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  Your First Job Interview
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2012
If you are nervous about your first job interview, you are not alone. Nervousness is a natural reaction to a new situation involving something that is important to you. If you are able to take control of the situation, you will feel more at ease and you will increase your chances of success. Follow these tips and you will feel better and perform better! Prepare Research the company. Being well-informed shows that yo...
 
  Is Your Résumé Up to Speed?
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2012
In most situations, your résumé will be read on a screen. It could be a 17-inch screen and it could be a 2-inch screen. Hiring managers and recruiters will make instantaneous decisions about which résumé they would like to save for consideration and which to delete. The time allocated to make that decision is significantly reduced in today’s world owing to the nature of how we behave when going through emails or documents onli...
 
  QR Codes on Your Résumé
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2012
A QR Code is a 2-dimensional “quick response” bar code that contains a set of data (text, numbers, or a hyperlink). This data can be decoded by QR Readers, which are widely available as Smartphone apps. Take a picture of the QR Code with the phone’s camera, and the embedded information instantly appears. If you are pumping out awesome, niche-related content, your #1 goal should be directing hiring managers to your blog. Wi...
 
  Résumé Help: Is That “Other Information” Overkill?
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2012
Recently I saw a woman walk into a store with excessive accessories. Maybe it was the red rose clip in her hair, or it could have been the 1980s-style bangles and matching chandelier earrings. It was a sight to behold. If she had stopped with the earrings, she would have looked terrific. Under the barrage of bling was a really cute dress. The same is true on a résumé. You get to a point where you have the perfect amount...
 
  Are Cover Letters Old-Fashioned?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Although cover letters are a long-standing part of the job search, they are not outmoded. Cover letters or cover emails are more relevant today than ever. Job seekers are facing steep competition in today’s job market. A misstep will cost you a job. Some ask, “Why is the letter so important when much of the same information is in the résumé?” There are a few reasons why you can’t afford to skip the cover letter. Your...
 
  Does Your Executive Résumé Push People Away?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Some executive résumés push people away. What is the turn-off? Many executives have marketing staff write bio statements for inclusion in corporate portfolios, websites, or proposals. These bios usually begin with something like, “Mr. Reed is the steward of the nation’s premier fiber optic network.” The bio generally continues on with more stodgy language that makes one feels as though Mr. Reed does not dare mix with us mere...
 
  Resign Your Job without Ending Your Career
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Most of us, at one point in our career, fantasize about quitting a job in a bombastic, dramatic, or humorous fashion. Remember the Jerry Maguire mission statement about the sports agencies? Or, how about the “I quit song" from the movie, “That Thing You Do?” How liberating to leave in a blaze of glory! Acting out this fantasy can be a career-ending move. Two words of advice for you: be diplomatic. It is cliché but tru...
 
  Résumé Help - Profile Polish…No Pronouns Please!
by Debra Wheatman - Mar, 2012
The first several lines of Ben’s résumé could be putting his job search on hold. If Ben made changes using basic résumé guidelines, he could overcome this problem. Résumé guidelines are not arbitrary. They are based on an understanding how the human brain receives written communication and how recruiters and employers select candidates for an interview. Every style used and every word chosen is either supporting your caree...
 
  Writing a Unique Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Mar, 2012
One reason so many job seekers hate writing cover letters is because they find it difficult to write something unique. There is a lot of pressure to write that one-in-a-million killer cover letter, especially in a crowded job market. So, how do you write something original and captivating? Write a hook in the opening paragraph. ¡Start your letter with a startling fact or industry trend. ¡Congratulate the company o...
 
  5 Success Secrets for Better Phone Interviews
by Debra Wheatman - Dec, 2011
Nearly all senior- and executive-level jobs today require a phone interview as a preliminary step in the hiring process. Sometimes there may even be multiple telephone conversations before you ever setfoot in the company¡¯s office. While phone interviews can be a huge time saver for both employers and candidates alike, they also present their share of challenges. Without the benefit of visual communication, there is no way to...
 
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