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Careers & Employment Information

Four Important Questions to Ask Your Interviewer; Do You Really Want to Work for This Person?


Many job seekers miss a golden opportunity when they are asked towards the end of an interview if they have any questions. If they feel the interviewer adequately explained the position, they make the mistake of answering "No" to this question.

Are Your References Ready?


One of the most common forms of background check performed by companies hiring new employees is the reference check. They typically request that candidates provide them with three names of previous bosses.

The Background on Background Checks


In one of my past lives I held a Top Secret clearance as a Civil Service employee working for the Air Force. So I am familiar with background checks.

How to Overcome Being Overqualified


Have you ever gone through the interview process, felt confident that you'd performed extremely well, and then heard these dreadful words:  "I'm sorry, but we feel you're overqualified for this position." Arrggh!! When I was told that after an interview, several thoughts went through my frustration-fogged mind.

Top 10 Tips for Career Advancement


Here's a list of the top 10 tips you can use to advance your career: 1. Don't be afraid to say "I don't know.

The Chicken or the Egg?


Even before I checked my calendar on Monday morning, I knew the appointment would be there. Passed over for promotion again, Ralph wanted specifics on why I hadn't chosen him for the position.

Taking Your Words Seriously


When we ordered the stained glass window as an accent piece for our home, the artist-proprietor told us he was a bit behind. "So," he said, "to be on safe side, plan on six months.

Updating Your Plum Job Now That Youre a Parent


It's startling to discover how having kids changes the way you see the world.  Just compare your "before kids" vs.

15 Tips for Writing Winning Resumes


The thought of writing a resume intimidates almost anyone.  It's difficult to know where to start or what to include.

5 Key Factors to Consider When Selecting an Outplacement Firm


With today's economy, more and more companies are finding themselves faced with the situation of having to reduce headcount to remain competitive.  Here are five key factors to consider when selecting an outplacement firm if your company is ever faced with a workforce reduction.

The Changing Values Landscape of the U.S. and How It Impacts Midlife Job Searchers


Imagine a huge river that has been flowing for centuries:  See the thick underbrush that has grown up on either edge of the river's expansive banks and the moss-lined stones that litter its shallow edges.  Feel the power of water so deep and so strong because it has been pulsing through this landscape since the Renaissance, yet now this mighty river approaches a "Great Divide" such as has never been seen before in human history.

The Changing Values Landscape of the U.S. and How It Impacts Midlife Job Searchers, Part Two


The values landscape of our nation is changing, and with it your personal values landscape is changing as well.  What does this mean and what does it have to do with midlife? Researcher Dr.

The Perfect Resume


The perfect resume presents hiring managers with a four-fold vision of who you are and what you bring to the table: The perfect resume offers Logical Proofs:     Facts Quantifiable data Logical conclusions Achievement and success statements Relevant professional goals/accomplishments Limits the use of jargon Maximizes use of occupation/industry-specific key words Your capabilities and skills Clear, specific, measurable, and quantifiable words and phrases Sells you based on your achievements to date The perfect resume offers Your Vision & Creativity: Balanced white space Visually easy to read A resume style and paper consistent with your self-marketing vision Clear big picture of who you are Sells you based on your potential Examples of your creativity relating to your targeted position Your vision of your role and your capacity to contribute The perfect resume offers Sensible Organization: Easy-to-follow resume structure Presents relevant historical information in reverse chronological order Places the most relevant/marketable data early in the resume Omits what cannot be proved Is error-free Is neatly laid-out and word processed Stretches to the appropriate length for someone of your experience (one page for up to 10 years of experience; 2 pages for up to 15 years of experience, and 3 pages for senior-level positions demanding over 15 years of experience) Sells your past The perfect resume offers Your Personality and Values: Stresses your interpersonal/written communication skills Describes your teamwork skills and cites examples of your cross-functionality Highlights your work-related values Showcases your work-related personality Previews who you are Emphasizes your uniqueness Is enjoyable to read Sells who you are Why not review your resume by comparing it with these four critical categories?  You may discover why your resume isn't winning you the interview response you'd hoped for with hiring managers.Cheryl Lynch Simpson is a Spiritual Director and Solutions Coach who helps women discover and create the life they've always wanted to live.

Crafting A Stellar Career Summary For Your Resume


Are you a career changer?  Or, are you satisfied with your stable career but interested in updating your resume?  Are you a professional who has tried different things but are still searching for the kind of work that best suits you?  Whatever your career situation, what your resume most needs is a stellar career summary. What difference can a career summary make for you?  Here are  4 reasons why you need one in your resume: 1.

Managing Emotions During Career Change and Job Search, Part One


How can you manage your emotions during your career change or job search?  To answer this practical and wise question, let's first define what emotions are.  Emotions, also commonly referred to as feelings, are energy released in your body in response to perceived events, that is, to data received via your five senses.

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