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Finding a New Job

Finding a job can be a difficult task, especially for those who are fresh out of high school or college. Having a college diploma makes it a little bit easier than having a GED or high school diploma, but there are still many things to consider when applying for a job. You must be sure you have a perfect resume, listing your applicable skills and past work experiences. You must also be sure your CV and cover letter are flawless and appealing to your potential employer. ExpertBeacon’s career professionals can help you with all of this and more, including excelling in your interview, using LinkedIn and other outside resources, networking, creating a portfolio, and everything else you need to put yourself ahead of the competition in the job market.

What to do immediately after losing your job

So you just lost your job. Do not panic. It happens to everyone from the mail clerk to the CEO. You are not alone and your life is not over. In fact, your future is just now beginning. But, to move forward, you must stop thinking about what you have lost, and focus on what is next. You can dramatically reduce the stress of job loss and even enjoy your job search by following the dos and don’ts below.
 

Gina PeckmanFounder

Is Gina Peckman the real-life superhero of executive recruitment? Well, more than a quarter-century of fulfilling engagements has honed those spidey senses to dizzying levels. Instinctively, she appreciates that the intangibles are what make a p...

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Use your network to successfully find and land your next job

Ask almost anyone about their network and they’ll shoot you a look, then conclude: I don’t have one. For those changing jobs, the networking assessment isn’t quite so upbeat.

The mood gets even darker when those switching careers learn that 75% of jobs are landed through networking. The quick conclusion: with no network and few prospects, there’s a small chance of going back to work soon. Case closed.

Michael KerriganFounder and President

Michael Kerrigan is founder and president of LifeTime Services, LLC, and LifeTimeCareer.net. He has been a career coach since 2004 and has worked directly with more than 1,000 people in some phase of job development or employment transition. ...

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How to find and land the perfect job that is right for you

There’s a panic reflex that hits job seekers about one second after they finally realize they are no longer employed, and it plays out like this: You hear of a job, you automatically apply; you’re offered a job, you instantly accept.

This get-it-now model of job searching makes sense on a couple of fronts. It addresses the cash-flow issue and it relieves you of the stress of looking for a rewarding job, at least temporarily.

The reflex’s missing piece: determining if this instant job is right for you.

Michael KerriganFounder and President

Michael Kerrigan is founder and president of LifeTime Services, LLC, and LifeTimeCareer.net. He has been a career coach since 2004 and has worked directly with more than 1,000 people in some phase of job development or employment transition. ...

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Advice for finding a job when nothing else is working

If your job search isn’t getting the results you want, perhaps you are using outdated strategies. Times have changed. Opportunities are scarce, making the job search more competitive than ever. A bit of technological know-how, savvy social media management, effective communication skills and creative thinking can help you land the job of your dreams. Here are some 21st century success secrets to find work when nothing is working.

Gail Tolstoi-MillerCEO

Gail Tolstoi-Miller, a graduate of NYU, has worked in the recruiting field for more than 15 years. She serves dual CEO roles at Consultnetworx, a consulting firm and Speednetworx, a B2B speed networking event company. Recognized for her innov...

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What to say in the job interview to the employer to get hired

Finding a job these days is more challenging than ever. To gain a competitive edge, you need to arm yourself with inside information about what interviewers want to hear and a clear understanding of how to deliver powerful phrases that will help you land the job.

Tony Beshara, Ph.D.Creator of The Job Search Solution

Tony Beshara is the owner and president of Babich & Associates, established in 1952 and is the oldest placement and recruitment service in Texas. It is consistently one of the top contingency placement firms in the DFW area, as recognized by the...

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Advice on changing careers and finding a more satisfying job

Change careers for all of the right reasons, not the wrong ones. When changing careers, consider what your reasons are for wanting to find a new job, and also how you are going to go about finding that job. Do your research into possible job opportunities that are out there before you decide to tell your current boss. But once you have done your research, be confident in your decision and making the first step.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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College grads: prepare a great resume even with little work experience

Ruben Britt Jr. Author, Lecturer, Career Coach and Educator Rowan University

During your college experience, you will be required to submit a number of papers and class assignments, but the resume is the most important paper that you will ever submit. It is the first phase of the job search process. The main purpose of a resume is to generate an interview and therefore it must be picture perfect. It is your marketing tool designed to arouse the reader to invite you in for an interview.

