5 steps to uncovering career opportunities

I tell job seekers in all my workshops that research is key to their job search. I'm being redundant, but it's true and worth repeating. The time you put into research will be a tremendous return on investment. Many believe that the first thing they must do after losing their job is updating their resume. Having done … Continue reading 5 steps to uncovering career opportunities

Job search tip #5: Write a powerful cover letter

In the last article we talked about revising or writing your resume. Now we’re going to look at writing exciting cover letters. Your cover letters allow you to show your personality and demonstrate your strengths for a particular job. All too often, though, the opening of a cover letter stops employers in their tracks. What’s … Continue reading Job search tip #5: Write a powerful cover letter

There is no excuse for not selling yourself. 2 areas in which you must succeed

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I can’t sell myself. I just can’t brag.” This coming from jobseekers in my workshops, I understand their consternation yet can't feign empathy. This would be a disservice to them, to all jobseekers. There are two undeniable truths. First, if you don’t sell yourself, no one will. It’s … Continue reading There is no excuse for not selling yourself. 2 areas in which you must succeed

For those of you who are trying, hang in there and have hope

I'm going to preface this article by saying plenty of jobseekers I know are conducting a proactive job search but to no avail. They're not relying completely on the job boards, placing all their cards on recruiters, sending out cookie cutter resumes, and wasting their time on more ineffective job search methods. In other words, … Continue reading For those of you who are trying, hang in there and have hope

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

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

Recruiters and staffing agencies say your soft skills are important too

Based on two recent blogs I read on LinkedIn Today (a great feature), recruiters and staffing agencies are not only concerned about job candidates' hard skills; they're also concerned about their soft skills. And this makes sense. Who would want to hire a dud who brings the operation down with his attitude? Jon Prete, “Who … Continue reading Recruiters and staffing agencies say your soft skills are important too