Your LinkedIn Account: The Two Best Reasons to Choose Premium

by Donna Svei April 13, 2015
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LinkedIn changes its member account offerings as often as some people change their hair color. I don’t keep up with the fine points because you can find them here. Rather, I recommend that passive and active job seekers choose the Premium LinkedIn account that’s the best fit for them. Yep, I said, “Premium.” Here’s why: […]

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Resume Font: When to Choose Bold

by Donna Svei April 8, 2015
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Resume font choices can be confusing. First you have to decide which font (or fonts) to use.  Then you have to decide where to use a normal font and where to use bold font.  Resume Font: Where to Go Bold Because bold font draws your readers’ eyes, it’s helpful to use it to guide them […]

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A Sample Interview Thank You Email (She Won the Job!)

by Donna Svei April 6, 2015
Interview Thank You Email

The interview thank you email stumps many people. Thus, when one of my clients sent me an awesome draft for feedback, I asked her if I could share it with my readers. She agreed. I’ve included a redacted copy below. The Sample Hi [Name], I’m so grateful for your generosity this morning in spending time […]

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The Interview Thank You Email vs. Letter vs. Note

by Donna Svei March 31, 2015
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The debate over an interview thank you email, versus a letter or thank you note, probably started about a minute after the first email went out. Well, maybe not. I just checked. The first email hit cyberspace in 1971. Wow! Email is 44 years old, and we still wonder if it’s OK to use it […]

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The Resume Skills Section: An Outdated Way to Get Interviews

by Donna Svei March 30, 2015
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Do you have a “Skills” section on your resume? You know, the resume section some people carefully craft to include every keyword on the posting for their dream job. Whether or not they have the required skill or experience. Yes, that section. It might look like this: Or this: Resume Skills Section: What Recruiters & […]

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Your Profile Picture: Research Reveals the Ultimate Hack – INFOGRAPHIC

by Donna Svei March 15, 2015
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You know how important your LinkedIn profile picture is to your career. Or, if you don’t, read this. Luckily, Photofeeler, a Boulder, Colorado startup, conducts research on profile pictures and has developed a system that lets you assess your profile picture’s effectiveness. Feedback on Profile Pictures You can use Photofeeler to get feedback on three […]

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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make at a Lunch Interview

by Donna Svei March 10, 2015
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Job-Hunt.org just published a fabulous, practical guide, written by Laura DeCarlo, on optimizing a breakfast, lunch, or dinner job interview. The article made me think about the biggest mistake you can make at a meal-based job interview. I realized, “Simple answer, it’s scheduling that type of interview at all!” Beyond: Dress? Etiquette? Conversation? Who Pays? Thank […]

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The Four Best Social Media Shares, According to Research

by Donna Svei June 29, 2014
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Good news! LinkedIn just completed a study of what professionals in several Asian, European, and North American countries like to read about and share on social media.  What We Like While the results varied a bit by country, the order was the same. This graphic from LinkedIn features the results for the United States: Reports […]

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When Good Resume Accomplishment Statements Go Bad

by Donna Svei June 26, 2014
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You know to feature accomplishment statements on your resume. You know to quantify those  accomplishments whenever you can. But what if numbers aren’t your strong suit? How you, or your resume writer, present your accomplishments matters. Look at these examples (from real resumes): Example 1 “Exceeded the 2013 operating expense plan by 10% resulting in $15 […]

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THIS Is a Classy Way to Leave Your Job

by Donna Svei June 17, 2014
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While Amanda Meadows is preparing to leave her job as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Services Department at Bob Jones University, she is training her replacement, Erin Kimbro. She’s not only training Erin, she’s proactively introducing Erin to her network, the people who helped her support BJU’s students with career planning services. As part […]

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