Tag Archives: career development

Winter I$ Coming

The theme is prevalent in the HBO show and book series Game of Thrones. It’s a prophetic thought that is set by these three words.

“Winter is Coming” is the motto of House Stark. The meaning behind these words is one of warning and constant vigilance. The Starks, being the lords of the North, strive to always be prepared for the coming of winter, which hits their lands the hardest.

In the DC metro area we have seen winters come and go with only minor irritations. However the mood has changed and like the rest of the United States, the great recession…

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Calling Potential Contacts

In every human being, there is an intrinsic part that wants to help others. There is also an intrinsic part that prompts us to reach out to ask for help. In this digital age, sometimes it works to pick up the phone and talk directly to potential connections.

But when job seekers are looking for new career positions, that reaching out part may go into over-drive and could possibly prompt bad decisions or actions. Making cold-calls must be done with a purpose, and with the intent not to bother the callee. Choose your targets judiciously to make sure a phone call is the best approach.

When calling potential connections stop…

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Bad Resume Advice: Nine Resume Writing Don’ts

What is some of the worst resume advice you’ve ever gotten?

Some resumes I’ve reviewed recently make me shake my head. Where on earth did the resume owners get their advice?

In light of sequestration and the government shutdown, make sure your resume is in shape. These tips will help cleared job seekers avoid the ‘round file’ when creating or updating their resumes. Don’t make these mistakes when writing that vital career search resume.

Don’t…

  • 1. Add photos, marital status, number of kids, birth dates, social security number or a street address. Once you provide this data, identity thieves have all they need. And you don’t know who may

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Recommendations May Get You Noticed

Nothing provides a warm, fuzzy feeling better than a business professional recommendation for capabilities and work performance. In the last part of the 20th Century, recommendations were normally provided via letterhead, and in many cases it was hard to pin down the ‘boss’ to get the recommendation or referral letter typed up, signed, and delivered. A manila file-folder with letters of reference was a vital job search tool – the final ‘star’ piece in an interview conclusion.

In the 21st Century, a hard-copy letter of reference can be too easily forged, copy machines make digital copies that are hard to distinguish from the original, and letterhead paper is easy to…

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How Volunteering Equals Work Experience on Your Resume

Many don’t realize just how important volunteer work is on their resume and how their involvement can open employment doors. A few hours a month given to a worthy cause can add up over the years.

Having this type of experience on one’s resume indicates several things. The volunteer is involved in the community, sharing their skills or hands towards a unique cause.  They are not scared of hard work – meaning they aren’t couch potatoes with little ambition or life goals. And they have a larger group of social contacts.

Volunteers hone their knowledge, skills, and abilities in environments or industries that open their mind to different viewpoints and…

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