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A Little Tough Love for the Long-Term Unemployed : Have You Let Yourself Become Lazy?

February 6th, 2014 by AmyM
If you have been unemployed for more than 6 months and have no prospects on the horizon, I’m afraid it is time we had a little talk. First, know that I offer this advice with love. You are clearly not alone. There are millions of others in the U.S. that find themselves in a similar [...]

10 Career Questions For Reflection Before 2014

December 27th, 2013 by AmyM
At the end of every year, I take some time to reflect on what the previous year has brought to my career. It’s a good practice and it really motivates me toward setting some work-related resolutions for the new year. It also helps me to stay aware of how my career impacts my personal life. [...]

In Appreciation of Those Working On Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2013 by AmyM
Wouldn’t it be cool if for just a few days out of each year, we could really just hit “pause” and everyone take a day off? I mean everyone; on the same day. Can you imagine it? You probably wouldn’t want to. Think beyond Walmart being closed. How about no gas stations, no hotels or [...]

Unemployed Before the Holidays? Fear not!

November 20th, 2013 by AmyM
I’ll admit, finding yourself unemployed with the holidays just around the corner could be a scary thing. You’ve probably heard that many companies freeze hiring during this time, and pick up with new budget in January. In some cases, that is true, but fear not! Being laid off  in November or December does not have [...]

Staying Valuable and Relevant While You Are Unemployed

September 9th, 2013 by AmyM
When you find yourself unemployed for more than a few weeks, you will want to think about how you can keep yourself marketable, despite your time away from a traditional work environment. Often, this can be one of the most difficult discussions you have when interviewing for new opportunities. You will want to be sure [...]

Your Job Offer: It’s Negotiable, Or Is It?

August 15th, 2013 by AmyM
You just received a job offer and it looks pretty good. Is it good enough? Should you negotiate? Can you negotiate? What should you negotiate and how should you go about it? All of these are great questions. Here are a few points to consider:   Timing is everything. Start setting expectations early in the [...]

Branding Yourself for a Successful Job Search

July 31st, 2013 by AmyM
If you have had someone encourage you to step-up your professional branding to help your job search, it may have conjured up thoughts involving hot irons, bulls or cowboys. What ARE they talking about?  What they are talking about is the general information that people will discover about you if they do a little research [...]

Understanding the Benefits of a Recruiter to your Job Search

July 2nd, 2013 by AmyM
I heard a conversation last week at the coffee shop that bothered me: Coffee drinker #1, ” So how is the job search going?” Coffee drinker #2, ” Awful. The only people that are calling are recruiters.” Coffee drinker #1, “I’m so sorry. That happened to me, too.” The first concern I had was that [...]

“I hate my job! ” Where to Begin When You Are At the End.

June 24th, 2013 by AmyM
When you find yourself in a position that is not a good fit, it’s easy to go from feeling a little unsatisfied to full blown miserable very quickly. You might even find yourself spouting off “I hate lists” to anyone who will listen. “I hate my job”, “I hate my boss”, “I hate my co-workers.” [...]

Beyond Basic Research : Sites to Visit Before the Interview

June 14th, 2013 by AmyM
The first step in preparing for any job interview is to do your research. It is to your advantage to carefully research the job and the organization. Start with the company’s own website. Look for a “Careers” tab or an “About Us”. These sections will help you prepare a list of your qualifications so that [...]

Job Searching? Begin With Soul Searching.

May 24th, 2013 by AmyM
I can’t tell you the number of times that someone who is beginning a job search says to me, “I don’t even know where to begin.” Looking for a new job can be overwhelming. After all, you really want to find more than a job. You want a career right? I think the average person [...]
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