Ruben Britt Jr.Author, Lecturer, Career Coach and Educator

Author, lecturer, career coach, and educator, Ruben Britt, Jr. is a Master Career Development Professional. He is a career planning advisor at Rowan University and talk show host. Ruben is the host of Career Talk on WGLS-FM, a show offering t...

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Military veterans: create the perfect cover letter for civilian jobs

Jaynine Howard USMC (Ret), PhD (ABD) Dream Catcher - Business & Career Coaching

Your cover letter is the first item that will get the hiring manager's attention. Yet most people don’t bother attaching or sending a cover letter when applying for a job. A well written cover letter will get your telephone ringing. The person reading your cover letter will not need to read your resume when you follow this simple advice for preparing the perfect cover letter. The person will know you are the right person for the job.

Jaynine HowardUSMC (Ret), PhD (ABD)

Jerri Jaynine Howard is a well-known business and career coach, author and trainer. Jaynine’s experience as a leader and motivator stems from her 20 year military career where she served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Jaynine ...

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Evaluate your first job offer to make sure it’s the best opportunity

John DiMarco Ph.D. Professor at St. John’s University and author of “Career Power Skills.” St. John’s University

Your first job offer feels great. It’s a validation that you have begun to succeed in your career search efforts. It also gives you a sigh of relief knowing that you have potentially secured employment. Make sure that you don’t jeopardize the opportunity and digest this simple advice when evaluating your first job offer.

John DiMarco Ph.D.Professor at St. John’s University and author of “Career Power Skills.”

John DiMarco, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Communication at St. John's University in New York City and the author of Career Power Skills (Pearson 2013), Digital Design for Print and Web (Wiley 2010) and Web Portfolio Design and Application...

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Succeed in a job interview with confidence and authenticity

Winning the interview: It’s not always the best person for the job who actually gets the job – it is the person who gives the best interview.

A common misconception when heading into a job interview is that this is your chance to impress and win the job. Wrong. The hiring manager already likes what they see from your resume, and this is the first opportunity for them to meet you and ensure you are what you say you are. The interview is your great opportunity to lose the job.

Brian AntenbringPresident / CEO

I’m a shameless opportunist with a passion to make others around me successful. I was introduced to the staffing industry in the late 90’s and fell in love with it! My journey within the industry brought clarity to me in how I was going to tr...

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Get ready for the job market, so that you can land your dream job

Preparing yourself for the job market can be a difficult task, especially with the ever-changing atmosphere of social media like LinkedIn and FaceBook, resumes, and interviews. Knowing what to do and how to go about doing it is essential in solidifying yourself a position at your next (or first) place of work. Keep this advice in mind as you look towards the future, and ready yourself for the best job that you can get.

Yasmin Anderson-SmithPresident

Yasmin Anderson-Smith is a certified image management and personal branding coach, trainer and author. Combining experience, passion, inspiration and a focus on civility, Yasmin empowers business women, young professionals and college students t...

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Do not be afraid to cold call the company where you want to work

Cold calling a company where you would like to work can be a huge step forward in getting that job you want. Even though it can launch you ahead of the competition, calling an HR or Plant manager out of the blue requires a few key elements so that your call doesn’t sound desperate or like you are trying to sell them something. Keep this advice in mind to help you get that dream job by starting a conversation with the person in charge.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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Attract recruiters and new job opportunities with LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile is your business card, resume and online handshake all in one. Be smart about what you share and how you present yourself to become more appealing to recruiters that are actively searching LinkedIn with employment opportunities.

Laurie Morse-DellSocial Media and Personal Branding Coach

Extensive experience in strategic marketing with over a decade working to promote small businesses, government agencies, non-profits and international corporations. I have created unique and successful marketing campaigns that increase sales and...

