Two Costly Job-Search Misconceptions and How to Avoid Them
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2009
If you’ve been struggling to find work this year, you’ve got company. While the pace of job losses slowed last month, with payrolls declining by 11,000 positions in November 2009, the length of the average job search actually surged, to 28.5 weeks of average unemployment -- the worst in more than 10 years. So, times continue to be tough. And times may stay tough, if you’re laboring under two of the most common and co...
'Help, I have 4 job offers!' Evaluating offers, Career Decision Making and Employee Motivation
by Sharon Cohen - Dec, 2009
True story of how one of my clients hit the Career jackpot! Last Thursday, one of my clients, who is a Graduate MBA student called me. He sounded very anxious on the phone and requested an Emergency Career Counseling session. My first thought was, “oh no, it must be bad news.” But then he told me he has 4 offers, 3 of which are for full time work and 1 of which is for a full time internship! However, these were “exploding o...
Six Steps for Product Marketing Me: Strategy for the 'Unpublished' Job Market
by Rob Taub - Dec, 2009
The best way to introduce yourself to a company with which you would like to work, find a company for which you think you’d like to work or to target companies for the purpose of networking into a position, openings notwithstanding, is to know the “What, where and how you can help the company”. I can give you a better-than-even chance of getting in the door to introduce yourself and possibly creating a job which is right for y...
The Five Ways to Determine Corporate Culture
by Rob Taub - Dec, 2009
Many companies today promote building teams over individuals; respecting the entry-level mailroom clerk and the top salesperson equally. They consider failure the beginning not the end of developing talents and careers and that ‘Values’ are not fads. Still in other companies you will find a lack of esprit de corps where departments operate as fiefdoms and do not work in partnership with one another; where leadership is assign...
Five Creative Gifts For Job Seekers
by Tai Goodwin - Dec, 2009
Chances are that somewhere in your circle of friends and family you’ve got someone who is looking for a job. Your first thought may be to give them cash or a gift card as a present if they have been added to your Christmas list. The following list is for those looking for something just as practical but a little more creative for the job seekers on their list. If you are looking for a gift that is creative and somewhat practic...
Job Search - Follow the '80/20 Rule' and Achieve Results
by Andy Robinson - Dec, 2009
Your job search will only be as effective as the level of effort you put forth (the amount of TIME) and the the QUALITY of that effort (focusing on the HIGHEST IMPACT job search activities). I have spoken with dozens and dozens of individuals over the past 90 days who are actively seeking new job opportunities. Those who are seeing little to no results are either: NOT spending sufficient time and/or are NOT focusing the time ...
Stay Alert for Opportunities - They're All Around You if You Pay Attention!
by Andy Robinson - Dec, 2009
As you move throughout your day today, remember that opportunities for growth and movement in new directions are always all around you. Because many of us are so "outcome-focused" and goal-driven, our minds are tuned more toward getting things done than staying open to receiving those seeds of opportunity that surround us. Staying attuned to new opportunities can be instrumental to our growth and development AND can be tra...
Holiday Tip for Job Seekers: Four Ways to Impress Others with Your Professionalism
by J.T. O'Donnell - Dec, 2009
Job searching in the holidays is not easy. It’s hard to stay positive and upbeat when you are feeling the pressure to find work. And yet, you need to have the right attitude in order to project an image of confidence that others will remember. Which leads to my tip: Instead of talking about the struggles of the job hunt, you need to find other things to discuss. There is a simple technique I teach clients to make networking...
Careers For 2010
by Claudine Vainrub - Dec, 2009
What you did not consider before could turn out to be your next career move... Everyone knows that registered nurses and computer engineers make a lot of money, but did you know a postsecondary teacher can earn $51,800? Or that general and operations managers earn an average of $77,420? No matter who you are or what you want, there’s a job for you! For example, if you’re all about the money consider becoming a computer h...
Does Your Job Currency Stand Out Like a Shiny Coin?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2009
According to Altan Khendup, senior technology leader, strategist and advocate in Silicon Valley, California, when people think you’re interesting, they start listening; they become engaged, and then you can inject your pitch and your value. I’ve had the pleasure of keeping in touch with this forward-thinking technology leader (oh, and by the way, a client of mine!) for the past nine months. An active Tweeter, blogger and Li...
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