Are We Ready for a World Without Resumes?

John N. Frank:

A world moving beyond resumes? Sounds exciting,

Originally posted on One Man's Opinion:

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Updating resumes and writing cover letters can feel like an insurmountable obstacle in the job hunting process, even when you’re desperate for a new gig. For one thing, it’s hard to see typos or inconsistencies once they’ve been introduced, making the process dull at best and frustrating at worst; for another, well, it feels weird to pitch yourself so openly. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to deal with resumes and cover letters at all?
Now, some researchers are advocating just that.

“It’s time for the resume and the cover letter to die,” writes Jesse Singal at The Science of Us. “The problem is that the resume-and-cover-letter bundle — call it ‘the packet’ from here on — is an inefficient, time-wasting way for employers to sort through a first wave of applicants. It doesn’t provide nearly as much useful information about potential employees as we’ve…

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Start a Negotiation Off the Right Way

John N. Frank:

some good advice here, could work in salary negotiations too.

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

When sitting down to a negotiation, many wait to see if the other person is going to make the first move. Instead of sitting back, lead the way. Start the conversation by establishing how you two will work together. Rather than presenting demands right out of the gate and waiting for a reaction, show that you’re eager to hear your counterpart’s position. Ask about her interests and listen. Repeat what you’ve heard so she knows you understand. Share information yourself.

Whenever you suggest an option, explain your reasoning – without giving a speech – and give her time to absorb and respond. If, on the other hand, your counterpart takes charge first, in a way that you feel is unhelpful (by tossing out a position or making a subtle threat), there’s no need to follow. Suggest a different approach that would be more beneficial.

Adapted from the HBR Guide to…

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Oh, The Wait

John N. Frank:

Long-term unemployment is soo tough, but keep fighting the good fight. And always keep believing in yourself.

Originally posted on Serenity Amidst Frustration:

Job Search; Job Hunt; Unemployed

Oh, The Wait
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Here Waiting

Would you like to know what the average length of long-term unemployment looks like these days? Some have found a duration of about 40 weeks. As this is just an average duration, for many, however, the length is much longer.

When I think about how long it has been since I actively started looking for employment, I am shocked. Would you like to know how long it has been for me? It has been almost two years since I officially became unemployed. I cannot believe it. Uncertainty much…right? Had someone told me I would be unemployed for so long, I would have NOT believed it. I have given it my all but still failed as a job seeker. I have never been so discouraged in my life. Even though I have failed to secure a job…

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Healthy vegetable burgers!

I’d try this with egg whites instead of whole eggs and no pepper, I’m not into spicy things. I like an alternative to pre-made veggie burgers which are loaded with too much salt.

 

 

Healthy vegetable burgers!.

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Job hunting is like a game, so why not create one

Job hunting always has struck me as a game, one with serious financial consequences of course, but still and all a game in which you try to find the one place that wants to hire you at any given moment in your career.

A new board game about job hunting. Hope they make this available in the States.

A new board game about job hunting. Hope they make this available in the States.

At various points, when you’re returning to work after being away, or when you’re over 50, the game gets harder than at others, but it is a quest after all, not unlike Jason looking for the golden fleece. Continue reading

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Waiting for a job offer? Don’t wait, keep hunting

Job hunting is a constant exercise, even if you had what you thought was a great interview and you’re sure you’re about to get a  job offer. I’ve written about how I was sure I was getting an offer last spring only to be disappointed, and thrown off my job hunting game because of that expectation.

Wondering when an offer is coming after a great interview? Don't hold your breath, or stop job hunting.

Wondering when an offer is coming after a great interview? Don’t hold your breath, or stop job hunting.

So I heartily agree with a recent posting I saw on the ivyexec blog telling job hunters never to rest if they think they soon may get an offer. Continue reading

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Job hunting while you have a job: here’s some important advice

Always be job hunting is the name of my book and my career mantra. No job is secure or lasts forever and you should always be looking ahead to where you want your career to go. But job hunting while you have a job requires special approaches, and precautions, so you don’t tip off your current employer and risk being fired before you find something new.

Fidning a job while working at one you want to leave requires special approaches to keep from tipping your hand.

Fidning a job while working at one you want to leave requires special approaches to keep from tipping your hand.

This was brought home to me in a recent post I read on Forbes.com. “Hiding your job search can be difficult in this era of social media use, so always think before you act when it comes to posting anything online or discussing your activity with others (especially co-workers),” writes Lisa Quast, who herself has written a career book similar to mine. Continue reading

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