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How to succeed in a phone screen or phone interview for a new job

Though you have the benefit of interviewing in the privacy of your own home, successful phone interviews can still be stressful. Many people find themselves more nervous when having to do a phone interview because they do not prepare themselves as much as they would for a regular job interview. There are things you should keep in mind, including dressing professionally, to ensure yourself a successful phone interview.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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Use your degree to get the perfect job in the career field you want

How do you make your college degree work for you? Finding a job after college can be successful when you use this expert advice and to make the most of the career hunt. Remember, education is never a waste of time.

Dr. Carolyn EdwardsLife & Career Coach, Author, Professor

Dr. Edwards holds a PhD in Management and serves as Coach, Author and adjunct professor teaching graduate business/management courses. She has over 20 years of government, industry, entrepreneurship, education, consulting, training and coaching...

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How to succeed in an interview

Tami Palmer Founder greyzone, Job Search Coaching and Career Mentoring

The moment has finally arrived; a company has invited you onsite for an interview for the job you applied for. You now have a chance to sell yourself face to face. You’re excited, you’re nervous and more than anything you want everything to go perfectly. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to landing that job.

Tami PalmerFounder

I'm Tami, greyzone's Founder. I'm a Mom, best-friend, big sister and a boss rolled into one. I have worked in the staffing and human resources management industries for over 15 years and held leadership roles at ACT 1 Personnel, SpectraLink and ...

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Seeking and winning your first job after college

As graduation approaches and excitement builds to get out and find a job, it’s easy to make the very common mistake of being under prepared. First, decide on a few target jobs. Think about what would be the best fit for you based on your major, internship, clubs, associations, work experience, and interests. Research these targeted jobs and determine possible career paths. Think about where you want to be in five years, and create appropriate career goals.

Juan Portillo HR and Marketing Specialist

Juan Portillo has over five years of recruiting and human resources experience. Juan is currently the Human Resources and Marketing Specialist for Bolder Staffing, Inc. (BSI). In addition to HR and Marketing, he also serves as the recruiting man...

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How to survive looking for a new job

Tami Palmer Founder greyzone, Job Search Coaching and Career Mentoring

Job hunting is one of life’s biggest stressors, right up there with moving and getting a divorce. Having a plan and being proactive are two things you can do to gain some control over a seemingly uncontrollable process. To aid you in relieving the stress of looking for a new job, here are some tips to help contribute to your success.

Tami PalmerFounder

I'm Tami, greyzone's Founder. I'm a Mom, best-friend, big sister and a boss rolled into one. I have worked in the staffing and human resources management industries for over 15 years and held leadership roles at ACT 1 Personnel, SpectraLink and ...

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Finding passion, purpose, and profession in a compassionate career

Many people today are looking for more than “just a job.” At our very core, we want our life to matter. We want to spend our time doing something we care about and that makes a difference in the world.

Unfortunately, jobs in this arena are rarely promoted or supported by parents, teachers, or counselors. Only 4 percent of people working in the philanthropic sector say that anyone has ever mentioned this field to them.

Alexandra MitchellPresident

Alexandra Mitchell is the co-author of Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference. She is also president of Pathfinder Solutions, a research and advisory firm dedicated to providing capacity building tools and services to caus...

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How to choose the best work-from-home business opportunity for you

For many men and women, a work-from-home model is ideal to preserve flexibility and family life. With the sea of home-based business franchises, it can be overwhelming to select the one that’s right for you. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when choosing home-based earning opportunity.

Kathy BoiardiRecruitment Specialist

With a degree in Business Management, Kathy is an experienced Recruitment Specialist and Marketing Director in the financial and retail arena. Before launching Come Green With Me, she was District Manager for a national merchandising company man...

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Advice for transitioning from power mom to workplace maven

One fine Thursday, after spending the week shuttling 3 pre-teen kids to different schools, friends’ homes, soccer practices, and study groups, all while coordinating groceries, laundry, toilet repair, and volunteer activities, your husband might comment, “Wow, you went through a whole tank of gas in 4 days? That’s a lot for someone who doesn’t work.” Really? Coordinating all of those lives while keeping them fed, fresh, and focused isn’t work?

