The guy with 2 LinkedIn connections

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In job search, good connections are essential.

Tom, a new client, arrives with a wealth of experience in the financial sector—and two LinkedIn connections.  Plus, as a result of a car accident right after his layoff from a major financial institution, he has been out of the job market for nearly two years.  But now he’s ready to get back in.

An ideal position soon becomes available at a major bank in the area.  Tom knows no one there, and it’s no surprise that his two LinkedIn connections come up empty.  I offer that my 800 connections might turn up something.  [Read more…]

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How to Manage the Job Posting Laundry List

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Don’t weed yourself out of a job you want.

You see an exciting job posting, right up your alley of expertise.  It’s nearby.  The organization’s values align with your own.  And then you start reading.  And reading.  And reading.

Soon there’s an ache of nervousness in your belly as you wonder how you can possibly fulfill every requirement listed in what was once a job posting but has turned into a Hemingway-esque short story, but with more adjectives.

Your excitement turns to consternation as you ask yourself, “Should I really apply for this job?” [Read more…]

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The Internet Suck

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Job seekers must learn to use the internet wisely, and not be used by it.

Most job seekers never escape the “Internet Suck.” But you can.

Several years ago, I coined a phrase to describe what happens to most job seekers the moment they begin their searches.  They get pulled into the desperate vortex I affectionately call “The Internet Suck.”

It looks like this.  You sit down at the computer to check out a job board.  The job board suggests you read an article on what not to wear to an interview.  That gets you curious about what the stars wore to the latest award show.  So why not go to YouTube and see highlights from the Best Short-Subject Documentary nominations?  And on and on until they’re turning off the lights and hosing down the espresso machines, and you look around and think, ‘What happened?”

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Best cover letter writing tips for 2014

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Our mission at Global Career is to help our clients make it obvious as to why they’re a great fit for the job they want–whether that’s in an interview or on a LinkedIn profile.

Another crucial piece of this marketing puzzle is the cover letter.  Our favorite cover letter advice–ADD A TABLE–was just included at the top of About.com’s list of “Best Cover Letter Writing Tips for 2014.”

If you’d like me to send you a free copy of a sample cover letter that demonstrates the technique I discuss in the article, send me an email.

If 2014 is the year you’ll be looking for a new position, you’re going to want a cover letter that makes the reader want to meet you, even before they get to your resume.  And by the way, we don’t mean that you write and send the same generic cover letter for every position.  We mean that you must write a thoughtful, tailored marketing piece that speaks to the needs of the particular job you’re going for.  One for each!

May the new year bring you the professional fulfillment you desire and deserve.

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Job landing secrets from the best job lander I know

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Job landing secrets from the best job lander I know

High-level search strategies can land your job of choice--even with little previous experience in the field.

One year ago, I went to a neighborhood holiday party that resulted in a new job.  It’s a great job that aligns well with my priorities:  10 minute commute; in my target industry; plenty of growth potential; solid match to my skills and interests.

It’s also a job that I never would have landed were it not for this party.  In fact, I couldn’t even complete the on-line application, because I lacked certain minimum qualifications and the software blocked my submission. [Read more…]

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