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Original articles from Dawn Rasmussen.
 
Why We Hate Updating Our Résumés and What to Do About It
Every few years (or whenever the need arises), we engage in a loathsome activity that is about as pleasurable as getting a root canal at the dentist. It’s called updating our résumé.

8 Tips for Finding a Job in a Brand-New City
Relocation is undoubtedly exciting as a change of scenery usually is, but it can also be difficult. There are a million different reasons why people find themselves uprooted from one city and deposited in another. But there’s one common thing that everyone who has relocated shares: Starting over from scratch.

Why We Hate Updating Our Résumés and What to Do About It
Every few years (or whenever the need arises), we engage in a loathsome activity that is about as pleasurable as getting a root canal at the dentist. It’s called updating our résumé. So why is this process so painful?

8 Tips for Finding a Job in a Brand-New City
Relocation is undoubtedly exciting as a change of scenery usually is, but it can also be difficult. There are a million different reasons why people find themselves uprooted from one city and deposited in another. But there’s one common thing that everyone who has relocated shares: Starting over from scratch.

Smile! Tips for Your Social Media Profile Photo
Many clients approach me and ask for help in setting up LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Easy enough. However, when I tell them that they need to get a photo posted, they get uncomfortable.

8 Tips for Finding a Job in a Brand-New City
Relocation is undoubtedly exciting as a change of scenery usually is, but it can also be difficult. There are a million different reasons why people find themselves uprooted from one city and deposited in another. But there’s one common thing that everyone who has relocated shares: Starting over from scratch.

Résumé Length: The Devil Is in the Details
You've spent your career being the A-list go-to person in your department or company. Awards hang on your wall, and the company exec pops in to personally to commend you and offer a handshake every so often. You're in good standing with an admirable track record. Does your résumé reflect that?

Why We Hate Updating Our Résumés and What to Do About It
Every few years (or whenever the need arises), we engage in a loathsome activity that is about as pleasurable as getting a root canal at the dentist. It’s called updating our résumé. So why is this process so painful?

Relocation: 8 Tips for Finding a Job in a New City
Relocation is undoubtedly exciting as a change of scenery usually is, but it can also be difficult. There are a million different reasons why people find themselves uprooted from one city and deposited in another. But there’s one common thing that everyone who has relocated shares: Starting over from scratch.

Take the Sting Out of Short-Term Jobs On Your Résumé
No matter the justification, there are millions of different reasons and circumstances as to why people end up having “bits and pieces” of jobs on their résumé. But what ends up happening is that these brief stings end up being seen as potential liabilities or else scream “job hopper” to potential employers. You need to be smart about how you handle these and help solidify your background into something an employer can digest. Here are some approaches you might want to consider in order to take the sting out of short-term jobs.

What To Do When a New Job Isn’t Working Out
If you find yourself in this kind of situation (it happens a lot more than most of us would like to think), the best tactic is to proactively reinforce your desire to meet/exceed the performance expectations and ask for help from the supervisors on formulating a plan on how to get there.

Take the Sting Out of Short-Term Jobs On Your Résumé
No matter the justification, there are millions of different reasons and circumstances as to why people end up having “bits and pieces” of jobs on their résumé. But what ends up happening is that these brief stings end up being seen as potential liabilities or else scream “job hopper” to potential employers. You need to be smart about how you handle these and help solidify your background into something an employer can digest. Here are some approaches you might want to consider in order to take the sting out of short-term jobs.

Smile! Tips for Your Social Media Profile Photo
Many clients approach me and ask for help in setting up LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Easy enough. However, when I tell them that they need to get a photo posted, they get uncomfortable.

Finding the Office Culture 'Sweet Spot'
This past weekend, my husband and I were invited over to a friend’s house for dinner, and afterwards, we played “Catchphrase.” If you haven’t played it before, it’s sort of like the verbal companion to the game of Pictionary…one partner describes something (versus drawing it) and the other person has to guess, all while racing to beat the clock.

To Find More Jobs, Be a Friendly Sleuth
It's a numbers game. You need to be vigilant about tapping into every job resource you can to put the odds in your favor. Sure, many jobs are posted online — but not all of them. There is also a large invisible market that you need to understand and tap into to significantly increase your chances of landing the job you want.

Résumé Length: The Devil Is in the Details
How do you winnow your background into a tidy and clear illustration about your value to prospective employers?

What To Do When a New Job Isn’t Working Out
Recently, a contact emailed me to ask for some help on a troubling situation. After a substantial period of unemployment, she had finally landed a job at a company she had really wanted to work at for some time. The trouble is, things didn’t exactly work out the way she had hoped.

New Job #FAIL: What To Do When a New Job Isn’t Working Out
Recently, a contact emailed me to ask for some help on a troubling situation. After a substantial period of unemployment, she had finally landed a job at a company she had really wanted to work at for some time. The trouble is, things didn’t exactly work out the way she had hoped.

Relocation: 8 Tips for Finding a Job in a New City
Relocation is undoubtedly exciting as a change of scenery usually is, but it can also be difficult. There are a million different reasons why people find themselves uprooted from one city and deposited in another. But there’s one common thing that everyone who has relocated shares: Starting over from scratch.

Best of TZM: Autopsying the Botched Interview
Many people say that they would rather have a root canal than go through the painful examination of an interview. But if you really want to get over the jitters, you'll need to do an autopsy on your last interview to discover how you can improve your skills for next time.

Is Hiring A Résumé Writer Really Cheating In A Job Search?
From time to time, someone posts an article online about how they think that hiring a résumé writer is cheating. I mean, if an employer is reading your career document, shouldn’t you have written it…in order to help them see how well you communicate? …And if you didn’t write your résumé, doesn’t that seem a little fishy?

The Crystal Ball: What You Need To Know About the Future of Jobs
Some people affected by the Great Recession will likely be retired in a few years. But for the rest of us, we’ll need to slog on for 20–30–40 more years until we (hopefully) reach that nirvana called retirement. It seems logical that we can continue at least in the same career vein until that blessed day when we can tell the boss to take the job and shove it.

Résumé Terms That Make Hiring Managers Barf
So you’ve rehashed your résumé, over and over, and at this point, your eyes are glazing. The necessary evil of tweaking this career document takes its toll on job seekers, but sometimes the part that they spent hours agonizing over is actually the one that doesn’t require as much attention.

New Job #FAIL: What To Do When a New Job Isn’t Working Out
Recently, a contact emailed me to ask for some help on a troubling situation. After a substantial period of unemployment, she had finally landed a job at a company she had really wanted to work at for some time. The trouble is, things didn’t exactly work out the way she had hoped.

Should You Clean Up Your Digital Footprint?
A war is being raged online right now where there aren’t any clear winners. But there are a lot of losers. Or least losers…as employers see them. This war is centered right smack dab in the middle of the content that we post online, either in the form of posts, status updates, comments, tags, likes, or any other way that provides a clear trail of where you’ve been, what you’ve been up to, and what kinds of activities in which you are engaged. And even what your friends are like.

Best of TZM: Don't Be a Contact Abuser
Every day, each of us gets tons of email messages. Aside from those annoying lottery announcements, messages about transferring money for “long-lost” rich relatives who died in plane crashes, and lurid emails hawking male enhancement products, we also get involuntarily signed up left and right for newsletters or group emails that we didn’t subscribe to because some enterprising someone somewhere got our email address and wanted to build their list.

Unveiled: Your Most Precious Career Asset...Ever
Most of us would argue about what exactly tops the list as to what constitutes THE top career asset in a job-search arsenal. Some might say it’s your résumé, which is a very valid argument. Others might insist that it’s having a robust network of contacts. Another camp might think it lies in your accomplishments and what you’ve contributed to the company.

Join a Company's Social Community; Give Your Job Search a Boost
Many, many years ago, when I worked in the tourism industry, I started a new job search and applied at AAA…you know, the map/emergency services organization that your parents belonged to? In that interview, I got through all of the questions and was sailing along swimmingly…that is, until I got asked to produce my own AAA card. “Um,” I said, fumbling around, “I don’t seem to have one.” Game over.

Like a Fish Out of Water: Coping With a Bad Culture Fit
This is hard to watch because I’ve been through this before myself. A friend of mine is now four months into what she thought was her dream job. The timing couldn’t have been any better: at her previous employer, she had taken her position as far as it could go and she simply wasn’t challenged any more. So she was starting to pop on her radar to look for other jobs.

How to Access the Hidden Job Market
It’s a term bandied about on numerous websites that gets every job seeker’s blood racing: “Hidden job market.” Yeah, right. “If that’s where most of the jobs are, then how do I get in on the action?”

