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How To Answer the “So, what do you do?” Question

All of us have heard the old saying,” It’s not what you know but who you know.”  I say in this job search market, we need to rewrite this to read “It’s who and what you know.”  Knowing someone will hopefully get your foot in an otherwise closed or hidden door for a meeting, but you still need to know your field and have the skills an employer needs to actually get hired. The “who you know” part of networking can include people you meet on the street, so to speak, as well as your current group of friends, family, Read More





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Writing an Attention-Getting Cover Letter

  YES, you HAVE to include a cover letter with EVERY resume you submit.     I get asked that a lot, and wish I could give you the answer you probably want!   Writing cover letters doesn’t have to be hard – (yes, really!)  ( I can help you make it much, much easier, though.)   But they do need to grab attention.   Here’s the overall goal – come up with something that the reader of umpteen-million cover letters doesn’t see come across her desk umpteen-million times a day.  Of course, whatever you say should actually be true!   Here’s Read More





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Seeing Opportunity Differently

  Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki recommends in his bestselling book about creating financial freedom, “Work to learn, don’t work for money.” He also says that while most people might say the economy after September 11th was terrible because all the stock prices fell, if we look at the situation differently, it was a unique time to “buy low”, and invest for the day when prices would inevitably rise again, and thus, another opportunity to “sell high”, the ideal sets of circumstances for investing, and making money. We just have to train ourselves to be able to see Read More





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Part I: What I Learned From Applying for (and Turning Down) a Job Offer to be a Contract Resume Writer for a Large Online Company

  Part I:  Applying Online Recently I stumbled upon a job posting for a Contract Resume Writer position with a large online job search services website that shall remain nameless.  Find out how I came to find this opportunity and why I went ahead and applied for it  by requesting the cover letter (as a sample with strategy commentary just for you!) I sent in for this position. This experience was really just a strong, first-hand rerun of things I already knew but just hadn’t had happen directly TO me in awhile.  I’m so glad I did this because it Read More





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Embracing Uncertainty

 “Insanity is doing the same thing we’ve always done and expecting different results.”  – Albert Einsten Sometimes when I sit down to write, I don’t always know quite what I want to say, or rather, what would most help YOU, what you all MOST want, or need, to hear right now (suggestions always welcome in “Comments”, of course!)   Often times I get inspired by a quote I find, or, I think through my week and about interactions with clients, or stories from friends and I find a theme I’m excited to write about, one inspired by folks just like Read More