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Jun 19th, 2018
When you are starting out in your career or contemplating a career change, volunteering abroad can be an attractive option.  Not only do you get to see the world and have experiences that you would never be able to have at home, but you can use this as an opportunity to gain skills that will make you a more marketable candidate for your target job.  However, not all volunteer abroad experiences are created equal; some are rewarding, while others will make you wish that you had stayed home.  Here are some tips that will help make your volunteer abroad experience positive and... + continue reading
Jun 16th, 2018
If you are trying to use social media to find a job, LinkedIn is your best bet.  Unfortunately, many job seekers don't use it effectively.  If all that you have done on LinkedIn is set up your profile and added a few connections, you are wasting a valuable opportunity.  Networking is always going to be the most effective job search strategy and LinkedIn puts your network at your fingertips and makes it easy for you to leverage it to help you find a job.  If you would like to be more strategic on LinkedIn but aren't sure how to go about it, here are some tips that will help... + continue reading
Jun 11th, 2018
You just finished your job interview.  You feel like you performed well but until you get an offer, how can you know for sure?  No employer is going to say that you were awesome or that you weren't.  However, without even realizing it, they do provide clues.  Human Resources professionals tend to play their cards close to their chest but hiring managers are easier to read.  Here are a few indications that your interview may have gone well: The interviewer was trying sell you the job.  Did you get the feeling that the interviewer was trying to persuade you that... + continue reading
Jun 04th, 2018
It can take a lot of time and effort just to get a job interview.  For this reason it's extremely frustrating to go through the job interview process only to hear crickets afterwards.  If you've been through it a few times, you might be feeling a little discouraged.  Why aren't you getting a job offer???  The truth is that there are many different reasons that the employer may decide to go with another candidate even if you are perfectly qualified for the job.  Some of these reasons are within your control and some aren't.  Here are a few possibilities: ... + continue reading
May 30th, 2018
You have heard that social media has helped people with their job search but it has never worked out that way for you.  You are beginning to wonder if social media can actually open doors or if it's all hype.  There are opportunities on social media but you have to be strategic about it.  Here are some tips that will help: Identify your personal brand.  What is your target job?  How are you different from the other people who work in your industry?  What makes you stand out?  If you are able to identify and articulate the value that you bring to employers,... + continue reading
May 24th, 2018
Social media offers today's job seeker more opportunities to connect with employers than ever before.  You can use these tools to reach out to people working in your industry and even hiring managers at your target company.  However, with this access comes risk.  When you put yourself out there, the content that you post can be used against you.  Here are common mistakes that can turn your social media presence into a liability:   Discrepancies between resume and social media.  Some employers will compare your resume with your profiles on social media.  If... + continue reading
May 17th, 2018
When you are trying to break into a new industry, the best place to get information is from people who are working in the field.  They can tell you what's really happening in the industry and they can give you tips on how to position yourself as an attractive candidate when you are looking for a job.  An information interview is a formal conversation initiated by the job seeker with the objective of gaining insight and guidance.  Information Interviews are an effective strategy for getting information and for expanding your professional network.  However, many job seekers... + continue reading