Find a Name to Address Your Cover Letter, Fast

There was once a time when addressing a cover letter to “Sir or Madam” was a normal and acceptable practice.  Those days are long over. More recently, career advisors have suggested “Dear Hiring Manager” as a more appropriate alternative.  But in this age of interconnectedness where information is readily available, even that seems a bit

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Under-qualified and Hired?

For the past few years, a client of mine made her peace with the poor economy by sustaining a job she was unenthusiastic about (to say the least).  The arbitrary employment she’d accepted was in a field and function far outside of her desired career path.  However, after nearly a year of searching, she was

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What Your Job App Says About You

Your resume, that finely crafted page-long synopsis of your professional history, is more than just insight into your professional accomplishments and academic accolades. It gives recruiters a first impression of your professional personality. Everything about it—layout, stylizing, content, wording—lets them know, at a glance, whether or not you would be a good fit for their

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Weathering the Economic Storm

Good news!  The unemployment reached a new low this past December, closing at nearly 8.5% for the first time since 2008. And with jobless claims falling by 12,000 to 367,000 last week, it is predicted that unemployment was even lower in January. According to Associated Press, “when applications stay consistently below 375,000, it usually signals

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Secrets to Job Hunt Success—Gaining New Contacts

You have probably heard before that companies do not advertise most of their job openings externally. Many positions are filled internally or by recommendation without considering outside candidates at all. Both of these things boil down to who you know—luckily you know more people than you think. My last few posts have been about using

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What Hiring Managers Don’t Tell You

Last summer, a friend of mine who recently graduated from university was elated to have finally found a job directly related to his skill set and career ambitions. Five months later, the company downsized because of its inability to generate sufficient revenue and he was laid off. The small business, it seems, really wanted an

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LinkedIn – Making and Keeping Connections

Some months ago in a TED Talks session on Cyborg Anthropology, Amber Case explained how people have the opportunity to reinvent themselves and essentially carry on real life through social media. They portray themselves as they wish others to see them—play up their strengths, minimize their flaws. Unfortunately for beginners, using social networking is a

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Networking – It’s How You Say It

Last weekend as my alter ego I attended a networking event on behalf of a major institution. By observing the abundance of hopefuls all vying for informative morsels from my colleagues and me, I was able to garner this advice which is useful in almost all networking circumstances. While people always rant and rave about

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My good friend Yelp (who I hate)

Back in February of this year I wrote a blog entry ranting against Yelp. I have recently reconsidered. My complaint was, and still is, that the majority of our Yelp reviewers are applicants for finance jobs on a temporary or consulting basis who we decide not to represent because they are not a match for

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