Articles Archive for July 2009
I was surfing around and found Tory Johnson’s womenforhire.com website. In it I found a really good resume writing section. It covers the basics, then has information covering resume writing and job hunt topics in more detail. You can use it to learn how to write a resume after a long time away from having to know about them or to just to review the resume you’ve been using in this job hunt. Then you can read about writing better cover letters, getting informational interviews and getting …
I hadn’t included resources for communicating effectively in CareerJockey.org, but after reading two Richard Skaare articles on Skaareworks.com, I’ve added a new tag.
Richard Skaare wrote two articles recently on writing and talking. One is called “3 Reasons to Talk Like You Should Write“. In it he points out how regardless of your politics, you have agree that President Obama masters communicating across multiple media. Not only does he present himself well, but if you read his books, hear him on TV or listen to his prepared speaches, …
When I work with job hunters, I always recommend asking the “What happens next questions?” It should include asking how many other candidates are being considered, how long it will take them to make a decision, what other additional interviews to expect and the ever important, “When would be good time me to check back with them?”
Following any interview I recommend sending a thank you email and a handwritten one within 24 hours of the interview. One arrives in their inbox right away. The other one gets …
I ran into Tory Johnson’s womenforhire.com website site while surfing around the net and found some really good info. In it I found a really good resume writing section. This section includes the basics, but also contains information covering resume writing and other job hunt topics in detail.
You can use it to learn how to write a resumes, something that might be valuable if it’s been a while since you last needed a resume. You can also use the information to re-review the resume you’ve been using in this job …
Years ago I worked as a contractor at a large bank. I’d hear people say,
• “We got to the get the right people on the bus.”
• “That guy’s sitting in the wrong seat on the bus.”
• “Can we kick that guy off the bus?”
• “Let’s get this bus going in the right direction.”
“What on earth were they talking about?” I thought. I finally asked and someone pointed me at the Jim Collins’ “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” book. Collins’ delivers on something I haven’t seen …
I received an email from Holly Schnack today. She’s looking for work…again?? She’s the job hunter Fox Chicago TV featured in last summer’s story called “Monument to Perseverance.” But don’t expect this change management consultant to be out of work long. During her last job hunt, she put on a sign and took to the Windy City streets resume in hand. She handed it out to everyone she could and even got herself interviewed on the local news.
I know what it’s like being out of work. The expression “been there done that” …
I watched this past Monday’s Tory Johnson story on Good Morning America (GMA) and saw them provide great tips for older job hunters. She recommends keeping a positive attitude and outlook when older workers face stumbling blocks specific to their age group. Age discrimination is definitely NOT fair, but letting it shake you or getting you down makes things worse. Seeing the glass as half full versus half empty can help you take on this challenge better and even turn it into a plus.
My experience hiring older and over …
I read a great “Wild-Card Interview Questions” article on Yahoo! Hotjobs yesterday. You can call’em “Out-of-the-Blue” or out of nowhere questions if you like, but by any name they are unexpected questions an interviewer throws at you to see what comes back. They are geared at helping the interviewer see how you respond under pressure and learn more about you. The article lists the following as examples:
“If aliens landed here right now, what would you do?”
“What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?”
CNNMoney.org included two positive headlines.
“Manufacturing index up for 6th straight month“
“Job market shows some improvement“
If you take the time to read through these articles, you’ll see the good news interspersed with the bad. Seems like we take a few solid steps forward then slip back some before moving forward again. It’s more like trench warfare and tug-a-war than anything else, but these are positive signs.
Spread the positive news around. If you can, make a point of reaching out to the job seekers in your life. It’ll …