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[3 Mar 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | No Comment | ]
Two Hidden Problems With Your Resume

Here’s a question I get in one form or another almost every week: “I’ve sent out 50 resumes and not had any job interviews. What’s wrong with my resume?”
Answer: There may indeed be a problem with your resume, and I’ve been writing about effective resumes for more than 10 years, so I invite you to Google that subject to learn what I think.
But wait.
If you’re sending resumes to employers and not getting callbacks, there may be two other problems you’re overlooking: sending resumes to the wrong person, and sending them …

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[2 Mar 2010 | Written by: Jeannette Kraar | No Comment | ]
Are You Buzzard, Bat, Bumble Bee or People?

(Editor’s Note:  I’d like to introduce my long time associate, Jeannette Kraar.  We’ve been working together for several years – all related to helping job hunters – and have had a lot of fun at it.  She’ll be joining us every Wednesday.  Please provide us some comments to let us know what you think.)
I got this from someone in an email a long while back. I keep stuff much longer than most do only so I can use it for writing fodder someday in the future. Well I …

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[1 Mar 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 3 Comments | ]
How Would You Illuminate Clueless, Disconnected CEOs

I have been pleasantly surprised with the episodes of “The Undercover Boss” I’ve watched.  The well-to-do CEO shrugs off the golf clubs, chic expensive cars, cushy lifestyle, expensive suits and jewelry, even if only for a week, to mingle and, alas, work alongside their company’s employees.
Talk about timing given the bad press some other CEOs have been receiving particularly during and post senate hearings.  How can they expect sympathy when they have the audacity to show up in corporate jets, whining about how they cannot afford to not pay bonuses …

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[28 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
How to Become a Team Leadership Genius

Leading a team of people on any project can be a bear.  Running a small business with differing skills, personalities, backgrounds, genders and competing interests can be just plain difficult.  It seems like piling any group of people together in hopes of getting a job done is a hopeless cause. But if you:

develop a keen understanding of how individuals behave within a team and
dearn to motivate individuals towards a common goal

you’ll develop a reputation for being a team leading genius that delivers the results your company badly needs.
To  hone these …

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[24 Feb 2010 | Written by: Brenda Gilchrist | 7 Comments | ]
Advice from a Real Life Corporate Downsizing Expert

By now most of you have seen the movie,Up in the Air with George Clooney. If you haven’t seen it, George Clooney plays the part of Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert. Some of us, like myself, have had to play this role in real life. Unfortunately, some of us have had to take on this role throughout our career, but even more so in 2009.
Most employees don’t realize how much work goes on behind the scenes before a layoff decision is ever made. My clients and former corporate CEO’s …

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[23 Feb 2010 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | One Comment | ]
3 Tips for Writing Resumes with Punch

Most professionals would love to land their dream job but when it comes to writing a resume that would qualify them to make the jump; they end up stuck with what to say and how to say it.
Not knowing how to create an interest-generating opening statement is a common problem and can quickly lead to job seeker discouragement before the job search even begins!
Here are 3 tips to creating a powerful opening statement that will quickly get you positive attention:
Tip #1 Do Create a Qualifications Summary
A qualifications summary should go …

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[22 Feb 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | One Comment | ]
To Consult or Not to Consult, That is the Question

A recent New York Times headline was Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs.  Now if that is not an attention-getting, ominous banner, then I do not know what is.
 Not surprisingly, the article focuses on those of us who have gone beyond the one year mark as unemployed, displaced, laid off, etc. persons.  A concern raised by one such victim, who is appalled, and rightfully so I must add, by the fact the unemployed are viewed as lazy, uninspired, willing to stay at home types.  Victim, because I do view …

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[21 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]
If You Can’t Be with the Job You Love, Then Love the One You’re With ran a poll recently with a simple question, “Do you love your current profession/work?  Check out the results:

Yes – 35%
No – 65%

That’s an awful lot of no votes.   I just cannot imagine dragging myself out of bed every weekday morning, forcing down a cup of coffee only to have to walk into some place for more than 8 hours (Is there a real 8 hour day left out there?) and do a job I just do not like much less love.  What a horrendous chore?
Let me tell you about …

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[17 Feb 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | No Comment | ]
A 5 Steps Job Search Method That NEVER Fails

It’s been said that the best new ideas are the best old ideas.
In other words, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel in your job search if others before you have found ways to succeed.
What if I told you there was a success “system,” invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 1730s, that helped create millionaires in the 1930s, when unemployment stood at 25%?
Do you think it might help you find a job faster today, with unemployment rates as they are?
If you’re interested, I’ll describe this system, which can make sure …

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[15 Feb 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 2 Comments | ]
4 Things Job Hunters Can Do with Their Time Off

Take advantage of this “free time” to dream. I do not mean the Walter Mitty type of fantasies, although that is not such a bad thing. Explore your options, even those you thought were impossible.
While networking, I perused articles on job searching, people in transition, career realignments and just plain, spent way too much time on the internet (not something I want to admit but it must be said).
One can easily become mesmerized or possibly addicted to surfing the internet. It becomes one’s crutch. Signing up to …

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[14 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 5 Comments | ]
40 Days for Becoming a Better Person

If you read my Love Dare article from a year back you’ll see how I dedicated 40 days last Spring to improving my marriage. It’s not that it was on the rocks and in bad need of repair. I just wanted to take a good thing and make it better.
In my Novena article I talk about a 9 day practice I followed to help get me re-focused and balanced. There are times when I get way out of whack and I need something like this to bring …

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[10 Feb 2010 | Written by: Roger Lopez | One Comment | ]
Why Would I Ever Need a Career Coach?

