33,000 Career Experts Can’t Be Wrong(?)

I got an email the other day making the claim that “33,000 recruiters can’t be wrong.” The email wanted me to buy whatever it was that the company was selling (OK, the email didn’t want that. Emails are inanimate objects and don’t actually want anything. But I digress.) The first thought that popped into my … Continue reading 33,000 Career Experts Can’t Be Wrong(?)

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How to Stand Out (the Right Way) at a Job Fair

For years, I held onto the notion that job fairs were a complete waste of time for everyone involved. For job seekers it was a waste because you get to meet a bunch of companies that you probably don’t want to work for, and have to suffer through your “elevator pitch” and your whole dog-and-pony … Continue reading How to Stand Out (the Right Way) at a Job Fair

Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment

I received the following email from a reader who is concerned about the current state of her job search: "I don't know if you've heard the recent debate/theory over whether companies avoid reviewing or hiring job applicants who are or appear to be out of work for a long period of time. I've been out … Continue reading Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment

Opinions are Like Cover Letters – Everybody Has One, and Most of Them are Wrong

Ah, the magical cover letter. We slave over our sentence structure, we toil over getting just the right words. We stress over balancing the “what’s in it for me” with the “what’s in it for you”. We ask ourselves: “What’s another word for excited?” “Does it sound too forward to say that I’m positive I … Continue reading Opinions are Like Cover Letters – Everybody Has One, and Most of Them are Wrong

Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 2

In the last installment of this piece I told you about all the things I had gotten wrong in my job search. As I said, it was a learning experience. Thankfully, however, I wasn't wrong about everything. There were a few things that I had right. What I knew I knew: One resume isn't enough. … Continue reading Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 2

Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 1

I've spent the bulk of my career filling jobs, telling companies whom they should hire and telling job seekers what to do to get hired. Recently, however, things took a turn. I found myself in the role of job seeker rather than adviser or hiring authority, and it was an eye-opening experience to say the … Continue reading Taking My Own Advice – The Job Search, Part 1

Video Resumes: Are They for You?

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But would a so-called video resume by another name be on the tips of our collective tongues? Let’s examine this phenomenon and see if we can make heads and/or tails of it, shall we? First, let’s look at the name. It’s not, in fact, a … Continue reading Video Resumes: Are They for You?