Organizing Your Executive Job Search – Tactical Planning

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When you’re working in an executive capacity, your company provides a clear support system to take care of day-to-day tasks: administrative assistants and other players within your organization free you up to focus on the critical tasks that drive revenue or reduce costs. You can’t do a high-level job without a support system, and don’t fool yourself: You can’t conduct …

Basic Twitter Tips for Job Search and Jobseekers

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People, companies and even non-profit organizations that peak your interest should be those that you follow on Twitter. Craft who you follow around your professional interests mostly and your do-good volunteer work as well. Your profile on Twitter can be a combination of personal and professional but if you are looking for a job you should promote your professional style, …

The Opening – Job Search Balancing Act – Be Active, Not Aggressive

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  If you have ever been on the interviewing side of the table, you understand the basic differences between active candidates and passive candidates. Attitude and behavior become a balancing act. An active job seeker is looking for a job, whether he’s out of work or ready for a change; he’s posted resumes and is seeking opportunities, even if it’s …

Play Your Role – Job Search Balancing Act – Part 2

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Categorize yourself by answering yes or no to these short statements first: The Plasterer – I have plastered my resume all over the Internet and responded to just about every lead I can find that remotely matches my qualifications. The Aggressor – I have sent many unsolicited resumes to companies and hiring personnel asking for an interview and letting them know about my talents. …

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How Job Search References Can Derail Your Career (Part 1)

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Grapevine’s speak, don’t they? Reference checks can confirm or deny the value of a job seeker to a potential employer. They can be the difference-maker in employment. When it comes to references, do sweat the small stuff. For a real-life illustration of a reference’s importance, consider Alex’s example: Alex Partain thought his resume and interviews went well with a Fortune 100 technology …

How Job Search References Can Derail Your Career (Part 2)

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    Fact #1: Unprepared references can unknowingly discredit your work on projects His first and key reference talked glowingly about his work but then undercut him by challenging his work on a key project. My own CIO at my company actually disputed two facts on my resume! When one of the reference checkers called, they found out that I …