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    Job Search Guide - Resume Word Association
by Debra Wheatman and Tim Muma - Nov, 2014
When trying to acquire a new position, a candidate's pitch often begins - and sometimes ends - with the resume. The way each person creates this important document may determine if they get an interview and the job. Debra Wheatman, president of Careers Done Write and an individual with nearly 20 years of corporate human resources experience, participates in a session of word association with terms people use on their resumes....
 
  Your Role In The Performance Review
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2016
Marie is a client who is presently seeking a new opportunity in her field. When I asked her why she was looking to leave her current role and company, this is what she told me: There have been a number of disagreements, or misalignments in perspective, with my current boss over the last year and a half. However, the final straw came at this year’s annual performance review. My boss gave me a rating of “Needs Improvement” in...
 
  What's In A Name? A Lot!
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2016
My first name, Debra, is spelled in a nontraditional way. I spell it out for people, and it still comes back “Deborah.” You would think that I would have become accustomed to this by now, but to be truthful, each time it happens, it’s slightly more annoying than the previous infraction. My name is part of my identity, and when someone can’t be bothered to spell it correctly, I feel a bit marginalized. I work with clients fr...
 
  Ask Deb: Trying To Get A Training Grant
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2016
Dear Deb: I have been unemployed for three months. I recently applied for a grant for additional training via my state’s department of labor. In addition to requiring me to track all of my job applications, they are also requiring me to inform my counselor every time I have an interview, so that the counselor can follow up with the person with whom I interviewed in order to verify that I actually had an interview! They are...
 
  Ask Deb: Online Application Glitches
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2016
I recently completed an online application, and when I got to the part of the application that asked me to self-identify, I was not unable to uncheck the box for “Vietnam Era Veteran.” I am not a veteran, and I wanted to check the appropriate box, but the software wouldn’t allow me to do so. After about ten minutes, I gave up, and just clicked “submit.” Yesterday I received a call from a recruiter at the company. I immediat...
 
  Ask Deb: Asking Your Current Employer for References
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2016
I’ve been interviewing with a nonprofit whose work I really admire. They recently told me that I am a finalist for the position, and as part of their vetting process, they want to conduct a reference and background check. I had no problem with that at all, until they told me that they needed a reference from my current employer! I told them in no uncertain terms that they could not contact my current employer, as they do not k...
 
  Expressing Your Opinion can Hurt Your Brand
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
The other day, I was reading an article on LinkedIn about gender equality at the executive level. It was written by a female executive who noted that there are very few female C-level executives in any size company and that diversity only helps companies to succeed. The article was in no way inflammatory, and it was very well written. However, a quick scan of the comment section was horrifying. I am alternately amazed and...
 
  Expressing Your Opinion Can Hurt Your Brand
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
The other day, I was reading an article on LinkedIn about gender equality at the executive level. It was written by a female executive who noted that there are very few female C-level executives in any size company and that diversity only helps companies to succeed. The article was in no way inflammatory, and it was very well written. However, a quick scan of the comment section was horrifying. I am alternately amazed and...
 
  Interview Questions You Should Always Be Prepared to Answer
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
Interview preparation is hard work. You need to practice your STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) responses. You have to vet out possible behavioral questions and craft compelling responses to them. You must ensure that your image reflects your professionalism—your shirt must be ironed, and your shoes must be polished! Be sure that you are focusing your efforts in the right area, by narrowing in on what the interviewer...
 
  Ask Deb: Preparing Recent Grads For The Workforce
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
I recently interviewed four candidates for an entry-level position on my team. One thing that is absolutely clear at the end of this experience is that college career centers are giving their students bad, outdated advice! All four of these young people had objective statements on their resumes, and presented themselves in the same bland manner. They talked about their academic achievements, and how great they were, but they n...
 
  4 Things You Should Know About References
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
I field many questions about professional references, and there is an abundance of both misunderstanding and erroneous information out there. I want to dispel the many myths that there are, so here are the top four things you should know about references. •They can say anything: Many people tell me that their former employer will only verify dates of employment and previous titles. That may very well be the employer’s form...
 
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