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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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Beggars Can't Be Choosers? What Nonsense

By: Sital Ruparelia

February 18, 2009

"I'll do anything - beggars can't be choosers. Especially in the current market."That's a line quoted by someone I spoke with recently just after she had been laid off. Jane works with a friend of mine who had referred her to me for some advice, just a day after she learned about her redundancy.When I pointed out what she had said and how this type of thinking was like poison to her job search and the overall health of her career, she quickly replied "Oh, I would never say that to a recruiter or future employer."It doesn't matter. The fact that you are talking or thinking like this, even just to yourself, means it matters hugely...

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Keep Subjectivity Off Your Resume

By: Liz Handlin

February 14, 2009

Are you someone who includes subjective descriptions of your skills, attributes or competencies on your resume? If so this post is for you. How many people do you think would describe themselves as any one of the following?1. Great team player2. Strong communicator3. Great leader4. High integrityThe answer is pretty much everyone. The funny thing is that I have met very few actual team players in my professional life so when someone lists "great team player" on a resume I automatically skip over that statement...

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Job Change in a Recession? Go For It!

By: Kristi Daeda

February 13, 2009

You've heard it too, I'm sure. "I'd be crazy to look for a job right now." "A job change would be career suicide." "I'm just going to wait until things get better, and then I'll start looking."My take: hogwash.The common thread in each of these statements is an aversion to risk. It would be risky to make a switch when I'm so valued and indispensable at my current company. It would be risky to be the lowest person on the ladder should layoffs come to my new employer.And sure, it might be...

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Stay Afloat in a Grim Job Market

By: Lindsey Pollak

February 12, 2009

If you walked around midtown Manhattan during the summer, you might have seen the financial executive, in his late 40s, who paraded around in a sandwich board declaring "Experienced MIT Grad for Hire" and handing out copies of his resume.A few months later, you might have come across a group of job-hunting, 20-something recent graduates promoting their skills though sidebar advertisements on Facebook and links to their online resumes.What intrigues me about these methods is not just the guts these job seekers displayed. It's the different generational approaches to self-promotion... 

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