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Submitted by otavio on July 7, 2014 - 19:28.

The End of the Nasty Know-It-All

Employers are desperate for talent, and talent has long been equated with expertise.  The more a person knows, the higher their probability of being selected for an opening, even if they have the personality of a brick or are painfully unpleasant to work with.  Now, however, that trend seems to be ending.  More and more, employers want a combination of competence and collegiality.

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Submitted by otavio on April 21, 2014 - 10:47.

The Reciprocity Rule of Online Networking

It’s all the rage these days.  If you’re in transition, you have to be using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  But why?  The rationale seems to be that if you can just reach the right person – no matter how distant and tenuous the link – you can depend on them to help you land a job.  Best sellers have been made with such a claim, but in actuality, it’s more wishful thinking than a realistic expectation.

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Submitted by otavio on April 11, 2014 - 09:03.

Bring Your Talent to Interviews

It is articulated in many different ways, but the same question is asked in almost every job interview: How will you help make our organization more successful?  And though it too is expressed differently, the answer is almost always the same: I’ll work really hard to do my job really well.  It’s an appropriate response, but also an incomplete one that sells job seekers short.

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Submitted by otavio on March 11, 2014 - 09:09.

Use the Back Door if You’re a Career Changer

A lot of people are making changes these days.  Some are shifting into a new career field, others into a different industry.  It’s a daunting challenge because many of these change-makers lack the gateway credentials to be considered a qualified applicant.  They have work experience and maybe even some transferable skills, but can’t convey the credibility required to land a job.

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Submitted by otavio on February 24, 2014 - 08:59.

The Triple Package Job Seeker

Amy Chua (of Tiger Mom fame) and her husband Jed Rubenfeld have a new book out entitled The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success.  It’s stirred up a lot of controversy because it aligns certain cultural values with certain ethnic groups in America.  Whether you buy their cultural alignment premise or not, however, the three values they identify can turn any job seeker into a triple threat for winning the championship of transition – a dream job.

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Submitted by otavio on February 11, 2014 - 10:21.

The Undercover Job Seeker

The conventional wisdom, of course, is that you should make yourself as visible as possible in a job search.  Build your brand, network on social media sites, post your resume on job boards – do whatever you can to be in the face of employers and recruiters.  There is, however, also an advantage to being invisible or, more accurately, undercover.

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Submitted by otavio on January 29, 2014 - 09:55.

The Affordable Career Act

With all of the talk about the Affordable Care Act, preserving our physical health is on almost everybody’s mind.  While that’s certainly appropriate, ensuring the health of your career is just as central to your well being.  Indeed, the single best way to find a new or better job is to conduct your search with a strong and vital career.

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Submitted by otavio on January 21, 2014 - 10:16.

The 2013 Happy Job Search List

Wish lists are big this time of year, not only among kids and parents, but among employers, as well.  Organizations are looking ahead to 2014 and hoping they’ll find just the right kind of talent to meet or exceed their business goals.  Knowing what’s on those wish lists, therefore, is a critical component of any successful job search.

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Submitted by otavio on December 6, 2013 - 09:53.

Multiply Your Odds of Job Search Success

Job seekers often make one of two errors when using job boards.  They focus on too few or use too many.  In either case, they seldom achieve the results they need and deserve.  What’s a better strategy?  Selective multiplication.  It involves using a small number of the right sites to multiply your chances of success.

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Submitted by otavio on November 25, 2013 - 11:34.

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