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Stop Applying to Jobs Online and Other Career Advice

I love to get good questions from readers and share my answers in a post. Here’s one that addresses a few important issues: Hi Allison, I just read one of your articles on Forbes about how to job search on LinkedIn. I’m a twenty-something currently looking for an entry level job in NYC in the TV business. I’ve had three interviews in 4 weeks but no offers. Responding to job ads feels like sending my cover letter/resume into a black hole (and it’s depressing).…

Best Posts of the Week for Job-Seekers: October 14th

  Each week I’ll feature three posts offering particularly good counsel for those early in their careers. Send along your favorites for consideration. For the week of October 14th: Alex Dogliotti shares why you should be careful when using social media to court a particular employer: Don’t Fall into the Trap of a Social Media Based Job Hunt Deborah Jacobs offers a tough wake-up call to those starting their first jobs: To Thrive at Work 20 Year Olds Must Adjust their Attitude Kerry Jones shares great ideas on how to become an expert through your blog–a topic I love to address in my blog posts and workshops: How a Blog Can Turn You into an Industry Authority              …

Best Posts of the Week for Job-Seekers: 9.30.13

Each week I’ll feature three posts offering particularly good counsel for those early in their careers. Send along your favorites for consideration. For the week of September 30th: Some of the best tips I’ve read for recent grads, (but really for anyone) from Don Fornes,  founder of Software Advice: Nine Job-Seeking Tips for College Graduates Business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz talks about how listening well and being comfortable with being quiet can help you in your career: Listen Your Way Up the Ladder Dan Schawbel, personal branding expert and author of the new book Promote Yourself, talks about how every job involves selling and provides good tips on branding and self-promotion: Success Is Determined by Your Ability to Sell Yourself            …

How to Handle Resume Gaps

  I love getting questions from readers—and here’s a very practical one that I’m not sure I’ve addressed on this blog before. “I would like to know if you have any blogs with advice on how to get back into work or a job after long periods (ex. years) of unemployment and how to explain these breaks to your employer.” This is a great question and one that plagues many job-seekers.…

Why You Need to Know What You Are (And How to Find Out)

I had a very gratifying moment with a client the other day. He’s been out of work for a long time—about 9 months—and has been struggling with transitioning from his original career in journalism to something more secure and lucrative for the long term. After months of applying blindly to advertised jobs and hearing nothing back, he had called me, defeated. Our process included picking apart his experience for clues and focusing on the things he could do to make himself more marketable.…

New Grads: It’s Not About You

It's not about what the company can do for you, it's what you can do for the company.

Yes, Your Resume Needs a Summary!

Having a summary on your resume is a must-have for the marketing-savvy job-seeker. Here's why.

Look Ahead in Your Job Hunt, Not Behind You

In a tough economy, I often hear job-seekers worry about “the competition” – with so many people looking for jobs, it’s harder to be the chosen one. I believe that your biggest competition is yourself—the fear that goes on inside your head, the lack of confidence that stops you from doing your best work — promoting yourself for the qualities you bring to the table. Instead of focusing on what others can do, think about bringing your best self to every interview.…

To Whom it May Concern

Imagine you’re a senior person at a company and you’re looking for the right person to work for you. You’ve been looking at resumes all day long, and you’re tired and looking for some inspiration. You open yet another email, hoping for “the one”, and it’s addressed to: To Whom it May Concern. As someone who’s done a lot of hiring and advises a lot of Gen Y’s on how to get hired, I would never hire someone who sent me a note addressed, essentially, to nobody.…

Summarize, summarize, summarize

One of the things that drives me crazy about resumes–and I look at a lot of them–is when people don’t put a Summary on the top of their resume. A Summary accomplishes two things: It guides the reader so they fully understand a) what you know how to do, and b) what you would like to do with your unique blend of accomplishments. This is not brain surgery, but it does require the author to do the work of reflecting and then articulating what those two items are.…