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Resume Writing 101: What’s In a Name?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Don't use your middle initial In my years as a career services professional, I have found that approximately 90% of my clients are hell-bent on having their name appear on their resumes as follows: "George M. Smith" or "Susan W. Dingle" It ends up on the resume only about 5% of the time. I wi…

Is your Dream Job on Hold? Here’s A Wake Up Call

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions for the New Year was to take a quantum leap forward in your career path, congratulations. There has never been a better time to position yourself for the next step up. The nature of our relationships with employers has changed radically and forever, and so …

Cover Letter Myths and Resume Nonsense

Friday, February 20th, 2009

When it comes to know-how on finding work, most folks get their information in much the same way they learned about "the birds and bees." They get their "information" from equally uninformed peers while tiptoeing around behind the current boss's back. With nervous giggles, they repeat what they've …

The Headless Resume

Friday, February 20th, 2009

In my business, I naturally see a lot of resumes, written by amateurs and other professionals. Lately I've seen a rash of resumes that seem to have lost their minds. Is your resume "headless?" If your resume reads something like this, you may be missing a critical section. JOHN T. FRUGALBERRY (w…

Cover Letter Writing 101: Paper and Electronic Letters

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Create a personalized cover letter Why? Because Ed McMahon does. When I think of the average job seeker's approach to cover letters, I'm reminded of the Publishers' Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. You know, all those crazy coupons and stickers and NASA-level procedures on how to put it all together cor…

Career Success in a New Era – Surfing the Wave

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Here we stand, staring straight into the new millennium, in the infancy of the Information Age. How is it, then, that you're still managing your career like it's the early '80's? Many of the assumptions and values around your career, which made perfect sense in the Industrial Age, have been outdated…

Smart Job Searching: Focus, Plan, Persevere

Friday, February 20th, 2009

How many more jobs and careers do you expect to hold until you retire? If you are like most people in the fast-forward, technology driven, highly competitive global economy, the correct answer is "Quite a few!" Job search savvy is critical in this age of rapidly shifting jobs. Here are a few tips to…

How to dress for interview success

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Strategic Interview Attire "How to dress for interview success" is a frequently requested topic in the workshops and support groups I conduct. Here are a few strategic suggestions on looking your professional best, no matter your shape, size, gender, or age: How to dress at an interview: If the j…

E-mailing Resumes: The Good, The Bad, The Unexpected

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The following article is based on an e-mail I received from a "recently re-employed UNIX Guru" - we'll call him Louis, because, well, that's his name. Fresh from a relatively short period of unemployment, he still identifies with those still in job search mode - and nice guy that he is, he wanted to…

After the Interview… Now What?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Congratulations on your interview! You've just completed an interview for a position that interests you, or perhaps you met with a networking contact who offered some insight into your job search. Now that the interview is over, it's time to swing into action with some memorable followup activities…