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4 Killer Marketing Quick Fixes for Job Hunters

These days looking for a job is less about the traditional “pounding the pavement” and more about marketing yourself. Now unless you have worked as a full time marketer, you probably know as little about marketing as I did when I was looking for a job. That was 5 years ago, and things have changed … Continue reading

Washington State Limits Employer Access to Social Media Sites

Reprinted from Business Examiner May 22, 2013. Yesterday Washington became the fifth state this year to sign into law protections of social media passwords at the workplace and job interviews. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, bars employers from asking for a Facebook, Twitter or other social media personal passwords during a … Continue reading

The Ideal Candidate: It’s All About the Fit

What do employers look for most in an ideal candidate? Is it the skills? Experience? Education? I maintain that it’s all about the fit. How well are you going to fit into the company culture? Are you going to like it here? Are they going to like you? I recently watched an episode of Deadliest … Continue reading

What is a Resume? I’ll Tell You What It’s NOT…

I read resumes every day. Sometimes I scan them to see if they contain sufficient information to refer a qualified jobseeker to a job. Sometimes I make initial assessments on their skills and work history. Sometimes I just give resume reviews. You can imagine I have read just about everything a person could possibly put … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Job…

Regularly I send emails to people on my case list to see how they are doing in their job search. A few days ago, I accidentally sent an email to everyone who was ever on my caseload—including those who reported having returned to work. I was surprised to hear back from several of them saying … Continue reading

Show And Tell– Job Search Style

  Richard Bolles, in his book What Color Is Your Parachute? (ed. 2012) describes the order of preference in which most employers hunt for employees. First, easily enough for the employer, is to hire from within the existing company structure. The employer’s thoughts: “I want to hire someone whose work I have already seen.” The … Continue reading

Overestimating the Value of Your Work Experience?

Is getting the job you want right now a matter of experience? Or is there more to it? Simply put, if getting your next job were simply a matter of experience, most of our more-experienced workers would be back at work right now. Yet I meet people daily with 20, 30, or more years of … Continue reading

The RIGHT Way To Connect on LinkedIn

  As an employment specialist with a firm presence on LinkedIn, I regularly get invitations from people I do not know. They probably find my name through the “people you may know” lists, probably connections of connections somewhere down the line, but while I rarely refuse an invitation to connect, I sometimes wonder why they … Continue reading

Someone Wants Your Facebook Password? It’s Called “Shoulder Surfing…”

The Associated Press reported recently on a New York man, Justin Bassett, who was interviewing for a new job. Bassett “had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page,” the AP reported. “But she couldn’t see his private profile and asked him to … Continue reading

What’s the #1 Mistake Job Seekers Are Making These Days? (pt. 4)

Recently I asked a question on a LinkedIn discussion group: what’s the #1 mistake job seekers are making these days? I was hoping for a few answers but was unprepared for the interest this question generated. I was gratified by the level of response and the amount of feedback I received. While I cannot include … Continue reading

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