When rehearsing for a job interview backfires

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The interview has just started. Pleasantries are exchanged and the candidate—we'll call her Jill—is confident.  She's been rehearsing for a job interview like this a million times since getting the call. She's prepared. Word perfect in fact. "So! We'll get right into it," the interviewer says as he smiles at her encouragingly. "What I'd like to know first, is how Read More

LinkedIn Headline Tips for Jobseekers

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LinkedIn Headline Tips for Greater Impact Most jobseekers now know that LinkedIn is a crucial tool for the job search. The good news about LinkedIn (as opposed to a resume), is that you can keep changing the content to optimise your impact, and get feedback quickly as to how your changes are working for you. The LinkedIn headline section is a good place to start with your Read More

Your skills and abilities for the job are not everything!

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If I told you that your skills and abilities for the job are the third most important thing in securing a job, you'd probably not believe me, right? But think about this. How many times have you applied for a job where your skills and talents were a hundred per cent match and you've missed out on the job in the final stages? I would guess that you're nodding your Read More

How Will We Approach Our Careers in the Future?

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How will we approach our careers in the future? Imagine if by 2050 people are living until age 120, or by 2100 we're living until 150! Maybe we should rethink this historical "job for life", and instead break our careers into three or four distinct phases that work best for us at different stages of our lives. It's not an usual concept as far as lifestyles are Read More

Is my resume any good?

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Every day I'm asked, "Is my resume any good? Will my resume get me an interview?" Just such an email arrived today from "John" so I took a peek. The resume was ok. Perfectly adequate. No formatting to speak of, no colour, no branding, but it was neatly presented. Nicely written. No typos. Outdated format. For some resume writing firms, this is the time to launch Read More

Am I Too Old to Get a Job?

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Many jobseekers in the executive sector are concerned about age and worry that they're too old to get a job. Take this email I received today from "Jim", excerpted here. Although youthful looking (and feeling), I’m nearly 50 and I believe I will begin to face some meaningful headwinds in many segments of my industry"  Well, I don't agree. In my experience dealing Read More

How To Find a Career That Will Make You Happy

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I'm pleased to welcome a guest writer this week, Monica Gomez. Please see her bio at the conclusion of this article. It's not surprising to hear people complain about their jobs. Many people dread going to work each day. And, while the reasons for this can be numerous, it doesn't have to be that way. According to Forbes.com, about 70 percent of employees hate their jobs. Read More

Telephone Interviews: Are You Prepared?

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So many first impressions are made on how a jobseeker looks. But what if the first job interview is a telephone interview? Phone interviews focus on content, not appearance, so this process can be a real boon for many who may be concerned about age discrimination or judged by the way they look. It does put a whole new focus though on what you say and how you say it, and Read More