Your Email Signature: Another Personal Branding Tool

Executive Career Brand

I estimate that more than half of the emails I receive from executive job seekers have only one line in their email signatures. their name. Sometimes their signature is the default they use in doing business through their employers, which may not be appropriate to use in their job search.

How To Network Naturally

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ” This Shakespearean quote resonates as I ponder the value of networking. If only networking were under the guise of a different name.

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How to Ace a Phone Interview

Ms. Career Girl

You’ve finally decided that you’re ready for the next step in your professional career. You’ve been searching job boards and applying to jobs that sound interesting to you. Finally, a note back from an employer, hoping to get you on the phone for a telephone interview.

Importance of Your LinkedIn Profile Picture


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.

The Best Formats for Your Resume

Career Alley

By: Pamela Rossow. Your resume is your most important job search document. It showcases your accomplishments, experience and skills and you should continually update it so that it is ready when needed. Additionally, it is much easier to add skills/accomplishments as you go.

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Top Tips on Getting a Promotion

Position Ignition

If you’ve always thought that being promoted is the matter of hard work and loyalty to the business you are involved with - that''s not always the case.

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Avoiding The Most Common Resume Problems

Professional Resume Services

A resume is your first opportunity to sell yourself to future employers. Use this opportunity to make a good impression. Unfortunately, many people make common and simple to fix mistakes that keep them from making that good impression.

Occupational Health and Career Options: How to Learn More

Career Key

Some occupational hazards may be less obvious, like stress. In choosing a career and comparing career options , don’t forget to include occupational health in your research along with salary, education, and job outlook.

Best Kept Secret to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Executive Career Brand

Executive recruiters and hiring decision makers at your target companies search LinkedIn using relevant keywords to locate good-fit candidates.

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Frazzled by All the Resume Advice?

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter RATTLED BY CAREER CRISIS? You are humming along healthily when suddenly a career crisis shakes you, causing great job pain, and perhaps even job loss. You don’t know what to do. The pain is stifling – all you can focus on is stamping it out, and quickly.

Why an entry level sales job is a great way to kickoff your career

Ms. Career Girl

Most college students are absolutely petrified of those entry level sales jobs that require cold calling. Others feel they are “too smart” or that they just spent way too much money on their college degree to sit on the phone and cold call all day.

What’s Really behind Common Interview Questions?


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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Don’t Spill These Beans! Topics to Avoid During Job Interviews

Career Alley

Courtesy of morguefile.com. There’s nothing more exciting than going to a job interview for a company that you’ve always wanted to work for.

Chelsea Krost and MasterCard Team-Up.Interns

Resume Bear

Chelsea Krost is considered to be the voice of the Millennial generation and is working with MasterCard to promote the #internswanted program.

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Don’t Be Duped by Fake LinkedIn Invitations

The Job Quest

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.

What Not to Include in Your Resume


When you are looking for a job, your resume is the tool that gets you in the door. A resume is the first thing that an employer sees, and in a worst case scenario, it is the only thing that the employer will ever see.

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10 Ways to Make Hobbies Relevant to Your Job Search

Position Ignition

Following our involvement in the Guardian Careers Live Q&A on using your hobbies to get a job , we thought we’d put together some thoughts on the subject. You can’t just shove a Hobbies & Interests section into your CV and expect it to land you a job. You have to show how your interests are actually relevant to the job you’re applying to. Here are some tips for doing just that. CV & Applications Job Search

The Future of Work

Sklover Working Wisdom

— Will most employees become freelancers? —. It’s a trend, a growing trend, a worldwide trend – and a troubling trend.

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4 Productivity Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making


There are a lot of people talking about what you ought to do to be more productive, or which fancy tools and apps you should use to get more things done. However, there aren’t as many people talking about what you shouldn’t do to try and be more productive, or which activities will make you [.]. Productivity Tips

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7 Ways To Get Noticed by Recruiters and Hiring Managers

Executive Career Brand

In the recent Forbes article, Job Hunters: Here’s How You Can Stand Out From The Pack , career coach Nancy Collamer tapped several career professionals, including myself, to compile a short list of powerful strategies to differentiate yourself in job search.

Get Over Yourself When Writing Your Resume

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter It may seem counterintuitive to take the focus off of YOU when writing a value-packed resume.

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6 Things You Should Accomplish Your First Year at a New Job

Ms. Career Girl

There are some key milestones that every new employee should achieve within their first year at a new company. How you fit in with your team and your professional growth the first year can determine your success in the years that follow. Make those first 12 months count.

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


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

Just How Do I Go About Finding a Job?

Career Alley

Long gone are the days of walking into an establishment after seeing a hiring poster on the window and securing a job. Today, hardly anyone takes applications at the retail establishment or office.

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No Need For This on Your Resume

Resume Bear

Here are five things you should consider leaving off of your résumé: 1. Objective statement: Objective statements, which usually start with, “I’m looking for a job that…” have long been considered passé. Employers aren’t reviewing your résumé to find out what you want in a job; they want the résumé to tell them why they should want you.

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The Top Reason Your Cover Letter Is Important

Professional Resume Services

Some will tell you that nobody reads cover letters any more, so there’s no good reason to write them.

Top Social Media Tools You Can Use to Find a Job


In today’s increasingly competitive job market, it is just as crucial to present yourself to future employers with the skills related to your industry as it is to present your online presence in a positive way.

10 Steps to Making a Great Impression

Position Ignition

Whether it’s a job interview or networking event, it's important to make and to leave a great impression. Think not only about what you say, but how you say it. Think also about what your body language conveys and what you do to follow up after the event.

“What Salary Do You Seek?” The Four Smartest Responses

Sklover Working Wisdom

“Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.”. - J. Paul Getty. ACTUAL “CASE HISTORIES ”: About 15 years ago, I interviewed a candidate for a position with my firm who simply refused to tell me the salary – or even the salary range – he was seeking. When he said “I am not prepared to discuss that,” I was quite taken aback. When he said “I would rather not negotiate against myself,” I was puzzled. When I asked “Can you at least tell me what your ballpark is?”

Make Liberal Arts A Successful College Major Choice

Career Key

Forget the war on liberal arts ! Liberal arts majors can make successful college majors.

10 Blogs for Job Search, Personal Branding and Career Help

Executive Career Brand

Prompted by the theme for this month’s Career Development Carnival , a showcase of the best blog posts from career experts, I’ve compiled a short list of excellent blogs and websites for job seekers and careerists.

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Without Words, Stories Will Wither

Career Trend

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter “We hear the mantra everywhere: make it visual, use more pictures, forget text–it’s all about images,” said Neicole Crepeau in her recent blog post, In the Age of Images, Why Words Still Dominate.

How Weekend Productivity Can Lead to Success

Ms. Career Girl

My day yesterday was the epitome of a “lazy Sunday.” While I did laundry, made dinner and washed some dishes, I honestly just sat around in sweats and switched back and forth between football games and House Hunters on TV.

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4 Key Aspects of the Job Interview and How to Address Them


The job interview process is a challenge for both the interviewer and the candidate because interviewing is not well understood by either party. On one hand, the interviewer knows that several preselected qualified candidates have to be interviewed in order to anticipate and decide which one will perform best for the organization in the future. […] The post 4 Key Aspects of the Job Interview and How to Address Them appeared first on WorkAlpha.