Kelly WalshOwner

Kelly Walsh, M.Ed, ACC is the president of 1 Smart Life. Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coac...

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Men should dress professionally for their job interview

Dressing professional for your first interview is paramount. First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to impressing a potential employer. Along with preparing for the interview by researching the company and being ready for what the interviewer is going to ask, you also want to be sure that you prepare to dress professionally. Though the employer doesn’t care about your fashion sense, they will care that your professional attire is up to par with their expectations, including the suit, tie, shoes and even belt. Here is some advice to help.

Dick LernerClothier

Third Generation Clothier of local family business started by Grandfather - Graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, BS in Business Administration – May 1973; Certified Custom Clothier from Haas Tailoring – July 1989; Post Certificat...

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Advice to help those over 50 in their job search

Searching for a job when you are 50 can be a difficult thing to do. With all of the changes in technology, is your education and past-work experience going to be enough to get you the job? Luckily for you, this is everyone’s question when applying for jobs, no matter their age. The important thing is to highlight your experience to help you get a leg up in the job market. Experience matters, so don’t let it be a hindrance.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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Expert advice on how to best prepare for the interview

The interview can be the gateway to a promising career if done properly. It is important that you do your research about the company before you go into the interview so that you know how to answer the questions they ask, and also be able to ask questions of your own when the time comes.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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Military veterans: create a professional resume for civilian jobs

Jaynine Howard USMC (Ret), PhD (ABD) Dream Catcher - Business & Career Coaching

I know you are proud of your military experiences and accomplishments. But these often do not belong on the resume. Not because they are not important, but because civilians unfamiliar with the military do not understand what those words or acronyms mean. Do not let your resume end up in the trash because the hiring manager did not understand why or how you were the best person for the job. This helpful advice below will help you prepare a resume for a civilian employer who does not know anything about the military.

Jaynine HowardUSMC (Ret), PhD (ABD)

Jerri Jaynine Howard is a well-known business and career coach, author and trainer. Jaynine’s experience as a leader and motivator stems from her 20 year military career where she served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Jaynine ...

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Be professional in a phone interview to win the job

We live in a world today that brings a completely new meaning to multitasking. Potential employers call about our resume while we’re driving to the soccer field and deals are negotiated in the supermarket produce section. It’s easy to get too comfortable during a job search, but if you think that the person on the other end of the phone is not getting a message from your non-verbal communication simply because they cannot see you, you would be incorrect.

Michelle A. RiklanACRW, CPRW, CEIC, CJSS

Michelle A. Riklan holds a B.A. in Theatre, English Literature and Speech Communications from Hofstra University. While beginning her corporate career, she pursued and completed a M.A. in Speech and Interpersonal Communications from New York Uni...

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Gain an advantage in your job search with an online portfolio

John DiMarco Ph.D. Professor at St. John’s University and author of “Career Power Skills.” St. John’s University

A recent article on job prospecting by Emily Driscoll cited a report on the most successful places for generating candidate interviews and hires. The report by SilkRoad stated that the top place where companies find candidates online and actually hire them is their own personal website, aka an online web portfolio.

John DiMarco Ph.D.Professor at St. John’s University and author of “Career Power Skills.”

John DiMarco, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Communication at St. John's University in New York City and the author of Career Power Skills (Pearson 2013), Digital Design for Print and Web (Wiley 2010) and Web Portfolio Design and Application...

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Boost your resume and job search with an authentic video resume

The paper resume is dead. To get a job, you need a video resume. Take it seriously, but also don’t be too formal. With a video resume you have the opportunity to show who you are and why you are right for the job, so be authentic and be confident.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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Applying for an overseas job requires preparation and diligence

Finding work overseas can be a great experience to get out and see the world and build your resume, but it isn’t as simple as applying for a job in the USA. Among other things, you need a work visa, relocation assistance, and you need to set yourself apart from the other applicants. Here is some expert advice when thinking about an overseas job, what to know and do before you apply.

