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How are You Handling Your Co-Workers?

November 28th, 2011 · Leave A Comment

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Many different personality types can be thrown together in one office or in one job setting. Because of this, you may find yourself experiencing some difficulties handling your co-workers. However, there are some strategies you can use when you find yourself in a situation with a co-worker where you are unsure of how to proceed.

Nosy Co-Workers

You have probably encountered a nosy co-worker who seems to want to pry into the personal details of your life. The fact is that every time this nosy employee comes over to pry, she is taking time away from your job and probably making you feel uncomfortable at work, too. The only way to handle this type of co-worker is to be direct. Clearly state that you are busy with work, and get straight back to work without waiting for comment. If the co-worker pushes, directly tell her that you like to keep your professional life separate from your family life and get back to work. A co-worker can’t argue with sensible statements and will get the message. [Read more →]

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Top Five Tricks to Tailor Your Resume

November 10th, 2011 · Leave A Comment

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Think of your resume as your best tool in marketing yourself as the most qualified candidate for a given job. In order to achieve the goal of getting an interview, you must adjust your resume and cover letter to the specific job for which you’re applying. Tailoring your resume emphasizes the specific skills you possess that meet or exceed employers’ needs and identifies your strengths and characteristics that make you stand out as the best candidate for the job.

Because many companies now use digital scanning to make the first pass through applicants’ resumes, it may not matter if you have a master’s degree and the perfect experience if you don’t make a little effort to prepare your materials the right way. Consider these tips to tailor your resume and cover letters just a little:

1. Include the job title of the position you’re applying for in the “objective” section of your resume. This catches the human resource or hiring manager’s eye within the first few seconds of viewing your application. [Read more →]

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Best Job Search Tip In Months: Your Voicemail As A Supplementary Resume!

November 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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This weekend I ran across the best job search tip I’ve heard in months. It’s so completely simple, I’m a bit embarrassed to say I had never thought of it before.

You know the old saw about how your resume has to make a good first impression in a matter of seconds or the employer might overlook you. That’s the worry that motivates all of us to tweak our resumes endlessly, hoping to make the right, professional first impression.

But if you’re lucky enough to pique the employer’s interest, what’s the first interaction you’re likely to have with them? That’s right: when they call you back to set up an interview.

Shouldn’t you take some time to make sure your voicemail makes the same, professional first impression? Sure you should.

I’ve spoken before about how you want a professional email address on your resume, not something like that might be embarrassing. In the same way, you don’t want your voicemail to simply be “WAAAZZZUP!?”

I’ll tell you the whole story over at my other blog, And I’ll give you some tips on how you can make your voicemail compliment your resume. Click through below:

Don’t Neglect Your Voicemail. It’s A Supplementary Resume!

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My New Resume Writing Book Free For 2 Weeks! Help Me Edit It!

November 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

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For years people have been asking me to write a guide to resume writing. For years, I’ve turned them down for reasons I’ll get into at the end of this post.

But today I’m announcing that I’m about to publish a “Kindle Single” about resume writing and the upside for you is that for the next two weeks, the entire text of the book is live on the internet for you to read for free. Why? Because I want you to help me edit the final draft.

From now until Nov. 15th, every chapter is posted in blog form over at This means comments are open on every chapter. I encourage you to check out the book, read through it, and if you have any questions… any questions at all… post them in the comments. This will allow me to include things I’ve left out of the book. I want it to be as comprehensive as possible, so I figure if I crowdsource the editing process, I’ll be able to answer every question reasonably imaginable about the resume writing process.

The upshot for you is that you can read the book free for two weeks (once it’s published it will be 99 cents). It also means that for a limited time, you’ll have a forum to get any questions you might have about resume writing answered by me. I’m going to try to answer every comment. Please make sure the questions are resume writing related.

Why am I finally publishing a book about resume writing? [Read more →]

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How To Talk About Having Quit a Job

October 14th, 2011 · 5 Comments

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quit jobIn job interviews everywhere you’ll almost inevitably run into the same handful of questions time and time again. One of the most popular is why you left your previous position. Answering this question can be tricky: you have to be able to give a logical explanation of why you left without coming off as bitter or negative. The difficulty of this question is compounded if you were fired or asked to resign from your last position. Fortunately, it doesn’t take an online PhD to come up with an effective response, and with a little forethought you can answer this question without hurting your chances of getting hired. [Read more →]

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Simple Job Search Tip: If You Want To Hear Back, Follow Directions!

October 11th, 2011 · 2 Comments

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follow directionsIt’s such a common job search refrain:

“I’ve sent my resume out hundreds of times and I’ve heard nothing back!”

9 times out of 10 though, there’s a simple reason. Want to know what it is? Well, you’ve got to go a bit into the psychology of the hiring manager.

In this job market, when an employer posts a job, she’s likely to get dozens – nay – hundreds of resumes for that posted position. So if you’re that person doing the hiring, you’re looking for any reason to cut that stack of resumes down to size. I mean, realistically, you’re only going to call 3-4 or 10-15 people for interviews, right? So when that stack of resumes hits your desk or your inbox, you’re looking for the quickest and simplest reasons to cul the herd, right?

