Author: Ellen Dunagan

Career Hack: What To Do When Waiting For Your Interview To Begin

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You’ve arrived at your interview early, or with a few minutes to spare — great! Congratulations on not being late.

However, you may find yourself in that “hurry up and wait” zone of discomfort: forced to bide your time until the interview begins.

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Looking For A New Job? Put Your Personal Brand To Work

Job hunting. It can be one of the single most challenging, and downright infuriating, necessities that comes with having a career. What’s even more frustrating? The number of times we can expect to CHANGE jobs during our lifetimes — whether we want to or not.

Building your personal brand can be the difference between surviving organizational change with your employer and failing to make the cut. Or, if you’re looking outside your current walls, between landing a new role and losing it to your competitor.

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How to Succeed When Returning to Work

The thought of returning to work can be challenging, not to mention the many steps it takes to get there. While returning to work does have its unique challenges, it’s also an exciting time to recognize newly acquired skills and strengths, and possibly even enjoy an entirely different career from the one you left.

If you find fear holding you back, know that employers of all shapes and sizes need your skills and what you have to offer. Putting one foot in front of the other is the way to find that exciting new opportunity.

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The Elevator Pitch: 3 Easy Ways To Craft Yours

Imagine getting on the elevator in the lobby where you work. To your surprise, the CEO steps into the elevator as the doors begin to close. What do you do? Put your head down? Throw on your invisibility cloak? Or do something even more crazy like… speak?

Sometimes we create an opportunity for career growth, like successfully getting an interview for a job. Other times an opportunity might present itself unexpectedly, like someone important to our career stepping onto an elevator as we ride to the 8th floor together.

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What a Resume Review Can Do For You

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Resumes. They are one of the most frustrating things to write – and one of the most confounding things to get right.

Did I use the correct words? Did I capture my skills well? Do I even sound interesting enough for someone to hire me?

For as long as resumes continue to be requested by employers (and just who is that phantom behind the curtain looking at those resumes? A robot? A human? A combination of the two?), we will continue to send ours along, trying to beat out hundreds of others to win that job.

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How a Personal Brand Can Transform Your Career in the New Year

Ready for a Brand New You in 2018?

There is a lot of buzz around personal branding. What is it? How can it help your career? Why do you need one? As Tom Peters wrote (way back in 1997!) in his groundbreaking article “The Brand Called You”: “It’s time for me — and you — to take a lesson from the big brands, a lesson that’s true for anyone who’s interested in what it takes to stand out and prosper in the new world of work.…We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc… It’s that simple — and that hard. And that inescapable.”

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Why a Career Change Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Are you thinking about making a career move? Maybe it’s to another company. Maybe it’s starting a business. Maybe it’s changing careers altogether. Maybe you’re still thinking about it. Whatever career change you are contemplating, one thing is for sure: It’s scary. Why? Studies show that we humans are uneasy — if not downright terrified — of the unknown. Continue reading

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Active vs. Passive Career Management

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Are you actively or passively engaged with your career?

If I am practicing active career management I am:

  • Setting 30, 60 and 90 day goals to assess and track my short and long term goals.
  • Engaging proactively with my network, from setting up coffee meetings to lunches to ensure I have the pulse of what my network is up to and I am building and nurturing my professional relationships.
  • Updating my social media profiles, my resume and keeping up with my kudos file. Click here to find out how to keep a kudos file.

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5 Things You Need To Know Before An Interview

It’s showtime! Are you ready? You better be.

Did you know statistics show that 33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone? Yikes.

The number one strategy for interview success is preparation. Being well prepared takes some work on your part, but you will feel far better in the hot seat coolly sharing your answers to those oh-so-tough questions.

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