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A Roomful of Resume Writers

A Roomful of Résumé Writers

About a month ago I was at a lovely wedding reception, seated next to a friend that I hadn’t seen in years. After catching up on life, naturally the conversation turned to job search and résumés. (I mean, what else would you talk about?) She shared a funny story with me about an HR Manager at the hospital where she works. He decided to try an experiment and uploaded his own résumé to apply for an open position in their hospital’s Human Resources department. As irony would have it, his résumé was rejected because according to the scanning software, he was not qualified for his own job. Happily this was just a test, but what’s the average job seeker to do?

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3 Ways to Prevent Reverse Age Discrimination

3 Ways to Prevent Reverse Age Discrimination

This week’s post is inspired by my client Tony who asks, “Even as a ‘younger’ person in the workplace, is it still good to keep things that would give an idea to my age, like graduation year etc., off of the resume?”

Most job seekers are aware of the potential for discrimination against an older candidate but what about the younger applicant? Is youth a plus or a minus?

It depends.

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Stay Energized: 5 Ways to Keep Your Tank Full

Stay Energized: 5 Ways to Keep Your Tank Full

“Passion is energy. Feel the passion that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

–Oprah Winfrey

Unlike cars, people don’t come with gauges to tell us when we’re running low on energy. It’s up to us to keep tabs on where our energy level is and find ways to pump ourselves up when our tank gets low.

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4 Ways to Follow Your Heart AND Pay Your Bills

4 Ways to Follow Your Heart AND Pay Your Bills

“I want to get back into fashion, my first love.” The voicemail from a potential client thrilled me. She obviously had a bold, heart-led plan for her next career move, and I hoped I’d be able to help her.

By the time we spoke the next day, she was in panic mode. Afraid the fashion market was not robust in her new city, she was thinking of pursuing hospitality instead. After all, her recent experience as an event planner would be an asset, and she was facing a hefty mortgage payment for her new dream house.

Fortunately, this was a case where she could have her cake and eat it too. I love those!

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Avoid the Dreaded Resume Black Hole

5 Tricks to Avoid the Dreaded Resume Black Hole

Does this situation sound all too familiar?

You spend hours and hours applying for countless jobs online — a tedious and exhaustive process — and then you wait and wait… but get no response.

For many job seekers today this is an all-too-common reality. So common, in fact, that this phenomenon has been dubbed the resume black hole. Just as nothing — not even light — can escape a black hole, resumes — not even resumes of well-qualified candidates — can escape the dread resume black hole.

The best solution then is to avoid the black hole altogether. Here are some tips:

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Let Employers Know You Are Interested

Let Employers Know You Are Interested!

In February, Oprah Winfrey aired a two-part segment with former regular Iyanla Vazant. Iyanla had appeared on the show 20 times in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Suddenly, she disappeared. Oprah brought her back on to discuss exactly what happened.
Ultimately, it ended up being a case of miscommunication.

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Your Super Bowl Resume? I’m Lovin’ It!

Job Seekers: Your Super Bowl Resume? I’m Lovin’ It!

Looking for a job? How marketable are you?

Yesterday a client sent me a question I’ve heard often, especially in this era of nearly 10% unemployment: “Am I marketable?”

If you are asking this question, the first thing to do is to congratulate yourself for “getting” it, for understanding that you have to deliver a compelling message. The answer is a surprising one.

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LinkedIn Optimization Basics

LinkedIn Optimization Basics

Kudos to you if you’re already using LinkedIn for career management or as component of your integrated job search campaign.

Surveys show that employers are looking for talent on LinkedIn before they go to Facebook, Twitter, job boards, or search engines. And, LinkedIn is now the #1 tool that recruiters use to publish jobs, get referrals, research candidates, and direct-source candidates (according to JobVite Inc., 2010).

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Is a Lack of Creativity Hurting Your Job Search?

Over the weekend, I read an article in “O Magazine” about creativity’s role in our lives. Like most people, I usually think this primarily applies to the arts. However, according to the article by Peggy Orenstein, scholars define creativity as “the production of something both novel and appropriate.” With a definition like this, it’s easier to see how being creative can be applied to just about anything – including the job search.

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