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Aug 22nd, 2017
You got a job offer!  Whether this was after a grueling job search or it was a bit of a surprise, it is very exciting news.  While you might be tempted to jump at the opportunity, it is important that you stop to consider if this position is right for you before you make any commitments.  Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether or not to accept a job: The scope of the position.  Do you understand the responsibilities of the job?  Which tasks would you be doing on a daily basis?  Is it work that you would enjoy and that is consistent with your... + continue reading
Aug 20th, 2017
When you are looking for a job, the salary negotiation is the final hurdle.  If you have reached this last stage, then congratulations!  The job is so close, that you can taste it!  However, you can't relax just yet.  If you don't handle the salary negotiation properly, it could cost you...a lot!  Here are some tips that will help you avoid the salary negotiation mistakes that many job seekers make.  Not Negotiating.  Many companies are not expecting you to accept their first offer.  They offer you a salary on the low end so that there is room to... + continue reading
Aug 15th, 2017
If you are new to the networking game, attending an official 'networking event' is a significant accomplishment.  Hopefully you talked to a few people and you likely came home with a handful of business cards.  So what now?  The initial meeting is just the first step. It is the actions that you take now that will make the real difference in building your network.  Here are some tips that will help you build meaningful relationships with the people that you meet at networking events: Identify something that you have in common.  Ideally when you were talking to people... + continue reading
Aug 10th, 2017
How does it make you feel when someone suggests that you try networking as a job search strategy?  Do you imagine yourself standing in a room of strangers praying that somebody will come and talk to you so that you don't consume an entire bowl of pretzels just to keep your hands busy?  Do you hate the idea of pretending to be interested in talking to somebody on the off chance that they could somehow benefit your career?  Take a deep breath and relax.  What is described above is not networking...or at least it is not effective networking.  It is possible to use... + continue reading
Aug 08th, 2017
Is it actually necessary to have a presence on LinkedIn?  The answer is that it depends on your industry and the type of job you are looking for, but for many 'career' jobs, it can be helpful.  When you are looking for a job, LinkedIn can be a useful tool but you need to approach it strategically.  Here are five tips that will help you approach LinkedIn in a way that will get you results: Engage with your network.  The real value in social networking is the opportunity that it provides you to engage with people.  If you have put up your profile and you are posting on... + continue reading
Aug 04th, 2017
The decision to leave a job is not always easy.  They may be lots of reasons to stay that prevent you from taking that step.  However, sometimes it really is time to say goodbye.  If you've been sitting on the fence wondering what to do, here are a few indications that you should start polishing off your resume: You are not excited about your job.  You drag your feet when you are going into work.  Nothing about the job excites you anymore.  You are just punching the clock and waiting for your shift to be over.  You are always stressed.  The stress of... + continue reading
Jul 27th, 2017
Yay!  You found a new job!  Congratulations!  This is an exciting time of new beginnings for you.  However, there are a few tasks that you need to complete in order to manage this transition.  The first of those is writing your resignation letter.  Here are some tips that will help you write a resignation letter with professionalism and grace. Be formal.  Your resignation letter is a formal document that may be forwarded around and that will be put into your employee file.  Keep in concise (1 page) and use a standard business letter format.  Save... + continue reading