Consider Your References and Expect to be Considered!

Resume has been saved. Cover letter is complete. Now all that stands between you and your finished application is your list of references.  Easy. This part should just take a few minutes, right?  After all, you’ve known good ole Stan (or Dan or Jan) for decades now.  Stan and the gang are your go-to references for any and all things on your job search. He uses nice letterhead and is sure to reply to an email or phone call in record time.   But, stop for a minute.  What has Stan actually said or done in the past to help you land your ideal job?  What has the use of a reference of a former supervisor or coworker done to set you apart from the other hopeful candidates? Chances are that you have never really put that much effort into such questions.  Many have never paused to question what value solid and professional references really [...]

Consider Your References and Expect to be Considered! 2015-04-24T16:05:14+00:00

Don’t Settle in Your Job Search, You Are More Qualified Than You Think!

Do you find yourself ready to give up on the job search? Are you ready to settle for the job that is your last choice? Don’t lose heart! You have worked too hard to get this far, and you owe it to yourself to keep fighting for the job you really want, the job you deserve. In her article, “You Are More Qualified Than You Think!”, LinkedIn writer, Liz Ryan, shares her personal experience with job descriptions, proper qualifications, and why, in the end, it doesn’t really matter.   Ryan writes that, “In the business we drink a lot of toxic lemonade. We hear a lot of things that are not true and we start to believe them. We think that we can't apply for a job unless we have all the qualifications and Essential Requirements listed in the job ad.” She goes on to say that, “Job ads are nonsense. I'm an HR person [...]

Don’t Settle in Your Job Search, You Are More Qualified Than You Think! 2015-04-16T20:48:13+00:00

Interview Tips to Enhance Your Confidence

“Interview invitations should really come with a warning: Strong feelings of excitement changing suddenly into dread are imminent upon receiving this invitation.” This statement, made by Lily Zhang, is the summation of the feelings that so many have journeyed through in the job search process.  You spend weeks searching and hoping to get a call or some semblance of interest from the jobs for which you have applied, but, when that phone call finally comes, you suddenly find yourself with knots in your stomach.  Wait…now they really are interested.  What’s next?  Now it is time to prepare yourself for the interview and prove that you are the best choice for this job.  There are several questions that are commonly asked in interviews that often leave the interviewee stumped if he or she has not done the proper homework.   Zhang discusses such questions in her article, 4 Common Interview Questions (and 4 Perfect Answers).  When [...]

Interview Tips to Enhance Your Confidence 2015-04-12T17:08:38+00:00

Judging a Book By Its Cover…Don’t Neglect Yours!

Have you ever zipped quickly through a stack of books, ditching the ones that didn’t seem appealing?  Or perused the bookshelf looking specifically for words or titles that jumped out to you?  Judging a book by its cover.  It’s the token “no-no” that we are all taught while growing up, yet how many times daily do we do just that?  Whether it’s a literal book or just the surface glance toward whatever we are thinking about, we are all guilty of falling for first impressions.  An employer seeking out a new employee is no different.  Stacks of paper cluttering his or her desk, little time to get the necessary work done, and a ton of applicants waiting to be considered.  Whether you want to admit it or not, you, as the job seeker, will be quickly judged and must stand out in the appeal and verbage of your cover letter.  This is your first, and [...]

Judging a Book By Its Cover…Don’t Neglect Yours! 2015-04-03T16:23:56+00:00