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October 31, 2012

It’s Halloween time again which conjures up images of monsters, ghouls and sweet treats. While my daughter is counting the minutes till it’s time to don her Butterfly Princess costume and collect treats, this holiday has gotten me thinking about its emphasis on scary things and tricks.

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I would share some of my favorite picks on the scariest career mistakes to avoid. Out of the gates, I would like to draw your attention to a piece by Penelope Patsuris from Forbes.com on the Nine Worst Resume Mistakes.  Even though this article is a bit dated — written almost 11 years ago to the day, the items it mentions are still spot on.

BOO — did you jump?  It can be fun to scare folks but don’t cross the line and make them angry. When looking for a job sometimes people can get a little eager and jumpy, but I urge you not to anger recruiters.  Check out this piece from Monster.com on Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You. If you are working with a recruiter the last thing you want to do is anything that might jeopardize their willingness to go to bat for you.

One more treat for your eyes. I encourage you to check out this amusing post shared by Jessica Liebman at Business Insider entitled, Here are 12 of the Worst Cover Letters We’ve Ever Received. They are certainly frightful and funny. Be sure to avoid the problems she outlines such as emphasizing your shortcomings.

Halloween bonus: check out this link to AOL job‘s story on 10 Truly Scary Jobs.

Happy Halloween!

October 11, 2012

As the old saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.”  This advice may not be as helpful as you think. Recently, Monster.com came out with an interesting survey of close to 1,000 people questioning whether they are on the correct career path.  The results were startling, “only 12% of respondents answered that they feel they are on the career path they want to stay on for the rest of their careers.”  What is more important is that 78% of respondents chose, “No, I need to make a change.”  Of of 944 respondents, that means 736 are dissatisfied with their current career path. Pretty huge.

This got me thinking about the 78% who are not in the right job. What then?  I suggest it is time to take stock and begin conducting a job search. Here are a couple of resources to check out to kick start the process: 5 goals to improve your job search — this useful blog post from The WiseJobSearch.com which offers some easy to manage, logical steps to take to get your job search started.

I also found this post on 50 Job Search Tips from Recruiters complied by Jason Buss. I like that he categorized the tips (e.g., personal brand, research and prep, resume) making it easier to hone in on the areas you most need help or advice. This is a very handy list and it provides good insight from the folks who tend to do the hiring.

If you feel you have not yet found your true career path don’t panic, you are not alone!