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Prioritizing Your Job Search Activities

I recently coached a young professional who wants to change careers but has done nothing with his search because he is juggling working full-time and attending graduate school. He feels like he doesn’t have any extra time, so his $64,000 question for the session was: “if I am limited in what I can do, what should I be prioritizing?”

Read my response in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2010/02/10/ask-a-career-coach-prioritizing-your-job-search-activities/

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How Does a Company Select From a Big Pile of Resumes?

Read my response in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2010/01/27/ask-a-career-coach-how-does-a-company-select-from-a-big-pile-of-resumes/

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“What Do You Think Of Facial Hair?” (aka Are You Sweating The Right Details?)

Okay, that question did not come from the Glass Hammer demographic [the women in finance blog for which I originally wrote this post]….It came from a male audience member in a recent panel that focused on Big Career Mistakes. But now that I have your attention, I wanted to highlight a few points to ponder inspired by the above question that do relate to [all]  readers:

When you have the opportunity to get feedback, ask big questions. The panel was for senior executives and featured former recruiters and executive coaches from a variety of backgrounds. This was a golden opportunity for participants to get candid insight into job search and career planning. This participant was clearly torn about whether his moustache was sabotaging his career, but I recommend focusing on the bigger picture items.

Read the rest of my advice on my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/12/23/ask-a-career-coach-what-do-you-think-of-facial-hair/

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How To Handle The First Days On The Job

I am starting a bigger role in a new company. How do I handle messaging, managing my team and the first days on the job in general?

Read my response in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/09/30/ask-a-career-coach-how-to-handle-the-first-days-on-the-job/

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When Is The Best Time To Start A Job Search

I am securely employed at a premier management consulting firm. I know that I want to relocate sometime next year but I can take my time. Now that the market is picking up, is it better to start now, or do I wait in January? When does most hiring take place?

Read my response in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/09/23/ask-a-career-coach-when-is-the-best-time-to-start-a-job-search/

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What Do You Do When Your Contacts Don’t Respond?

I have left several messages for people who know me well, but they haven’t called me back. What else can I do? I’d like to talk to them about my job search.

Read my advice in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/09/09/ask-a-career-coach-what-do-you-do-when-your-contacts-don%e2%80%99t-respond/

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How Do I Talk About Being Laid Off In The Job Interview?

While layoffs are more common and carry less stigma, it is still true that employers generally prefer employed candidates to unemployed. So you need to be truthful and acknowledge the layoff, but you don’t need to dwell on it. In fact, you want to move away from the topic quickly and refocus back on the positive aspects of your career. A good way to structure what you should talk about is to take your cues from the employed candidates.  Read my specific tips on how to do this in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/09/02/ask-a-career-coach-how-do-i-talk-about-being-laid-off-in-the-job-interview/

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How Do I Create A Cover Letter Template?

When creating a profile specifically for a company’s hiring site, what is the best, most effective “generic” cover letter for different positions within various divisions?

This question came from a recent teleseminar attendee, and I love the sub-questions implicit in it.  Read my advice in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/08/26/ask-a-career-coach-how-do-i-create-a-cover-letter-template/

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How Long Do You Wait To Follow-up?

I had an interview with a small financial services firm this week. I thought it went well and the interviewer (in this case, the owner) muttered that he would decide to hire me by the end of the day. 3 days have passed and I have not heard anything. He seemed like he would tell me either way. I really want the position and it seemed like we connected. How long do I wait before contacting him? What do you suggest I do or say?

While I normally advise waiting a business week before following up, read what I wrote instead in my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/08/19/ask-a-career-coach-how-long-do-you-wait-to-follow-up/

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How Do You Explain A Gap In Your Résumé?

What do prospective employers really think when they see a gap in your résumé?

It depends.  See my thoughts on my latest post for TheGlassHammer.com:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2009/08/12/ask-a-career-coach-how-do-you-explain-a-gap-in-your-resume/

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