HAWKS Basketball and Job Search: a Fresh Perspective!
by Sharon Cohen - Feb, 2015
Last month, I watched my first, live basketball game - the Atlanta Hawks in Philips Arena. They had a 17-0 winning streak during the month of January. As I watched the game, I noticed many similarities between a great basketball game and a successful job-search. We were invited to the game, by a friend was is an NBA referee. We had amazing seats with unobstructed sight lines! Our friend was working during the game an...
“Help, I have 4 job offers!” Evaluating offers & Career Decision Making
by Sharon Cohen - Jan, 2015
True story of how one of my students hit the Career jackpot! Last Thursday, one of my MBA students called me. He sounded very anxious on the phone and requested an Emergency Career Counseling session. My first thought was, “oh no, it must be bad news.” But then he told me he has 4 offers, 3 of which are for full time work and 1 of which is for a full time internship! However, these were “exploding offers” and the deadli...
Google - Who's Googling you during your Job Search?
by Sharon Cohen - Jan, 2015
*Frustrated with your online job search? *Ever wonder what recruiters are searching for when they Google your name? *What does your online image and personal brand say about you? The main, Social Media sites are: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. They're often referred to as "The Big 3. "Job seekers routinely Google companies and interviewers prior to an interview. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that employe...
Digital Dirt, Online Canidate Review and Other Mysteries!
by Sharon Cohen - Mar, 2014
What are recruiters reading about you online? Do you have digital dirt? Is this affecting your job search? My most popular workshops are on personal branding , social media audits and managing your digital dirt. Increasingly, job seekers are also requesting this content during individual, one on one coaching sessions. Are you prepared? There aren’t any consistent statistics on how many companies are checking out candi...
10 Strategies to Stand Out from the Crowd at a Career Fair!
by Sharon Cohen - Jan, 2014
How can you stand out? Who are you hoping to meet? What can you offer an employer? What are you hoping to learn? As part of the Career Management team, at Georgia State University's Robinson College, our business is to provide career management advising for job seekers and recruitment support for employers. We have 8,000+ students each semester and 11,000+ recruiters in our job-board databases. We host many, large...
Digital Dirt, Online Candidate Review and Other Mysteries!
by Sharon Cohen - Dec, 2013
What are recruiters reading about you online? Do you have digital dirt? Is this affecting your job search? My most popular workshops are on personal branding , social media audits and managing your digital dirt. Increasingly, job seekers are also requesting this content during individual, one on one coaching sessions. Are you prepared? There aren’t any consistent statistics on how many companies are checking out candid...
4 Career Solutions to 4 Types of Unemployment
by Sharon Cohen - Jun, 2013
I just read an interesting article about the 4 types of Unemployment. However, it left me wondering what job-seekers think of this. If you know the cause of your job loss, then what is the career solution? As a career advisor, I customize my approach to the client's unique needs. Debriefing the loss is essential for moving forward in your career. Only then can we formulate, an effective career action plan. Here are my ideas...
Blue Ocean Strategy - Identify your Niche in Crowded Job Market!
by Sharon Cohen - Aug, 2012
Are you using a Red Ocean strategy or a Blue Ocean Strategy? Worried about competing in the current job market? Feel like you're on the edge of a job search cliff? If you are in business school, then this MBA lingo will be commonplace. However, for those of us who aren't business majors it can be both annoying and intriguing. These days, it's common for job seekers to be compared to consumer products. Marke...
What Motivates you at Work: Factors for Career Happiness!
by Sharon Cohen - Jul, 2012
Your dream job is another person's nightmare. Don't worry about what jobs your classmates are pursueing, you need to chart your own course! When I worked as a Business Career Advisor in Vancouver, BC, Canada I was given a great recruitment project from Starbucks Head Office... Since ten years have passed, I can share this story with you. For those of you who may not know, Starbucks was founded in the Pacific Northwest...
Fairy Job Mother: Is this the right career for me?
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2012
I wish I was a Fairy Job-Mother with magic career powers! I'd like to wave a wand and instantly connect people with their dream jobs. As a Career counselor - I'm frequently asked: What career should I pursue? What will make me happy? How can I be sure? Well, you know what two things everyone can be sure of - and neither are related to career choices! I wish I could guarantee people's career happiness! If only...
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