Part 3: Addressing A Different Kind Of Resume Gap – Just Graduated

November 19, 2014

pretty african female college graduate at graduation with classmatesToday is Part 3 of a three-part blog series focusing on how to address gaps in your work history. Part 1 explained ways to handle gaps on your resume when you’ve taken time out of your career to raise children, care for elderly parents, or if you were laid off. In Part 2, I provided examples on how to explain work gaps in your cover letter. Part 3 addresses a different kind of gap – when you’ve recently graduated from school and don’t have a lot of work history to include on your resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Part 2: Addressing Work Gaps In Your Cover Letter

November 12, 2014

Close-up of a fountain penLast week I focused on how to handle work gaps in your resume. This week I tackle the topic of ways to address gaps in cover letters. As I mentioned in my previous blog, having a gap in your work history isn’t as big of a deal as most people would think. But if you feel that you won’t get called for an interview if you don’t provide an explanation in your cover letter, then here are a few examples to use as guides: Read the rest of this entry »

Looking For A Job? Consider Working For A Non-Profit

August 27, 2014

Non Profit ConceptLooking for a job? Don’t forget to consider working for a non-profit. These organizations offer challenging work in many different industries with the ability for employees to serve others or positively impact a cause that is near and dear to their heart. Just be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages, so you begin your job search fully informed. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: 7 Tips On Applying For A Job Within Your Company

August 6, 2014

iStock_000023970817Medium_150x150Are you looking for a new job within your current company? Don’t assume just because you already work there, that you’ll have an advantage in obtaining the job. In fact, most hiring managers are even tougher on internal candidates than external ones. That’s because they know internal candidates have access to more company personnel and a lot more information about the position than an external candidate. So if you don’t do your homework, be prepared for poor results. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Use Temporary Work To Uncover Your Career Direction

July 30, 2014

iStock_000041825864Medium_150x150Are you a recent high school or college graduate trying to decide on your career direction? Returning to work after taking time off to raise children or taking care of elderly parents, but not sure about the kind of work that would make you happy? Then you might find it helpful to seek work at a temp agency – because it could help you determine your career direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Here’s How To Obtain LinkedIn Recommendations

July 23, 2014

iStock_000017000243Medium_150x150In last week’s blog I explained how job seekers can use formal letters of recommendation to help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. This week, I’m focusing on obtaining LinkedIn recommendations.

Many younger job seekers are foregoing formal letters of recommendation and instead, asking people for recommendations they can include on their LinkedIn profile. Then, they choose the recommendations they want to show within their profile and can hide (or unhide) the others. Many of my clients print out their LinkedIn recommendations and provide them to the hiring manager at the end of job interviews instead of formal recommendation letters. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Use Recommendation Letters To Give Yourself An Edge

July 16, 2014

iStock_000000133558Medium_150x150“Are you serious?” my twenty-two year old client Brittany (named changed) said, and then rolled her eyes. “You’re going to make me ask people to write recommendation letters? I thought that was something people only did back in the old days.”

Sigh. While I’d like to think I’m not as old as the dinosaurs, there are some days I definitely feel like it. Especially when it comes to discussing the topic of job recommendations with my younger clients. Brittany did have a point, though. The use of recommendation letters has changed over the last decade.

In the past, obtaining recommendation letters was a requirement of the job search process. Today, not as much. Now, this step is considered optional, but savvy job seekers understand that it can help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. Read the rest of this entry »