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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....
  An Insider's Job Search Tips: Get In The Back Door For An Interview
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2015
It’s time to face facts. Submitting your resume online with hundreds of other candidates is not the best way to get in the door for an interview. In a competitive market, you can get lost in a sea of success-doorresumes. You need to access the back door to increase your chance of getting an interview. I’ll share my insider’s tips on accessing the back door to get interviews. Personal introduction to the hiring manager. W...
  3 Reasons Why You Need Pau Hana Time
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2015
What is Pau hana time? Pau hana is a Hawaiian phrase that means, “Work is over.” Pau hana time is a time to share with friends and family. It’s a break from working. Relaxation and fun are the priority during pau hana time. Why do you need pau hana time? 1.) Improve your work performance. Workers experience greater joy in their work when they come to work restored after an overnight or weekend break from work. You...
  Job Action Day: New Twist On Your Job Search
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2015
Are you diligently performing your job search the same way you did ten years ago but not getting positive results? It’s Job Action Day! What does this mean? Well, it means that it is time for you to reinvigorate your job search. We’re focusing on the unique value and needs of the age 50+ job seeker. Is that you? Let’s add a new twist to your job search! The following are three “new twists” that you can adopt today. T...
  What to Include on a Resume for Retail
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Dear Deb: Is it necessary to bring a resume for a job at a retail shop in the mall? What would it say? I have only worked at an Italian ice cart at a local amusement park and also some intermittent work as a catering server. It might make me look silly to show that and a high school diploma plus two years of college. What’s your advice? Thank you, Lauren Dear Lauren: Yes, I would recommend a resume. In yo...
  Branding Tips: Can Your Email & Phone Numbers Tarnish Your Brand?
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Yes, the email address that you choose and how you display your phone numbers on your resume and webpages reveal a lot about who you are. It also contributes to your brand. Your brand is how others perceive you. If your email and phone number suggest that you are outdated or not a serious professional, that can tarnish your brand. Consider these three ways your email and phone numbers can help or hurt your brand. Are So...
  Branding for the Not-So-Average Person
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2014
Recently a client asked me, “Why do I need a brand? I am just an average person. It’s not like I am an executive, celebrity, or an entrepreneur.” My answer was, “That is exactly why you need to think about your personal brand.” Do you want to be perceived as average? No; you want to be perceived as exceptional at what you do. Everyone is unique. You need a brand strategy. Where do you begin? How does the not-so-average...
  Face-to-Face Networking
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Face-to-face networking may be one of the most detested phrases a career professional can hear. You mean I have to talk to strangers in person? Can’t I just email them? Isn’t it enough if I like their posts on LinkedIn? Sure, it is great to connect online. Most of our daily professional and personal interactions are virtual. However, there is a distinct value in meeting face to face. I have heard all of the excuses fo...
  Three Reasons Why Objective Statements Are Out
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
With all the “do’s and don’ts” of resume writing, do you ever wonder the reasons why objective statements are out? The objective statement falls in the category of a “don’t.” There are at least three reasons why objective statements are no longer recommended for professional resumes. ONE: It places the focus on your needs (objective) rather than the employer’s needs. The purpose of your resume is to help the hiring man...
  Four Major Cover Letter Mistakes
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Often job seekers will ask me what they can do to improve their cover letter. The answer varies for each person; however, there are four major cover letter mistakes that I frequently see. Perhaps you have made one of these four major cover letter mistakes? Read our list and review your cover letter. Borrow my tips and vow never to make these major cover letter mistakes again! Rather than Generalize, Personalize Inste...
  Interview Blocking Resumes: Warning Signs Hiring Managers Spot in a Minute
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2014
How’s your resume response rate? In other words, are you getting many calls for interviews? If your resume is not generating interviews, it’s time to evaluate your resume. Hiring managers look for signs that a candidate will not be successful or a proper fit for the job. Is your resume sending signs to hiring manager? Let’s take a look at the top five warning signs that hiring managers can spot in a minute. Typos & Slo...
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