Changing careers can be a huge commitment in terms of time, money, risk and effort which makes it well worth it to do as much research as possible before taking the plunge. The more thought and preparation you put in ahead of time, the more likely you are to end up a happy situation where you enjoy your job, make the salary you need and otherwise create the work/life that you want. But what are the best ways to find out about a new career without actually jumping in and getting a new job? … Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on January 18, 2012 at 3:22pm —
While a thoughtfully written thank you note is not enough to get you the job without solid qualifications, it helps to leave a positive impression in the mind of your interviewers. And in a competitive job market, every little bit helps! To make the most of your thank you notes after a job interview, here is my advice as a career counselor in Boston.
1. Traditional Paper versus Email Thank You… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on January 11, 2012 at 3:14pm —
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 —
The answer to this resume question, plain and simple, is: to get you an interview. Hiring managers may go back to your resume after having interviewed you to double check your qualifications, but for the most part, the goal of a resume is to get enough attention and interest to be invited for an interview.
So how do you do that? As a career counselor, here are the five things that help your resume achieve its goal:… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on December 14, 2011 at 3:39pm —
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 —
The most important thing about networking for job search is to get out there, attend events and meet new people. Once you’ve done that, however, you can take your networking to an all new level by being willing and actively seeking to be the one who takes the first step. Taking the initiative gives you more control over the outcome and is the best way to make things happen.
If you meet someone new and both agree that, “We should get together sometime and chat,” but no one says, “How… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on November 30, 2011 at 6:02pm —
I can’t tell you how many times as a career counselor I’ve had new clients contact me and admit apologetically that they’re considering changing careers. Why apologetically? Because they’re embarrassed to admit that they want something else when what they have is NOT horrible. Often these same clients have high paying stable careers that they don’t hate. They’re basically stuck in a gilded cage. It’s not really where… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on November 22, 2011 at 10:52am —
Want to get the compensation you deserve? Nervous about asking for more money in the first place? As with many job search related activities, the key to salary negotiation (or to asking for a raise at your current job) is preparation. The more you do your research, know your plan and feel confident that you do in fact deserve more money, the higher your chances of success. More specifically, here are the basic five things to do for effective salary negotiation.
1. Don’t be… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on November 16, 2011 at 3:11pm —
As I mentioned in my last blog post on being an effective networker, following up with new contacts after meeting them is key. If you’ve met someone for an informational interview, the first follow up contact should definitely be a thank you email or note, but how do you stay in touch after that? Or, if you met someone at a networking event, how do you find the time to stay in touch? Here are five easy ways to stay in touch… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on November 9, 2011 at 10:11am —
Many people find networking to be difficult and a little intimidating which is perfectly understandable. As a Boston career counselor
, I absolutely agree that the number one thing required to be a good networker is just showing up. That's half the battle, whether you're searching for a new job or looking to meet professional colleagues. That being said, once you've accomplished that very important task, there are a few… Continue
Added by Holly Klose, Job Club Moderator on November 2, 2011 at 9:37am —
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 —