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Minimize the 'Hops'!!!

I received an email from someone trying to figure out how to minimize any negative impressions his resume may make to potential employers because he had worked a number of contract and consulting projects. When he lists his entire job history, it looks like he’s been hopping jobs way too often when in fact it’s the nature of the project work he’s done. Some of his assignments were a matter of days and others for several months, but it makes a… Continue

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 2:56pm

What's Your Purpose?

Ever spend much time thinking about that? What’s your purpose?

What does that have to do with your career? Everything!

Do you find your purpose in your job, or in something outside of your career?

What animates you from day-to-day?

- Advancement in your career?

- More money?

- Ability to have more toys, nicer houses, cars, jewelry, or ‘stuff’?

- Provide better for your family?

- Provide value or serve your customers?

- Be a better… Continue

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

Are You "Professional"???

What makes someone “Professional”?

I’ve read interesting takes on that question lately. Some good points, and some… not so much. What defines professionalism? Based on various pieces I’ve read, it’s certainly subjective. Whatever the definition anyone uses, it’s often THE factor that tips the scale from one candidate to another in the hiring process.

In trying to define it, the dictionary doesn’t seem to be much help. Webster defines professionalism as: “the conduct, aims,… Continue

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 2:16pm — 5 Comments

Cover or Uncovered???

I’m often asked how important a cover letter is when submitting a resume for a position, or if one is even necessary at all. My answer is: “It depends.”

Who is receiving your resume? If it’s being sent to a recruiter, or you are applying to an online system, you can be virtually guaranteed that a cover letter would not be even looked at, much less read. The volume of resumes that go through a normal recruiting process makes it all but… Continue

Posted on November 4, 2009 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

Tough Job Search? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions!

Is your job search taking longer than expected? Most are right now. Certainly the difficult job market is making things harder. However, a great number of people could speed up the process by asking themselves five critical questions.

Take time, think them through, be honest, and your job search may improve dramatically!

1. What makes me unique? Companies are seeing dozens or hundreds of resumes for each opening. They interview several people as well. It doesn’t… Continue

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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