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 —
The number one question I hear about cover letters, besides the inevitable “Do I really have to write one?”, is what should actually be included in a cover letter. Too often, confused about the purpose of a cover letter in the first place, I read cover letters where people have very eloquently described their resume in narrative form. This is a bad approach for two reasons. First, your concisely written resume is a much easier way for potential employers to scan your…
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on June 15, 2011 at 1:30pm —
Are you thinking of changing careers to find a job that’s more satisfying, has a higher salary and/or uses more of your favorite skills? Well, kudos to you! As both a Boston career counselor and a veteran career changer myself, I applaud your initiative and refusal to let your career remain stagnant.
Of course, coming from both perspectives, I would like to both congratulate and caution you. It’s…
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on June 8, 2011 at 11:30am —
As a Boston career counselor, I often recommend that clients set concrete job search goals at the beginning of each week, something they can reflect on and be accountable for at the end of the week. This is both a way to make sure you’re approaching your job search thoroughly and strategically, as well as a method to help you stick with it and stay motivated. As I’ve mentioned in past blog posts, it’s much more effective… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on June 1, 2011 at 3:30pm —
I’m often asked what the best way to succeed in an interview is, and as far as I’m concerned the answer is two fold: Confidence and Preparation. The first of the two, confidence, can be a little trickier to teach. It has to do with believing in your own strengths and abilities (or at least pretending to) as well as making a great first impression. In today’s post, I’m focusing on the second equally important element: preparation.
When I say preparation I mean a few things:… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on May 25, 2011 at 11:00am —
Once you’re ready to get out there, network and set up informational interviews, where do you start? Where are all those great contacts you’re excited to meet and develop relationships with? Here's a list of powerful networking sources to get you started. Of course, these are only the tip of the iceberg. I’d love to hear where else people have discovered good networking contacts in Boston and beyond. As a starting point, try:
1. Existing Network. You already know a… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on May 18, 2011 at 9:00am —
Using relevant keywords on your resume is increasingly important as so much of the job application process happens electronically. This applies equally to your linkedin.com profile. Recruiters and hiring managers may search for or narrow down their candidate search based on certain keywords and, whether or not you’re the perfect person for the role, if you don’t have the relevant keywords on your resume or profile they won’t find… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on May 11, 2011 at 8:57am —
Earlier this week someone asked me if I had tips for staying motivated during a long period of unemployment. An unfortunately common occurrence in today’s recovering economy, it was an important, relevant question whose answer I realized could be helpful for my readers as well. So if you're feeling in a slump, try these 5 ways to stay motivated during your job search. As a side note, I was actually asked a similar question during my appearance on the… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on May 4, 2011 at 4:15pm —