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  • 5 Steps to Reentering the Workforce
    by Thea Kelley - January 17, 2019
    Whether you’ve been staying home with children, recovering from a major illness or unemployed for any reason, getting hired after a long break can be tough. How can you convince skeptical employers that you’re ready to jump back into the nine-to-five? One: Demonstrate Your Commitment Employers want employees who are passionately committed to the line of work they’re hiring for. Ways to show your dedicatio...
  • 7 Ways to Find the Email Address of the Hiring Manager
    by Thea Kelley - January 10, 2019
    To boost your chances when applying to a job, send your resume directly to the hiring manager–the person who would be your boss–not just to human resources. So how do you find the email address of the hiring manager? It can take a little trial and error, but the great thing about the following methods is that they’re all free. Try the easy way. Google their name and the word “email” or &l...
  • Job Interviews: Panel and Sequential
    by Thea Kelley - January 3, 2019
    “How many people do I have to interview with to get this job?” At some companies the answer is “quite a few,” either one person at a time – a sequential or serial format – or all at once as a panel interview. It’s not like they mean to gang up on you, although that may be how it feels! The usual reason for this kind of process is to enable a better hiring decision incorporating t...
  • 3 Useful Resume Hacks You Didn't Know
    by Thea Kelley - December 25, 2018
    If you’re shopping for a better job–what a great gift for yourself!–well, ’tis the season to get your resume ready. Many a January job was born from a December resume. And if you think you know everything about writing a resume, here are some tricks I’ll bet you didn’t know for scoring these crucial wins: Enhancing your job titles in a way that’s honest and ethical. Making y...
  • 5 Steps to a Successful Career Change
    by Thea Kelley - December 20, 2018
    Whether you’re 25 years old, 40, or 55, career change is possible when you apply a combination of strategy and perseverance. The first thing you need to do it to recognize that career change is usually an incremental process. You probably won’t go from finance to public relations or from engineering to nonprofit management in one leap. You’ll need to patiently complete a number of steps, as described below...
  • Getting a Job: How Long Will It Take?
    by Thea Kelley - November 23, 2018
    In the past there’s been a rule of thumb among career coaches that finding a job takes one month for every $10K of salary. In 2018 it’s been a lot faster than that: in one survey of recent hires, 58% percent said their job search lasted two months or less.So that’s how it has gone for other people. Now, let’s talk about the real question. What can you do to get your next job as soon as possible? T...
  • 5 Dangerous Myths About Job References
    by Thea Kelley - November 15, 2018
    As spring is followed by summer, hopefully your job interviews will be followed by reference checks! Don’t be knocked out of the running by any of the following deadly myths. Myth #1: Employers will only contact the persons you include in your references list. Not true. Many will contact others; it’s neither illegal nor particularly difficult. They can even discover and contact past employers you haven&rsq...
  • How to Write an Inteview Thank-You Note that Gets You Hired
    by Thea Kelley - October 30, 2018
    Done well, a post-interview follow-up note does more than just say “thank you.” It helps you get the job. How can an interview follow-up email make that much difference? By reminding them why you’re the right person for the job. Can they have forgotten this so soon, the day after the interview? Sure, especially if they interviewed several people that day. And maybe they weren’t that clear on your...
  • Social Proof: A Job Seeker's Secret Weapon
    by Thea Kelley - October 19, 2018
    Most job seekers are leaving one of their most powerful tools unused on the table. Social proof can convince employers to trust you, believe you – and hire you. Why do you need social proof in job search? When a job posting brags that the company has “a very inclusive culture” and “great work-life balance,” you take it with a grain of salt, right? Sure. And that’s the same way they tak...
  • How to Turn Info Interviews into Relationships
    by Thea Kelley - October 4, 2018
    Informational interviews are a great job search networking tactic. You can gain useful industry and company insights. More crucially, you can build relationships that may lead to being referred to hiring managers. How can you keep in touch and continue the relationship (without being perceived as a pest)? Let’s say you had an informational interview with Samantha, who does work similar to yours at a company you&rsq...