States with the most volunteers have the lowest unemployment rates…5 reasons to volunteer

A recent report by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) claims that volunteering can contribute to reducing unemployment rates. This study points to volunteering in the community and for nonprofit organizations and says this about volunteering: "Participation in civil society can develop skills, confidence, and habits that make individuals employable and strengthen the networks that help … Continue reading States with the most volunteers have the lowest unemployment rates…5 reasons to volunteer

Companies that are doing it wrong, you might learn some things from “Blink”

The book, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, talks about decisions made from our unconscious and the negative or positive consequences such decisions produce. Some may call them split decisions or acting without thinking; Gladwell calls this phenomenon “the power of thinking without thinking.” The point is that whether we know it or not, there are decisions we … Continue reading Companies that are doing it wrong, you might learn some things from “Blink”

Don’t neglect this components of your LinkedIn profile; the Summary

To make your LinkedIn profile appealing to employers, every section of it has to stand out. I wrote an article on the LinkedIn photo and branding headline and how they can contribute to your personal branding. Now I’ll address one of the most important LinkedIn sections, the summary. In my mind this section is neglected … Continue reading Don’t neglect this components of your LinkedIn profile; the Summary

One more argument for volunteering your way to a job

Before you say, "I'm tired of hearing about volunteering," take time to read what I have to say. I've ignored newspaper articles on what's happening in the labor market because, quite honestly, they depress me. But this morning I was drawn to an article that offered no groundbreaking great news; in fact it was dismal. But … Continue reading One more argument for volunteering your way to a job

Be prepared for the big and little things at an interview

The other day a job seeker named Bill came to my workshop carrying a newspaper article from the Boston Herald titled: “Be prepared for [the] unexpected at [the] job interview.” It's not often someone brings in a newspaper article for me to read, nor do I often see a newspaper. So I was a bit … Continue reading Be prepared for the big and little things at an interview