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  • Actualizing Your New Year's Career Resolution
    by Linda Dobogai - January 2, 2018
    With the start of each new year, many people feel a tug to make a positive change in their lives. It may be driven by a need to improve physical, economic, or career fitness. For those looking to improve career prospects, this may involve starting a new job hunt or positioning themselves for a promotion. Begin with a Self-Assessment. What needs to change in your current circumstances to bring you greater prosperity or job s...
  • 6 Tips in Building a Network to Power a Job Hunt
    by Linda Dobogai - January 11, 2017
    We have all heard about the power of networks in the job hunt, but too many people still fall back on using online applying as their central job search method. However, internal referrals and inside validation of candidates still often act as the catalyst to eliminate or minimize the competition. To reach this status, a strong network is needed, and it does not mean that we all need to be extroverts. Here are some basic tips t...
  • by Linda Dobogai - April 14, 2016
    There are many unknowns we come across when searching for a new role. This fact underlies feelings of both the anxiety associated with change and the excitement of a new adventure. With every change there is an element of risk and potential for growth.To lessen the anxiety and risk, while optimizing growth potential and reward, it's a good idea to gain control of perspective by managing our job hunt expectations. Consider thes...
  • by Linda Dobogai - February 1, 2016
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful that if instead of having to chase down job opportunities, you could just get a large number of employers together in one room that are eager to meet you? Actually this scenario is very real and occurs frequently in the form of job fairs. Each year thousands of people take advantage of this short-cut to talk directly to recruiters about their job interests, skills, and backgrounds.Even though often rel...
  • by Linda Dobogai - September 17, 2015
    People often struggle with figuring out what might be good questions to ask potential employers. It's helpful to create questions that are insightful, yet avoid intrusiveness. Acquiring a realistic preview of the job and work environment are critical in helping to make decisions that will support future job satisfaction. Here are a few questions for you to consider.WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE CHALLENGES FOR THE PERSON HIRED INTO TH...
  • by Linda Dobogai - July 9, 2015
    Studies consistently show that insider referrals far outpace online applications in helping candidates secure interviews and jobs. This outcome relates heavily to credibility. It is assumed that an inside referral is made by an employee who is willing to risk their reputation by recommending you. An online applicant with no connections to the business is a complete unknown.This, of course, is where the hard work associated wit...
  • by Linda Dobogai - January 26, 2015
    Are you wondering why you’re not getting positive results after you send out lots of resumes? If the resumes have been all exactly the same, you may just be spinning your wheels. In today’s world of information overload, where employers are sometimes inundated with resumes from Internet, mobile and other sources, customizing is key. Each employer wants to reserve meeting time for those candidates who are already perceived as...
  • by Linda Dobogai - February 5, 2014
    A few career management experts have predicted the demise of the resume in today’s world of fast-paced social media connections. This is based on an assumption that the LinkedIn profile will act as the replacement. However, there are several reasons why this assumption is incorrect. A LinkedIn profile provides background information. A resume also provides background information. Where they differ is in perspective and the aud...
  • by Linda Dobogai - February 28, 2013
    Having a strong profile is only the first step in actively using LinkedIn as part of a strategic job search. Take steps to make it easier for recruiters to find you. Here are some tips that will help: Review your profile to make sure it is optimized for searches. Be sure that: The headline promotes your personal brand. Use up to 120 characters (the limit) to succinctly communicate your career value; incorporate powerfu...
  • by Linda Dobogai - January 12, 2012
    One of the biggest mistakes you can make in composing your resume is to let your past drive the focus of the content. While a resume covers what we have done, proper perspective in using this information is key. Let your career goal, as it relates to the future you want, guide what you choose to include. You can help employers see you as a qualified candidate if you can clearly show them the relevance of your background to the...