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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....
 
  Personal Branding - What Is It and How Do I Do It?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
I get questions all the time about what exactly is a personal brand, and what it is to have a personal brand. There is certainly a lot of confusion out there about this, so this week’s blog is devoted to bringing about not only a better understanding of what personal branding is but why you must have one in order to stand out in the highly competitive digital marketplace. First and foremost, as with corporate branding, pers...
 
  When Interviewers Get It Wrong
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
After my last blog post, I was flooded with comments and emails bemoaning the current state of interviewing. Many people reached out to me to point out that there is just as much, if not more, bad behavior on the part of the interviewers as there is on the part of those being interviewed. In the spirit of fairness, this week’s post will focus on Bad Interviewer Behavior. I have a client who recently went for a face to face...
 
  Ten Things That Have Nothing To Do With Your Background And Experience, But Will Cost You The Job
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
People write to me all the time, seeking advice in securing their next position. Typical advice is to research the company, research the hiring manager, and above all, practice your interviewing skills. All of this, while important, comprises only 20% of the total challenge. In other words, your content is 20%, and your presentation is 80%. So, what are these ten things you should avoid? Here’s my list: 1. Dirty, torn, or...
 
  The Savvy Networker: When to Pass on an Industry Event
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
Almost every career expert can agree that networking is essential for careerists. With that advice, some may feel like you can’t get enough of a good thing. Running here and there, and attending every event possible is not the best strategy. Savvy networkers know when to pass on a networking event. The following are a few examples. When the group is not relevant. Not every event is going to support your career goal. If...
 
  You Really Did Learn Everything You Need To Know About Effective Business Writing From Your English Teacher
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
Remember when you were in school, and your English teacher assigned an essay? Everyone groaned and complained. Maybe some people opined that writing a five paragraph essay was a waste of time and not something that you’d ever have to do out in the “real world.” Then you got out into that “real world” and you quickly learned that your English teacher had a point. Everything we do hinges on effectively communicating with othe...
 
  Who's Reading Your Social Media Profiles
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
A recent LinkedIn survey of 4,000 talent recruiting decision makers spanning 31 countries revealed some interesting statistics concerning the use of social media as part of the candidate recruiting and screening process. The following are a few highlights of the report by LinkedIn. - 55% of surveyed recruiters admit to reconsidering a candidate after viewing the candidate’s social media profile. - 93% of recruiters conside...
 
  Six Secrets Of Successful Job Seekers
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2016
There are many factors that affect your job search, such as demand for your talent, how you execute your search, how you brand yourself, and the amount of effort you dedicate to the search. Some of these Whispering Gossip 3d Characters Having Secrets And Blabfactors are beyond your control. Today we’ll share six secrets of successful job seekers. These are things you have the power to perfect to improve your job search. 1 –...
 
  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...
 
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