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  Five Reasons to Choose Continuing Education and Beat the Recession
by Karen P. Katz, M.Ed. - Jul, 2008
Education is a way to accelerate your career - a strategy that may offer you a competitive edge during gloomy economic times. Who may want to consider continuing their education as a job search strategy? ◦ Disaffected college graduates, e.g., Liberal Arts majors who are still searching, and those unhappy with their vocational majors... ◦ Experienced professionals whose jobs have become obsolete or have been of...
  A Resolution With Staying-Power: Conduct Your Job Search Like a Paramecium
by Karen P. Katz, M.Ed. - Feb, 2008
Reflecting on my short-lived career as a 7th-grade science teacher, I've become a champion of the unicellular Paramecium as a role model for job seekers and career changers. Amoebas and paramecium, members of the Protista kingdom captured my imagination more than 10 years ago; their image has informed my conversations with clients ever since. Let's consider why these animalcules, a living organism of the lowest order, may s...
  Lessons Learned from a Job Fair Resume Consultant
by Karen P. Katz, M.Ed. - Dec, 2007
Earlier in November, I volunteered to organize the resume consulting services offered at a Job Fair held in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It was sometimes fun and consistently challenging to meet so many people. Within a six-hour period, I must have spoken with 40-50 curious candidates; each one presented a unique story and a somewhat fragile sense of themselves. I ended the day wondering if these brief encounters would have a...
  A Checklist to Nail for Behavioral Interviews
by Karen P. Katz, M.Ed. - Jul, 2007
If you're reading this article, you probably understand that job successful job seekers talk about what they have accomplished in previous positions, and present a "mini-business plan" to relate to the needs of a prospective employer. Review the following list to be sure you are prepared to nail behavioral interviews: You have clearly and concisely described one - two "success stories" for each of your previous employers, u...
  New Graduates - How to Move Out of Your Parents' House
by Karen P. Katz, M.Ed. - Jun, 2007
A few tips to help you move-on and out...without selling-out: 1. RESUMES Replace meaningless "Objective" statements with a strong "Profile" Consider blending internship and work experience into functional categories Begin sentences with "action verbs;" avoid "responsible for…"2. COVER LETTERS A cover letter cannot be generic - it must be responsive to the needs/requirements of the job K-I-S-S - find a way to keep...
  Do Well by Doing Good
by Karen P. Katz, M.Ed. - Jun, 2007
Are you an idealist who has publicly resolved to change careers, return to work, or join the full-time workforce for the first time? Idealists come in many flavors, e.g.: "Boomers" leaving corporate life in favor of community-based work; Women who have deferred their careers and need to maintain work/life balance; Recent college grads: independent, reluctant to leave college life, and unsure of how to find a job that...
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