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11 job-search blunders I find hard to believe

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Some things I find hard to believe, like I stepped on my scale this morning expecting to be two pounds heavier, due to weekend of overeating, and I was actually two pounds lighter. Or I deliver the best workshop of my life and receive less than stellar evaluations. What about my wife still talking to me after I haven’t installed a new screen door on our house three weeks after she’d asked me to?

Other things I find hard to believe are things that jobseekers do in their job search. For example:

  1. After getting laid off, they think it’s a great time for a three-month vacation, especially during the summer. Take a week off and then start your job search is my advice. Some downtime is healthy, but the longer you’re out, the harder it will be to get a job.
  2. They tell me they have no accomplishments to list on…

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How to find and do work you love

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What an inspiring TEDx Talk by Scott Dinsmore! It’s completely worth 18 mins of your time. 

1. Become an expert on yourself: Understand yourself. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, then you’re never going to find it.

2. Do the impossible and push your limits: People don’t do things because they tell themselves they can’t or other people tell them they can’t. Make incremental pushes to prove yourself and others wrong.

3. Surround yourself with inspiring people: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn. Be with people that inspire possibilities.

Thanks to Everyday Power Blog for directing me to this.

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Whoa, Not So Fast College Grad; That Piece of Paper Doesn’t Necessarily Guarantee A Job Anymore.

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From the time we start school parents have a vision of their children being successful not only academically, but assume these achievements will lead to a successful future filled with plenty of job opportunities to choose from.  Being “picky” in a jobless environment is not an option for many, especially college graduates who not only have to think about moving out of their parent’s basement, but more importantly, student loans.  The National unemployment rate stands at 7.5 percent, but it’s much higher for recent college grads.  Unfortunately, the jobs just don’t exist; the number of college graduates are significantly more than there are jobs.  Why give all this effort for all those years and never see it payoff?  The motivation of college grads to achieve success is dwindling.

Individuals who don’t acquire a college degree have been competing for jobs with overqualified college graduates who struggle to find work within…

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Check out this great post on the use of LinkedIn.

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I often get this question during a Résumé Advanced workshop, “Should I include my LinkedIn URL on my résumé?” My answer to this is, “Sure, as long as your profile will serve you well.” This is to say, your LinkedIn profile must impress prospective employers, not turn them away.

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Here are 6 rules to adhere to if you’re going to list your LinkedIn URL on your résumé, personal business cards, or cover letter.

  1. Customize your URL. LinkedIn provides a default address that includes additional numbers and letters behind your name. In Edit Profile, click on Edit next to your default URL and remove all the additional numbers and letters by simply typing your whole name in the field provided. A public profile URL that is clean tells employers you’re LinkedIn savvy, not a babe in the woods.
  2. Your profile must be complete. You’ve probably read many articles about the importance of a…

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