Smart Job Search Advice: Stop Looking for a Job

by Donna Svei July 27, 2015

UK job search coach, Chris Delaney, offers good job search advice for every stalled, demotivated job seeker in the world:   “Stop looking for a job.” Make a List Let yourself off the hook. Rather than looking for a job, make a list of everything you need to do to find a job. Then pick […]

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Avoid This Common Mistake with Your Resume’s Keywords

by Donna Svei July 22, 2015

Smart passive and active job seekers use resume keywords (and LinkedIn keywords) to help recruiters find them in applicant tracking systems, on job boards, and on LinkedIn. The Common Mistake People Make with Resume Keywords The problem is, many people don’t stop to think about the possibility that there might be more than one version […]

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How To Decline an Interview & Make It a Win/Win

by Donna Svei July 21, 2015
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With the economy shifting to a candidate-driven market, you might find yourself invited to a job interview that doesn’t interest you. You want to say, “No,” but you don’t want to shut yourself off from future opportunities. Thus, it’s good to know how to decline an interview in a win/win manner. What Future Opportunities? The […]

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LinkedIn Recommendation: Written By a Free Language Generator

by Donna Svei July 15, 2015
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This is so wrong. A friend just pointed me to a free, online language generator that writes performance reviews. Then she gave me a LinkedIn recommendation example she “wrote” using the generator. She, like many people, doesn’t like to write. At all. If you’ve ever wondered how much help you should give someone when you ask […]

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65% of Successful Job Seekers Say “Thank You for the Interview” via Email — RESEARCH FINDING

by Donna Svei July 12, 2015

You don’t have to send a hand-written thank you note after the interview to land a job. Recent research by DeVry University found that 65% of successful job seekers used an interview thank you email — not a note, not a letter, an email.  Isn’t it nice to finally have some hard data to rely on when […]

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Your Cover Letter: Write an Opportunity Letter, Not a Pain Letter

by Donna Svei July 9, 2015

Cover letters that address your perception of an employer’s pain have been reported to get a response on one out of four sends. Not bad, but you can beat your competition’s pain letter by writing an opportunity letter. Remember, solving a company’s pain only saves it from failure. Capitalizing on its opportunities makes it succeed. […]

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Your LinkedIn Headline: 10 Tips to Increase Profile Views

by Donna Svei July 1, 2015
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After recruiters look at your photo, your LinkedIn headline is the next item they scan in their search results. Because of this, an effective headline plays a critical role in convincing a recruiter to click through to your full profile to learn more about you. Screw your headline up and they might never get to […]

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The ATS Doesn’t Care How You Write Dates on Your Resume

by Donna Svei June 25, 2015
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I saw a blog post last week that gave explicit instructions on how to structure dates on your resume. It suggested that if you didn’t use their prescribed format that applicant tracking systems (ATS) would shoot your resume to the Black Hole of Death. Not the case. Parsing Software Reads Your Resume, Not the ATS First, […]

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Print Your LinkedIn Profile to PDF Before You Change It

by Donna Svei June 17, 2015
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Have you ever wished you could remember the words you used in an old version of your LI profile? Like when you realize an earlier iteration described your accomplishments better? Or had better SEO? When you print your LinkedIn profile to a PDF before you change it, you don’t have to remember anything.  The Client […]

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Don’t Confuse Phase and Faze

by Donna Svei June 15, 2015
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You’re traveling. An email from the CEO hits your phone. She wants to know if your competitor’s new product is going to kill sales in your hottest category. You respond with a rather brilliant analysis of the perceived threat, concluding, “We won’t be phased by this because…”. You have just fallen into the homophone trap. […]

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