Job Search Tips and Tactics

3 Tips for Effective References

“We had two top candidates for a senior job. One whose references were glowing and one whose took forever to respond and then barely remembered the person.”

– HR Executive.

“I can always find ways to get references to tell me a lot about the person I am checking on.”

– top Corporate Recruiter

“If all his references […]

By |June 2nd, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on 3 Tips for Effective References

Cleared Salaries, Budget Cuts and Reality

Scene from a recruiting analytics presentation: The defense contracting client had several cleared vacancies but could not fill them. Data analysis showed that the firm’s salary was $30,000 lower than what people who met the requirements were making. The Program Manager rejected any higher compensation and said “cut the years required from 10-12 down […]

By |May 21st, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Cleared Salaries, Budget Cuts and Reality

Defense and Intel Contracting Are Evolving, Are You

Government contracting work has changed. The huge boom in employment over the past decade in intel, in supporting two wars, and in increased outsourcing has turned. The past two years have seen big cutbacks across the landscape. With the focus on cutting the budget that will continue.

Many people are looking and waiting and discouraged. […]

By |March 24th, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Defense and Intel Contracting Are Evolving, Are You

Does Your Resume #Fail

The crowd was great at the most recent Cleared Job Fair Resume Reviews. Patient, positive, networking while waiting. And most even followed the written instructions. So I saw a lot of resumes full of editing done while waiting. All good.

But the most common problems remain just that.

#1: A resume full of job descriptions but […]

By |February 12th, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Does Your Resume #Fail

3 Networking Success Tips

You can hardly open your browser or a business publication without seeing something about networking. Why? Studies show regular networkers are more successful in business and in life. True for introverts and extroverts incidentally.

Tip 1. Learn how to network

Don’t bother with random events or big ‘networking’ ones. Think about what you want to get […]

By |January 6th, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on 3 Networking Success Tips

Smart and Senior – Job Search Tips

Every job fair in the past 18 months which I have attended or heard of has had more senior-level people attending. So your ‘competition’ is increasing. What should you do?

Tip 1.  It’s who knows you, not just who you know.

You need to involve your current network effectively, of course. But now is also the time to […]

By |November 6th, 2013|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Smart and Senior – Job Search Tips

Cover Letters Can Make a Difference

Cover letters are not the main reason an employer will contact you. But hiring managers like them and that can make a difference between two equally qualified job seekers.

Take advantage of the opportunity to point out how your achievements specifically meet the job requirements.

Originally published in ClearedJobs.net

By |October 31st, 2013|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Cover Letters Can Make a Difference
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    Your Resume Needs a Short, Relevant Summary, Not an Objective

Your Resume Needs a Short, Relevant Summary, Not an Objective

Every time I review resumes at Cleared Job Fairs, I see a lot of resumes with professional summaries and objectives and skills lists that take up most of page one. Don’t be this self-focused! A resume needs to show how you can help the potential employer now!

You need a meaty but short summary on your resume. […]

By |September 25th, 2013|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Your Resume Needs a Short, Relevant Summary, Not an Objective

Decide This Before Writing Your Resume

Before you write a resume decide – what type of work are you seeking?

A resume is a ‘hook’ to capture an employer’s attention. It has to be focused on both what a specific type of job requires and what an employer requires. Then you take your past achievements and successes and write about them in […]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on Decide This Before Writing Your Resume

We Wanted to Help Your Job Search but You Blew It

Recently I was at a meeting with military folks transitioning to the civilian work world. Several asked for my card. Not one has contacted me in the weeks since.

An old friend has been looking for work for a year. Many people who know him ask me about his progress. And then say ‘he never followed-up’ about […]

By |May 29th, 2013|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on We Wanted to Help Your Job Search but You Blew It