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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 | Comments Off on Cover Letters, Thank You Letters, E-Notes – Oh My!

Cover Letters, Thank You Letters, E-Notes – OH My

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. (more…)

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 | Comments Off on The Top 5 Mistakes Jobseekers Make In Their Job Search

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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

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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 | Comments Off on How To Compare Job Offers

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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, for “Base Pay,” that may be a specific number:
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How to Find the Perfect Job

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Career Change, Job Search Strategy | Comments Off on How to Find the Perfect Job

How to Find the Perfect Job

How do you find the ideal job? What makes a perfect job for you? A great salary? Fabulous benefits? A flexible schedule? An innovative culture?

The first step to deciding which job to take is clarifying what you want in your next position. This will help you assess whether the job you’re being offered is taking you in the right direction. So let’s start with defining your “ideal” job. Use the “Your Ideal Job” worksheet to clarify what your dream job looks like.
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Top 10 Cover Letter Tips and Tricks

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Career Change, Career Transition, Job Search Strategy | Comments Off on Top 10 Cover Letter Tips and Tricks

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Cover Letter Tips and Tricks

Tip 1: Beyond the obvious — including the hiring manager’s contact information. You also want to make sure that you tailor the content of the cover letter specifically for the company being targeted.
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Four Things You Must Include In Your Cover Letter

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Job Search Strategy | Comments Off on Four Things You Must Include In Your Cover Letter

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Regardless of the format, the first thing in your cover letter should be an attention-getting opening paragraph! There are a couple of ways to get the reader’s attention.

1. Let the reader know how you found out about the job opening.

  • Were you referred by a current employee?
  • Are you a customer, and saw it while shopping on the company website?

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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 | Comments Off on Do You Need to Write a Cover Letter?

Do You Need to Write a Cover Letter?

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 drawn in by a particularly compelling letter. When they say they don’t want a cover letter, it’s because they don’t want to read a boring, basic letter. Like a résumé, the cover letter will only get a quick glance at first. But if you can tell a story with your letter, you may interest them in reading it — either instead of, or in addition to, your résumé. (more…)

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

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams | Comments Off on Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Part 3 – Goal Setting

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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. (more…)

Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Part 2

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams | Comments Off on Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) – Part 2

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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.” (more…)

Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams, Career Change, Career Transition, Job Search Strategy | Comments Off on Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Developing Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) is your roadmap for your career (and your life), helping you identify the steps to take to help you reach your dream job as well as live the life that you want.

On the career side of things, your plan provides structure for professional growth and outlines explicit learning and development goals so you know exactly what you need to do to get from where you are now to where you want to be. (more…)