Now, there are dozens of ways that a hiring manager might weed you out and throw your resume right in the trash. Your resume might be garbage. You might be unqualified for what you’ve applied for. You might even just be too far back in the pile.

But do you know the quickest way your resume hits the trash bin? [Read more →]

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New Graduate Resume – 5 Things to Get Right on a New Grad Resume

September 30th, 2011 · Leave A Comment

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college graduate resumeAn economy in the ditch is tough on all job seekers, but particularly so on new college graduates. New grads likely went into their 2-4 year programs on the wings of an expanding economy. Most are now falling fast as the economy has retrenched and jobs hard to come by for those with little to no practical experience in their chosen fields. But there are jobs out there, albeit few. And they will go to somebody. To make sure you’re one of those somebodies, begin by making your new graduate resume the best it can be.

5 Things To Get Right on the New Graduate Resume

1) Choose Targeted Over General Resume. The days are gone when the new grad can write a ‘one-size-fits-all’ resume with a general objective statement, a bunch of overused resume cliches and a chorus line of part-time jobs, each given equal weight whether relevant or not. A job search in this environment demands a targeted approach. Every resume you submit to a job opening needs to be targeted to that position; your objective (if you have one) should mention that position by name, and every ingredient in your profile section needs to drive home the point that you are the right person for that job. Even the details under your education and experience sections should be adjusted to reflect maximum compatibility with the targeted job.

And yes, that process should be repeated for each job you apply. More work? You bet. Welcome to a recessionary economy. [Read more →]

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Electronic Resume Formats – The 6 Most Popular For E-Resumes

September 28th, 2011 · 4 Comments

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resume formatsIn today’s job market, one needs to fully embrace electronics and the power of the internet. But job seekers are quickly confronted with a number of formatting options for delivering their electronic resume to their intended target. Get the format wrong, and your resume won’t get read.

The 6 Popular Formats For The Electronic Resume

– The Formatted Resume. The traditional resume you see in printed form. Written using a word processing program (most commonly Microsoft Word), the formatted resume is also suitable for email transmission as a file attachment. Two potential problems with the latter. 1) It’s dependent upon the email recipient to have the same word processing software application on his or her computer in order to open the attachment and view its contents. 2) It’s vulnerable to viruses. For that reason, such attachments are often not acceptable by companies.

– The Plain Text Resume. Also known as an ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) resume, this is a simple text format that allows your resume to be read by practically any computer in the world. It’s devoid of graphics and embellishments: no fancy bullets, no bold, no italics. The ASCII resume can be transmitted as an email file attachment, pasted onto the body of an email, or pasted piece-by-piece onto e-forms on job boards, corporate websites and the like. It’s not pretty to look at, but gets the job done. [Read more →]

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Why Didn’t I Get The Job? Here’s The Number 1 Reason:

September 7th, 2011 · 5 Comments

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why didn't I get the job?Well, it’s time to finish my “why” series (why #1 here) (why #2 here).

That leaves us with the big question: Why didn’t I get the job?

I mean, you thought the job interview went well. It went SO well! The employer seemed enthusiastic. You even heard through the grapevine that they’d probably hire you. And you were qualified! Oh, you were so qualified for this. This job was right up your alley!

So why didn’t you get the job?

In my 15 years working with clients on their job search, I’ve found there are plenty of likely reasons why you might not have gotten hired:

  • There was someone more qualified. You might even have been the best person they had interviewed so far, at the time of your interview. But then someone came along and blew you out of the water.
  • The employer changed what they were looking for over the course of the interviewing process. You might have been perfect for what they thought they wanted, but later on, they decided to go in a different direction.
  • You were mistaken. You thought the interview went well. You thought you were impressive. But perhaps you had this all wrong. You have to be honest with yourself in evaluating these things.
  • The job wasn’t really yours to win. They were just interviewing to say they had. Really, they had someone else in mind all along.

But you know, over the years, the number one reason… by far… that I’ve seen for why otherwise perfectly qualified people don’t get the job is simple: [Read more →]

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Book Review: Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies

September 5th, 2011 · Leave A Comment

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Thanks to Joshua Waldman, I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies. I don’t usually do book reviews on this blog, but this is an important topic. Social media has completely transformed the world of recruitment and job searching in the last 5-6 years. Any modern job seeker needs to at least be aware of the social aspects of job searching… and mastering these tools can be key to landing the right job quicker.

Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies is aimed at the average job seeker. It assumes that the reader has at best a medium understanding of the internet. It assumes you at least know what blogs are and probably have a LinkedIn profile. So, if your mother wonders “what a blog is” then this might be a bit advanced for her.

But if you’re familiar with social sites, Google, Twitter and all that, then this book offers some comprehensive strategies that are key for a social media job seeker. It will help you understand how to: [Read more →]

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