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
Happy reading… and happy hunting!
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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
The film Lincoln is getting rave reviews because it tells a great story in an engaging way. And, it reminds us that the 16th president was most effective at convincing someone to take his side when he was able, without hesitation, to reach into his past and relate a story to the current moment. If you are a job hunter, there are several important lessons you can learn from this movie to aid you in your search.
First and foremost, you need to begin to see yourself as a storyteller. In my article this week in USNews & World report, I explain what I mean by this and offer five other key insights about your job hunt gleaned from this great new movie. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/12/11/if-you-want-a-great-job-tell-a-great-story?s_cid=related-links:TOP
Thrilled to be invited to return to TENG (Temple Emanual Networking Group) in Netwon, MA to speak at their program this week!
We’ll be looking at common mistakes people make both in person and online… and more importantly what you can do to avoid these mistakes to begin with, or fix them if your networking skills are shaky.
Please join us! This program is FREE and OPEN to all at 6:45pm, Wednesday, December 12th at: Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton, MA. The building is handicap accessible and there is on-street parking.
Who should come: the fully-employed, the business owner, the self-employed, the under-employed, the unemployed or the part-timer, the volunteer and the career changer. Now is the time to reinforce your network and help out others in our community.
LI Group: Knock em Dead Secrets & Strategies – great discussions. Glad to be one of this week’s Top Influencers http://ow.ly/fUfQG #jobhunt
As a savvy job hunter, it is critically important for you to continually research potential employers for two reasons:
1. You can tailor your cover letter and interview performance to demonstrate that you care about the company, and have given serious thought to ways in which you can contribute to it.
2. You can make an educated decision about whether the job you’re applying for is an excellent fit for your experience, skills, personality, and long-term aspirations. Before you make a commitment, your eyes should be open wide to both the challenges and opportunities that come with the job.
In my article on USNews & World Report this week I give concrete examples of how to go about researching potential employers, and what to look for when determining if a given job or employer is a good fit for your career aspirations. Here’s the link:
How to effectively research to get The Right Job – not just any job http://ow.ly/ffN0M #career #employment #jobhunt #jobsearch
Enjoying reading 100 Conversations for #Career Success by Labovich & Salpeter http://ow.ly/fdsBR. Valuable for #jobhunt @Keppie_Careers