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You Got ‘Skilz!

Soft Skills “It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.” – George F. Will   Sell your top 3 “soft skills” (personal traits). They are what differentiate you from your competitors with similar training & experience.   Of the Top 10 qualities & traits employers want, people skills was #1 – check out this info graphic   Need a ‘lil positive ‘kick start’ to your job search each week?   SUBSCRIBE to this blog, AND, join us on Facebook! Even more great content in my monthly newsletter – sign up here  





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Unpaid Does Not = Unimportant!

Should volunteer work be included on a resume? What other types of unconventional “work” experience can be used? I get asked a lot if unpaid work (volunteer, barter/exchange, even applicable hobby experience or work you did for your mother-in-law because you know how & she doesn’t & you want to get in good with her (right?) can be included on a resume. Well, it CAN.  The real question is – should it? Volunteer Work: My answer is, well, sometimes, it depends. If the volunteer work is relevant to the type of position being sought, absolutely include it the same as Read More





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30 Second Commercials (aka “The Elevator Speech”)

  Now that you have your 10-second tagline well honed (see last post), you can expand it into your “30-second commercial”, also know in job search circles as “The Elevator Speech”. 30-Second Commercial Second step:  When someone seems interested, and asks another question or for more details, then you can launch into your “30 second commercial”/”elevator speech”, which expands upon what you’ve already shared.  You start to paint in the sketch with a few more details.  A 30-Second Commercial might include: examples of companies and/or job titles in the past a key accomplishment or skill set or two short description Read More





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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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3 Great Reasons Staying Active Helps a Job Search

A job search client was telling me about all the professional networking groups he attends, about an interviewing workshop he was going to, and was quite interested when I mentioned he might like to join Toastmasters, an internationally known group for learning and practicing public speaking.   I commended him for his diligent activities, but, immediately encouraged him, as is my tendency, to make sure he relaxed, enjoyed some of his free time while he had it, and basically not to overdo things.   I do this to balance out the messages I believe we usually get from our culture, Read More