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Posted August 03, 2012 by

Changing Careers or Re-Entering The Workforce – It’s In The Attitude

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Changing careers or re-entering the work force can feel very intimidating to someone who is facing a tough job market plus a tough sell. Employers are in the “driver’s seat” with so many applicants to choose from and this can put you in a position of feeling less qualified than others. (more…)

Posted June 04, 2012 by

Job Interview Techniques: Re-entering The World of Work and Changing Careers

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Creating a self-inventory and doing some basic preparation can make a big difference in the way you view yourself and as a result how others see you.

1. Focus on your “transferable skills.”

When you change careers the focus will be on your “transferable” or “portable” skills. These are skills you have used at any and every job or situation you have been in, including volunteer work and school. (more…)

Posted May 30, 2012 by

3 Key Resume Changes You Need to Make Now if You’re Changing Careers

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Going through a career change and wondering what you need to do to make your resume right?  Here are three key areas of your resume that you need to make adjustments to when switching careers:

1. Your Job Target/Job Title: Make sure you’re not falling into the trap of listing multiple job targets or titles at the top of your resume.  I know it can be tempting when you’re qualified for more than one type of role—or you’re seeking something … anything … different from what you’re doing now.  Instead, focus on one position at a time, and put this at the top of your resume: (more…)

Posted May 30, 2012 by

Take Control of Your Career

William Frierson of CollegeRecruiter.comIf you are not satisfied with your current job, it may be time to consider a change.  However, not necessarily changing jobs within the same career field, but moving to a different one altogether.  While you might be hesitant at first to do so, making a career change could be what you need not only for success in the workplace, but your happiness.  Here are some tips to help you make a career transition: (more…)

Posted May 16, 2012 by

Left Behind – Making Your Move in Your Job Search

Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch

Career AlleyThe other day I had to start my day in a different building for my company. While I’ve visited this building many times, I never started my day there. As luck would have it, the building is the same subway stop as my previous job (some 3 years ago). So I headed directly to the corner coffee guy and, believe it or not, he not only remembered me from 3 years ago, but also remembered how I liked my coffee! We chatted for awhile and it was as if time was turned back to 3 years. I then realized that, although I had moved to a new job and my little world changed, everything that existed in my previous routine continued on as if in some parallel universe. So, I’m sure you are wondering, what’s the point? Changing jobs is a big deal. Your entire routine changes, new people, new responsibilities and new pressure to perform (maybe a new city or country). So often we forget that the “change management” aspect of a new job. There are many reasons to change your job: new opportunity, more pay, job loss, etc. And, while everything changes, everything also stays the same. Today’s post is about managing the change. (more…)

Posted May 10, 2012 by

Changing careers and have no or little experience at the new career.

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

Carole Martin, The Interview Coach

1. When you change careers the focus will be on the “softer” skills – referred to as “transferable” or “portable” skills.These skills include communication skills, ability to work with a diversity of people, ability to plan and organize, time management, etc.

2. Each candidate is unique. What makes you unique? Think about your personality and your personal traits. One of the things that the interviewer is looking for is “someone to fit in” – who is likeable – will work well with the other team members. Personal traits could be the tie breaker between two equally qualified people. Think of at least five personal traits that make you unique – friendly, flexible, quick learner, reliable, responsible, easy to get along with. (more…)

Posted May 09, 2012 by

Washingtonians Concerned Over Job Security Despite Improving Employment Picture

A recent report suggests that workers in Washington fear losing their jobs, even though unemployment has made a little progress.

Washingtonians remain cautious about their job security, despite steady improvement of statewide hiring trends, according to data released today in the 4th Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey.

The survey, conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Everest College, revealed that 33% of Washington workers were concerned about losing their job, similar to 2011 where 30% of respondents said they were concerned about losing their jobs.

Washington State’s unemployment rate remained flat at 8.3 percent for the months of February and March 2012. This equates to approximately 289,000 people who were unemployed and looking for work during that period, down from a peak of more than 365,000 in February 2010. (more…)

Posted February 10, 2012 by

Changing Careers: It’s Never Too Late

With 7 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits, and many counting the years – instead of months – since their layoff, author Darlene Quinn says now is a good time to reinvent yourself.

She cites James Sherk, a senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, who says the jobs people held two or three years ago often simply aren’t there anymore.

“People are trying to find jobs similar to what they had previously, when those jobs completely don’t exist,” he told Reuters recently. “So they will spend a good portion of their period unemployed looking for jobs that they are unlikely to find.” (more…)

Posted January 31, 2012 by

Securing the Right Job or Career Transition in the New Economy – part III

We are ready for any unforeseen event which may or may not happen.”George W. Bush

Part III – A Method to Make your Job Search More Productive
Part III of a 4 part discussion on the job market

collegerecruiter.comIn your quest for the right job or new career, haven’t you asked yourself:

“Is there a way to break from the pack and secure opportunities from the 90% of unpublished job listings?”

For the answer, consider how job counselors and outplacement firms help displaced workers to shorten their unemployment cycle. These groups of former employees are provided tools to directly target companies, create and promote a persuasive resume package and target decision-makers and hiring managers, It all adds up to positive results! (more…)

Posted January 16, 2012 by

Are You Making a Career Change?

William Frierson of CollegeRecruiter.comIf you are working in a position that has not been satisfying, then a career change may be necessary.  While moving into another career field might seem scary, it could be rewarding.  Here are some tips to move forward in your career change: (more…)