LinkedIn: Focus on Your Strengths

Having worked with hundreds of clients to improve their profiles, expand their networks, and leverage their connections, I have noticed that many people are nervous talking about their strengths. When we reach the summary section, skills section, or experience descriptions, many clients immediately cringe from my suggestion of expanding the verbiage to include more strengths. Generally speaking, individuals fall into two camps: they either say they “don’t want to brag” or they “don’t have any strengths.” For those who don’t want to brag, my response is fairly simple: it isn’t bragging, it’s...

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Kick Your Job Search into High Gear

If you are like many people, then performing a job search can start to wear on you very quickly. In my own job searches, I became fatigued after about 3 weeks—I would apply to job ads online incessantly, and then become disheartened when I didn’t hear anything. Struggling to land even an interview can be very discouraging, and can lead to you ceasing to apply altogether. Rather than letting your job search get bogged down, try the steps I’ve included below. Sometimes, to land that interview and find your next opportunity, you just have to change the way you do things to get more leverage out...

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5 Networking Mistakes & How to Fix Them

Networking is an absolute must in today’s world of work. Your network is often the primary resource to find new opportunities, and being part of a network to someone else is an important aspect of the job search. But I often see people making networking mistakes, sometimes out of ignorance and sometimes out of forgetfulness. Your network is a super important part of your job search, so you want to treat it right. Here are five of the biggest networking mistakes I’ve seen, plus some quick ways to fix them. Neglecting face-to-face networking. The internet is a wonderful tool. It provides...

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Resource Round-Up: 5 Job Seeker Sites

I am a research oriented person. I love delving deep into the minutiae of an issue, examining it from multiple angles. I believe that knowledge is power, doubly so when it can be applied to such an important process as the job search process. Here at Career Solutions Group, we have developed lots of different techniques for doing job research for our clients. One of these techniques includes sampling information from lots of different resources. Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite online job search resources with you. Here are five great websites for career changers: LinkedIn....

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The History of the Resume

Where did our tradition of the resume come from? Who wrote the first resume, and why do we still use them today? These are questions that often crossed my mind when I performed my first job search. This was mostly due to my frustration at having to cram all my background onto one page (I hadn’t realized that I should only include relevant information at this point). Well today we are finally going to explore the history of that all-important document, the resume. Most resume histories begin in 1482 with Leonardo da Vinci composing the first professional resume. Eighteen years later in 1500,...

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