Tag Archives: Job Hunting Tips

Prepare for Your Job Interview

Job Search January Challenge #10 Whether you’ve been called for a job interview or are merely anticipating that call, it is never too soon to prepare. Your entire job search will be more productive if you imagine yourself from an employer’s perspective and present yourself as an effective job candidate. More on How to Act […]

Display Your Brand

Job Search January Challenge #9 “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” Socrates Remember, when you are in the job market, you are selling yourself. Make sure your product (you) is polished and ready to promote in any situation. Present your professional self, your best […]

Check Your Own References!

Job Search January Challenge #8 Many components go into a successful job search: Networking clues you into job opportunities Your cover letter introduces you as a viable applicant Your resume earns interviews Your interviewing skills gain status on the short list of candidates But even if you earn your way to the final round, one […]

Cover Letter: Create a Positive First Impression

Job Search January Challenge #7 “I apologize for my total lack of appropriate experience and worry that it may concern those considering me for employment.” –Actual Cover Letter Quote The role of the Cover Letter Let’s define the role of the cover letter: It is an introduction, probably perused before a hiring manager even looks […]

DON’T Let Your Resume Let You Down

Job Search January Challenge #6 “Please disregard the inaccuracies in the attached resume—it is out of date.” –Actual Cover Letter Quote Your Resume Must Pass a First Glance Test Hiring managers give each resume only a few seconds to earn a closer look. If it is sloppy or outdated or error-filled, it will almost certainly […]

Follow Job Boards

Job Search January Challenge #5 In Challenge #2, Network to a New Job, we talked about networking and how the majority of job openings are never advertised. Nonetheless, there are lots of job postings in a variety of places that you’ll want to watch for. Following job boards should not be overlooked as an integral […]

Script Your 30-Second Elevator Speech

Job Search January Challenge #4 So you’ve set some job search goals, you’re networking, and you’ve built a skills inventory. What do you say when you meet someone who might be a good job resource? Here’s an example of what NOT TO DO (this is hilarious, be sure to listen): Genius Needs a Part-time Job […]

Build a Skills Inventory

Job Search January Challenge #3 In your job search, you are basically a sales rep–you are selling yourself! You need to know your product and your selling points. Give employers a reason to hire you. Would you hire you? Often job-seekers dream of an employer to solve their problems, to provide steady income and benefits. […]

Network to a New Job!

Job Search January Challenge #2 The vast majority of job openings are never advertised. Experts estimate that up to 80% of job openings are filled through employee referrals or word-of-mouth, especially for higher level positions. Job boards have an important place in your job search, but don’t stop there. Tap into the hidden job market! […]

Job Search January 21-Day Challenge!

Action Items You Can DO Right Now to Jump Start Your Job Search “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” –Abraham Lincoln Great news–Experts forecast a hiring boom for 2011! According to CNN Money writer, Chris Isidore, economists suggest that we can expect more jobs, 2.5 […]