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Five Overused Buzzwords to Avoid On Your Resume

relocate jobWe read this piece and we had to chuckle. Having worked in recruiting and reviewed thousands upon thousands of resumes, yes there are several repetitive words that rear their ugly head. A lot.

And you know what? After a while they lose all meaning. There are certainly better ways to articulate what they mean and secondly, when they’re universal like saying you are proficient on a PC, well it’s the great equalizer. All candidates should be literate online.

Without further ado, thanks to a piece on Salary.com, here are several of their thoughts on commonly overused words… Read more

Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

waistlineYes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active.

Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs included fundraising teams for walkathons but now they’re offering biometric screenings to measure cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.

The latest trend, per the piece? Offering rewards for employers who take action and you guessed it — penalties for employees who don’t. Read more

Seven Tips for Writing Recommendation Letters

performance reviewSure, the letter of recommendation isn’t that common but it does come up every now and then. According to career coach and author Ford R. Myers, there are several tips to keep in mind when writing one.

Myers explains in a press release, “You don’t need them, but you should want them. Why? Because when you find yourself in a competitive interviewing situation, letters of recommendation can really give you an edge.”

And if you’re on the receiving end, be sure to keep these pointers readily available as guidelines for the person you’ve reached out to do the task. Read more

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

hello nametagIt’s that time of year again when conferences are in full swing. Networking opportunities are robust yet so is the number of people who attend these events vying for face time with sought after speakers and industry experts.

Then, of course, there’s information overload. A lot of information crammed into a small amount of time and oh yes, did we mention an abundance of afternoon sugar-filled snacks? Here are several tips to make the most out of that conference.

1. Be prepared. This means everything from doing your homework on speakers you want to connect with to bringing fruit snacks as an alternative to tempting brownies. Actually, it’s not unlike preparing for a job interview in terms of outlining your questions in advance, plotting which breakout sessions to attend and mapping out the day ahead of time. Read more

Employee Gets Fired After Complaining to Comcast

CommunityJournalismBLogFIA Comcast customer recently complained about services. Complaints were escalated, next thing you know the company called his employer to discuss the complaint. Pink slip was issued.

What?!

Conal O’Rourke was overcharged by Comcast for 11 months so he ended up contacting the company’s controller’s office to complain about their billing practices. Here’s where it gets sticky, apparently. Read more

Four Ways to Follow Up With a Brand New Contact

nametagIf you’re in the networking swirl, congratulations! Chances are you’re attending industry events or even social events and going home with a small stack of business cards.

They won’t mean anything, unfortunately if you don’t work it immediately after the event. Here are several tips to keep in mind.

1. Remember something specific about the conversation. The best time to take stock of the conversation is immediately after it ends. Take a moment after exchanging business cards with the new contact to jot down something you spoke about.

Whether you dished about vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard or who will make it to the World Series this year, it’s all good. This will be a key identifying factor that bonded you and your new contact. Read more

Author of ‘Leading the Life You Want’ Talks About Skills to Become Whole

visionInstead of looking at work-life balance, Stew Friedman, author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, recommends looking at integration between work and the other areas of your life.

“Balance is bunk,” says the author. It’s a “misguided metaphor” because it assumes trade-offs must exist between work or school, family, community and self. He suggests looking at four-way wins to improve your life within all four dimensions.

As Friedman describes embracing principles to be whole, real and innovative, we’re going to focus on being whole. This means acting with integrity and respecting that all of the roles you play make up a whole person.  Read more

Inspiration Shines at TheLadders’ Job Mobile Summit; Motivation From Diana Nyad

TheLadders logoYesterday we attended the annual Job Mobile Summit sponsored by our friends at TheLadders.

Sure, the goal was to stay on the pulse of trends in mobile recruiting (did you know the peak time for applicants such as yourself is 6 ’til 10 a.m.?) but what we got out of it was much deeper, much more profound.

That’s because motivational speaker Diana Nyad closed out the conference with her incredible keynote speech! Read more

Three Toxic Beliefs to Ditch About Your Career

stressThis piece on LinkedIn really caught our eyes. That’s because influencer Travis Bradberry hit the nail on the head.

Sometimes the only person standing in our way is ourselves. The toxic beliefs we tell ourselves and stress that goes along for the ride need to be ditched once and for all. Read more

Quit Your Job to Pursue Your Side Hustle? Shark Tank’s Daymond John Weighs In

shark tank logoAs media folks, there’s no denying it…we’re creative beings!

It’s not uncommon to talk to a colleague who works in editorial and writes his or her novel in the early hours of the morning. Or maybe you have a friend in sales who is launching her start-up e-commerce site on the side. Or maybe you’re a copywriter and you’re burning the midnight oil sewing clothing for your new line of puppy products.

It’s the American dream, right? Building something from scratch with your own two hands, something to call your own, something that can hopefully make bank someday.

Well, next comes the million-dollar question. When is the precise time to leave that day job to pursue your passion wholeheartedly?

We caught up with Daymond John at the Shark Tank season six premiere party on Friday night. According to this shark, the time is right when “the business starts to call you.” Read more

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