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Using social media in your job search

More questions have been coming in about using social media in job searching than about any other subject. That means two things: Social media is all over the place, and It’s overused! So it’s important to think – and to use social media in smart...

Interview Readiness Checklist

OK, you think you’ve prepared for the interview. Maybe you have, but are you READY for the interview? Interview READINESS goes beyond interview preparation. Interview preparation, for the most part, refers to the interview you’re about to have (...

LOOKING AT CAREERS IN WRITING?

What do these professionals do? Technical writers produce instruction manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. Typically, they: Determine the needs of end users of technical documentation...

"Cover" your resume

Cover letter with your resume? ALWAYS! Never send your resume without a cover letter. Never. HERE ARE THE TOP TEN REASONS TO SEND A COVER LETTER WITH YOUR RESUME (and there’s no reason NOT to). 10. Introduce yourself. When you walk into a room, or a...

The Zen of Job Searching

Since time immemorial, or at least since the very beginning of career advice columns (which, it sometimes seems, go back just as far – archeologists are working on that, I think), you have read – over and over again– advice on strategies, tactics,...

Perseverance pays off. Ask Mark.

From time to time I anoint a “new favorite person.” It’s time once again. Please read this email from Mark (name changed). With the exception of changing some details to preserve anonymity, this is verbatim. First, a quick aside: some of my articles...

What are the two most important letters?

This is no trick question. Linguists might say E, T, or A – the most oft-used letters in English; egotists will choose I or their initials; and philosophers will insist on A and Z, alpha and omega. But your career coach – yours truly – says your two...

Be careful when you take advice

It’s amazing what passes for advice sometimes. And it’s sad that so much of it is accepted without any further thought or challenge. Before I give you examples, let me be crystal clear about something. I don’t claim that everything I’ve ever said...

Career fair this week. What about it?

Often – very often, in fact – I am asked about career fairs. Are they important? Should I go? Should I spend all that time? Do people really get jobs by going to career fairs? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! And if you come up with any more reasonable...

Tax Man Cometh

It is difficult to be funny about taxes. Cartoonist Randy Glasbergen drew a cartoon of a person behind a desk saying, “Instead of punitive tax rates, could I just get a spanking?” Many Americans may be asking that question this year and again next...