. What exactly should I say? While thanking the interviewer for his or her time obviously is important, being to the point with such courtesies is advisable. Maximize the […]. The post Interview Follow-Up Letters Should Be More Than Just Polite appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service.

Job Search Trap: It Doesn’t Matter What I Look Like

Hiring Technical People

If you are a technical person, you probably dress in a casual way for work. When it’s time to meet people, either when you network or when you interview, do you wear the same clothes that you wear to work? When I meet people at networking meetings, they are casual. And, I wonder when some of them last bathed or brushed their teeth. That’s a problem. When you look for a job and you are out in public, you are networking.

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Social Business: Developing Your Company to Better Interface with Consumers

Ms. Career Girl

The post Social Business: Developing Your Company to Better Interface with Consumers appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Let me tell you a story. In September of last year Urban Outfitters released a vintage-style Kent State sweatshirt – spattered in blood. If you’re not familiar with this reference, on May 4, 1970, several students on the Kent State campus were killed by members of the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam War protest.

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I Have a Job Interview, Now What?

Career Alley

Your work has paid off, you have a job interview – what now? Be prepared for your job interview. Many people think they can “wing it” but very few people can pull this off. There are thousands of articles on this topic ( Interviews Archives – CareerAlley ), but the basic points are generally the same. There are several types of interviews: initial interviews with recruiters, telephone interviews and “in-person” interviews.

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Working with a Career Coach

Careers Done Write

We hire professionals to improve our golf game, professional trainers to transform our bodies, and we budget for expenses for professional hair stylists, tax accountants, interior designers, and attorneys. Despite a lifetime of earnings and ongoing job satisfaction on the line, many forge ahead without assistance from a professional career coach. A career coach can be of significant value. Many have not engaged a coach simply because they are not familiar with the process.

Toxic Executive Job Search Beliefs: I don’t need an online presence

Executive Career Brand

Executive job search is looming imminently in front of you, or you’re already deeply mired in one. You’ve heard that social networking and online presence are important, but they’re just not for you. Is this what you’re thinking? “I I don’t have time for social networks and I don’t like the idea of putting myself ‘out there’ online. So I won’t.”. Ignoring online presence and social networks when you’re job-hunting is a big mistake.

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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants + 5 More Career Pitfalls

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter 1. Waiting until you have “time” before you reshape your resume story. A resume needs to be fit, and as you add weeks, months and years of new experience to your career body, your resume becomes overweight and out of shape. Routinely (yearly is ideal), you must take time to trim and […]. The post Flying by the Seat of Your Pants + 5 More Career Pitfalls appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service.

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Social-Hire Interview Posted

Hiring Technical People

The nice folks at Social-Hire interviewed me. That interview is here: Expert Interview with Johanna Rothman About Hiring Technical People. I hope you enjoy it! If you want to learn how to hire—fast, and without fear—read Hiring Geeks That Fit. hiring process HTP hiring decision Hiring Geeks That Fit management

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3 Simple Steps for Maintaining Financial Confidence

Ms. Career Girl

The post 3 Simple Steps for Maintaining Financial Confidence appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. There’s nothing an up-and-coming business woman wants more than to be financially stable – and NOW. As you move along your career path, starting to reach your business goals, it’s only natural to think about your personal expenses – are you paying off student loans? A car? A condo? Planning a wedding? For a baby?

2015 169

How to Answer the Most Terrifying Job Interview Questions

Career Alley

When you’re going to a job interview there are a number of interview questions you can naturally expect. What are your strengths?” is simply a chance to recite the best parts of your CV. Why do you want this job?” is just a way of checking you’ve actually read the job description. With these questions you just need to project a confident, relaxed exterior and remember to keep your answers specific.

2015 258

Interview Question: What Is Your Biggest Weakness?

WorkAlpha

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

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How To Make Taxes And Your Job Search Easier To Handle

Professional Resume Services

There is a lot of information out there on tax filing and job hunting and keeping your information organized. It’s an important subject because, according to the IRS, some job hunting expenses are deductible. The problem is figuring out how to keep track of all the expenses so you have the paperwork to prove your deduction claims. Pilers, Filers, and Technophiles. The way that will work best for your purposes is the way that you naturally do things.

2015 132

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”. Linus Pauling. At work and elsewhere, consider both the fun and value of “brainstorming,” sitting down with others and kicking around all sorts of ideas, without considering reasonability, practicality, feasibility, or cost. Most of your ideas will be kooky, wild-eyed, already-tried, crazy, impractical, and even useless.

2015 131

Do You Know What Your References Say About You?

Hiring Technical People

I’ve been a reference for many peers, previous employees, previous managers, and even clients. It’s almost always my pleasure. But sometimes? Not so much. I’d been managing a relatively junior employee who wasn’t quite clear on the concept of coming into work on time. He didn’t like deadlines—even the ones he gave himself. He was a little spacey, and would go off on tangential work that wasn’t part of his deliverables.

2015 146

Goals – Part I of II: Are You On Track? Reviewing your 2015 Resolutions.

Ms. Career Girl

The post Goals – Part I of II: Are You On Track? Reviewing your 2015 Resolutions. appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Do any of you watch Family Guy ? There’s this episode where Brian writes a book titled Wish It. Want It. Do It. available on Amazon , by the way – please DON’T buy it!). Brian writes this book to poke-fun at self-help books in general, and then watches it climb to #3 on the Amazon Bestsellers List.

2015 161

5 Reasons Why You Won’t Get a Job Offer

Career Alley

A tremendous amount of time and effort goes into preparing and succeeding in getting a new job. Updating resumes, leveraging your networks, going on interviews, etc. Many people face rejection during the job search process and most have no idea why they did not succeed in getting the job. Sometimes it’s obvious (not qualified, your compensation is too high, etc.) but many times it is not.

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Interview Question: What Is Your Greatest Strength?

WorkAlpha

The No. 1 mistake that people make when answering this question is that they focus on the strength they want to, rather than the one that is needed on the job. For example, if your biggest strength in your mind is your ability to work with other people but a more important requirement of the […]. Interview Interview Questions & Answers

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