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Do You Work Like a Flashlight or a Laser?

By: Ben Eubanks

February 26, 2009

Today, I'm a flashlight. No, I don't give off light and have batteries stuffed who-knows-where. I am demonstrating the qualities of a flashlight in the way that I work. It's actually a simple concept to grasp. A flashlight emits a wide, dim beam that illuminates a large area, but doesn't do much else. A laser is a tightly focused beam that can be used as a signal or a tool for precise work. (By the way, why do we let children have small, handheld devices that can sear their corneas irreparably? Not the best idea for a toy.)I had to ask myself that question after seeing how my day went. I got to work early, because I had a lot of things to take care of. However, instead of getting the things done that I had planned, I did a little of this and a little of that, frittering away my time until I ended up spending most of my day planning to get started on something else...

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10 Ways to Make Your Resume Fail

By: Rebecca Metschke

February 25, 2009

Want to make sure your resume gets passed over? Keep in mind the pointers below as you're reviewing it. Unless the hiring manager is exceptionally bored and has nothing better to do when she gets to yours, you'll have a good chance of succeeding!1. Lead with an objective statement. Make sure it's generic and bland. Better yet, make it an objective statement that doesn't really match the job in question.2. Use a functional format. While it's commonly assumed that most hiring managers are frustrated detectives who enjoy nothing more than having to dig deep to make sense out of your work history, this is actually a myth...

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5 Networking Tips So Your Contacts Won't Feel Used

By: Alexandra Levit

February 24, 2009

Hey, Person I Need! Long time no talk! How are you? Sorry I haven't written you in 17 years, boy have I been busy, but here's some contrived anecdote to show I've been thinking about you. Thought you'd like to hear these few random things that are going on with me, too. Oh by the way, I was thinking you could hire me/refer me/help me in some other way I've been generous enough to dream up for you. And since I'm sure you're dying to read my resume, it's attached. Totally can't wait to catch up!Sincerely,Most Transparent Jobseeker EverNadira Hira posted this e-mail -- and it was only partially in jest...

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Volunteer Your Way Into a New Job

By: Steven Rothberg

February 21, 2009

The current recession has turned almost all of us into career counselors for our family, friends, and even the person sitting next to us on the train as we go to work. Those of us who are employed, and those of us in the employment industry, are particularly sought after as those who are less fortunate than us justifiably see us as being important points of contact in their search for a new job. One of the most common questions that I’m getting asked these days from college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs is how to get an internship or entry-level job if they don’t have any experience and they’re hearing from every employer that they don’t have enough experience. The answer: volunteer...

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Try Talking to People Who Can't Help You

By: Miriam Salpeter

February 20, 2009

I was recently speaking to a client about his search and offering him some tips to rev up his hunt. I said, "Talk to people you don't think can help you." Silence... "People who CAN'T help?," he asked, incredulously. Absolutely! You never know where the next lead may be or where an important piece of information may be lurking.Talk to people who CAN'T help you with your search. Expand your net of networking contacts. You never know when a connector is in your midst -- someone who takes pride in knowing a lot of people and introducing them to each other.As part of my work, I keep a close eye on career and resume trends by reading books, blogs and keeping in touch with my advisory board of professionals in an array of industries...

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Avoid Fish Fever

By: Susan Guarneri

February 19, 2009

"Fish fever" is a term wildlife biologists use to describe young Alaskan bear cubs who, despite standing in rivers swimming with salmon, go hungry because they can’t focus on just one target. Do you know anyone with fish fever? It may be you...particularly if you feel like your job search is chaotic (as in frenzied activity for activity's sake) or even stalled (as in "deer in headlights" what do I do first?)Rather than letting all the online job search advice overwhelm you, how about defining your goals first and then developing a job search action plan that addresses those goals? For example, I coached a client recently about networking. He knew there were lots of different things he could do in regard to networking -- and that was part of the problem...

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