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We always advise clients to set their sights on at least one target, and that's where we can develop a cohesive branding statement that rings true to their uniqueness and their achievements. I completely agree, unless you know how you want to be perceived in your online community, it's best to hold off laying anything down on your profile until you can decide who that person should be (even though you are a person of multiple talents!) It's just simpler and less confusing for headhunters and potential employers alike...they all know which "you" they are dealing with! Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments or violent reactions)
Love the stories! Hope it can serve as an eye-opener to bad bosses all over...and to good employees who shouldn't feel put down.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on TouchDown with a Bad Boss - Week 2 at Movin' On Up
Despair can really take a hold of someone during a job search...especially when they take so long! Some job seekers unfortunately have been at it for over 12 months without results in sight. Love the tips you've shared here, especially finding a job search buddy...who says you have to suffer this torment alone? Definitely, two (or more) heads are better than one. Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments or violent reactions)
It really takes a big person to relinquish his/her voice for a few minutes and get everybody's feedback. A lot of bosses try to be supermen (superwomen) and take over the conversation without regard for the ideas of others. You never know who has the better idea, the plan that saves the most time and money, nor the solution to the entire problem...and trust me, it isn't always the boss. If you are on the other side and given the chance to speak, keep it clean, be respectful and keep it simple! Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments or violent reactions)
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Jason, I'm glad there is someone out there on the recruiter's side laying all this out. Can't tell you the number of clients I have spoken to who are just frustrated beyond belief that recruiters they hired could not or will not give it to them straight. Job seekers are entitled to a response, whether good or bad...at least they will know what to do next! Sometimes recruiters forget that this is all part of customer service...excellent recruiters get a LOT of referral business when they treat job seekers right. Hopefully this post will remind them if not jolt them awake from their stupor. :P Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments or violent reactions)
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Had a lesson in #1 this morning when I posted an article on my blog. (Long story, but I learned a lot about librarians!) We don't know what we don't know...but it should be our opportunity to learn more about how things work, how much things have changed and how we can be better. Sometimes it takes a mistake for us to try a different approach or move in another direction. Karen, The Resume Chick (on Twitter or Google if you have questions, comments or violent reactions)
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I can see this applied in many different scenarios. We get so caught up trying to get everyone to follow when what we should do is get other to participate, as Damian mentions above. We are a long way from coming together in this kind of approach, but we have to start somewhere! Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter for questions, comments or violent reactions)
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2010 on Include The People at Re:Focus
Some one who values your work enough that they send referrals your way every chance they get (without expecting anything in return). Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter if you need me)
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2010 on What Constitutes A Good Client? at Career Hub
Great points here. :-) It only seems natural to ask the question, since you have made it that far already. At least you will know what expectations the prospective employer has and if you are ready to deliver. Karen, The Resume Chick (on Google or Twitter if you need me)
I see way too many unprofessional email addresses that my clients are quite happy to use- until I mention it to them. Some shrug their shoulders and say- "well that is the one I check most- best to use that" and others get the point and use a better, professional and grownup email address on their resume. Those are the ones methinks might actually get the job!