Holiday Networking: Pass The Nuts And Your Resume, Please
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Dec, 2005
You never know what can happen at holiday parties, who's going to attend, who works for what company, and what the employment scoop may be, so buck up. It could be a gift waiting to be opened by you, and that gift could be a job. The Don'ts: Don't over indulge. No whining about your current jobless situation. It's a turnoff. No begging either. Oliver Twist's "more food please" doesn't work when job hunting. What works? L...
Flip Flop Flap: What’s Hot and What’s Not for Interview Attire
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Sep, 2005
“YOU WORE FLIP FLOPS TO THE WHITE HOUSE?” screamed the front-page story in the Chicago Tribune. The photo of Northwestern University’s national championship women’s lacrosse team, taken during their visit to the White House, shows four of the nine women in the front row wearing flip-flop sandals along with their dresses and skirts. Who gives a flip? Apparently everyone, since the news hit the AP wire, CNN, NBC’s “Today” sho...
Who do you know? Build your contact list for winning networking.
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Feb, 2005
How many times have we heard, "It's not what you know, it's who you know" when we're looking for a job? So much our ears are bleeding, right? Here are some quick tips to build your contact list. I think you'll be surprised, when you develop your contact list, about who you actually do know -- and who they know. Recent surveys state that 61 to 85 percent of all jobs are found through networking. And with 80 percent of jobs n...
Case studies boost credibility during interviews
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Dec, 2004
Case studies: you see them on websites, marketing brochures, and business proposals. They describe challenges, actions, and results (CAR) -- ultimately demonstrating how the company or product can do the same for you. Even dreaded infomercials use them. They demonstrate the products' benefits by having actual product "users" tell their story. "Why, I lost 25 pounds using Therma-Trim combined with diet and exercise. Here's m...
Rock Your Network Without Begging Using Personal Branding
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Nov, 2004
Who are you? What makes you unique among all other job seekers? What transferable skills do you bring to the table that no one else offers? What makes you a star? Answering these and similar questions can help you identify your personal brand. By knowing who you are, what you want, and what makes you unique, you will be able to clearly communicate your goals and unique value to people in your network and potential employers...
So, do you have any questions for us? Yes!
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Oct, 2003
Everyone talks about how to answer the interviewer’s questions, but how do we handle asking them questions? (Responding to the interviewer's question of "So, do you have any questions for us?") What do they want to hear and what questions should and should not be asked during an interview? Answer: What you’ll need to do is find information about the company where you are interviewing. This can be done in a variety of way...
Seven Quick Tips on Resumes
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Aug, 2003
Clearly define your objective. “We don’t have time to be career counselors,” said Tim Moran, Hallmark’s Director of Human Resources, at a recent Career Masters Institute conference, “so please, help us out a little. Let us know what you want.” Be specific when recounting your achievements. “Dollarize” them says Jeffrey Fox in “Don’t Send a Resume.” Qualify and quantify them in some manner that demonstrates what you can offe...
Networking to Your Next Job: Your Circle of Influence May Surprise You
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Jan, 2003
The most effective way to get a new job is of course NETWORKING. Think about your recent experience with your current or former employer, what other businesses are affiliated with it? What companies or clients did you serve? What services did your company purchase? What companies did you work with in ALL areas of the business? Make a list of the companies and your contacts. These companies may be able to employ you -- because ...
Invincible Interviews: How to Conduct Successful Interviews and Take Control of Your Future...
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Aug, 2002
We’ve all been interviewed for jobs. And we’ve all spend most of those interviews thinking about what NOT to do. Don’t bite your nails. Don’t fidget. Don’t chew gum. If we did any of the "don’ts," we knew we’d disqualify ourselves instantly. But some job applicants go light years beyond this. In a recent survey, personnel executives of 100 companies nationwide were asked to tell stories of unusual behavior by applicants. Here ...
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Apr, 2002
In kindergarten, or maybe earlier, we were taught "THE RULES." "THE RULES" included things like: share your toys; when you ask for something, say please; when receiving something, say thank you; treat others as you would like to be treated...." Sometimes, as we get older, we forget some of those basic rules. Sometimes our bosses forget those rules, sometimes our fellow workers forget those rules, and sometimes our family membe...
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