Career Perspective: Where is your head at, when it comes to your career?

Where’s your career head at, really?

It’s healthy to get some career perspective: Your career is a life-long process… and it really is all about you. A successful career is a long-term trajectory that (with a little care and homework) will lead you to make the best of your values, your gods-given skills, your unique talents and your personal drive… let alone where and how you want to apply them…

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Job Trends!

…The job market isn’t what it used to be! By following these job trends, you can learn how to make it through the applicant tracking system, and onto the “call for interview” list…

Most people find the job trends by trolling websites (like Indeed and Workopolis), looking for job postings that match their skills and knowledge.

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Give hiring managers the right impression with these tips

Managing your message is critical to ensure you give hiring managers the right impression. I’ve blogged at length this year about how to set up your professional marketing materials to ensure that they represent you properly, and that they are in keeping with 2020 best practices.

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How to get hired from a cold call

How to Go From “Stranger” to “Hired!”

Job Search is a process: it’s hard to break through to people you don’t know, and it’s harder still to get past applicant tracking systems. But there are practical ways to improve on your outreach and get hired… 

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How to build your network and maintain career relationships

It’s not just “all about who you know”, it’s equally about “how you work it”…

It’s very important to build your network –- and managing and leveraging those contacts  consistently, over time, through online and offline networking, is also mission critical. And unless you’re retiring anytime soon, networking is a lifelong process.

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How Important is Personal Branding?

…Now that you’ve got a career plan, it’s time to begin your personal branding…

We probably wouldn’t be human if we didn’t worry about how we are perceived by others. In this blog, I’m addressing personal brands: how we appear to others; how (well) we are received; and most importantly, take our marketing pieces to the next level…

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Build Your Brand with Marketing Materials

NEVER ever ever lose an opportunity to promote your full name, and contact information when you build your personal brand.

In job search, it’s “mission critical” to brand your name and to list full contact information on all of your business correspondence and all of your personal marketing pieces.

Last week I wrote about gathering all your marketing pieces (or “tools” as I like to call them), lining them up together, and doing a full review of them for content, consistency, digital currency, and formatting/design. Now we’ll take a closer look at the most important ones.

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Does a cover letter still matter?

Why write a cover letter?

A lot of people ask me what is the point of writing a cover letter anymore? Do they even get read? Can’t I just send a resume?  …and be done with it? Well, short answer is yes, you can just send a resume. But why miss out on the chance to show them that, not only do your skills match the job description (…making you short-listable – scroll down to earlier blog: “Are You Short-listable”) but also show them that your career aspirations and intentions are also a match.

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How to Actualize your Career Goals

The best way to actualize your career goals is to start a career wish list.

You owe it to yourself to own what you actually want (…not what you think the world wants of you). You’ll be amazed if you just sit down and get centered with yourself, and make some notes on what you might like to pursue for the next year, or handful of years, for your life. You have to give it just the time it takes to write it up (an hour?) and you’ll be off to a strong start …because the minute you start writing them down, you are starting to deliver a much more targeted message.

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