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Dec 05th, 2017
"Be yourself!"  My mom would give me this advice each time I started a new adventure.  It is definitely a sound strategy when you are trying to make new friends or when you are going on a date, but is it good advice when you are looking for a job?  For the most part the answer is yes.  You don't want to be something that you're not.  However, you only want to reveal information that will help you achieve your goals.  Here are some tips that will help you be both genuine and employable: Find your brand.  How do you want hiring managers to perceive you when... + continue reading
Dec 04th, 2017
When you are looking for a job, you are susceptible to scammers.  The combination of your vulnerability and the fact that you have to reach out to many companies that you don't know, gives con artists lots of opportunities to get your personal information, your money, or even your (unknown) participation in a crime.  These scammers are smart and they've done this many times before.  However, you can usually stay safely out of their grip by following a few guidelines: Check out the company.  If you are not familiar with the company, it is a good idea to do a little... + continue reading
Dec 02nd, 2017
After a few months of job searching, desperation can start to creep in.  You begin to wonder if anyone will ever want to hire you.  It is important that you address these feelings as they will be another barrier in your quest to find a job.  If employers sense that you are desperate, they might offer you a lower salary or wonder if there is something wrong with you that they are not seeing.  Here are some steps that you can take to prevent employers from perceiving you as desperate: Don't apply to all the jobs at one company.  If you are applying to every job that... + continue reading
Nov 27th, 2017
Attending a job fair can be a nerve wracking experience.  You get dressed up and do your best to distinguish yourself from all the other candidates.  If you are more of an introvert, job fairs can be almost painful.  Here are some tips that will help you navigate through this process and maybe even get a job: Do research.   Many job seekers show up to job fairs unprepared.  However, you are much more likely to get hired at a job fair if you do your homework.  Find out which companies will be attending the job fair and which positions are available. ... + continue reading
Nov 22nd, 2017
No matter who you are, looking for a job is tough.  It is so easy to get trapped in your head.  You feel totally stressed out and you don't know how to proceed.  You are easily distracted and you feel paralyzed.    If this sounds familiar, then mindfulness might help.  Here are a few tips that will help you bring some mindfulness into your job search.  Stay in the present moment.  This is the essence of mindfulness.  When we are stressed out, our minds tend to alternate between beating ourselves up about the past, "Why didn't I answer that... + continue reading
Nov 17th, 2017
Almost everyone experiences unemployment at some point in their career.  Sometimes there is nothing that you can do to prevent it; the store that you worked at closes, or your position is no longer necessary.  However there are many actions that you can take to make yourself a more valued employee.  While this will not guarantee your continued employment, it will make your job a little safer: Understand your job responsibilities.  It is easy to get into trouble if you are not 100% clear on what you are supposed to be doing.  Talk to your supervisor and make a list of... + continue reading
Nov 14th, 2017
Do you remember how tough high school could be at times?  Just one slip of the tongue could leave you eating alone in the bathroom for weeks.  In order to survive the politics of the hallways and the cafeteria, you had to be confident, wear the right clothes, talk to the right people, and say the right things.  Any misstep was catastrophic.  Aren't you glad that you left all of that behind?  Unfortunately, office politics can be almost as ruthless.  If you have noticed that your coworkers don't talk to you and actually stop talking when you enter the room, you... + continue reading