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[11 Mar 2010 | Written by: Kevin Donlin | 2 Comments | ]
How to Find a Job Long-Distance

In the current economy, some folks are looking far and wide for jobs, including out of state.
But there are plenty of obstacles to relocating, right?
Not exactly. Most obstacles to a long-distance job search are in your mind, not the employer’s.
That’s according to David E. Perry, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 (Wiley; 2009).
Perry, a working recruiter with more than 24 years of experience, offers the following tips if you’re thinking of relocating to find a job …
“Here’s the simple solution: Don’t tell employers where you live. Period. The …

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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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[12 Jan 2010 | Written by: Orietta Ramirez | 8 Comments | ]
Job Hunting Using The Bachelor Mentality

Ok, I’m going to admit to something that a few have been sworn to secrecy upon the pain of possible death … I watch The Bachelor … ok, I hear the gasps, I see the eyes rolling and yet, I know you feel my pain. Allow me to explain.  The reason why I watch is scientific.  Really! How can you not relate to the women (and the men, during the seasons of The Bachelorette) as we face the job layoffs and job search? It IS like trying to get the …

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[22 Nov 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]
Kevin Donlin Simple Job Search Manifesto's a Good Resource


A week back I published Kevin Donlin’s article “Three Simple Job Search Ideas from Stuff Going on Right Around You.” I started looking around his blog and found a FREE downloadable e-book called “The Simple Job Search Manifesto.” I figured if I’m publishing his story I might as well learn a little bit more about what the guy does.

I’m really glad I did. This 65 page e-book contains a well organized plan for getting yourself back to work. It covers choosing your ideal job, finding the …

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[1 Oct 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 3 Comments | ]
Karen Burn's Working Girl Book & Blog Are Both a Smash

Earlier in the week I commented on Miriam Salpeter’s Keppie Career blog and her review of Karen Burn’s book “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.” I love that title.   That led to Karen, the author herself, commenting on my site.  (We bloggers really like that.)  Then I started following her on Twitter (maybe she’ll following me back ;-)). I’ve since discovered she has as super blog with articles that have been picked up by U.S. News.  Not bad!
Anyway, the point I’m actually trying to …

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[20 Aug 2009 | Written by: Mary Elizabeth Bradford | 8 Comments | ]


Mary Elizabeth Bradford is a career coach we’ve listed in the “Blog I Like” section and has provided this article as our first guest blogger. Enjoy!!

Do you think selling yourself in a job interview is “selling out?” I hear this from clients from time to time. They tell me: “I hate the idea of marketing or selling myself to prospective clients. I am just myself. I shouldn’t have to ‘sell myself’ to get a job!”

I think the problem is that our definition of selling conjures up feelings of going against our …

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[22 Jul 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]

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 …

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[9 Jul 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

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?”
“What …

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[19 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]


I listened to an episode of the Career Joy podcast with Francis Cole Jones, the author of “How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your [Brilliant] Self in Any Situation” and it provided some very specific and insightful ideas on how to come across as effective as possible in any situation. And you don’t have to have an IPOD to hear it. You can play it right off the website at www.careerjoy.com/podcast. You can also find links there for uploading it into your player.
Francis is a specialist …

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[14 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

I surf around a lot looking for content that’s valuable for job seekers and people wanting to stay at the top of their game – career game that is. I’ve been following career coach Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s blog (find it at this link) for a while and I decided to sit in on one of her webinars. It was called “Recession-Busting Job Search Techniques That WORK.”
The information she presented was all relevant to job seekers and presented well. She runs a “Mastermind Career Coach” program where …

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[4 May 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

One of my co-worker sent me this link to CNNMoney.com’s article “How to Get a Job.” It’s a supplement to an article that came out in Fortune Magazine. This is a well put together multimedia article containing all sorts of job hunt information.
It contains advice in the form of video clips from David Perry co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters.” It shows creative ideas used by job hunters to target specific employers. It has a chart from the Bureau of Labor and Statitics that shows how many people are …

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[28 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | No Comment | ]

I ran into Meg Monfort’s “Career Chaos” blog and believe she provides some good practical advice. This past month she posted a blog entry describing her four favorite job search books. They are:

The Job Loss Recovery Guide: A Proven Program for Getting Back to Work — Fast!– by Lynn Joseph, Ph.D.

Knock ’em Dead Resumes and the rest of the series – by Martin Yate
Winning Interviews for $100,000+ Jobs – by Wendy Enelow
Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute – by Jack Chapman

She also made a …

Prepare for my First Job

[2 Apr 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 2 Comments | ]


The book first What Color is Your Parachute1580089305 is a resource I recommend for job hunt advice and finding what career is best for you. Check out my blog entry on it. Richard Nelson Bolles, the writer co-authored another book, What Color is Your Parachute for Teens, that’s just as valuable for teens and college students. It provides career discernment advice so students starting off can decide what they want to do with their lives.
The book takes a similar approach to the first book, with adjustments made for the younger …

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[6 Mar 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | 4 Comments | ]

If you are a job-hunter or career-changer, this resource is a must. Just ask any human resource professional and they will vouch for the content provided by the author. And its readily available at any library or bookstore.

Parts I and II of the book covers job search approaches, resume writing, interviewing, and salary negotiation – the basics. It provides recommendations on what to do if you are hampered by a handicap or challenged by age related issues. It also provides online resources for finding information you will likely need as …

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[6 Mar 2009 | Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz | One Comment | ]
"Breakthrough: The Hate My Job, Need a Life, Got Laid Off, Can’t Get No Satisfaction Solution" Is As Good As It's Title


I met the author and career coach Jeannette Kraar at a local chamber meeting. A few weeks later we met for coffee. A month or so later I was speaking at her Executnet chapter in Ft. Lauderdale. She has a contagious spunk and enthusiasm that comes across in her writing.
Her book is similar to the section of What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers that helps you find the right job for you. I found it better than Parachute
on this topic because …