Do you need a career coach? The answer may surprise you but it all depends on the individual and in most cases the answer is, “Yes.”
This is my personal journey. My name is Roger Lopez a Senior Manufacturing Operations Executive with an extensive and consistent record of improving product quality, customer service levels, profits and organizational efficiency across diverse industries with complex environment.
During the past 20 years I held the following executive positions:

Director of Operations,
General Manager of Operations,
Vice President of Operations and

Thorough out my career I never worried about …

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[9 Feb 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | No Comment | ]
How to Humanize Your Job Search

Question: If you’ve ever been hired without first meeting the employer in person, open your window and scream “Yes!”
Hear anything?
Neither do I.
Until more scientific proof turns up, just agree with me here: You can’t get hired by a computer or over the phone.
Before you can work for people, you have to meet people.
And the more people you meet, the faster you’ll get hired.
Here are three ways to do so, using technology to humanize your job-search efforts …

1) Meet the bloggers
First of all, you need to recognize the value of blogs …

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[8 Feb 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | One Comment | ]
Maybe They’re Just Not That Into You

You did your research and got that interview. You executed your IPOP (see my IPOP article for details) and notes (your outfit was coordinated, your hair, perfect), and your A-game was on (confident). Then, nothing…uh oh.
You go over what you said, what you could have said. Was it the suit? Should you have printed out two resumes instead of one? You call your friends, talk to your family and suddenly it dawns on you “they’re just not that into you” …. But, I thought I …

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[7 Feb 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Get a Job Where They Pay – You Learn

My granddad turned 89 this year. The old man we loving call “Lalo” has a Cuban saying that always stuck with me,
“The devil knows more because he’s old than because he’s the devil.”
It sounds funny reading it in English, but the message rings clear. He wanted to make sure we grandkids, who thought we were oh so smart, would listen to the advice of older folks if only because they’d been around longer than they had.
You look at Lalo today and you’d never know he was a successful …

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[3 Feb 2010 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | One Comment | ]
10 Things To Do If You Have Been Fired or Laid Off

1. It may not have been fair, just or your fault, but don’t “go off” on your employer.
2. Your experiencing a wide range of emotions – it’s a grieving process so give yourself time to do that. It may take a day, a week, a month.
3. Give yourself a block of time to decompress. Even if its just a day or two (though preferably longer) make it YOUR time to do nothing, do something fun, be with your family, etc
4. Make a list of ALL the things you are thankful …

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[2 Feb 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | 2 Comments | ]

Want to put an end to your job-search worries?
You can.
Or, at the very least, you can channel worries into positive action that moves you closer to employment.
That’s a message I got from the book, “100 Ways to Motivate Yourself,” by Steve Chandler, who writes:
The next time you’re worried about something, ask yourself, “What small thing can I do right now?” Then do it. Remember not to ask, “What could I possibly do to make this whole thing go away?” That question does not get you into action at all.
This idea …

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[2 Feb 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 12 Comments | ]
Face-to-Face with the Hiring Manager

You must pass muster with the pre-screening process to get past the “black hole”. Uploading your application and resume to the company website is not enough. You have to re-invent the job search wheel.
As part of this process, you will be rebuffed and often (sorry!). One such instance occurred when a posting on LinkedIn provided the HR rep’s direct contact info (a fluke?). After submitting my online application and resume, I followed up with a call to the HR contact. Amazingly, I got through to him on the first try. …

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[31 Jan 2010 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
What’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Have to Do With Anything?

The one thing job hunters have that the working population doesn’t have is time.  I remember how much of it I had when I was job hunting and how much I wasted waiting for emails that I only wished would come right away.  (You can learn about my job search in the Career Jockey About page.)
Here’s a suggestion you might consider to resolve this. I’m an avid reader. I enjoy reading and wish I had more time for it.  In order to squeeze in more reading time, I’ve …

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[27 Jan 2010 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | One Comment | ]
Is Your Resume Missing These 5 “Must Haves”?

Making sure your resume is a powerful marketing document is a wise investment in your career. It can set you apart from your competition, maximize the amount of interviews you land and ultimately play into how much a company offers you.
After all, you are negotiating with potential employers from the moment you connect with them to the time the offer is made. So everything that happens in that window of time plays into your offer…including how well targeted, well designed and compelling your resume is.
Here are five elements you will …