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Are Objectives Outdated?

  Do I need an Objective Statement, or not?  Think you know the answer? Let me preface this by saying that resumes writers and employers alike have varying opinions and preferences on all three of these questions.  There aren’t really any completely right or wrong answers, just different perspectives.  THAT SAID…. Here are mine: Don’t Be a Dinosaur…   Using an Objective Statement is an OUTDATED approach – dated to approximately the Mesozoic era! The modern resume has evolved to  often include a Summary & Skills section instead. These focus on what you bring to the employer, (whereas an Objective is usually Read More





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5 Easy – but Important – LinkedIn Profile Tips

  1. Don’t duplicate your resume. They should complement each other. The LinkedIn profile reinforces your brand,showcases unique attributes, and conveys personality. The resume presents accomplishments and relevant contributions to a targeted audience. 2. You NEED a good headshot photo, whether it’s  done by a professional photographer or not, you need to look professional in it. 3. Security and Privacy: if you are currently employed, be aware of your security settings to avoid alerting their employer and others.  Go to:  Settings/Privacy Controls/Click on “Turn on/off activity broadcasts..  Un-check the box that says “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow Read More





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Are You Ready for “This”? Thinking Ahead in Your Job Search

 Interview August – Being Prepared “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity”   Being prepared has definitely been a theme in my life in central Florida during Hurricane Season (June 1 – Nov. 30). Starting every May or June, I buy a few items each week at the grocery store to stock up & check the supply list for necessities.  In years past, we weathered threats of Hurricane Charley here in Tampa Bay in 2004 with nothing but a day of occasional drizzle and normal wind gusts materializing – luckily for us.  The storm turned a mere hour before it was Read More





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It’s a Bit Stuart Smalley, but . . .

    I came upon this from a post from a page I am a “fan” of on my Facebook Page & thought how fun it would be to make some of these & secretly, randomly post them around town – and I just might!  And I encourage you to do, so, too, if so inspired! (and then write & tell me about it!)   Then I thought, “If I did a Positive Thoughts just for Job Seekers” version, what should it say?   Here’s a few of my thoughts – love you to add yours in the comments below.  Read More





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Real Client Stories: Networking Well

  Most people know that networking is THE best way to get considered for a job – an advertised one, or more importantly, the “hidden job market” – those job openings that aren’t posted anywhere.   There are many people, though, maybe even most (?), that are not sure HOW to reach out to their networks (personal or professional), when they are job searching.     Here are two creative, inspiring examples from REAL job seekers:   Use Social Media Well:   I stumbled on what I thought was a great example of one way to communicate your job search & needs Read More