Ryan Galloway

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Watching the Olympics at work: Being patriotic and productive.

Posted by Ryan Galloway

July 30, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

If you have an abiding interest in the 2012 Olympics in London, you’re not alone. Over 4 billion people are expected to tune in to the opening ceremony on July 27th. Of course, the real excitement is what follows: days packed with the high drama of international athletic competition. It’s too bad you’re going to miss most of them by being at work.

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Streaming coverage makes workplace viewing possible, but doing so is more complicated than just tuning in and minimizing it when your boss walks by. With a little foresight and a lot of self-discipline, you can watch your favorite events from your desk without disrupting your productivity. Take these tips to heart and you can watch the pole vault until your heart’s content.

Don’t be sneaky. Be sure to clear any Olympics viewing with your supervisor. Unless watching online entertainment is an acceptable practice in your office, you don’t want to be caught streaming the Women’s Shot Put Semis when you should be finalizing that budget.

Get Read: How Cover Letters Market Your Resume

Posted by Ryan Galloway

July 18, 2012 @ 10:57 AM

There’s no denying that a powerful, customized cover letter is a key piece of any job search. It’s often how a potential employer decides whether or not to read your resume. So how do they work?coverletters resized 600

Know your audience and find a balance.

Think of it like this: the cover letter is the advertisement for your resume. It needs to be short, effective, and memorable. You make an almost immediate decision on whether or not you're interested in a product or service when viewing its ad. Similarly, a recruiter or employer will make a quick decision about reading your resume while viewing your cover letter.

A strong cover letter will have all of the attributes of a great advertisement.  It should be as tailored as possible to its intended audience. If it’s too long, it’s an immediate turn off to a busy recruiter. If it’s too short, it may undersell you. A hastily written cover letter or one full of errors will give the impression that you’re not taking your readers’ time seriously.

Seize the Summer: Tips from our Job Search Expert

Posted by Ryan Galloway

July 16, 2012 @ 01:21 PM

The myth that hiring slows down in the summer is just that: a myth. It’s impossible to know where that old line comes from, but buying into it can be incredibly damaging to your job search. While hiring within certain industries and fields can vary seasonally, simply writing off three months of the year will put your job search way behind those of your savvier peers. In fact, summer may be the best time to look since so many otherwise-active jobseekers are the taking the season off.

This doesn’t mean that your summer has to be spent indoors, finessing resumes and scanning job boards. There are plenty of ways to balance an engaged job search with the summer lounging you deserve. Amanda Augustine, TheLadders’ resident job search expert, was recently on CBS New York discussing this very topic. Her top five tips for seizing the summertime job search are:

It's not you: Why no one's reading your resume

Posted by Ryan Galloway

July 09, 2012 @ 03:56 PM

By now, you’ve rewritten your resume more times than you can count. You’ve labored over every word and formatted it within an inch of its life. Blogs with titles like “Jumpstart your Job Search with 5 Resume Tips!” and “4 Foolproof Ways to Get a Recruiter’s Attention!” dominate your bookmarks. You’ve shown it to your friends, your mom, a few trusted colleagues, and that HR manager you dated a while back. Everyone agrees: you look great on paper.

Ready or not: Three mantras for every job search

Posted by Ryan Galloway

July 05, 2012 @ 03:02 PM

Before you attend that networking event or go searching for the latest in resume advice, take a moment, take a breath, and read these three items:

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1.      You have a new job.

Consider your job search a new job all on its own. If you’re currently employed, best practices say you should spend 15-20 hours a week on your job search. Unemployed?  You need to dedicate 35-40 hours a week. In this market, you need to be committed to your search. If your time is limited, make sure you’re focusing on the activities that will be most effective for your search.

Topics: Job Search

Public or Private? Leveraging an Online Presence in Your Job Search

Posted by Ryan Galloway

July 03, 2012 @ 01:09 PM

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If a recruiter can’t find you online, then they can’t find you at all.

A powerful online presence can (and often does) make or break a job search. So what does a jobseeker’s online presence look like? It’s more than just having a profile on a few big-name pages. Instead, it’s about story. An out-of-date photo and a list of past employers doesn’t tell your story the way it deserves. What about your biggest wins? Who were your most recognizable clients? More importantly, what are your peers saying about you?

Here are 3 key steps to successfully manage your online presence in the midst of a job search: