Tag: job seeking

Me, overqualified? How to show you’re not by a long shot

Have you been on the full-time work hamster wheel and want to get off?   Most job seekers give the impression that they want to speed up their lifestyle. They use well-worn phrases like ‘energetic go-getter’, ‘highly motivated’ and ‘incredibly hard-working’ to describe themselves when trying to land a new position. This is all well … les mer

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Let’s be perfectly clear: Writing the Summary on your CV

The fact that there is no clear right or wrong in resume writing frustrates some job seekers, especially engineers, whose training has focused on the importance of getting whatever they’re designing, building, etc. exactly right. After all, a poorly constructed highway overpass would be proof that somebody had clearly gotten something wrong somewhere along the … les mer

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Job Seekers: Can you write less and get more?

The other day I looked up the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’. The Wiki definition says that it was first used in 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was what he felt architectural design ought to be; meaning, in other words, 1) simplicity is better than elaborate embellishment, and 2) … les mer

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Shopping and CV Writing: Can you curb your urge?

Have you ever thought that shopping and writing your CV have something in common?— —I didn’t either, until two things happened to me this past week which made me think that these two activities – life necessities that they are – could be compared. The first happened when I got in a CV for proofreading … les mer

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Job Applications: Why Do You Seek Approval?

I’m teaching my CV/cover letter writing course tomorrow morning, and I already know what will go wrong. Not wrong, exactly, but where I’ll meet the most resistance and get the most questions from my course takers. This moment comes around slide 8, when I insert the following question somewhere into my instruction: Why do you … les mer

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Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

You need to write a message every time you send someone a connection request. You really do. Just clicking ‘Connect’ and expecting a positive response isn’t going to cut it anymore. Maybe it used to, but as LI activity is heating up, more people are getting choosier about accepting the increasing number of requests coming … les mer

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The Unspoken Yet Real Reason You Didn’t Get Called For That Job Interview

I just finished reading an article on LinkedIn entitled, ‘The Real Reason You Didn’t Get That Job’ by LI Influencer Liz Ryan in which she lists five potential changes in the company at which ‘you’ have just interviewed that may have prevented ‘you’ from getting hired. These changes include having the company cut the position … les mer

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The Right Way to Think About Your LinkedIn Connections

Teaching a new topic is like trying out a new recipe. While you’re enthusiastic when starting out, looking at either what’s on your kitchen counter or who’s sitting out in your classroom, you also realize you’re probably going to mess at least some little part of it up. So when you take the first bite … les mer

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“Why Do You Want the Job?”: Your Words Lost and Found

How do you answer this question when you just can’t find the words? Yesterday as I was scrolling down my LinkedIn home page, I came across a short article written in Norwegian where the author was responding to job seekers who often asked him why they hadn’t been called in for an interview after sending … les mer

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Why Having a Well-Written LinkedIn Profile Won’t Upset Your Boss

If you’re worried that presenting your abilities and experience in the most professional way possible on your LinkedIn profile will be taken badly by your boss, don’t. Here’s why. I had this thought after having been approached by a young man after a CV-writing course I gave last month. He started off by explaining to … les mer

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