How Agency Recruiters Can Help or Hurt Your Job Search

Agency Recruiter and Candidate

Employers find candidates with both internal recruiters and external recruiting agencies. Sometimes companies use both methods at the same time. I started my recruiting career at an agency. After nine years, I transitioned to working as an internal corporate recruiter. Understanding how external recruiting agencies work with their corporate clients is really important and can…

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Biggest Disadvantage of ChatGPT for a Job Search

Limits of ChatGPT in a Job Search

Limitations of ChatGPT ChatGPT is a great tool for researching information and building writing skills. It can be helpful in many aspects of a job search. But there is a MAJOR part of a job search where ChatGPT can’t help and possibly can hurt: Building Professional Connections and Relationships! Building a community of professionals with…

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New Year’s Headlines Impacting Employment – What Actions To Take

Employment News

Tech Industry Getting Hammered Headlines everywhere about tech stock prices dropping and layoffs or companies slowing growth. What can you do to minimize the impact on your career? If You’re Employed –> Prepare for a Layoff: Identify your references. Get their personal contact information in advance of a layoff. Meet with your manager. Review your…

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Four Tips for a Resume that Recruiters WILL Read

How to Write a Good Resumes

Ask 100 people for advice on resumes, and you get many differing opinions that often contradict each other. So who do you believe?  In my 20+ yrs. of recruiting, I found that most resume advice comes from people who don’t read resumes as part of their work. This article shares resume advice from recruiters and…

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How to Write a Good Cover Letter

Disappointing Job Search

As a recruiter, I rarely read any cover letters. Most cover letters are poorly written, generic and superficial.  I stopped reading once I saw the typical first sentence: “Dear Hiring Manager, I am interested in position X….” And they aren’t read because they repeat information from the resume.  But now worse, with information buried in…

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Why Recruiters Don’t Want Your Job Application

Job Search

Looking for a new job? Then you are probably scouring job postings and applying to as many jobs as you can find. Then anxiously waiting for an email from a recruiter for an interview. As days turn into weeks without an email, you become discouraged, frustrated and angry.   As a former recruiter, I want…

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How To Plan for Virtual Interviews and Career Fairs

Best Practices for Video Career Fairs

I spent August and September speaking with university career centers and employers about how they are changing their programs for early talent recruiting.  My goal was to identify details not widely known that impact students /graduates in their job search. Then to offer advice on how to change your job search so you have a…

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Job Search Tips – Do This Today:

Improving Job Search

Rarely do people enjoy looking for a job. Now in this time of unprecedented change, unpredictability and stress, dental surgery is more welcome than a job search.  And to all of you who are unexpectedly unemployed, I KNOW the feeling. I have been laid-off three times in my career. Feeling scared while selling myself in…

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Power of Tenacity in a Job Search. How #BLM Inspires.

Tenacity in a Job Search

There is hope in the air.  Every day brings news of mostly peaceful demonstrations with people taking action to change race relations in this country.  And the protests are starting to show small results…. a) Confederate symbols dismantled; b) Walmart ending the practice of locking up African-American cosmetics behind the counter; c) Quaker Oats retiring…

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Two Ways To Improve Your Job Search

Employment News

Discovering opportunities outside of job boards is not always straightforward. It takes a curious mind to uncover opportunities.  Here are a couple of suggestions. First technique is to read the business news  to learn macro-level changes that hint at job opportunities.  Dig into those leads to uncover jobs.  Another technique is to be curious about…

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