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Cover Letters, Thank You Letters, E-Notes – Oh My!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Activate Your Career Dreams, Career Change, Career Transition

One of my mentors is Master Resume Writer and Career Coach, Wendy Enelow. She has recorded this great 20-minute interview on writing job search letters – cover letters, e-notes, job posting letters, recruiter letters, networking letters, job proposal letters, thank-you letters, and more. Resources   Just click on the link directly below and the program will start immediately. Listen To Job Search Letter Podcast I hope you find some valuable tidbits! And definitely, check out the...

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The Top 5 Mistakes Jobseekers Make In Their Job Search

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Activate Your Career Dreams, Career Change, Career Transition, Job Search Strategy

Are you making these mistakes in your job search? Chances are, you’re making at least one or two — if not more! Go through this checklist and mark which mistakes you’re currently making — and then follow the suggestions to learn how to stop making that mistake!   Mistakes Checklist   1.  Looking for a Job. Wait, I shouldn’t look for a job? Don’t just look for a job — look for a career. A calling. What are you meant to do? How can you use your skills, education, and experience for...

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How To Compare Job Offers

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams, Career Change, Career Transition, Job Search Strategy

There are several ways to compare job offers. You can compare your current position (if you have one) to a job offer, or you can compare two different job offers against each other, or you can compare your current position against multiple job offers (lucky you!). The “Comparing Two Job Offers” worksheet will help you assess the opportunities. Compare Job Offers – 3 Scenarios You can use the worksheets in a variety of ways. You can list specific details for each category — for example,...

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Do You Need to Write a Cover Letter?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams, Job Search Strategy

When you see a survey that says 55 percent of hiring managers don’t pay attention to cover letters, it may be tempting to think that you don’t need one. But consider that means that 4 out of 10 hiring managers do want to read one — and you don’t know whether the hiring manager for this job is one of the 55 percent or one of the 45 percent. Unless you are sure otherwise, it’s better safe than sorry. Even hiring managers and recruiters who say they never read cover letters may find themselves...

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Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Part 3 – Goal Setting

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams

© Marek / Adobe Stock Goal Setting When goal setting, look at where you are now, and also what you need to be successful in your area of focus. When possible, make sure your goal meets the “SMART” criteria — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Quantify your goal in terms of numbers, dollars, or percentages. Instead of: “Be debt-free by Dec. 31,” write “Pay off $6,580 in student loans by Dec. 31.” Define exactly what you want to accomplish, by when. Outcome When...

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Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Part 2

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams

© Isaiah Love / Adobe Stock Where I Am Now Drawing on your assessment that you completed last month, identify specific items to work on within the six areas of focus. This can either be a short-term task (such as increasing your LinkedIn connections) or a long-term goal (such as finishing your bachelor’s degree). In the “Where I Am Now” box, write down your current status. For example, “Nine hours short of bachelor’s degree in business.” Be as specific as you can. Instead of listing “Need...

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