Today’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon’s finishing line in Copley Square… what can one say? Senseless. Evil. Barbaric. These words fail to express today’s reality.
To think of those dedicated runners who have spent month after month training for this landmark race, literally blown away at the end of it – some losing the legs that had carried them throughout the marathon.
I join with all who mourn the dead, and all who pray for a speedy and complete recovery for all who were injured in any way. It is time for our collective goodness to shine forth in support for today’s victims and their loved ones.
The spring days are getting longer and warmer, flowers are sprouting, and recent economic reports show signs that the economy is bouncing back to life at long last. This is the season when corporations move hiring into high gear.
In my U.S. News & World Report article this week I speak about five season-sensitive activities for you to capitalize upon this spring. Learn how by embracing the job hunt process, responding positively to the success of others, volunteering, and two other key activities can spring your job search forward. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/04/02/5-ways-to-put-spring-into-your-job-hunt
I often say that getting a job is a job. It turns out that the IRS sees it that way too! Job hunters can (under certain circumstances) deduct expenses they incur in their search for employment, as if the job hunt were a business.
In this week’s U.S. News article I offer some great specific suggestions from a CPA about how job hunters can find and take several unexpected deductions, as well as how to get a handle on their finances. Please pass it along to anyone who may find it useful! Here’s the link:
“What are your salary expectations?” Is one of the most dreaded questions that just about always gets asked early on in an interview process. You don’t want to name a number so high that you are significantly more expensive to hire than your competition with similar skills and experience. On the other hand, you don’t want a number so low that it helps you get the job – but at a salary far lower than you deserve.
In my latest USNews & World Report article, I demonstrate how you can reasonably deflect this question, while remaining friendly and responsive to your interviewer. I proceed to give specific advice about how to determine what is both possible and fair, and how to negotiate a top salary. To top it all off, I provide scripts you can adapt to your own circumstances to make the case that you are worth far more than the average employee.
The full article is now on USNews & World Report. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/02/26/how-to-haggle-right-4-tips-for-negotiating-the-best-salary
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Thrilled to announce that beginning today, I’ll be writing original content for Mac’s List, based in Portland, OR. This is a great site for job hunters – lots of relevant local job postings, good content articles, and much more with a distinctly Oregon emphasis. Today’s article is: How Headhunters Hunt. Here’s the link: http://www.macslist.org/how-headhunters-hunt/
The “hidden job market” is one of the biggest of buzz phrases for job seekers. Believe it or not, experts suggest that up to 80 percent of the available jobs at any one time are hidden from public view, although absolute documentation is hard to come by. So where are all these jobs, and how can you access them?
My article, “How You Can Find a Hidden Job“, in USNews & World Report demystifies all the “buzz” about the hidden job market, explains why some jobs will never be made public, and how you can go about the task of pulling back the curtains to reveal the opportunities that are just waiting to be discovered. Here’s the link to the full scoop: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/29/how-you-can-find-a-hidden-job
These days resume evaluators assume that their job is your objective. They are tired of looking at “Objective Statements” at the top of a resume, because at this stage the process is all about the employer’s objective to find great talent rather than the job hunter’s objective of finding a great job. A successful resume today replaces the “this is what I want” statement with a “this is the value that I offer” branding statement.
“Personal Branding” is today’s operative buzzword. Some job hunters are befuddled by what that is all about. In my USNews & World Report article I get to the heart of the statement that gets to the heart of who you are: your attributes, your value, and your uniqueness. Moreover, I provide examples of three different “knock your socks off” branding statements and how you can go about the task of projecting your value through your personal brand. Here’s the link to the full article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/15/resumes-101-swap-a-stale-objective-for-a-fresh-branding-statement?goback=.gde_4051582_member_204643023