A few years ago, I wrote a guest post for Career Enlightenment about my one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. If you’ve never seen the episode, the character George (who, along with Elaine, are possibly my spirit animals) decides to do the opposite of everything because nothing is working for him. And, everything in his life starts turning around! Well, isn’t it about time you start doing that if your job search isn’t working? Read more
When I finished grad school and first started my job search, it actually felt exciting. I envisioned myself landing a high-powered job that I loved, strolling down city streets to my office in fabulously fashionable suits, and making my mark in the corporate world.
Cut to four months later, and I was sitting on the couch, in my not-so-fashionable pajamas, desperate for a job, searching for anything available. And unfortunately, I’m not alone. Many people — even people with advanced degrees, plenty of experience, and stellar qualifications — are feeling the blues of searching for jobs to no avail. Read more
Days have passed since your job interview, and no one’s called or emailed.
Later, you learn someone else was hired for the position. You were sure you aced the interview and would advance to the next round, but obviously the interviewer saw it differently. Read more
Like it or not, Skype video interviews are becoming a regular part of the job application process. A market research firm recently found that 42% of companies used video interviews to recruit senior executives, management, and entry-level job functions, compared to just 10% of companies in 2010. And my company uses Skype for a good 90% of our first round interviews. Read more
Few things can tarnish your professional brand quite like a poorly written, misguided email. One click of the ‘send’ button can be the difference between a successful business exchange and a potential HR issue or coworker conflict. And while Americans send hundreds of thousands of emails a day, the electronic mail should not be taken for granted.
Whether you’re a senior professional or an office newbie, here are 13 must-remember dos and don’ts of business email etiquette. Read more
Many job candidates have experience, and now, more than ever, candidates are often college-educated, too. This means even more competition for jobs. However, to increase one’s chances of beating out the competition, there are several things a person can do. One important action that people often overlook is the follow-up email after submitting a job application. Read on for tips and advice on why, how and when you should follow up. Read more
Social media can be dangerous to your career if not used wisely. We know it, employers know it – hell, even Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges it. Every day, we hear stories of people fired, people hired and people’s lives ruined because of a stupid tweet or thoughtless comment.
The problem is, the things a person shares online quickly become their personal brand – and this includes the bad as well as the good. Read more
LinkedIn has evolved to become one the most important and most prevalent resources for professional networking available. Used by more than 313 million people on an international scale, it’s no wonder why the social network has, for many professional networkers, replaced traditional forms of meeting and socializing.
Whether you network for job opportunities, sales prospects, or just overall experience, it’s true that LinkedIn can enhance your efforts — but it’s important to acknowledge a few considerations about the platform before you get too deep in your strategy. Read more
Seconds after I added a well-known writer to my “Journalists I Admire” Twitter list, a little blue notification popped up.
[Well-known writer] followed you.
Soon after, I direct-messaged him to ask for writing advice. Our conversation moved from Twitter to email, and now he’s agreed to meet me for an informational interview when I arrive in NYC this summer.
Score. Read more
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” (Andrew Grant)
When we start the job-hunting process the very first step we take is crafting a resume for that dream position. There’s nothing wrong with that. Well, almost nothing. From an employer’s point of view, it’s a good idea to start building a relationship with the company before sending your resume to them.
The question is: How can you make a first impression on your potential employer before sending your resume? There are at least 5 ways you can do it. Read more