Archive | May, 2011

Resumes, Chickens & Eggs: The Debate Rages On

As a follow-up to the article I posted a few days ago, outlining my 5 Steps to a Very Good Resume methodology, I can’t resist sharing the link below from a recent LinkedIn discussion I came across that was focused on resumes — and specifically, whether or not a resume in today’s world should be […]

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Website Review: MyNextMove.Gov

Are you currently wrestling with the gooey, frustrating question of “What do you want to do for a living?” If so, I’m pleased to report that the U.S. Government is earnestly attempting to solve your problem through the deployment of a new website called http://www.mynextmove.org.  Have you stumbled across this site yet in your career […]

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With Ads, Reading Comprehension is Key

Remember those annoying “reading comprehension” questions on the SAT exam?  Boy, I hated those.  While I’m generally pretty good with the English language, the idea that there was only ONE acceptable interpretation to a given story always got under my craw. For example, I specifically remember one question that asked “Who built the Erie Canal?” […]

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Entitlement Attitudes = Societal Progress?

Do you have your priorities straight?  Are you clear about what’s important to you?  Do you have a firm grasp on the tradeoffs you’d be most willing to make, versus others, in the event you weren’t able to snag your no-holds-barred “dream job” at the present time? Frankly, I think most Americans stink at this.  […]

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LinkedIn Tip: What Happened to “Send a Message”?

If you’re a fairly experienced LinkedIn user, or have ever attended one of my LinkedIn workshops/webinars, you’ve probably heard me point out that the single greatest benefit of joining “Groups” on LinkedIn is the ability you then gain to “Send a Message” to fellow Group members, for free, without having to pay a fee (InMail) […]

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LinkedIn Tip: Saved Searches & Automatic Alerts

While teaching a LinkedIn class last night, I was reminded of a very useful feature on the site that I had completely forgotten about — and that most people probably miss, if they’re fairly new to the system! The feature in question is the ability to save your searches on the Advanced People Search page.  […]

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Career Poll: What’s Your Top Career Priority?

Had another poll catch fire on LinkedIn this past month, attracting 342 votes from people around the world, versus last month’s poll which (for whatever reason) only compelled 42 people to speak up and cast their vote.  Still not sure why some of these surveys take off so much more than others, but hey, the […]

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Non-Profit Job Websites & Resources

I’ve been talking to quite a few executives working in the non-profit field, as of late, and these fine folks have alerted me to a number of helpful resources for researching current jobs, trends, and events in the philanthropic world — some I’ve been recommending to people for years, as well as others I hadn’t […]

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5 Steps to a “Very Good” Resume

Resume-writing is a multi-million-dollar industry these days — not only due to the rise in unemployment rates, I believe, but also due to the fact that many resume-writing services intentionally try to make resume development seem like more of an “arcane science” than it really is.  You’ll see some companies suggesting they’ve invented some sort […]

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Relationships Are One Thing; Advocates, Another!

Question to ponder. In terms of your professional success, do you think it’s better to have 100 casual relationships with people you know in passing — who might lend you a hand every once in a while — or 10 “power relationships” with people who think you’re amazing and who go out of their way, […]

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