There are a lot of reasons why people are unhappy in their jobs. Clients come to me as a Boston career counselor
because they feel stuck, exhausted, unmotivated, frustrated or bored. In order to help them fix their individual situations, it's important to first determine where the dissatisfaction comes from. Sometimes it's not a whole career change that's necessary; sometimes it's just a matter of moving to a different… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on October 26, 2011 at 4:05pm —
Whichever kind of job you’re targeting, there are a few universal things you can do to strengthen your resume and stand out above the rest. While it’s understandably difficult to edit your own resume, try to look at it objectively and consider the following things. With a few tweaks, you can turn your resume from boring to “I really hope she accepts my job offer!” As a Boston career counselor, I… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on October 19, 2011 at 3:15pm —
As you job search, you may have heard people advise you to make a list of target companies where you’d like to work. As a Boston career counselor, this is something I wholeheartedly endorse. What you may not have heard is exactly why this is helpful and how to do it! Having a list of target companies tucked away is unlikely to be very helpful to your job search if you don’t do anything with it! So here’s a brief… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on October 12, 2011 at 2:50pm —
Much has been written on the topic of interview etiquette and much more, I’m sure, will continue to be written about this topic. Because it’s important. While looking presentable at an interview won’t get you the job without some strong example-laden interview answers, looking unpresentable will certainly prevent you from getting the job. And we don’t want that! So here’s a quick review of interview… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on October 5, 2011 at 10:47am —
Before an interview, it’s important to prepare yourself to make the best impression. This includes practical preparation from ironing your clothes to making sure you know how to get to the interview location on time. It also includes knowing your own strengths and how to present yourself well in the form of an interview conversation. The third element of preparation which shouldn’t be neglected is spending some time online researching the company and the job. It’s this third element… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on September 28, 2011 at 10:57am —
As the cycle of surfing the job boards, applying for jobs and waiting frustratingly for any kind of response continues, job seekers can become demotivated, feeling like nothing they do matters. While there’s no foolproof way to stay motivated, there are things you can do today to get out of the same old routine and make some progress in your job search. And here are five!
1. Reconnect with an old… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on September 14, 2011 at 9:16am —
A lot has been written about whether or not cover letters are necessary in your job search, and I hate to add one more opinion to the large number already out there. On the other hand, I’m asked about cover letters so frequently that it seems worth talking about.
The number one reason people think cover letters may be a waste of time is the notion that hiring managers and recruiters don’t read them. To some extent, that’s true. Of course, it’s also true that some…
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on September 7, 2011 at 10:42pm —
It’s easy for me as a career counselor to tell clients that their resume should be more about accomplishments and less about writing job descriptions listing their job tasks. Of course, I understand that it’s not nearly as easy for people to take that advice and implement it on their own resumes. Easier said than done, right? To start, here are the 5 crucial elements in the anatomy of a strong resume… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on August 31, 2011 at 10:45am —
As a career counselor
and someone who does a lot of networking, I always cringe when I hear a job seeker answer the question, “What kind of job are you looking for?” with the completely unhelpful and unimpressive, “Anything.” This is especially frustrating because the person asking the question is often trying to help and this generic answer makes that extremely challenging!
Of course, I understand that many job… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on August 24, 2011 at 6:04pm —
Finding a job search buddy is one of my favorite recommendations to help job seekers stay motivated and make progress during their job search. A job search buddy could be a friend, spouse, career counselor
or perhaps a fellow job seeker you met at a networking event
This wonderful person can be helpful to you in a range of different ways. Here are 5 great things you and… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on August 17, 2011 at 3:23pm —
When you’re new to the job search, or perhaps even more if you’ve been in the job search a long time, it’s easy to take shortcuts as you submit your online job applications. While this is perfectly understandable and I sympathize, your job search efforts will be the most fruitful if you remember to do the following five things every time.
1. Scrutinize the Job Posting. The goal here is threefold. First, you want to make sure that this is a job you feel… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on August 10, 2011 at 4:30pm —
Here are five quick tips I have found to a useful reference when networking. I thought I would share them as a quick blog for others looking to be more efficient business networkers.
- Network to “connect!” Make a commitment to look for networking opportunities, then attend and connect. Try to meet as many people as you can and avoid getting trapped in extended conversations. Follow up after the event if you wish to talk at length with someone you…
Added by Stephan Alan Gilly on August 3, 2011 at 10:30am —
Networking your way into a job sounds like a great idea, but what if you don’t have a connection to the company you’re interested in? How do you go about finding one?
To answer these questions, you first have to realize that you might have a connection you haven’t thought of yet. Second, you can create a connection! In either case, here are five ways to find that important connection.
1. Second and Third Degree Contacts on Linkedin. Maybe you don’t know… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on August 3, 2011 at 10:04am —
I recently added to our shop a new web and QR code sales item called MOBiLEweb ™ where we will produce, host and provide our clients with a mobile adapted website along with QR tracking codes and 1,000 business cards printed with their new material and branding. This is unique only to our FASTSIGNS of N.attleboro and not available anywhere else. Though still a bit of a learning curve in the public market QR codes are quickly gaining in popularity by both… Continue
Added by Stephan Alan Gilly on August 1, 2011 at 2:12pm —
A well written resume summary can draw a hiring manager in, increasing the chances he/she will spend time reading the rest of your resume. A badly written resume summary can mire a reader down with useless information, distracting him/her from all the good stuff you have to offer.
There’s a lot of confusion as to what a resume summary is and what makes it powerful. As a career counselor in Boston, I advise clients to include the… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on July 27, 2011 at 2:53pm —
There are all sorts of pitfalls you may stumble into during a job interview. These may include things like badmouthing your former boss, rambling on about irrelevant details, or totally failing to answer a question which was asked. The good news is that while these aren't awesome, they don't have to mean a failed interview. With the following five strategies, you can turn the interview around.1. Stop it!
If you catch yourself going down the wrong track during an… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on July 20, 2011 at 10:39am —
Normally in my blog posts, I try to offer the reader five steps, ideas or suggestions to help with the job search or career exploration. In today’s post, I’m instead going to ask the reader to give five things. Or, more precisely, I’m going to encourage the reader to come up with five examples using my five steps! Like on Sesame Street, today’s post is brought to you by the number 5!
It’s important to know your strengths and be able to articulate them clearly. Your strengths are… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on July 13, 2011 at 4:31pm —
Informational interviews can be extremely useful both when you’re exploring other possible career choices and as a powerful information source and networking tool. In the first case, using an informational interview to hear what a job is like from someone who actually does the job you’re considering is invaluable. In the second, an informational interview can be a unique way to gather information about a company or role you’d like to apply for, as well as making powerful networking contacts… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on July 6, 2011 at 4:00pm —
The two biggest risks when making the decision to change careers or jobs are making the decision too quickly and taking too long. It’s a delicate balance to walk, but the more effectively you make the choice, the more likely you are to be happy in your new job and not have to repeat the career decision making process and job search again soon after.
On the one hand, if you jump on the first new career that sounds appealing (especially if you’re quite dissatisfied with your current… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on June 29, 2011 at 3:25pm —
It’s one of the interview questions many job seekers dread: Why did you leave your last job? The question becomes especially intimidating in a situation where you were fired. No one likes to talk about being fired in the first place, and what worse place to be forced to talk about it than in a job interview?
While it would be better to be able to say you left your job to go back to school or to write a book, it’s entirely possible for a job seeker to come…
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on June 22, 2011 at 5:05pm —