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  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    In today’s competitive job market you can’t afford a résumé that fizzles; power up your résumé with solid success stories. Including simple, clear accomplishment statements on your résumé will get and keep the attention of hiring managers. In all of my years as a career coach I find that most of my clients are unaware of the value they bring to current and future employers simply because they think they are just “doing thei...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    The résumé is the most widely recognized job search tool; although many job seekers don’t realize that it is a marketing tool. However, it is not the only one that is essential to your search. Here are nine tools you should consider using to increase your effectiveness.RésuméThe résumé highlights relevant skills, specific accomplishments, and related experience. It includes dates of employment and job titles. While its sta...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    Have you stalled out on the job search highway? Have the molehills on the road begun to look like Mount Everest? The truth is everyone stalls out from time to time; everyone takes a misstep once in awhile. The trick is to realize sooner rather than later that what you are doing isn’t working and take steps to get back on track. Below are three common obstacles job hunters encounter and easy-to-implement steps for getting ar...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    What if you could take your career to the next level in just 30 days? Is this the year for the promotion, new job, or career change? Use this ten point action plan to take your career to new heights. My challenge for you: act on one of the 10 ideas below today and everyday during the next 30 days and experience the extraordinary results! 1. Describe your goal in great detail – whatever it is. What will you be doing when you...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    Résumé writing is sales! You are the product. Well-written resumes are successful marketing tools that attract the attention of potential employers by commu-nicating your value to them. They include specific accomplishments or success stories that demonstrate your contributions in similar situations in the past.Do’s* Do present yourself accurately and positively. * Include only enough information to encourage the employer t...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    Reducing and managing stress is one of the keys to a successful search. Too much stress and you appear desperate. Not enough and people question your motivation. Only you can decide how much stress is the right amount! Here are seven steps you can take to significantly lower stress, improve your effectiveness, and ultimately shorten your job hunt. 1. Have a realistic understanding of how long a job search takes. As a genera...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    Although today’s job market can be very competitive, many job seekers overlook simple techniques that will catch potential employers’ attention. Apply these eight ideas to stay ahead of your competitors and get hired now!1. Brand yourself. Target, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus are all retailers. But you can easily tell them apart because of their effective branding. Apply the concept of branding to your job search. How are you...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    1. You’ve been promoted or accepted a new job recently.Congratulations! This is a great reason for taking another look at your résumé. Doing so now will help you absorb and focus on the unfamiliar and perhaps more challenging aspects of the new position. It will make you consider the scope of the new job, identify what’s important to accomplish, and help you to make the right decisions for success. 2. Your job responsibilit...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    Imagine waking up every morning eager to go to work! Unfortunately for the vast majority of workers this seems like the impossible dream. And yet, there are those folks who do achieve it. They are invigorated by work and happily head off to work day after day. What is it about them or their work that makes such a difference?Consider for a minute that you had just won the lottery. What kind of energy would you have when you...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 13, 2009
    You have been job hunting for what seems like an eternity. You are tired, cranky, and feeling stuck. You’ve hit the wall! What can you do? Implement these ideas to re-energize your stalled job search. 1. Consider the wall as a temporary stopping place. Use it to catch your breath and re-evaluate your approach. 2. Reframe the situation. Ask, "How else can I look at this?" 3. Focus on what is working and why. Stop reading now...