Resilience: The Key Ingredient for Job Search Success

Resilience: The Key Ingredient for Job Search Success

Searching for a new job is tough for the vast majority of people. There’s no way around it. You get your resume polished up, apply for countless positions, and sometimes you don’t hear back. Not one peep. When the little devil on your shoulder starts piping up that you’re not enough, or that you’ll never find something, do you listen? Or do you make a point to learn, adapt, and fight back? The answer to that question reveals a tremendous amount about your resilience.

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Dress for Success: How to Build a Workplace Wardrobe

Dress for Success: How to Build a Workplace Wardrobe

Although some companies and industries are shifting to a more informal, relaxed atmosphere, there are still guidelines for how to approach your workplace wardrobe.  If you’re feeling frazzled trying to figure out what attire would be appropriate for a new job or an interview, remember two things: keep it simple, and keep it professional, no matter the industry. 

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How to Deal with Rejection & Get Your Mojo Back

How to Deal with Rejection & Get Your Mojo Back

It sometimes helps to remember that when you become a job seeker, you become a marketer. Just like a business, you must establish and build a brand that is attractive to potential employers. Every brand or company has growing pains even if on the outside it appears to be wildly successful. Every salesperson has heard “no” countless times. Through the careful process of analyzing, evaluating, and optimizing your candidacy, you will get better at telling your story, getting you that much closer to a “yes.” 

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The Ins and Outs of Beating Applicant Tracking Systems

The Ins and Outs of Beating Applicant Tracking Systems

Have you ever heard of an applicant tracking system (ATS)?If you’re applying for jobs online, this term needs to be part of your vocabulary. Understanding the ins and outs of what an ATS is and how it works will help you get results in your job search faster, and more consistently.

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5 Steps to Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

5 Steps to Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

Taking care of yourself first is essential – you can’t pour from an empty cup. When your life is in balance, it is easier to breathe, and it's easier to perform. But drawing a clear line in the sand and saying “no” isn’t always easy. The most common reasons we struggle to set personal and professional boundaries often have to do with what or how we think of ourselves. We want to be good people, good employees, good friends, etc. Sometimes we avoid setting boundaries with our boss, clients or coworkers because we might be afraid of what it will do to our career. We can easily fall into over-commitment if we allow approval seeking behavior to get in the way of our own well-being.  The first step is to learn how and when to say “no.”

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Use Social Media in the Job Hunt like a Pro

Use Social Media in the Job Hunt like a Pro

Most of us use social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ to chat with friends or pass the time. More and more companies are also using social media to publish new updates, reach potential customers, and to recruit new employees. As a candidate in our modern world, you have a unique opportunity to provide potential employers with a glimpse into your personality and character. Engaging with social media in a meaningful way can be a useful tactic in your job search strategy toolbox

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How to Stay in the Game After an Interview

How to Stay in the Game After an Interview

If you're out there interviewing for a new job or line of work, you probably set a big goal for yourself, right? To see how your approach to landing a fulfilling career is working, checking in with yourself and your system is imperative.  How you follow through after an interview can be the difference between getting hired or not. Yes, sending a thank you note to the interviewer is key, but it's not the whole story. To ensure success, make sure to follow up, get feedback, and analyze your performance so you can gain resolve, make improvements, and build the career you want.

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How to Project Confidence in an Interview

How to Project Confidence in an Interview

After the initial excitement of securing an interview wears off though, nervousness and anxiety are usually the culprits that come around knocking. Rather than succumbing to fear, understand that with a simple shift in perspective, an interview becomes an opportunity to be seized. In reality, interviewing is an incredibly rich learning experience, no matter the outcome.  Meeting with a hiring manager is your chance to gain insight into what the job entails, what it’s really like to work there, and how you can contribute to the company’s growth.

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Finding Balance when Applying for Jobs Online

 Finding Balance when Applying for Jobs Online

While it's nice to sit at home in sweatpants and apply for 50 jobs at the click of a button, submitting your resume to postings online will only take you so far. The best way to separate yourself from the pack and land an interview is to go beyond where most people stop in their approach. Diversify and balance your efforts by using a combination of techniques both online and in person to gain some traction.  

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Step-by-Step Guide to Build Your Resume Now

Step-by-Step Guide to Build Your Resume Now

Your resume is more than a chronological or functional list of your skills. Most of the time, it's the first thing a prospective employer sees, and it acts as your first impression. You want to immediately demonstrate that not only is your experience suitable for the position but that they should contact you for an initial interview.  

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How to Close a Skills Gap in 4 Simple Steps

How to Close a Skills Gap in 4 Simple Steps

Evolving to stay relevant is a huge part of landing a meaningful career after a break in employment. Identifying and evaluating your strengths, personality traits, and values will help you narrow your focus so that you can plot a course toward your ideal career. With your direction outlined, it's time to start updating your skills so you can stand out for the right reasons.

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Discover Your Workplace Strengths

Discover Your Workplace Strengths

Once you have your mind right and you're ready to move on to the nuts and bolts of job search strategy, let’s get started with outlining your strengths and weaknesses. Tackling this smaller task will help you evaluate your career path by unearthing where your skills and interests intersect, and where you can provide tremendous value.  

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Simple Goal Setting Formula

Simple Goal Setting Formula

Once you feel 100% committed to turning your dream of reentering the workforce into a reality, goal setting can be a powerful way to keep you motivated and inspired to take action. But, the sole presence of a goal is not the key to success. Droves of people set New Year’s resolutions each year on December 31st that often fizzle out by the end of January. Fortunately, there is a simple formula you can follow to ensure that you achieve what you define as success. Using the SMART goal method can help you clarify your criteria, structure your trajectory and measure the results. 

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Ready to Re-enter the Workforce?

Ready to Re-enter the Workforce?

Reestablishing yourself in the workforce will take hard work and will seem daunting at times. Take a moment to ask yourself if you are 100% committed to getting a new job. Find your bearings before getting started, so you can jump over hurdles with more agility and bounce back faster if you stumble. You know yourself and your situation the best. Are you nervous and excited? Or ambivalent and indecisive? Be honest. Some job seekers hold onto negative emotions about the gap in their experience. Address these feelings and give yourself permission to shed any insecurities that get in the way of feeling confident about your prospects. 

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15 Free and Simple Self-Care Strategies

15 Free and Simple Self-Care Strategies

If you're trying to be everything to everyone, or if you feel like you have little to no control over your work, it’s important to pause and consider how you can make easy adjustments to get back to a place of vitality and a state of equanimity. Taking care of yourself first is essential. It is the stepping stone to optimal health and to delivering your best work. When your life is in balance, it is easier to breathe and perform at your optimum levels. Sometimes we have to slow down to speed up. 


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