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15) Wrap up

| December 31, 2014

I hope you found my series on pumping up your job search readiness (JSR) helpful (here’s the Pump up your Job Search Readiness series as a PDF). Remember, it is never too late to start, so even if you are reading this long after it was originally published (on the last day of 2014) there […]

14) Practice your ‘pitch’

| December 29, 2014

Not familiar with the idea of a pitch – this great little article, which describes the traditional ‘elevator pitch’, will help you understand the concept. For our purposes we are going to drop the elevator (although the technique of limiting your pitch to the length of an elevator ride is still a good one) and […]

13) Get out from behind the screen

| December 27, 2014

Read just a few job search websites and you’ll quickly pick up on a main message – to have an effective job search you must get out from behind (in front of?) the screen and interact with real people, face to face. These people can become contacts to add to your network, potential employers hidden […]

12) Get your references ready to roll

| December 23, 2014

Okay, hopefully you’ve developed your ‘ready to refine’ foundational resume and can fine tune it to be relevant and compelling for a given job posting in a short time span. You should also have a list of references ready to go. You need to have at least three (and preferably many more) references on hand […]

11) Create and PERFECT your 2015 ‘base resume’

| December 21, 2014

You’ve just met a recruiter or potential employer or new connection face-to-face at a networking event or serendipitously at the grocery store trying to assess which cantaloupe is the best in the pile. Wouldn’t it be great to know that with just sixty to ninety minutes (or less) of research and editing you could be […]

10) Invest in yourself – with time and money!

| December 19, 2014

What are you giving yourself for Christmas – and yes, that’s a serious question. It is important that when you’re involved in the hard work of looking for a job you remember to take care of yourself and that includes a self-gift in the form of investing in yourself – both in terms of time […]

9) Reframe your thinking

| December 17, 2014

Job search and networking isn’t simply a must-do, unpleasant task – it is an opportunity to expand your circles, meet new people, learn about yourself and grow as a person. Of course what makes the difference is your attitude toward searching for work and expanding/fine-tuning your network. Let’s get started on some ideas to turn […]

8) Be of service

| December 15, 2014

It is easy when we are out of work or in transition between school and work to become depressed, worried about our chance of ever finding a job and to become more than a little self-obsessed. But there is a way to feel better about everything – not just the job search process but about […]

7) Stretch (and I don’t mean yoga)

| December 13, 2014

A way to get yourself pumped up for your job search to begin in 2015 is to start stretching yourself now – get outside your comfort zone but take advantage of the holiday season to do it in a safe and familiar environment. This doesn’t have to be something huge – here are some examples: […]

6) Perform an in-depth examination of your LinkedIn profile

| December 11, 2014

While attending a workshop on using Social Media (and specifically LinkedIn) in your job search/career exploration I stumbled over a new (actually I am not sure if it is new or if I just never noticed it before) feature of LinkedIn. It’s the ability to produce a PDF that contains all the information in your […]