Are Resumes Dead?

Occasionally I read something by a recognized expert on employment issues or job search techniques, suggesting—or plainly stating—that resumes are dead and job seekers shouldn’t bother using a resume to secure their next position. If you’re sitting there staring at your shiny new resume, especially if you’ve just paid a professional to create it, you […]

Research Target Companies on LinkedIn

By now, I’m assuming you’re already a member of the LinkedIn community. This post is about a way to make that membership work even better for you when you conduct a job search or want to improve your career management techniques. I believe anything that could give you a head-start on the competition for desirable […]

Cyber-Vetting: Is It Happening to You?

The fact that a lot of information is available about you online in various places might not be news to you. You might even know or suspect that employers check you out online after you apply to them. However, you might not know the extent of what is or can be done and its potential […]

The Curse of Experience

Jon Gordon’s blog often contains items I find both inspirational and practical, and his October 24, 2011 post definitely met both “tests.” He called it “The Curse of Experience: Think Like a Rookie.” The title alone intrigued me, as it was undoubtedly meant to do. More important, from my perspective, the article caused me to […]

LinkedIn Mistakes You Might Be Making

It’s not uncommon for me to see an individual’s LinkedIn profile that doesn’t do him or her any favors, in terms of creating an effective professional presence online. However, I recently read an article by a colleague, Meg Guiseppi, that brought up mistakes I hadn’t even thought of (the article, published March 28, 2011, is […]

Cover Letters with a Purpose

You’ll hear conflicting advice about using cover letters, depending on whom you choose to ask. However, I believe they can and should fulfill an important and useful purpose: giving you an additional chance to reinforce the value message your resume is (I hope) communicating to potential employers. Not all cover letters are created equal, though, […]

“Insane” Job Searching

You’ve probably heard the definition of insanity that goes something like this: Doing the same thing in the same way, over and over, and expecting different results. When this concept is modified and applied to your job search, it becomes a real-world problem that could have major repercussions. If you’re doing the same things and […]

High-Tech Job Search Tools

It’s early days yet, but a newly launched job search company called StartWire might have important implications for job seekers down the road. According to John Zappe (ERE.net), its purpose is “helping job seekers avoid the black hole and connect with a network of trusted friends and business connections for advice and job referrals.” Whether […]