Archive | January, 2012

Steer Clear of Job Descriptions in Your Resume

Presenting another excerpt from the excellent blog post, Ten Reasons Why Your Resume Isn’t Working by our colleague, Barbara Safani. Here’s another reason your resume may not be working: You have copied and pasted your previous job descriptions into your resume. The reality is that people in similar jobs perform similar job tasks. An accountant […]

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Social Bankruptcy

For the past several months, I’ve been going through a social reboot. This involves consciously reassessing my social life and deciding what connections and social habits to maintain and what to change. But this year I’ve decided to go further with this process and declare outright social bankruptcy. This is an area of my life that was far […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Volunteer

If your job search is going to extend into the new year, here’s a resolution that will make a difference: look for a meaningful volunteer job. Volunteering always makes a difference, of course, in the community and for the people nonprofits serve. It’s good to know that you can make a difference to others and make a difference in your job search at the same time.

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Deliberate Practice Part Two

Deliberate practice means that you take one skill you don’t have and work on it over and over and over and over. And then work on it some more. You work until you’re exhausted. And then some more.

You may not have the time or patience to do this kind of practice, but you may be able to get better results by applying yourself in a more deliberate way. Here are some tips for setting up a more deliberate practice, whatever you do.

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Deliberate Practice Part One

What’s the difference between Jerry Rice (NFL Hall of Fame receiver) and wide receiver Mike Williams, a 2005 first round pick by the Detroit Lions, whom you’ve almost certainly never heard of before this moment? Besides an unequalled 20-year career in a position that requires strength, grace and speed, 13 pro bowl appearances, 197 touchdowns, almost 23,000 receiving yards, and a lifetime average of 14.5 yards per catch, not all that much. That’s according to journalist and author Geoff Colvin, Fortune Magazine’s Senior Editor at Large and author of the book Talent is Overrated.

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Thinking about Majoring in Psychology? Think again.

CBS Moneywatch recently released a list of the college majors with the highest unemployment rates. Five of the list of 25 majors are related to psychology. “Ironically,” the accompanying article goes on to say, “Psychology is the fifth most popular college degree.” Those numbers are probably related, of course; I try to convince jobseekers that they should consider professions where competition is less fierce. In college, that usually means where the classes are much more demanding. There are always a few seats left empty in advanced Physics classes.

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Try a “Q” Letter

A job-search letter technique that can be effective during tough times is what Marky Stein, calls a “Q” or qualifications letter. “This document is a short letter that compares your qualifications with the employer’s requirements for the job,” writes Stein on WSJ.com. “It’s brief and concise enough to catch the reader’s eye with highly relevant […]

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Does speed networking work?

Timer + business cards + two rows of professional women + coaches whistle = a really fun speed networking event. I was the guest speaker at Silicon Valley Women “Networking for Success” event. After speaking about networking to the group … Continue reading →View Original Post at Jennifer Armistead’s blogRead Original Post

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Ask the Coach: Getting Recruiter Attention

Every week, NETSHARE hosts Ask the Coach, a phone-in coaching session with leading career management experts. Here is an excerpt from this week’s session with career transition coach and career management consultant Randy Block. We had a number of queries in this week’s coach call from executives looking for a new position and in transition. […]

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CSW Almost Sold Out

The Conscious Success Workshop starts in only 10 days (Jan 13-15, 2012 in Las Vegas). We’re close to selling out, so if you’re planning to sign up, please don’t wait till the last minute, or there’s a possibility we won’t have any seats left. I estimate that we can sell about 6 more tickets before […]

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