Monday, November 23, 2015

Career Management Quotes of the Week!

You cannot be fair to others without first being fair to yourself. ~Vera Nazarian

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. ~Robert Jarvik

Friday, November 20, 2015

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."  -John Irving

"Life is not about the kind of money one earns, but the goal and the desire to achieve success".  -Unknown

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  -Winston Churchill

Monday, November 16, 2015

Job Search Quotes of the Week!

"People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable."   - Author Unknown

"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying." - Michael Jordan

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hire a Veteran!

On this Veteran’s Day, and as a veteran myself, I wanted to take the time to encourage companies to incorporate more veterans into their workforce.  Many companies have already started an initiative to bring these incredibly talented and dedicated individuals into their organizations, including General Electric (GE), Amazon, Google, Paychex, FedEx, Canon, Cintas, BNSF Railway, Dollar General, Northrup Grumman, Sears/Kmart, Waste Management, Inc., Barnes & Noble, Bayer, Bank of America, Humana, Sodexo, Burns & McDonnell, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Comcast, United Health Group, and Zurich.  

Let go of the thought that veterans might be too regimented or not fit into your organization due to their time in the military world – these are old, outmoded myths.  Also, learn about veterans with PTSD or injuries and what they can also bring to your team so as not to shy away from hiring them.  With a veteran or guardsman you get an employee that is highly trained, disciplined (they will show up early and leave late), a leader, tenacious, flexible and adaptable, teamwork oriented, and technologically savvy. 

Acquire a few skills yourself in translating military jargon, there are many tools available on the Internet to help, and find the veterans that are the right fit for your company. If you truly want to thank a veteran who has given so much for our freedom – give them a job!

Companies that actively hire veterans:

Skills Veterans Bring to the Workforce:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” --Albert Einstein 

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." --Alexander Graham Bell

Friday, November 6, 2015

Taking Notes in an Interview, it’s a Must!

There are a few books and bloggers out there that claim you shouldn't take notes during an interview.  I am here to tell you that advice is wrong.  While you don’t want to sit and take notes constantly as if you are copying the interviewers every word, you can take notes on the most salient points of the conversation, including skills and tasks they most want from a candidate, salary info, benefits, your managers management style, and what they think the most important part of your job will be ultimately.  You cannot possibly remember every part of an interview conversation without taking a few notes on the most important facts.  Not having notes will keep you from writing the best possible thank you note, and it will mean you have no reference of information for the next step of the process, often a second interview.  Take notes, the interviewers expect you to, and having them will help you to make the best decision for your career.  To your interview success!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Be Original: No More Resume Templates!

Even though you will use a traditional reverse chronological resume for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) when applying for a job online, traditional doesn't have to mean a template.  The same goes for the resume you hand to the interviewer or networking contact.  Looking at lots of different samples to determine how you will overall format your resume is fine, but just picking a generic template that employers see way too frequently will not make for a positive first impression. Be a bit more original while keeping within the boundaries of what ATS and those viewing you resume expect, and see more response.  To your job search success!