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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

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Three Resume Tips for ‘International Update Your Resume Month’

resume mistakesWhen we think of September we think of back to school, getting back into routines and beautiful cool temperatures.

We don’t think of resumes but maybe we should. After all, apparently September is “International Update Your Resume Month!” This makes sense when you stop to think about how many job searches were likely halted in order to make room for beaches and personal time instead. Now it’s time to pound the pavement again!

With that spirit, here are three resume reminders from Ford R. Myers, president of Career Potential, a career consulting firm and Get the Job you Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.

1. Be brief. For starters, he says less is always more! Per the press release, he says a career summary section is where brevity counts the most. He points out, “Five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits you offer as a professional are all you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention.”

2. Be specific. If you’ve ever been very general about your job search as well as expertise, we wonder how that’s working out. We’re assuming not to good since specifics always whine and get noticed. Be specific with your experience and quantify past jobs in terms of budgets managed and money saved as well as how many clients you juggled.

He mentions, “It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time.”

3. Be active. Use action words instead of passive words. “Words such as ‘develop,’ ‘launch,’ ‘initiate,’ ‘lead’ and ‘build’ have a lot more meaning than a vague term like ‘was responsible for.’”

Author of ‘Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring’ Dishes Advice for Mature Workers

olderworkersAge discrimination is really not cool. Unfortunately, it still happens. According to the author of Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, mature workers should rely on their experience and loyalty to promote themselves in a positive light compared to their younger counterparts.

Per a press release, Ford R. Myers states, “Mature workers are more likely to stay put for longer than their younger counterparts, thus reducing turnover, which lowers the costs associated with hiring and training.”

As for job hunting strategies, he emphasizes maintaining a high level of energy and vigor. Read more

Three Job Truths Parents Can Give Their College Grad

Ah, it’s getting to be that time of year again. As college students earn their coveted diplomas that only means one thing: The jobless are likely to return to the nest better known as their parents’ house.

Ford R. Myers, author of Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, explained, “Many of today’s new college graduates have never set foot in their school’s career guidance office or held an internship, nor do they know how to find employment. It is now up to parents to share the real truths about finding a job in today’s tenuous employment climate.”

As the parent morphs into pseudo career coach, Myers said there are a few things to tell your college grad to succeed.

1.  The most qualified job candidate doesn’t necessarily get the job. Should the most qualified candidate always get the job? Absolutely. Does it always happen? Um, not really. Sometimes the candidate who lands the job is actually the savvier marketer, the stronger self-promoter and better networker. He or she’s able to convince the employer how to add value and fill their needs.

2.  Research your way to success. Myers pointed out the importance of paying attention to local, regional and national sources of business intelligence. He indicated, “Study everything you can about the companies you’re most interested in. Learn to frame your ideas and value in terms that are relevant to the current business and economic landscape.”

3.  An employer’s initial offer is never the best offer. “You might be tempted to take any job offer in a tight economy, yet employers expect that you’ve done your salary research and they anticipate having dynamic negotiations with you,” he explained. “In fact, if you don’t negotiate, the employer will likely be disappointed in you as a candidate.”

Why disappoint them? Get ready to flex those negotiation skills. The worst they can do is say no but you’ll never know if you don’t ask.