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  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    Too many job seekers set themselves up for failure before the interview ever takes place. They fail to target their audience, demonstrate relevant skills and experience, or present themselves in a way that grabs the attention of potential employers. Plan for success and avoid these ten deadly interview mistakes. 1. Interviewing before you have a handle on your emotions. Get a handle on your emotions before you interview. Fi...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    When you were working and someone asked you what did you had a ready answer. “I work at Acme Enterprises as a customer service manager.” It might not have been the most exciting introduction but it did provide you with an identity and a ready answer. Now that you are not working do you find your mouth full of cotton when you are networking? In business, social, and casual situations it is imperative that you provide the rig...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    Is your résumé getting lost in a flood of résumés? Are you certain you could demon-strate your value to potential employers, if you could just get in front of them? Do you want to dramatically increase your chances of getting a follow-up call from employers? Bait your job-search hook with these seven tips and you’ll catch a whale of a good job.1. Write a focused, accomplishment-centered résumé. Make sure that your résumé in...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    We all have run into objections whether we are selling an idea or a promoting a product. This is never truer than when we are marketing ourselves during a job search. The hiring manager often has specific ideas about what he or she is looking for and may have preconceived ideas about how a candidate’s background or experience meets their requirements. Below are six strategies for overcoming an interviewer’s objections:STRA...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    Put yourself in the shoes of the employer for just a minute. He or she is faced with one of three choices after interviewing you:1. Hire you2. Continue interviewing others, or3. Reject youJust for a minute let’s assume that you sent a well thought out thank you letter. Then discovered a couple of days later when you followed up by telephone that the employer is going to interview additional candidates before making a decisi...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    Are you one of the thousands of job seekers who question their sanity, marketability, and capacity to make smart decisions—just because you’ve lost your job? Are you wondering how to overcome these psychological challenges, rebuild your self-confidence, increase your marketability, and regain your sense of sanity? In today’s competitive job market you need more than a killer résumé and great interviewing skills to survi...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    You never get a second chance to make a first impression! This is especially true when interviewing. But the good news is you CAN build upon your initial impact by investing your time in a well-written thank you letter. Writing one can reinforce the benefits of hiring you and increase your chance of a second interview by 20% or more! It is interesting to note that even in a challenging job market a significant number of can...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    Most job seekers have heard the terms “information interview” or “networking interview” but few people really understand their meaning or how to use them effectively to shorten a job search or make a successful career change. In fact, most job seekers don’t realize that there are multiple kinds of information interviews. While all information or networking interviews share common elements the kind of information gathered de...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 6, 2007
    Cover letters accompany your resume when you can’t be there. They introduce you to your potential employer. They are written specifically for the position for which you are applying. Effective cover letters identify the position you are writing in reference to by the job title and the requisition number (when available). They highlight your qualifications add value to your resume. There is no such thing as a good generic co...
  • by Mary Jeanne Vincent - March 28, 2007
    To succeed in today’s global marketplace, companies must hire the best and the brightest. Having talented employees can make the difference between success and failure.Job hunting in this new economy is competitive, dynamic, results-driven, and requires your best efforts. In the past, jobs and careers were permanent, stable, and predictable. Today all of that has changed. Jobs, careers, and the world of work are transient,...