How to Create Inside Connections with Companies You Want to Work For

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:38 PM

Get your foot in the door by making a personal introduction with potential employees. [TWEET]

By Live in the Grey 

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A personal introduction inside an organization is a huge advantage to someone who wants to change careers or begin a new one. In fact, referrals are the number-one source companies use to find outside hires, and over 70 percent of people find jobs through leads from others, according to LinkedIn.

Access to the right people and companies is vital for a successful career change, especially as the marketplace becomes more challenging. A few moments spent connecting people in your network is a powerful act of kindness.

Topics: Working with Recruiters, Changing Careers, Job Search Process

Every Time You Look in the Mirror, This Surprising Thing Happens

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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Let's face it, the professional job search is a heck of a lot longer, more tedious, and more frustrating than any of us can bear. 

Between ducking out for lunch-time interviews and cranking through networking calls, your job search is hectic enough to get you frazzled, hassled, and more than just a bit "down in the dumps."

Banging out another four phone calls after an exhausting day in the office -- while it could be just the jackpot you've been waiting for -- is still awfully tough to get excited about.

And the negative thoughts or bad mood that a rough day can generate have a way of creeping into your voice. You might not even realize it, but you may come across sounding tired or crabby or exhausted, and that undercuts the whole purpose of making the calls to begin with. 

So here's my bit of job hunting success advice to make your calls sound great: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Powerful Phrases That Will Transform Your Resume

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04:21 PM

Optimize your resume with words that will showcase your true value to recruiters. [TWEET]

By Jung Viera

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Here’s the harsh truth: the average recruiter spends less than six seconds scanning a resume before making an initial decision on a candidate.

If you want to capture employers’ attention, you’ll need a well-written and well-organized document that clearly illustrates your qualifications. Not only is it imperative you have the desired experience and skillset, but you also need precise terminology to properly showcase your experience and skills.

Need help deciding which words or phrases should and should not be included on your resume? Check out this guide below:

Topics: Job Application, Resume, CareerAdvice

7 High-Paying Careers with Flexible Hours

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02:48 PM

Tired of the 9-5 monotony? Check out these seven career paths with flexible schedules. [TWEET]

By Kelly Smith

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There are many advantages in having a career with flexible hours. One of the biggest benefits is that you can manage your work-life balance better. With the continually growing number of professional options available, you don’t have to be limited to the 9-5 time constraint in order to be successful.

Hoping to find a lucrative profession that also offers a flexible schedule? Some of these career paths may be the right fit for you.

Topics: Motivation and Inspiration, Work-Life Balance, CareerAdvice

Why Quitting Business School To Read Shakespeare Was The Right Decision

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01:47 PM

Choosing to leave a "practical" study in order to pursue your passions may seem foolhardy, but often times it can be the most rewarding. [TWEET]

By Stephanie Frerich

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Topics: Motivation and Inspiration, CareerAdvice

Age Discrimination Is Mindset Discrimination

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. 

Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is... 

The blank look on your interviewer's face when you talk about growing up in the 60s or 70s. The skepticism with which your Snap-twit-facebook-whats-gram-app skills are regarded. The cultural references that pass silently like two Teslas in the night... 

Well, at least the younger generation seems to get your reference to "Gunga-galunga" and giggle. 

Most of the time. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

10 Tools to Advance Your Business Writing Skills

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:58 AM

Step up your business writing skills with these 10 online applications. [TWEET]

By Robert Morris

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How To Rebuild Your Confidence To Re-Enter The Workplace

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10:30 AM

Looking to rebuild your confidence? Check out these tips. [TWEET]  

By Melissa Llarena

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Data Analytics Career Transition 201: How to write a killer resume and ace the interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:00 AM

Craft a resume that will land you an interview in the world of big data, business intelligence and analytics. [TWEET]

By Piyanka Jain

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

I Had A Bad Day

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

It all went so wrong, so very, very wrong - right from the start. 

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You left your notepad with your hand-written questions at home; your CEO pulled you into a last-second meeting that made you a half-hour late to the interview; and you finished it off by saying "I think my background and experience make me uniquely suited to making a big contribution here at Avis," which was a good point, except you were interviewing at Hertz. 

Whew. 

You had a bad day in the job hunt. A really bad one. You feel embarrassed, and you're starting to wonder if anybody is ever going to be foolish enough to hire you.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter