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    Job Search Guide - Creating a Wow Factor in Your Job Search
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - May, 2016
Finding a way to standout from the crowd has always been a key to landing a new job. With so much information and competitive options available, job seekers need to find ways to make employers say, "Wow!" Mike Perry, president of Szarka Financial, uses his decades of experience in hiring to give job seekers the inside scoop on what hits home with potential employers. He tells Tim Muma the specific areas hiring personnel look f...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Promote Yourself Without Bragging (or Selling Short)
by Rick Gillis and Tim Muma - Dec, 2015
Promoting yourself and trying to professionally tout your own experience and skill is one of the more common challenges people face when it comes to their careers. Bragging make you look conceited or selfish, but if you say nothing, who will? Rick Gillis, career expert and author of "Promote! It's Who Knows What You Know That Makes a Career," talks about the subtle and effective ways to make other aware of your value. He gives...
 
    Job Search Guide - Authentic Networking the Key to More Job Leads
by Debra Feldman and Tim Muma - Sep, 2015
There's hardly a doubt that networking leads to the most and best employment opportunities; however, connecting the right way can still be a challenge. Debra Feldman, the Job Whiz, joins Tim Muma to give her experienced take on creating authentic networking relationships that last and give you more job leads. Debra breaks down the most important actions you can take to become a networking pro while bonding with others on a gen...
 
    Classroom to Boardroom - Technology's Impact on Communication
by Roger Whitson and Tim Muma - Sep, 2015
Communication has always been a hot topic in the world of employment. Each year, communication is listed as one of the most important skills, but also the one needing the most work. Roger Whitson, professor of English at Washington State University, discusses how technology is impacting our language and communication, particularly in the professional world. He explains to Tim Muma that college students need to recognize and ut...
 
  Time to Retire the "Elevator Speech" For Job Seekers
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Time to retire the term “elevator speech” from the job seekers lexicon. Does it really work for job seekers? Isn’t a “speech” about 30 or 40 minutes? Most elevators are very short rides here in California. So what is the standard definition? From Wikipedia: “An elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply defines a person, profession, product, service, organization or event...
 
  Your Secret Source For Top Talent
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2016
“But we were on a break!” (“Friends” references cross the generational divide, right?) Ross may have been talking about a relationship break, but I want to talk about career breaks – when employees leave for another company or a personal life event. Today, most employers realize that job-hopping employees are a fact of life. The 2016 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey found that 44 percent of millennials plan to change jo...
 
  Avoid Network Tunnel Vision
by Sherri Edwards - May, 2016
It’s commonly understood that there are many reasons to network with professionals in your field. What is not as widely recognized is the need to network with others outside of your field of interest and the benefits that can be gained. Networking outside of your comfort zone can lead to unexpected learning opportunities that can add to your development as a responsible citizen, employee or emerging leader. To start thinkin...
 
  Goodwill Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May, 2016
Most people know Goodwill as the community place to bring used clothing and wares to be sold in stores and online. What you may not know is that Goodwill can also help boost your career. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that unemployment is the lowest since March 1973, but many are still looking for work or interested in upping their career game to avoid being underemployed. Elise Gould, an economist for the Economic...
 
  4 Things You Should Know About References
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2016
I field many questions about professional references, and there is an abundance of both misunderstanding and erroneous information out there. I want to dispel the many myths that there are, so here are the top four things you should know about references. •They can say anything: Many people tell me that their former employer will only verify dates of employment and previous titles. That may very well be the employer’s form...
 
  Can You Be Too Friendly With Customers?
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2016
By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator, according to a recent Customers 2020 Report. Increasingly, customers of small businesses may be expecting owners to know their individual needs in detail and go out of their way to personalize offerings and the shopping experience. When this is done properly, repeat business can be the result. But what happens when you please the c...
 
  How to Overcome Resistance to Social Media + Enhance Your Career
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2016
For those people knee-deep in daily social media chatter, it may seem that everyone else is similarly active. Perhaps even, you judge anyone who opts out of social media as out of touch or an outlier, negligently avoiding this global, career- and life-boosting forum. Conversely, you may be the social media outlier above the fray, or think that it’s simply too noisy and unkempt. Maybe you feel that involving yourself in the...
 
  The Bad Job Search Advice I Almost Gave
by Stacey Lane - May, 2016
My husband’s last contract (technology consulting) ended in the fall. And since January, he’s been super-focused on his job search. And if you’ve been in a job search recently, you know that it’s a balance between applying for jobs (if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the lottery) and focusing your search effectively. The Job Description About a month ago, he asked me to read a job description and tell him what I...
 
  Job Hopping on Resume Still a Red Flag?
by Jean Cummings - May, 2016
Traditionally – pre-2008 meltdown but definitely before the dot-com boom – having too many jobs in short period of time on a candidate's resume was clearly an issue for hiring authorities. They assumed the person would be a short-term employee and reduce the ROI from recruiting, onboarding, and training them. Recruiters believed that short stints at several companies showed that the applicant wasn't committed, got easily bo...
 
  Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips You Cannot Overlook
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May, 2016
Technology is outsmarting itself with every passing second. It makes work easier as well as faster, and one such tool we all are familiar with is video conferencing. It provides an instant connection with the audience. It makes idea exchange an easier process where physical distance would have previously been a barrier. Below are a few points highlighting its advantages along with few etiquette tips that come in handy for your...
 
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