Losing a job can be a positive experience
My daughters tease me about how I’d always sing the wrong words to popular songs. The best example was the Chumbawamba hit Tubthumping from the 90s. The song lyrics say, “I get knocked down but I get up again,” but for some reason I heard it as “I got no job but I’ll get one again.” Sadly, a few months ago I was singing that song and the lyrics matched my situation for real –my personal version with the wrong lyrics about not having a job. Continue reading
Tip #1: Use LinkedIn as a Tool NOT a Turnoff
If you haven’t already done so, create a LinkedIn page. Include a professional picture and make sure your profile is up to date with any awards and past job descriptions.
Unless you are a professional athlete, keep the action shots for Facebook. The same goes for selfies and partying. Recruiters on LinkedIn aren’t looking for the next best party. They’re looking for professionals who have a welcoming and friendly profile picture. Continue reading
You’re walking down the hall at work and you’ve had a pretty unpleasant morning. You got to work late, missed part of your 8am meeting, and then you spilled coffee on your shirt. But, as you walk down the hall with your stained shirt and your coffee in hand, another fellow employee is approaching. At this point, you are DONE with your day and it’s only 9:15am. What do you do?
Today, when job seekers find a position they want to apply for, they do so through a tedious on-line application process, submitting their resumes and cover letters electronically. Information received by the hiring manager or HR recruiter typically goes through a computer screening process where only the resumes determined to be from qualified applicants are viewed. Unfortunately, qualified applicants are sometimes missed in this electronic screening process for a variety of reasons. Here are five ways to assure your resume gets through to the hiring manager. Continue reading