Job Search: The Dual Mentality

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Last night I gave a presention to a group of about 40 job seekers at a local church. I focused on the concept which was first introduced by Tom Peter in his 1997 Fast Magazine article, “The Brand Called You.” That is… you need to think like you’re the CEO of Me Incorporated during your job search (and, well, really during your whole career!). This message is a core theme in my book, What You Need To Know To Get A Job Now!, and I’ve mentioned it many times here on the daily career blog. As CEO of Me Inc, you have many roles to fulfill. In the beginning stages of your job search, there are definitely 2 you have to jump into…

Resume Formatting Tip – The Headliner

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Here’s a resume formatting tip designed to help you make a strong impact. It’s not the most ideal solution for every resume, but it’s pretty handy when you want to emphasize a certain stand-out feature about yourself, highlight your personal brand or show multiple functional titles or areas you’re going after. I call it the headliner format. Some experts call it the title format…

How to Develop a Compelling Introduction Statement

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There are 2 certain facts of life that you have to face while job hunting. #1 is that you will need to network. And because of #1, you will need to do #2 – you will need to introduce yourself. Yesterday I talked about the 7 Steps to Developing Your Job Search Plan. Step #2 is “Assemble/Create Tools & Support,” and your introduction statement is another tool to…

7 Steps to Developing Your Job Search Plan

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Recently, I talked about job search plan areas in “33 Basic, Advanced & Super-Advanced Strategies For Your Job Search.” Today, we’ll look at 7 steps you need to take to develop your job search plan overall. Step #1: Define the Target: In the AIM Module of the Job Search Boot Camp Pajama Learning e-course, we cover an essential preparation step. You’ve got to define the target. What are you aiming at? How would you describe your ideal job?…

Tough Interview Questions – Dealing with the Dark Side, Part II

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In part one of Tough Interview Questions – Dealing with the Dark Side, we looked at the most challenging interview question that can trip up even the most seasoned professional: “What is your greatest weakness?” Today, I want to discuss how to answer this question, look at possible other dark-side questions you might get during the interview process and how to prepare yourself to give authentic answers that impress the prospective employer. First, let’s take on how to answer the weakness question…

Tough Interview Questions – Dealing with the Dark Side, Part I

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Today, I want to address a particular question that seems to trip up even the most confident interviewee: “What is your greatest weakness?” Early in my career, back when I was a recruiter, I used to ask these questions separately: What is your greatest strength?; What is your greatest weakness?; What do you like most about your job?; and What do you dislike most about your job? After a while I began to notice similarities. The answers I received from job candidates kept proving over and over that…

Survey says “84% of employees plan to look for a new position in 2011”

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CNN Money just came out with an article spotlighting the results of a recent survey. Personally, I’m not surprised by the results of this survey at all. After the last recession, something similar happened… workers who’d been hunkered down during the economic downswing started to put their feelers out there as soon as the skies began to brighten. I was a recruiter back then and received resumes from fully-employed candidates who were ready for the next job. Apparently, it’s happening again as we are seeing improvements in the market after this recent recession: “According to a recent survey by job-placement firm Manpower, 84% of employees plan to look for a new position in 2011. That’s up from just 60% last year.” The CNN article features the stories of two employees who plan to…

Salary Negotiation – Part II: Talking Actual Dollars

Yesterday we talked about determining your worth. Again, I want to reiterate that in the Job Search Boot Camp GET HIRED! Module, Jay and I teach you to think about compensation negotiation rather than simply considering the salary when you receive a job offer. However, what do you say when you need to specifically talk about the salary itself?…

Salary Negotiation – Part I: Determining Your Worth

In the Job Search Boot Camp GET HIRED! Module, Jay and I teach about salary negotiation. We encourage you to think about compensation negotiation rather than simply considering the salary when you receive a job offer. However, today I want to talk specifically about the salary itself. Though it’s wise to look at your whole compensation package when determining your approach, you do still need to consider the actual dollar figure you’re worth…