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How to Avoid the Job Search Doldrums

Searching for a job can sometimes feel like treading through quicksand. It can take the energy out of you rather quickly, if you’re not careful. I still remember an email of a long-term unemployed client of mine a couple years back: “Kim, I wax weary. I might as well quit fooling myself and give up. … Continue reading

Over 50 and Can’t Find a Job? Is It You?

Finding a job if you’re over 50 will take a bit longer than for the job seeking public at large: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average time it takes a person to find a job as of April 2014 is 35 weeks; if you’re over 45, the average is 49 weeks. Now … Continue reading

3 Positives to Remember After a Job Rejection

“Sorry, we decided to go with someone else.” Those words usually stab the heart with all the subtlety of a dagger. I remember getting them well, especially after an unusually long and hope-filled interview process with one insurance company I had applied with. They were hiring a business continuity planner. I had the qualifications and … Continue reading

6 Signs of a Bad Hire – Make Sure You’re Not One!

With employers, recruiting is all about two things: COST and RISK: the cost of the recruitment and the risk that you won’t work out. According to National Business Research Institute (NBRI), a bad hire can set an employer back from $25,000 to $300,000! (Yes, that’s a lot of zeros.) The five main factors to help … Continue reading

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

Identify Yourself!

I sent an important email to a large number of jobseekers this morning, requiring a quick response from interested individuals. It concerned a job that needed to be filled by the end of the day, if possible. I received a couple of responses back from emails I didn’t recognize, and they didn’t sign their names at … Continue reading

Volunteer!

We know it happens. Employers discriminate against the unemployed. Sad fact. I’ve said enough on that, so let’s move on. What can we do about it? It helps to know why employers would rather hire someone already employed, or at the very least, the recently unemployed. Some reasons include: People who have a job are … Continue reading

The One-Word Key to Job Search Success

Having worked in job training and employment for over 11 years, I have observed how the job search has changed with technology, the economy, and a variety of other influencing factors, but one thing I noticed has been a constant in job search success. It was something I noticed from the first, and yet it is … Continue reading

How our Recent Recession was a Blessing to Jobseekers

The Great Recession of 2008, as it seems to now be known, took a heavy toll on workers as millions were laid off or otherwise found themselves jobless—some for the first time in decades. Following the old adage, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” I’d like to point out that coming out … Continue reading

Body Language! (i.e. are you saying more than you think you are??)

  I taught resume writing and targeting today in a daylong series of workshops called the Hiring Academy. There was one student there that I got a negative vibe from. It wasn’t from the questions that he asked, or in the tone of voice in which he asked them, but in the attitude of his … Continue reading

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