Some people get lucky (or are really good) and land a job early on in their job search. Others are sentenced to a long, drawn-out affair that involves dozens if not hundreds of applications, spread out over months (most job hunts are now about six months).
It’s a taxing experience that can really take its toll on one’s emotions, physical well-being, relationships and finances. But take heart, you who’ve been stuck in the job search with nothing to show so far. There are ways to lessen the financial blow with small wins here and there. And in a seemingly endless job search, small wins can feel huge...Read More
If you are not receiving a response back from employers about the resume you submitted, there could be a variety of reasons. Perhaps you do not have the particular qualifications the employer is seeking. Or, it may be that you are not properly communicating your strengths, experience and skills.
Take a hard look at your resume and revamp it for effectiveness. Imagine you’re in the elevator with Donald Trump (or another CEO) heading up to the 18th floor and you had only 30 seconds to make your pitch, what would you say? If an employer cannot see what you have to offer or understand how your particular experience and skills are applicable to the job, you are not going to receive that callback to come in for an interview.
Common culprits that make a resume less effective include...Read More
This bad boss is sometimes known as the “helicopter boss”. They seem to have nothing better to do than to lurk over your shoulder while you’re trying to get your work done. To add insult to this, they may nit-pick and even rework what you’ve done. It leaves you wondering why they hired you in the first place, if they can spend so much time hovering over your job rather than doing their own.
There are a number of potential causes for this:
They are too controlling. They are the only one who can truly get it right or they must see the work get done a certain way (at least they think so.)...Read More
OK first off…you know this is a terrible business climate right now, and a lot of people aren’t getting raises, so it’s not just you. The one thing you should absolutely NOT do is get in a snit and go storming out of your boss’s office. That will do nothing for your next evaluation, your next shot at a raise or your standing at the company.
You do, however, have the right to know why your raise was turned down, and there might be a number of different reasons:
Company finances: With things being what they are right now in the business world, there’s a real good chance that this is going to be the case. And if they tell you that, there’s a real good chance that they are being honest with you, especially if nobody else in your department is seeing a raise...Read More
Today I had an email from a senior-level job seeker who is frustrated at the response to his resume. He has posted his resume on several boards and he spends hours each day scouring job postings and applying to as many as he can. The result? Almost no response.
He asked me to take a look at his resume and provide a quote for professional services, but honestly it wasn’t that bad. I could have made improvements, but not enough to make a difference because the real problem isn’t his resume, it’s his job search strategy. Here are just some of the things he hasn’t done...Read More
Many job seekers struggle with one major aspect of the job search: selling themselves. It can feel weird to talk yourself up during an interview—and, to most, it feels like you’re “bragging” about your accomplishments and past experiences, which can feel uncomfortable.
But an employer won’t know how you’ll benefit the company unless you tell them, which is why you must effectively sell yourself at the first chance you get: your resume.
No one really teaches you how to write a resume. Sure, your mom might have sat down with you during high school and helped you create one for a part-time job, but that resume won’t suffice once you’re looking for an internship or entry-level job...Read More