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Apr 08th, 2019
How do you approach your cover letter?  Do you carefully customize it for each position?  Or do you just slap a generic letter onto each resume?  The cover letter is probably the most underused job search tool.  It gives you the chance to show them the person behind the resume, to demonstrate your passion for your work, and to draw a connection between your skills and the requirements of the job.  Here are some tips that will help you make the most of this opportunity: Use keywords.  Since many employers will be using an applicant tracking system to screen... + continue reading
Mar 31st, 2019
You know that networking is the most effective way to find a job, but the truth is that you'd rather have a root canal!  What is it about networking that makes it so painful?  Some people don't like asking for help.  The idea of networking makes them feel like they are asking someone to hand them a job.  If you are the type of person who likes to do things on your own, that can be uncomfortable for you.  Also, an important part of networking is telling people that you're amazing at what you do.  Self-promotion makes a lot of people feel awkward.  It almost... + continue reading
Mar 19th, 2019
Have you ever considered working with a job developer?  If you have always handled your job search on your own, it can be a bit of an adjustment but job developers are able to connect you with employers and opportunities that you may not have previously considered.  Here are a few tips that will help you work with your job developer in a way that will be beneficial to your job search: Be honest.  It is much easier for a job developer to help you if you are open and honest with them.  Be clear about what you want (and don't want).  If the job developer is proposing a... + continue reading
Mar 15th, 2019
Performance appraisals are extremely stressful for many employees.  You might be afraid that your manager is going to make negative comments about your performance.  While the process can be uncomfortable, it is also an excellent opportunity for you to impress your employer and develop your career.  Here is what you can expect from your performance appraisal and a few tips that will help you make it a positive experience: Hearing about what you have done well.  Most managers will begin your performance appraisal with positive feedback.  It is always great to hear... + continue reading
Mar 12th, 2019
Looking for a job can be an emotional roller coaster.  Sometimes you send out a lot of applications and you don't hear anything back.  After a few months of this, it can start to be discouraging.  You begin to feel like you will never get an interview.  If this describes the situation you are in, here are a few steps that you can take to improve your response rate:   . Incorporate keywords.  If you are targeting medium or large employers, chances are that they will be using an applicant tracking system.  In this case, a human being won't even see your... + continue reading
Feb 28th, 2019
Do you feel that your co-workers respect you?  Do they listen to what you say and treat you professionally?  If not, then you have a problem.  You don't need to be close friends with your co-workers, but you do need their respect.  If you think this may be an issue for you, here are a few steps that you can take: Accomplish your goals.  As you experience success, you will begin to gain credibility in the organization.  Your co-workers will see that you are a valuable member of the team and they will respect you for it.  However, they have to know about your... + continue reading
Feb 21st, 2019
You never know what to expect from a job interview.  Sometimes the questions are easy, while other times they leave you feeling like a deer in headlights as your brain scrambles to come up with a response.  It is important to take a moment to consider why interviewers ask tough questions.  Since they know that you have been preparing for this interview, they may want to catch you off guard so that they can get a better understanding of how you think and your level of experience.  Here are some tips that will help you navigate these tough questions: Prepare for common... + continue reading