Category Archives: Career Planning

Tips for Stepping Out of Your Career Comfort Zone

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We are not called creatures of habit for no reason and even the most daring person will often admit that they would rather know what challenges lie ahead than face the fear of the big bad unknown. However, most successful professionals have said that you must be able to take chances and allow the universe to take hold of some of your ideas and actions. If you have a white knuckled death grip on your life it will never have the opportunity to expand. We are afraid that our boss may not like our idea or that it may fail. We are afraid of being laughed at by our peers and not being taken seriously. Continue reading

Tips for Writing Career Changing Resumes

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Not all resumes are created equal, and not all resumes will be written for the same purpose. For some, their career will never change throughout their working life. But most of us are not so lucky. Many of us will find ourselves out of work and faced with a job market that will not offer anything that directly relates to our past experience. Writing career changing resumes contain many of the same elements as any resume, but some things are different. Continue reading

Steps to Avoiding Online Job Scams

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The first rule of thumb when considering online jobs is to determine whether or not the offer seems too good to be true. If a company is listed online and does not have a physical address, does not have a working or valid phone number, asks for a small “processing fee,” and then says that they will pay you $30,000 month to participate in some type of marketing forecast production product, IT IS PROBABLY NOT TRUE. Continue reading

Tips For Dealing With A Recruiter

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Many job seekers turn to recruitment professionals when searching for that perfect job. Others who are already employed find themselves contacted out of the blue by a professional recruiter. In either case, there are some dos and don’ts for dealing with a professional recruiter that can make the difference between getting a job and being passed over. Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Impress Your Boss

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We have all heard the jokes about colleagues attempting to “brown nose” or “kiss up” to their supervisors in an attempt to gain recognition. While it is never suggested to be insincere or fake, these aforementioned colleagues may be on the right track when it comes to their career path. Team members that like to stay under the radar; may do just that. When it is time for commendations, promotions, and even raises, it is strategically intelligent to be in the forefront of your supervisors mind. The following 5 tips are a few proven methods to ensure that your boss notices you and for all the right reasons. Continue reading

Sealing the Deal With Strong References

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With the current challenges of today’s job market where there may be a couple of hundred applicants for each position, it vital to pull out every possible tool to ensure that you stand out from the rest. Just presenting your knowledge, skills, and abilities along with perfectly pressed clothes and a new haircut are not enough for the most discerning employers to make a determination on which candidate they would like to hire for the position anymore. The market is flooded with cookie cutter applicants all competing for the same position. What many candidates forget about are strong references. They assume that it is their eloquent answers and their MBA from a respected college that will land them the job and that the references are an inconsequential hurdle to complete prior to their start date. This is not so. Good or poor references can give you the needed edge or be a deal breaker for most employers. Continue reading

What to Expect From a Background Check

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Employers in many industries are now performing background checks on all of their employees for various reasons, because they are required by law to do their due diligence in screening applicants for a position. Concerns regarding negligent hiring and litigation can be a nightmare for hiring managers and Human Resources professionals who do not perform these checks. Workplace violence, post 9/11 security, and fiscal responsibility are all factors that employers must take into consideration when making an offer of employment to legally ensure the safety of their current staff. This means that if the employer has to provide evidence in a court of law, they must produce certain proof of how they attempted to obtain information on the applicant diligently with what information is now available to them by doing in-house or third party background, reference, criminal, or credit checks. Continue reading