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  • When to Ask for a Reference
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 2, 2018
    A few years back I asked a gardener friend about the best time to plant fruit trees. His response, “Ten years ago.” And then he asked if I would like to know the second-best time. I took the bait and said, “of course.” To which he answered, “today.” Which brings me to the topic of this week’s column — references, testimonials and letters of recommendation. When is the best ti...
  • How To Be More Hirable - What Every Executive Should Know
    by Louise Garver - August 1, 2018
    The executive job market continues to evolve. Think about it. The intro of social media and LinkedIn are top on the list. But, changes to the executive job market don’t stop there. Explosion of Executive Networks There are many executive networks out there, too. For example, SeniorExecutiveNetwork.com (SEN) and ExecutivesNetwork.com. A growing number of industry networks are online too. Consider Technol...
  • Quit Saying If Only - These Words Can Hold You Back
    by Beverly Jones - July 25, 2018
    If only I’d done more networking, I’d be able to find a new job.” “If only they’d stop bothering me with trivial meetings, I could finish this project.” “If only I’d gotten that promotion, I wouldn’t hate this company.” “If only I were younger, I bet they’d listen.” One of the more self-destructive phrases used in discussing careers is &l...
  • Embrace Change: Strengthen Adaptability and Flexibility
    by Carole Kanchier - July 23, 2018
    The world of work is changing at an ever increasing pace. To succeed, we must embrace new ideas and technologies, and strengthen Questers traits such as adaptability and flexibility. Adaptability and flexibility have meanings which are broadly the same but not identical. Adaptable indicates long-term changes; flexible more short-term alterations. One might adapt to the introduction of a new shift pattern, and be flexible enou...
  • Summer Job Search
    by Carole Kanchier - July 16, 2018
    Think summer is a slow time to find a new job? Think again! Recruiters and hiring managers do not usually take summers off. Hiring managers are looking for top talent now. If they have any openings, they do not wait to hire. So, now is as good a time as any to look for your next position. There’s less competition in the summer. Fewer people are job searching so you and your resume have a better chance of being seen...
  • Are Cover Letters Old School?
    by Stacey Lane - July 12, 2018
    At a recent breakfast meeting with HR professionals, as we waited with coffee in hand for the program to start, I asked the recruiters and hiring managers sitting at my table about their perspectives on cover letters. Here’s what I learned: If there’s something that needs to be explained—perhaps a gap in employment or why you’re pursuing a job that you’re underqualified for—they&rsquo...
  • Your Job Search Marketing
    by Georgia Adamson - July 11, 2018
    You do have a job search marketing campaign, don’t you? Even if you’re not actively job searching now, you should have a campaign either in mind or in the works. To paraphrase an old saying, “An ounce of job search preparation is worth more than a pound of after-the-fact damage control.” What’s a Job Search Marketing Campaign? A campaign has been defined as work performed in an organized an...
  • Marketing Yourself in Your Job Search
    by Debra Wheatman - June 19, 2018
    I recently received this question via email: How do I set up my resume and LinkedIn profile for the NEXT job I want? If I’m a “Manager,” I’m not that interested in jobs with the title “Manager” in them. But how do I ensure people searching for Senior Managers, or Directors find me if my current job title is Manager? Similarly – how do I put together a CV which says I’m ready...
  • How to Take Notes at a Job Interview (and How Not to)
    by Thea Kelley - June 15, 2018
    The original article can be found on Thea's blog. Is it appropriate to take notes during a job interview? Generally yes, and the way you do it sends messages about you that can help you get the job – or lose it. Here’s how to take notes during an interview. Politeness counts. First, show consideration for the interviewer by asking, “Is it all right if I take a few notes?” Most will say &ldq...
  • Stop Making Random Efforts and Conduct an Effective Job Search
    by Sherri Edwards - June 13, 2018
    In my last post, I covered the reasons why a passive job search typically does not produce the desired or longer-term results. An effective job search begins with taking a controlled approach, which is very much the same as building a business. You need to know what you want to accomplish, who your target market is, what they need and if you can supply it (for the right price). Once you have established what you want, you can...