What documents do you need to conduct a successful job hunt?

I recently read an article from Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CIC, TCCS, CPBA, COPNS, on the types of documents executive-level jobseekers should have in their arsenal. She is correct in asserting that a résumé is not enough to conduct a successful job search. I am sharing her article with you (below) with this addendum; the documents she suggests for … Continue reading What documents do you need to conduct a successful job hunt?

10,000 hours dedicated to your job search may be too much, but the time you put in will make a difference

If you think Bill Gates and the Beatles were successful because of their innate talent alone, Malcolm Gladwell offers another reason for their success, which he outlines in his book Outliers. Outliers are people who separate themselves from the "ordinary" because of their success, which is due in part because of the 10,000-hour rule. This … Continue reading 10,000 hours dedicated to your job search may be too much, but the time you put in will make a difference

Grab an employer’s attention with your cover letter; don’t be boring

The Wall Street Journal online, wsj.com gives some sound advice on writing a cover letter, How to Write a Cover Letter. Like any article, there are some points on which one agrees and disagrees. For example, wsj.com recommends that you include a quote from a supervisor that praises an accomplishment or two. What someone else … Continue reading Grab an employer’s attention with your cover letter; don’t be boring

Be strong at the interview; Nowitzki vs. James

During the NBA Finals, I wrote with great anticipation about the Dallas Mavericks hopefully beating the Miami Heat. My son and I wanted the Mavs to beat the Heat because 1) they knocked our beloved Celtics out of the play-offs and 2) we despised the way Lebron James made a circus out of leaving Cleveland, practically claiming to be the … Continue reading Be strong at the interview; Nowitzki vs. James

What to do about the Current field on your LinkedIn profile, if you’re not working? Show your volunteer experience.

Your Current field on LinkedIn is one of the first thing employers and visitors see. It’s in your Snap Shot below your Update field. So there are two general rules; 1) don’t list the company for which you used to work and 2) don’t hide your Current field if you can help it. By keeping … Continue reading What to do about the Current field on your LinkedIn profile, if you’re not working? Show your volunteer experience.

Don’t overlook the value of One-Stop career center job search workshops

The other day I was talking with a neighbor who has been out of work for over six months. He’s a project manager who worked at a medical equipment conglomerate for five years. I asked him how his job search was going. He told me great; he had sent out more than 20 resumes that … Continue reading Don’t overlook the value of One-Stop career center job search workshops

The secret to success; it’s in the touch

Much to my son’s and my pleasure, the Dallas Mavericks are leading the Miami Heat three games to two. We’re both Celtics fans, but we hate the Heat because they eliminated our team with their Big Three of Bosh, James, and Wade. I have been hearing about the Maverick’s success on NPR and other news … Continue reading The secret to success; it’s in the touch