How Recruiters Can Help Your Job Hunt

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When you’re deep in the midst of your job search, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own – just you and your resume, against the millions of other job-seekers.

But you actually have an ally out there: Recruiters. Some recruiters work with hiring managers at companies, others work as headhunters at a third-party firm — but their goal is the same: to fill an open position with the right person.

And if they think you’re that person, they can be a huge help in getting your resume to the top of the hiring manager’s pile. Read more


No Means No? What to Do When You Don’t Get the Job.

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It’s a great day in anyone’s job search: A recruiter calls with a new job opening. You hear the details and get excited – it’s sounds like exactly what you’ve been looking for! You go to the interview, hit a home run, and leave the building feeling pretty confident that you’ll hear from them soon.

Two days later, you do – and you hear that they’ve chosen another candidate. Wait, what? Read more


Using Your LinkedIn Profile to Change Careers

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Read this LinkedIn headline and tell me what you think:

Creative problem solver with a committed heart currently seeking a position with a company where I can make a difference!

Personally, I probably wouldn’t click that profile.

Often, people struggle with knowing where on their profile to tell the world they are “seeking a position.”

If you are an active career changer, I’m sure you’ve thought about it too. If you do it wrong, you will not only scare away every recruiter who reads your profile, you will probably have a hard time building your network as well. Read more


Here’s How Recruiters Really Fill Jobs

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A survey of recruiters reveals what they look for in job candidates.

Recruiters hold the key to your next job. Do you understand what’s really important to these company gatekeepers?

It’s impossible to job hunt today without running into recruiters. Charged with sourcing and vetting new talent, recruiters feel the pressure to fill job openings with the most qualified candidates. But what you probably don’t know is how hard recruiters work to get the job done. Cut them some slack, and learn what they do to find candidates to fill jobs. Read more


When and How to Work With Recruiters & Search Firms

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When and how to work with recruiters is a big question for many job seekers. When does it make sense to use a search firm or a recruitment consultant to assist with your job search?

If you seem to be stuck in a rut and you’re not getting enough interviews, it can make sense to use a recruiter to broaden your job search. Just make sure your resume is strong, as a poor resume could be the main reason for the lack of interview calls! Read more


DIY Resume or Professional Resume Writer

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If you are driven to being the best in your profession, you possess the ideal combination of experience, knowledge and training, and you’re confident in your ability to complete most projects with relative ease and achieve the desired end results.

Conversely, when you undertake a project without the proper experience, knowledge base and training, more often than not, you’ll make costly errors and the end result is prone to be flawed and will fail to yield the desired results. Read more


5 Tips for Preventing Age Bias in Your Executive Resume & LinkedIn Profile

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Back in the job market for an executive role? You may have encountered (or wondered about) potential age discrimination when putting yourself “out there” for an executive job search.

If you find yourself experiencing rejection in your job applications, the possibility of age discrimination may seem all too real.

Yet, it’s possible that you’re actually CALLING attention to your age – more so that your leadership qualifications. Read more


5 Tips on How to Use LinkedIn Better

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Whether you’re looking for a new job or just want to network, use these tips to make your profile more effective.

You’ve friended just about everyone you’ve ever met on Facebook (including your crush from the summer of ‘89). You’re a pro at curating deceptively easy dinner-party recipes on Pinterest. And on Twitter you have a couple of hundred followers reading your 140-character zingers. Yet all this time you’ve hesitated to join LinkedIn. Are you missing out? Here’s a guide to the career-networking website, along with ways to navigate it if you do sign up. Read more


Staying Viable After a “No”

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A while ago I wrote a piece titled…

“No” may not be final!

The point of the article was that it’s not unusual for a company to be interested in hiring a particular candidate even after they rejected them for a position they were initially pursuing. The article gave a number of reasons to be sure to let the employer know you would still be interested in pursuing other opportunities at the organization as something appropriate arises. Read more


3 Shortcuts to Better LinkedIn Traffic From Keywords

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Boosting your findability and presence on LinkedIn has never been more important in your job search.

After all, you can build your Profile, but unless it’s keyword-optimized to draw traffic, it will be the proverbial tree falling in the forest (with no one to witness your great skills).

To get interest from employers, your Profile MUST contain sufficient skills and terms that employers use in search queries. Read more