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The Holidays Are Here - So Change Your Search Strategy

The holidays are here, but don't stop your job search.  Just change it!The holidays are in full swing and that puts a different twist on your job search.  It is true that the holidays are a hectic time of year.  And that puts extra challenges on your job search.  It seems that . . . .    - no one will take your calls     -  you don't hear back from
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Bah-Humbug - Not Really, But When it Comes to Those Holiday Traditions . . . .

Spending money you don’t have    on presents you don’t want to buy          to travel to places you don’t want to go              on entertaining you don’t want to doSpending time you don't have    with people you don’t want to see        
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Face Your Fear and NETWORK!

"Networking:  Do I have to?" asks the reluctant job seeker.      Yes you do if you want to find a better job quicker!If you dread the idea of going up to strangers whose paths you cross and striking up a conversation, you are far from alone.  Many, if not most folks - if the truth were told - dread the idea.  They’d rather have a root canal.However, the truth is
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Managing a Job Search is Like Managing a Project

Managing an effective job search is akin to managing any important project. Whether you are beginning a new search or seeking to revitalize an ongoing search,  plan to employ the project management skills you would use on any important project in order to successfully and effectively achieve your goal.Prepare:Preparation is key to succeed at finding the job you want.  Jumping out of the
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Lern to tell stories

Interviewing?  Learn to tell stories.  People remember them long after a resistation of facts and figures is forgotten.Telling a good story about an accomplishment, an achievement, a problem solved, a sticky situation handled, etc. will be remembered by an interviewer long after a resitation of a list of your strengths or dates of promotions etc.And, as a savvy job seeker, your goal is to
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Interviewing: The Most Frequently Asked Interview Question

Tell me about yourself!And so the interview begins.  The interviewer asks this "ice breaker" question as much to start a conversation as to actually learn about the candidate sitting in front of him or her.The question: "So why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?” is generally considered the most frequently asked interview question.  Not a particularly good question by a long shot,
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Illustrations of questions per the 6 categories

5 Categories of QuestionsThe 5 categories of questions that interviews probe are listed below. 1.  Your background, skills, and experience = Can you do the job?Questions in this category or area are aimed at one thing:  Can you do the job?  Interviewers probe your experience, skills, certifications, background, to find out if you have:    - Hands-on experience in each
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Interviewing: What's Your Greatest Strength?

"What's your greatest strength?" asks the interviewer.     "Well, mmmm. . . , I would say I'm . . .  un . . . ." stumbles the interviewee.A missed opportunity to succinctly and reasonably tell your interviewer a couple of your key attributes that make you stand out from the crowd and why hiring you would be a good thing!"What's your greatest strength?"This frequently asked
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Strategy: Be Cautious When - and Where and What - You Post

Looking for a job?  Seeking a career transition?  Be very cautious about what you post.  It can -- and does - come back to you haunt you!  Take action now to prevent career casualties down the road.Recent events in the news about ill-advised photos posted on-line make the point, once again, that the on-line world is not a private place.  This has happened time and time again,
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Interviewing: What's Your Biggest Weakness?

"What's your biggest weakness?" asks the interviewer.     "Well, um, I guess it would be . . . ." stumbles the interviewee.And, the rest, as they say, is history.  A history of missed opportunities due to lack of a credible and reasonable response to one of the most frequently asked interview questions:  What's your biggest weakness?"What's your biggest weakness?"A lot
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