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The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

The Secret to Job Search Success: Confidence

interviewing, job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART One of the biggest frustrations with job searching is that it can can feel like so much of the process is in someone else’s hands. What we often forget is that the biggest success factor is in our control: coming from a place of confidence. If you believe you can do the job, you will project that and help the employer believe it too. Conversely, if you have doubts about your abilities, are trying to figure out the “right” answers to their questions, or are trying to be someone you’re not, that will come through. The key to success is to be the best version of yourself by projecting your strengths and confidently sharing how your unique combination of skills and experience will solve their problems. Yes, there…
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LinkedIn Update: 3 Things You Need To Know

LinkedIn Update: 3 Things You Need To Know

job search, LinkedIn
BY ERIN EWART As you may have seen by now, LinkedIn has recently undergone a pretty major facelift. If you haven’t gotten the new interface yet you will soon, since they are releasing it to users in waves. If you’ve already been using the mobile app you’ll find that the new site has a similar look and feel to what you're used to there. In addition to the cosmetic upgrades, there are a number of changes that are likely to impact your experience on the site. Much has been written online about these changes, including summaries here and here, so I won’t rehash them all, but I do want to share several important implications and updates I’m recommending that my clients make: 1. Make sure your summary has a strong “hook”:…
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Our Five Favorite Career Books

Our Five Favorite Career Books

career coaching, job search
BY ERIN EWART Are you ready for your next career step?  Here are five of our favorite books to help get more clarity on what you want in your career and navigate the career transition process.  1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life - this book summarizes the most popular course taught at Stanford and contains tools and exercises that help you design your future career and life vision and move toward it using small, concrete actions. We love how the authors apply design thinking principles to the job search, as we firmly believe there is no way to find out what you want to do without trying different things.   2. The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster - almost everyone struggles with networking…
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Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

Your Holiday Job Search Checklist

job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART How to use your time off to boost your job search The holidays are here! After a busy and tumultuous few months, it’s finally time for a break. You may be dreaming about a schedule that doesn’t involve much more than eating and drinking, football watching, and general relaxing. But if you’re thinking about a career transition, I encourage you to spend some of this time on your job search. I can imagine the eye rolls as you read that, but hear me out! I’m not suggesting that you dredge up the resume from six years ago that you still haven’t updated or spend your break writing cover letters. Because who wants to do that on vacation?!  But there are a few things you’ll be uniquely positioned to…
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What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

What to Do When You Don’t Hear Back

job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART After weeks or months of devoted networking, you’ve finally gotten an introduction to the perfect person at the place you’re dying to work. You dash off a thoughtful yet brief request to meet, and wait eagerly for a response. Days go by, then a week, and nothing. Your excitement and hope are fading fast, and your vision of an entry point to your chosen organization seems to be dashed. Now what? We’ve all been in this situation (yes, me too!). Sometimes, despite your diligent research and perfectly crafted emails, you don’t hear back. I often get questions about what to do in this scenario, so here are some tips: 1. Always follow up - people are busy and we all get too many emails. Not a great excuse,…
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Feeling Stuck in Your Search? 3 Ways to Get Going Again.

Feeling Stuck in Your Search? 3 Ways to Get Going Again.

job search, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Does it feel like your job search is stalled? Here’s how to move forward. We’ve all been there at some point: you’ve been job searching for a while and nothing has panned out. You’ve shared your story more times than you can count, you’ve memorized every word on your resume, and you’ve networked with everyone you can think of. Let’s face it, the job search can be hard. It’s tough on your confidence. It saps your motivation. It’s really hard to keep going in the face of rejection, and some days you just don’t want to do it. And that’s ok. Give yourself a day off to clear your mind, and then come back and get ready to jump back in. You may feel like you’ve come to the end of…
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4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

4 Ways to Keep Your Search on Track This Summer

job search, networking, strategy
BY ERIN EWART Summer is finally here! As you prep for beach and barbecue season, it can be tempting to let your job search slide. Everyone else is on vacation, so why shouldn’t you be? And while taking time to rest is important for all of us, it's also important not to put your career goals completely on hold during the summer. Here are 4 reasons that summer is an important time for your job search. 1. You can take advantage of downtime. Summer tends to be a slower time at work, meaning people have more time to do things they may not otherwise be able to fit in - like meeting with you! Networking is the foundation of your job search, so double down on your efforts and talk to…
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