Category Archives: Job search

Looking for a Job? You’re in Sales

I often ask job search workshop groups “Have you ever been in sales?” A few hands will go up. “How many of you ARE in sales?” Again, a few hands go up. “How many of you are looking for a job?” As the light bulb goes on, all hands go up.

Looking for a job is all about sales. Selling the most important product or service you will ever sell…YOU. If you are looking for a new job, new role, expanded role, interim contract or consulting gig, you are in sales.

What do you need to know and do?

How do you sell yourself? That’s the $64,000 question, literally

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Eight Steps for the Care and Feeding of Recruiters

Recruiters are the gatekeepers for most jobs. They can also be a tremendous advocate and resource for cleared job seekers. Knowing the best way to work with recruiters is crucial for any cleared professional looking for their next opportunity.

But let’s be clear. A recruiter’s role is to fill the positions they have open and to be on the lookout for talent their company may need in the future. They aren’t a job finding service for you. However they can be an invaluable resource for you. And you for them.

How Do I Make a Recruiter’s Job Easier

1.  Don’t apply for jobs you aren’t qualified for. If you…

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Keep Your Options Open After Being Rejected

You have gotten a rejection letter for the job for which you interviewed. You say a few choice words under your breath and of course, you are always curious about why someone else was chosen. You may never get the real answer, mostly because the company needs to protect themselves from any potential EEOC claim from perceived or real issues. Even if they were willing to provide you the information, they may not have time to do so.

Is this the end of the road for your career path for this company?  It might not be. Add a few more steps in your job search action to-do list. This is…

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7 Tips for Job Search Success

How do you beat the odds so you’re one of the resumes selected for follow up?

—1. Clean up your spelling and grammar. 50% of all applicants are rejected for typos, grammatical errors, misspellings and incomplete applications or applications returned after the deadline. This is the number one irritation for most recruiters and managers. If the candidate doesn’t have the attention to detail needed to run spell check on their own resume, how accurate will their work be?

2. Apply for the jobs you’re qualified for and apply for the job that’s posted. Don’t assume your reader knows that as a Systems Administrator you were responsible for disaster recovery.…

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4 Quick Job Seeker Resolutions for 2014

Start of a new year means it’s time to step back and take an objective look at your job search. Here are 4 quick job search checks to get you on the right track for a successful 2014.

1. Only apply to jobs for which you’re truly qualified. This can be a tough one since it’s so easy to apply for jobs online. You need to meet 80% of the job requirements to apply. The only way around this rule is if you are being referred or you know someone in the hiring process. Think of it this way. Why would a hiring manager want to…

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