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  Getting Past the Telephone Screening Interview
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
When an employer calls to say, "We'd like to discuss your qualifications a bit.” what they are really saying is “We want to know more about your exact skills and verify your resume, before we offer you an interview.” Human Resources professionals refer to this interview as the Screening Interview. In today’s job market this kind of screening process has become very popular and is frequently used. This initial employer contact...
 
  Handling the Dreaded “You’re Overqualified” Challenge
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
Seems I continually hear this complaint, “They aren’t hiring me because I’m overqualified.” One man wrote an e-mail to me concerned about this problem: “I have a lot of incredible extracurricular professional activities, publishing expertise, project management experience, board leadership skills, etc. I have an MBA, and am a CPA. All of this info is on my resume because it sets me apart. However, I am concerned that peopl...
 
  Looking for a Job: Here is One Technique That Works
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
85% of all jobs are never advertised. 85%!! Most of these are good jobs with the better salaries that you seek. A networking technique called Informational Interviewing is a successful tool that job hunters have used to find these unadvertised jobs. Many job hunters attending my job search seminars are unfamiliar with it, but 63% of all new jobs were found through contacts last year. It's a valuable technique to learn and impl...
 
  Moms Returning to Work
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
Joanne left the workforce 14 years ago when her daughter was a baby. Now that the daughter is driving, Joanne began to consider breaking back into the workforce. She contacted me for career guidance in June, when she saw an advertisement for the ideal job. She had no résumé, and no well-considered plan on how to integrate back into the working world. We created a powerful résumé detailing both her old experience and more re...
 
  One Resume Technique to Make You Stand Out
by Robin Ryan - Jul, 2014
A Human Resources Manager, working at a Fortune 500 company, asked for my help in writing her resume. She told me: “Thousands of resumes have passed through my hands but when it comes to writing my own I have a difficult time doing it.” She isn’t alone in her concerns. Most people find resume writing challenging. A resume is nothing more than a slick piece of advertising, but an important piece, especially in today’s job marke...
 
  Time for a Career Check-Up!
by Robin Ryan - Jun, 2014
Feeling underpaid? Unhappy with your current position? Worried about your job security? Hoping to get a raise or promotion? It’s time to give your career a checkup. In today’s changing workplace, the average worker will hold more than 11 jobs during their working lifetime. Career management is your responsibility, so learn where you stand and carve a better path for yourself. -– RR Are you ready when opportunity knocks? I...
 
  Want a promotion? 5 Tips to Move Your Career Ahead
by Robin Ryan - Jun, 2014
"People lack initiative" says this Senior HR director sitting across from me. "They come to me and say 'what do I need to do next to get promoted?' It seems so obvious to me and yet they can't see the opportunities in front of their faces.'" Is she talking about you? Do you just expect your boss or HR to lead the way? You must take the lead in managing your own career. Managers and mentors can advise you but the real work s...
 
  Fast Forward Your Job Search
by Robin Ryan - Nov, 2010
When you are in Human Resources, everyone thinks you know everything there is to know about getting hired. Truth is, most HR folks stumble when implementing their own self-marketing efforts. Having coached numerous HR professionals, many find resume writing difficult and networking intimidating. So, if you think you are alone in finding job hunting a challenging task, think again. In today's tough job market, you must...
 
  Over 50? Tricks to Land a Better Job
by Robin Ryan - Sep, 2010
You read so much bad news about anyone who's a mature worker that you might think your best years are behind you if you are over 50 - WRONG! I've recently worked with several career counseling clients who are past 49 and each has had a BIG career success. Hope - and self confidence, plus some savvy know-how - seems to be the key. Wendell is a programmer in his mid 50s - a tough job title to maintain on a permanent ba...
 
  Can LinkedIn Help You Land a New Job?
by Robin Ryan - Jun, 2010
Social networking is all the rage, but can LinkedIn really help you get hired? Yes - with an emphasis on the word "help." I work closely with my career counseling clients, advising them on how to use this social media more effectively in their job search. LinkedIn is widely used by internal staffing departments in most high tech companies and in many Fortune 1000 companies. You may hear more about Twitter or Facebook, but...
 
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