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Holiday Job Search

Should you continue your job search throughout December? Yes! Employers hire people in every month of the year. In December and January, they may be hiring for positions that are newly funded in the new calendar year. Don’t postpone your job search until January! During the holidays, take advantage of the networking opportunities by accepting [...]

By |2017-11-19T12:41:29+00:00November 19th, 2017|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Holiday Job Search

Download your LinkedIn data before the update

Jobseekers: Do This Before LinkedIn’s Next Update In September 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesign of its desktop (non-app) user interface. The announcement noted, “This is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception.” The design update is expected to bring the desktop experience closer to what users of the LinkedIn mobile app are used to seeing. The [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00December 5th, 2016|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Download your LinkedIn data before the update

CV REWRITE TIPS

FORMATTING All CV information should be in the main body of the Word document because of the way applicant tracking systems (ATS) process documents during the selection phase of recruitment. The software may not parse the information correctly if the text is placed within tables, frames, the header, or the footer. KEYWORDS Study relevant job advertisements [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00September 20th, 2016|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on CV REWRITE TIPS

Make a Great First Impression: 4 Elements of Professional Presentation

A good first impression is imperative when you interview for a job. You should have a controlled appearance and positive demeanor that will impress your potential employer and won’t detract from the presentation of your qualifications. Make sure you are well equipped for scrutiny in the interview and post-interview process — both in-person and online. [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00January 13th, 2016|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Make a Great First Impression: 4 Elements of Professional Presentation

Build Your Work Portfolio With Entrepreneurial Adventures

  Living the contracting life can be a high speed roller coaster in one moment and a veritable snore fest the next. You can make the most out of the lulls in your work to develop yourself and become a more attractive candidate for your next period of work. Additionally, making money while you have some [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00October 26th, 2015|Career Development, Job Hunting|Comments Off on Build Your Work Portfolio With Entrepreneurial Adventures

Women Leading Women: The Impact of Female Mentors

Former first lady and renowned activist Eleanor Roosevelt once said: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." These timeless words of wisdom still ring true today, but perhaps for some young women, they are not heard clearly enough. Though women's suffrage and the fight for equality have brought forth wondrous progress, in this [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00September 28th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Women Leading Women: The Impact of Female Mentors

Hit the Ground Running When Your Parenting Leave Expires

There is no perfect time to go back to work after you’ve taken maternity or paternity leave. Your employer may decide it’s time to return, or your pocketbook might dictate that you get back to the office. Whether you have a job waiting for you or you plan to look for a new one, we [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:43+00:00August 27th, 2015|Career Development, CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Hit the Ground Running When Your Parenting Leave Expires

How to Get Hired Outside Your Major

In our society, it has been assumed that kids go to college after they graduate from high school. Then, once you graduate from college, you assume you will go out into the world and get a job. But, there was one thing that nobody told you, and that is how hard it was going to [...]

By |2015-12-05T17:29:31+00:00August 14th, 2015|Career Development, Job Hunting|Comments Off on How to Get Hired Outside Your Major

3 Tips for Using Your Mobile Device to Apply for a Job

For decades, the only way to apply for a job was in person. After perusing the classified ads or spotting a “Help Wanted” sign, you had to visit the company office, speak with a manager and fill out a paper application. Times sure have changed. Now, thanks to a variety of job-related websites and our [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:43+00:00July 8th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on 3 Tips for Using Your Mobile Device to Apply for a Job

Improve your LinkedIn profile

How to improve your LinkedIn profile Custom URL: Replace the default URL with a custom URL that includes your name. Bullet Points: Choose bullets that are LI-friendly, such as the ones on my profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/debramills. Do not use any other ones unless they are copied from a LinkedIn profile. Settings: Choose privacy settings that [...]

By |2017-01-29T13:16:43+00:00July 8th, 2015|LinkedIn|Comments Off on Improve your LinkedIn profile

Transform a Responsibility into an Achievement

Although not every duty/responsibility can be transformed into an achievement, it can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions: How can I elaborate on how well I performed this duty/responsibility by adding action verbs, adverbs, adjectives, or statistics? In what ways did I do this more efficiently, quicker, or better in other ways than anyone [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:43+00:00July 1st, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Transform a Responsibility into an Achievement

Prepare Yourself with the Best Tech for the Job Hunt

  To say the current job market is rough is an understatement. It's ruthless and may seem downright hopeless at times. Finding and landing employment in the modern age calls for modern technology. Here are some of the best tech tools available that can help you gain an edge in the hunt for employment: Indeed.com [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:44+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Interview Advice, Job Hunting|Comments Off on Prepare Yourself with the Best Tech for the Job Hunt

Make Your CV or Resume Stand Out – Highlight Your Side Projects

Back in the olden days—you know, maybe 1995 or so—peoples’ CVs and resumes were pretty much boring pieces of paper filled with work experience, education and references. These days, the classic resume may not be enough. Many potential employers don’t even take the time to call those stellar references or do a background check on [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:44+00:00June 21st, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Make Your CV or Resume Stand Out – Highlight Your Side Projects

6 Ways to Ease the Transition From a Small Business to the Corporate World

Making the transition from the small business world to the corporate world can be intimidating, but the opportunities for personal and professional growth are vast. There are many resources available to help make your move to a larger company a smooth one. Here's are some tried-and-true tips to make the most of your transition: Nail your [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:44+00:00May 26th, 2015|Career Development, Interview Advice|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Ease the Transition From a Small Business to the Corporate World

Why you need an up-to-date CV

The most obvious reason you might need a CV is when you are looking for a job. However, there are many other reasons you might want to put together a CV now, even if you are not seeking new employment just now. Your work situation can change in a heartbeat. For instance, the company could [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:45+00:00May 12th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Why you need an up-to-date CV