John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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While in college get the internship that will land your dream job

Bill Pratt Author, Speaker, Educator The Money Professors

Only about one-third of college students are offered a job at graduation and many of those jobs do not require a degree. That explains why 80% of college students move back home with their parents after graduation. Yet almost 60% of students who had a paid internship are offered a job. So why are more students not seeking an internship?

Bill PrattAuthor, Speaker, Educator

Mr. Pratt, one of The Money Professors, is an instructor in personal and corporate finance at East Carolina University. Bill speaks on topics related to personal finance on college campuses across the country and has authored and coauthored seve...

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Use LinkedIn in your job search and build professional network

LinkedIn should be the starting point for any professional’s job search. By completing your profile and growing your network you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of others in your industry that fail to capitalize on LinkedIn’s power.

Laurie Morse-DellSocial Media and Personal Branding Coach

Extensive experience in strategic marketing with over a decade working to promote small businesses, government agencies, non-profits and international corporations. I have created unique and successful marketing campaigns that increase sales and...

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Prepare a financial plan in advance of being laid off

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12.7 million American workers were unemployed as of March 2012. Unfortunately, layoffs are a part of reality, even more so in today’s economy and many people don't have a financial plan. If you suspect instability in your job or just want to make sure you can financially handle a surprise, consider the following advice to help you weather the storm.

Scott Jones, CRCP®, RFC®Financial Advisor

Scott Jones honed his retirement planning skills for over 9 years with Ameriprise Financial as a Financial Advisor and Advisor Coach prior to founding Jones & Associates Wealth Management. When not at the office, Scott enjoys spending time wi...

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Creating a resume that will get noticed

Tami Palmer Founder greyzone, Job Search Coaching and Career Mentoring

Your resume is your ticket to a job interview. Like any good marketing piece, your resume should motivate someone to want to reach out and learn more about you. Highlight what you have to offer based upon what you have accomplished and be sure it’s easy to read, full of captivating details, and that it rouses the reader to want to meet you to learn more. Following are some suggestions on how to make your resume shine.

Tami PalmerFounder

I'm Tami, greyzone's Founder. I'm a Mom, best-friend, big sister and a boss rolled into one. I have worked in the staffing and human resources management industries for over 15 years and held leadership roles at ACT 1 Personnel, SpectraLink and ...

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How to succeed at networking for a new job

Tami Palmer Founder greyzone, Job Search Coaching and Career Mentoring

You hear it everywhere; to secure a new job you have to network, network, network, but the idea of introducing yourself to a room full of strangers sends your belly into a series of spasms, and causes you to break out in a chill. Networking can be so much easier than this! Follow these dos and don’ts to take the "ick" out of networking.

Tami PalmerFounder

I'm Tami, greyzone's Founder. I'm a Mom, best-friend, big sister and a boss rolled into one. I have worked in the staffing and human resources management industries for over 15 years and held leadership roles at ACT 1 Personnel, SpectraLink and ...

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Keep your job search alive over the holidays

Do you think a job search during the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year's is a waste of time? Think again. A giant myth with job seekers is the assumption that companies are winding down for the year, putting existing jobs on hold, and not opening new jobs. It's just not true.

Tony DeblauweWorkplace and Career Expert

Tony Deblauwe is a Workplace and Career Expert and founder of consulting firm, HR4Change. He has over 15 years’ experience working in high-tech companies supporting Human Resources, Organizational Development, Talent Management, and Training. H...

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Negotiate your job offer and get what you want

Tami Palmer Founder greyzone, Job Search Coaching and Career Mentoring

Let’s face it, most of us don’t like to negotiate, and not much in life surpasses the discomfort of confronting a future employer with a request for more money. But the fact remains that most companies start an offer low, fully anticipating that you’ll negotiate your job offer, and if you don’t play the game then you’re likely leaving money and other benefits on the table.

Tami PalmerFounder

I'm Tami, greyzone's Founder. I'm a Mom, best-friend, big sister and a boss rolled into one. I have worked in the staffing and human resources management industries for over 15 years and held leadership roles at ACT 1 Personnel, SpectraLink and ...

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