Career Planning

Eleven Keys to Success at Job and Career Fairs

As the economy is picking up, the unemployment rate has dropped to pre‐recession levels, employers are having a difficult time finding qualified employees. Whether you’re underemployed as a part‐time employee, want to advance your career or change companies, now is the time for you to get back in the job market. Job fairs are an excellent way for you to meet multiple employers on the same day. However, there is advance preparation required on your part to stand out from…

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Career Advice for Older Workers

The Reality is Job Change It is rare these days for a person to hold the same job their entire life. By the time someone reaches fifty or sixty, he or she might have had three to five careers and eight to ten jobs. Some of these career changes might have come about due to changing interests, and others might be due to downsizing or forced retirement. Older Workers Want to Work Older workers are increasingly looking for new career…

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How to Get the Attention of Recruiters

As a career development coach, I am often asked how to find those hidden positions in the job market.   Yes, those coveted upper management and executive jobs are not advertised on job boards as they are tightly controlled by executive search firms and contingency recruiters.   These positions are the bread and butter of these firms and they are guarded with whom they will share. With the advent of LinkedIn, search firms have a readily available database of 400 million professionals. …

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Humor may just land you your next job!

Humor and laughter is a method of communication designed to capture the attention of others, convey important information and activate similar emotions in others.   According to founder of Berkeley based research company, NeuroFocus, Dr. A. K. Pradeep, notes that humor is  one of those tools our brains are hardwired to react to and is key to making a message new and novel. In the Psychology of Humor, psychology professor Rod A. Martin argues that humor is used as an ingratiation…

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Career Reinvention

The economy and job marketplace has been drastically transformed in the last decade with the rapid growth of technology and the internet.  In so much that many careers have become obsolete, or have become highly technical and specialized requiring new knowledge.  Jobs from the executives, managerial, professional and line staff in virtually every industry have transformed.  It is no surprise that many people in their late 40s and 50s are struggling to remain relevant.  And those who have lost jobs are having a more difficult time returning to full…

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Reinventing yourself after 50 and beyond

It’s never too late to pursue your desires and realize your dream for your ideal career.  As the baby boomer generation is reaching 50 and beyond, this generation is not content to just sit back and relax.  They are more active, healthy, and ready to take on new challenges.  I only have to look at my own mother who reached retirement over a decade ago and has stayed active by serving on various boards and in the community–these activities keep her…

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