We’ve all been there, during a job search, when writing a paper, or just generally trying to get work done at home or in the office. You know you have to get things done, but you just don’t feel like it. From the outside, this may sound like a trivial problem. Many people would say, “Too bad. Deal with it!” and this isn’t entirely wrong advice, but it’s not always easy to make ourselves act just because we know it’s good for us and necessary. So, especially if you find yourself in an… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on January 4, 2012 at 4:31pm —
As a career counselor in Boston, I often give clients or groups advice on how to target their resume, tailor their cover letter or customize their elevator speech. The question that almost inevitably comes up in each situation is, “But what if you’re applying for any job you can get? How do you present yourself if you can’t be targeted?”
Since this seems to be a fairly common issue, let me lend some perspective. My… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on December 28, 2011 at 4:12pm —
The key to answering this question, either in an interview or a cover letter, is to give a concrete, non-generic answer that shows you know something about the company you say you’d like to work for! The goal is to show that you’re not just applying for any job you might get. After doing a little research on the company website, or talking to friends who work there, here are a few of the better reasons from a career… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on December 21, 2011 at 5:55pm —
Have you ever gotten one of those oddball interview questions that seems to come out of nowhere? One of those questions you didn’t prepare for and are not sure how to deal with? You might be asked: If you had a super power, what super power would you have? What kind of animal would you be and why? Or maybe: Why are pothole covers round?
Most of these questions, even including the last one, don’t have a clear answer and seem to be pretty far out in left field. And WHAT do they… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on December 7, 2011 at 5:30pm —
You Must Seek an Objective Perspective
It’s easy to fall into a routine, and into the familiarity of a role. In most…
Added by Melanie H. Axman on November 18, 2011 at 1:00pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Do you feel stuck in your job search and think you’ve already tried everything? Here are 5 job search activities you might not have tried yet. Just adopting one or two of these can help get you out of the job search slump, get you noticed, get you interviews and ultimately help you get job offers. Let’s get started!
1. While searching around the job board simplyhired.com, you can sign into your linkedin and facebook accounts and as you… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on April 27, 2011 at 12:08pm —
It always amazes me how some of the smartest people who have lots of impressive experience often have mediocre sounding resumes. The two reasons for this, from my perspective as a career counselor
in Boston, is first that there are so many conventions on how to write a resume many have lost sight of what it's supposed to be. And second, the person writing his own resume is often too close to the situation. He/she knows how significant the… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on April 20, 2011 at 8:00am —
One of the most common questions I hear as a career counselor
is about networking. I’m sure you too have heard that networking is the key to finding a job, but what exactly does that mean? How is this networking thing supposed to work?
The first thing you have to realize is that showing up at an official “networking event,” introducing yourself to two people and then leaving isn’t likely to get you a job. Networking is not a passive… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on April 13, 2011 at 4:27pm —