4 Ways Corporate Refugees Can Become Their Own Bosses

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Interested in a progressive career change? Create success on your own terms with these methods . [TWEET]

By Anna Wilds 

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The U.S. Labor Department revealed that the unemployment rate fell in every state in 2015 for the first time in 30 years. The improving economy is making life for the job seeker a bit easier, but returning to the daily grind of a corporate 9 to 5 isn’t necessarily the right career move for every professional.

For many highly-qualified individuals who have been downsized from their previous place of employment, the recovering economy may be the perfect opportunity to begin again as a small business owner.

If you are a corporate refugee and want to explore the option of being your own boss, here are four viable ways to start your career as a small business owner.

Topics: Entrepreneur, Changing Careers, Professional Development

What Gets Your Resume to the Hiring Manager?

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Beat the ATS by tweaking your resume with these simple tips. [TWEET]

By Ryan Winner

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Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sort through resumes and streamline their hiring process. These systems scan resumes for keywords that are inputted into for specific hiring positions. Then, resumes are scored on a scale of 0 to 100 for relevance. Only the resumes with the highest scores are passed on to recrutiers. 

The main takeaway from this information is that the right choice of keywords will ultimately be the deciding factor on whether you advance in the job searching process.

Here are a few tips on how you can tweak your resume so that it reaches the hiring manager. 

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Stress and the Job Search

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

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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

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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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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

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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

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

By Melissa Llarena

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers