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Creative Resumé vs template Resumé??

Creative Resumé! It represents YOU and where you WANT your career to go. It’s creative in a poetic license way- -formatted so your strengths and experiences are quickly understood. Recent Graduate, 20-Something and Experienced Professional samples are attached.

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Do You Have What It Takes?

CEOs know. They will hire and promote employees who exhibit these traits: Hustle; Passion; Creativity; Honesty; Happiness; Flexibility; and Confidence. #WinningTipsfor20Somethings
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Need inspiration to Seize the Day?

Don’t just seize the day. Seize your youth.  This is the inspirational philosophy of a new website, Carpe Juvenis, which offers insightful articles on life, work, school, health, culture and more. Check it out and get prepared to go the extra mile on your current projects.

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How to Get an Informational Interview

The informational/networking interview is THE way to get a job.  Here’s how to make it easy for others to help you.

Here’s some advice adapted from Elliott Bell at The Daily Muse, with additional thoughts from MyCareerCatapult.com:

Find the Right People

Start by making a list of companies you’d love to work at and of job titles or positions you’d be interested in. While people who fit on either list are good, someone who works for your dream company and has your dream role is where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. MyCareerCatapult.com adds: Always start with the “warmest, easiest” calls/emails first so you build your confidence and experience.

That said, it’s important to consider what the person does at the company and the size of the company—you want to target people who are in an aspirational role, but who aren’t so high up that they won’t have time to meet with you. I may want to talk to the CMO of a major company, but I can probably learn more talking to the marketing director of a smaller company. Also, look for people you have some sort of connection with—if someone went to your college or has a shared connection, he or she will be more likely to want to meet with you.

I prefer using LinkedIn to find people, but then reaching out over email—it’s easier for people to respond to, and you won’t look like LinkedIn spam.

Perfect the Art of the Ask

Any good cold email has two things: a clear message (why you’re reaching out), and an easy-to-understand ask (the action you want the recipient to take). Here’s a simple formula that checks both boxes and that will work most of the time:

1. Start by Asking for Help

This sounds obvious (and, OK, a little weird), but it’s a proven fact that people love to feel like they are helping others. So, if you literally start by saying, “I’d love your help,” or “I hope you’ll be able to help me out…” your chances of getting a positive response go up significantly.  MyCareerCatapult.com adds: It does seem to work, but just be sure you are incredibly appreciative in your emails and in person so they don’t feel used. Good Karma is key 🙂

2. Be Clear

Ask for something very specific, and make it as easy as possible for the person to say yes. Saying, “I’d love to know more about what you do and how you got your start” is okay, but doesn’t tell someone how much of his or her time you’re after or what you’re really suggesting. Instead, try something like, “I’d love to take you to a quick coffee so I can hear your perspective on this industry and what it’s like to work at your company. I’ll actually be in your area next week and would be happy to meet you wherever is convenient for you.”  MyCareerCatapult.com adds: Yes! Add a time so they know what the commitment is- – “May I have 5-10 minutes of your time to find out more…”  Who can’t spare 5 minutes??

3. Have a Hook

A great way to increase your chance of landing the interview is to demonstrate why you really want to meet with this person. Do you admire her career path? Do you think the work he’s currently doing at company X stands out as the best? Maybe you have a shared connection and think she would be a great voice of wisdom. Don’t be afraid to share why you are specifically reaching out to this person. The more personalized your ask feels, the greater chance of success you’ll have.  MyCareerCatapult.com adds: If you can, add the “hook” in the email Subject line, or the first sentence, so they have a positive impression right away.

4. Be Very Considerate

Remember that, in asking for an informational interview, you’re literally asking someone to put his or her work on hold to help you. Show your contact you understand this by saying, “I can only imagine how busy you must get, so even 15-20 minutes would be so appreciated.”  MyCareerCatapult.com adds: And always be gracious and understanding if they can’t connect; you can then reach out later and/or keep them “posted’ on how your job search is going.

5. Make Sure You Don’t Seem Like You’re Looking for a Job (Even if You Are)

If you sound like you’re really just looking for a job, there’s a good chance this person will push you to HR or the company’s career page. So be sure to make it clear that you really want to talk to this person to learn about his or her career history and perspective on the job or industry. After you meet and make a great impression is when you can mention the job hunt.  MyCareerCatapult.com adds: This is where your upfront research and targeting pay off:  you can talk knowledgeably about the industry and the competition, not just job openings.

Follow Up, and Be Pleasantly Persistent

If you don’t hear back right away, don’t worry. People are busy, and sometimes these things slip to the bottom of a person’s to-do list. The key is to not just give up. If you haven’t heard back in a week, reply to your first email and politely ask if your contact has had a chance to read your previous email. Also, use this opportunity to reiterate how much it would mean to you to have 15 minutes to learn from him or her.

I personally believe that it’s your responsibility to continue to follow up (as nicely as possible) every couple of weeks until you’ve heard an answer one way or the other. Some would say that after one or two tries, you may run the risk of upsetting the person—but I say that sometimes, persistence pays off. At the end of the day, it’s really up to you and your personal comfort level.  MyCareerCatapult.com adds: Yes! Always take the high road in following up and never make them feel “guilty” about not getting back to you. Again, good Karma will work in your favor.

Get more easy advice and your own job search Coach at http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com!

– – Terry Walton

Original article by Elliott Bell, March 17, 2014 The Daily Muse

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“To My Fellow Job-Hunting College Seniors”

“When it came to my job search, I discovered a disconnect between my education and the real world.”  Easy tips from a successful college job seeker:

To my fellow generation of entitled adult-adolescents who expect a $75,000 salary if they’re going to get up before 10 a.m., here’s my advice from the other side of the job search. You won’t hear any of this from your college career center.

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• Set up your voice mail like someone who has a real job or deserves one. Don’t make people sit through even five seconds of your favorite song or your jokey explanation of why they need to leave a message. If they’re calling to set up a job interview, they just want to be sure it’s you.

• Never wear a black suit to an interview. Black suits are for weddings and funerals. Go to a classy men’s boutique and have them fix you up with a nice $500 suit, gray or navy blue. It’ll last you five years. The key is to make sure it fits so you’ll feel snappy in the job interview despite your stutters and flop sweat. If you can swing it, buy the grayand the blue suit. Wear the blue for the first-round interview, and the gray to the more formal second- or third-round interviews. (Women: Sorry, I’m not qualified to advise on pencil-skirts and heels.)

• If you get nervous in social situations, make an effort to go out to a bar—not with your buddies—a few months before interview season, have a couple of drinks, and strike up a conversation with an unfamiliar girl (or guy). Bars are low-pressure, and even if you do get shut down, you’ll realize that the rejection isn’t that bad. More important, you’ll gain new confidence that will help in higher-pressure environments such as interviews and networking sessions.

• In networking sessions, don’t talk about the fascinating people you’ve met or the exotic places you’ve been if that information hasn’t been strongly solicited by the other person. Better to talk about your friend who deep-fried an entire bag of Doritos than the semester you spent at Oxford. You’ll get laughs and seem down-to-earth.

• Don’t use your university email on your resume. Schools often discontinue email addresses, and if an employer wants to get in touch after graduation you’ll be out of luck. Get a Gmail account with some easy-to-understand form of your name. Note: It’s safe to assume that job interviewers think people with Yahoo or AOL email accounts are suspect.

• When you get a business card, write on the back where and when you met the person and any useful notes about him or her. Keep track of these cards. Personally, I use a spreadsheet for all the info. Email your contacts—even a few lines—every three or four months and make sure you have something to say.

• Trying to network with someone in a company but don’t know their email? If you have someone else’s email from the company, follow the format. If an analyst’s email is John.Doe@bank.com, and you want to get in touch with Jane Smith, send the email to Jane.Smith@bank.com. I have used this trick a few times and it works.

• LinkedIn. Get one.

• Social Media. As you’ve noticed, parents now use Facebook more than we do, and the people who are thinking about hiring you will probably be parents. Before you start your job or internship search, reset your privacy settings so that strangers can see only your profile picture. Choose a presentable photo—no random arm around you or red Solo cups. Make your Twitter and Instagram private. Oh, and delete your Myspace if it still exists. Any potential employer will Google you, so if there’s anything floating around on the Web that you don’t want them to see, take it down.

• Write thank-you notes for job interviews. Emails don’t cut it, so play it safe and do both. Write and mail the note the minute you get home.

• Once you accept a job offer, don’t talk about your salary—you’ll either sound like you’re bragging or you’ll discover that you should have held out for more. An exception: Friends may ask in earnest, especially juniors, so they can better grasp the job market. But tell them at your own risk.

• If you’ve accepted an offer, do everything in your power to help classmates find a job. Getting an offer means you’re doing something right and probably have at least one valuable piece of advice to pass along. Share if others ask. You would want someone to do the same for you.

Don’t worry, if you get one or more of these things wrong, it isn’t going to totally kill your chances of landing an internship or job. And it was probably time to clean up your Facebook anyway.

Mr. Pierce is a senior finance student at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. After graduation, he’ll be working as an investment-banking analyst.
http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com for How to Find a Job Coaching
Borrowed and adapted from The Wall Street Journal Opinion article by DAVID L. PIERCE.
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4 Million Open Jobs!

Don’t settle for mediocrity. There are 4 million open jobs in the US. Job Seeker: look online; submit resume; wait. Employers: post online; review resumes; wait.  But this doesn’t work. For you to be hired, you need to radically re-imagine how to navigate the job market, connect, engage, and build the kind of personal brand to attract employers.

Re-imagine how to market yourself, develop your target companies and jobs, and expand your network. 4 million people need to be hired, so invest the time, creativity and persistence to be successful.

For more ideas, hire a Coach! http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

 

Adapted and borrowed from Business Insider: “This Simple Strategy Will Make You The Top Candidate For Any Job” by Joel Capperella.

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True Grit

What sets high achievers apart?  According to psychologist and “genius grant” recipient Angela Lee Duckworth, it’s ruthlessly pursuing a goal over time: grit, perseverance. This is the trait that, “as much as, or in some cases more than, talent can predict success in a variety of difficult situations” according to an December interview in  Monitor on Psychology.

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   A Defining Factor of Grit is Perseverance: Perseverance in this case is defined by the ability and stamina to go after long-term goals. If you pride yourself on, say, resisting late-night snacks, but change your career goal every time you face a setback, grit is not your forte. Self-control, a more temporary concept, may be. (And yes, it’s possible to have both.)

   You Can’t Have Grit Without a Goal: People who are gritty, Duckworth says, are hard workers who don’t see pursuing their goal as “work.” They value it deeply, believe that good things will come from achieving it, and don’t waste time second-guessing themselves or worrying about what they could be doing instead. In other words, if you find a goal you’re passionate about, the grit may follow.

   There Are Ways to Boost Grit: One may be to practice looking on the bright side. Since grit usually involves overcoming obstacle after obstacle, pessimists are less likely to have it. Another may be to commit to committing. According to Duckworth’s research, showing up is indeed half the battle—if not more. “Woody Allen once said that 80% of success in life is just showing up,” she says. “And I think grit inclines individuals to show up for their commitments, and to keep showing up.”

Know someone who needs help defining goals and sticking to a career plan? Find career and job search coaching – -and job search success at http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

Article borrowed from Anna Medaris Miller, The Daily Muse

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Workplace Passion…?

Yes! Bosses have discovered that passion -about the business! -makes a better employee.

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A passion for the business. A zeal for the industry. An excitement, an enthusiasm, a zest for the art, and the craft, and the science, of what makes a company in the field succeed. In an information economy, the measures of success are increasingly intangible.  Finding people who can make decisions well, and then execute on those decisions, is difficult for bosses.They have to figure out who is going to understand the customer better, the manufacturing process better, the marketing better, the interface better, and so on.

What’s more, bosses need to determine who’s going to stick with it — there are a lot more forks in the road, and bumps along the way, in this intangible world. Perseverance through the inevitable fumbles and fiascos is needed because without perseverance there are no victories.

Because somebody who is passionate is inherently motivated, and internally driven to succeed, they try harder to find answers. They think up clever stuff on their own. They enjoy the business, and the customers, and the industry so much that they’re always discovering new things or perceiving additional ways that the business could succeed.

In short, passionate people are better employees because they care more than dispassionate people. Celebrate your passions in your work and job search, and enjoy the sweet taste of success. http://www.MyCareerCatapult.com

Excerpted insight from article by MARC CENEDELLA, THELADDERS

Read more: http://www.cenedella.com/so-if-not-me-who-did-get-the-job-2/#ixzz2n58fuCTs

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“So, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?”

Talking about yourself should be easy.  But for most of us, it’s pretty tough, especially in an interview. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can psych yourself up for this portion of big day, and nail it, too.

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Body Language is Important  Whether you realize it or not, it speaks volumes about your personality and state of mind without you saying a word.

So, when you’re asked to talk about yourself, give your body a moment to catch up to your brain before you speak. Take a deep breath, and adjust your posture. Relax your shoulders, un-cross your legs, and do whatever you need to do to “switch” into a more casual posture. Not too casual—you’re still in an interview—just enough to give your interviewer a few body language cues that tell him or her you’re comfortable and excited to talk about yourself.

Keep it Short  Although your interviewer did ask you to talk about yourself, he or she probably doesn’t want to spend the entire interview hearing your life’s story. While you want to give a complete answer, linger too long and you’re likely to look unfocused—or worse, lose the interviewer’s interest.

To help keep your response in your interviewer’s attention sweet spot, keep it between one and two minutes. You’ll have to practice this at home a few times to get a sense for what you can fit into that timeframe, but once you do, you’ll be able to pace yourself when it’s time for the interview.

Follow the Formula   The trick, of course, is to keep yourself on topic. Think about hitting the following three points.

.    To start off, share the easy stuff, like what you’re currently doing, what you studied in college, or what your career path has been focused on. For example, “As you’ve probably seen, I studied business in college, and have been focusing on client relations and business development in the tech world ever since.”

.    Next, move on to your professional accomplishments. Pick two or three really unique milestones that relate to the job you’re applying for—for example, maybe you were given the opportunity to work with a high-profile client as a result of your skills as a negotiator. If you can throw in tangible results of your accomplishments as well—like improved client retention or increased sales—all the better!

.    Finally, bring it all together by talking about how all your prior experience has positioned you to pursue the challenges and opportunities the company and role you’re interviewing for would offer. Something like, “With my tech background and my track record of solving really tough client issues, I think I’d really succeed in this role.”

Be Yourself  When interviewers ask to hear more about you, they usually mean it. The rest of the questions you’ll be asked during your interview will cover your skills and capacity to do the work—but this first question seeks to uncover what you’d really be like to work with every day.

In other words, this is a great opportunity for you to show off your sparkling personality. Don’t be afraid to relax, smile, and throw in stories or anecdotes that show off your passions and interests (think: “The last company I worked for focused on sports teams—which was great, because I’m a basketball fanatic”).

Talking about yourself may never be easy, but using these tips will help make it look easy to your interviewer. While your resume may have an impressive list of accomplishments, nothing on paper could ever bring those talents to life like the person who made them—you!

A final thought — keep it positive, specific and somewhat short; try to make the interview more of a conversation and enjoy! – – Terry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Thank you for this article and tips by Ryan Kahn. Read the full article at the link below.

http://www.thedailymuse.com/job-search/the-question-interviewers-always-ask-and-how-to-answer-it/

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3 Tips for Selling Yourself

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1. Know exactly where you want to go. 

You need to know exactly what you want to achieve or no one can help you get there. Your elevator pitch should answer three questions: Who are you? What do you do? Where do you want to go, or what are you looking for?

2. Eliminate Jargon.

A good strategy is to imagine explaining what you do to your parents and using a similar formula in your elevator pitch. Making sure your pitch is in layman’s terms is especially critical for those in accounting, finance, and technology.

Dumbing down complex ideas is a “real art,” says McDonald. You need to be able to explain what you do and who you are in a way that appeals to most people. This means avoiding acronyms or terminology that wouldn’t be understood by someone outside of your industry.

3. Pitch it to your friends and colleagues.

Keep practicing and tweaking your pitch until it’s natural for you to say aloud and convincing to the listener. After you’ve got your story down, practice your elevator pitch with friends and colleagues. Ask them to give you feedback. Ask them what you should do to make it better.

“Most people can’t present what they’ve done effectively,” Paul McDonald, a senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half, tells Business Insider. “They’re not used to giving sound bites of what they do.”

Thank you to Buisness Insider for the article below which inspired our top 3 tips. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-tell-your-story-in-30-seconds-2013-11#ixzz2kf4xxdqV

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