Best of TZM: Why Preparing For A Job Search Is Like Going Through Airport Security
The other day I was at Portland International Airport, headed to Orange County, CA for a speaking engagement, and in one of those crystalline moments, a striking similarity suddenly dawned on me. Standing in the security line, it was an interesting array of people who were preparing to head off on separate journeys. Some people were dialed in to what was needed to prepare for the trip, and for others, it was painfully obvious this was not something they were familiar nor comfortable with.

Overcoming Negative First Impressions of New Coworkers
Have you ever been at the office when a “new” person arrives, and you find yourself making an immediate snap judgment about this person? It could be their hair. It could be their body language. It could be how they speak. It could be what they say. But something about them gives you cause to make certain assumptions.

Why We Hate Updating Our Résumés
Every few years (or whenever the need arises), we engage in a loathsome activity that is about as pleasurable as getting a root canal at the dentist. It’s called updating our résumé.So why is this process so painful?

Best of TZM: Bad Networking: Don’t Be A Contact Abuser
Every day, each of us gets tons of email messages. Aside from those annoying lottery announcements, messages about transferring money for “long-lost” rich relatives who died in plane crashes, and lurid emails hawking male enhancement products, we also get involuntarily signed up left and right for newsletters or group emails that we didn’t subscribe to because some enterprising someone somewhere got our email address and wanted to build their list.

Why Preparing For A Job Search Is Like Going Through Airport Security
The other day I was at Portland International Airport, headed to Orange County, CA for a speaking engagement, and in one of those crystalline moments, a striking similarity suddenly dawned on me. Standing in the security line, it was an interesting array of people who were preparing to head off on separate journeys. Some people were dialed in to what was needed to prepare for the trip, and for others, it was painfully obvious this was not something they were familiar nor comfortable with.

Smile! Tips for Your Social Media Profile Photo
Many clients approach me and ask for help in setting up LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Easy enough. However, when I tell them that they need to get a photo posted, they get uncomfortable.

Finding the Office Culture 'Sweet Spot'
This past weekend, my husband and I were invited over to a friend’s house for dinner, and afterwards, we played “Catchphrase.” If you haven’t played it before, it’s sort of like the verbal companion to the game of Pictionary…one partner describes something (versus drawing it) and the other person has to guess, all while racing to beat the clock.

Bad Networking: Don’t Be A Contact Abuser
Every day, each of us gets tons of email messages. Aside from those annoying lottery announcements, messages about transferring money for “long-lost” rich relatives who died in plane crashes, and lurid emails hawking male enhancement products, we also get involuntarily signed up left and right for newsletters or group emails that we didn’t subscribe to because some enterprising someone somewhere got our email address and wanted to build their list.

Take the Sting Out of Short-Term Jobs On Your Résumé
No matter the justification, there are millions of different reasons and circumstances as to why people end up having “bits and pieces” of jobs on their résumé. But what ends up happening is that these brief stings end up being seen as potential liabilities or else scream “job hopper” to potential employers. You need to be smart about how you handle these and help solidify your background into something an employer can digest. Here are some approaches you might want to consider in order to take the sting out of short-term jobs.

Why Should I Hire You?
When asked this question, most job seekers bobble it and sometimes even fumble the ball. And yes, that goes for executives, too. And guess what? Responding by saying, “Wow...hmmm...that is a really good question,” is NOT what the other party wants to hear.

Evil in the Workplace: What To Do When Your Boss Misbehaves
The majority of us try to walk the straight and narrow, but what happens when the boss takes a spin on the “dark side” and everyone knows it? Aside from impacting company morale, there are a lot of legal implications if (and when) they get caught…and it’s usually only a matter of time, anyway.

Sticks and Stones CAN Break Your Career Bones
We all love Facebook and the many other social networks out there, but based on information I learned from a recent career industry conference, it is important to know how these outlets are actually transforming and re-shaping how employers perceive prospective employees. Think you don’t need to worry about it? Think again.

Rejected: How to Turn a 'Turn-Down' Into a Positive
Throughout our careers, we have a whole lot more interviews than we do actual job offers…it’s just a fact of life. But when you do get that rejection note from the employer after interviewing with them, instead of hitting the “delete” button to trash the email in sudden fit of anger, stop.

Take That Vacation or Take That Job? How Do You Choose?
What happens when you have a vacation that you’ve paid for (including airline tickets and other expenses), and right before you are packing your bags, a miracle happens and a job offer comes along? Tough call.

How to Deal with the Coworker From Hell
“You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family,” goes the old saying. But what about your officemates? You can’t choose them either, but the unfortunate wrinkle is that people have to put up with a lot more issues with people they don’t know as well as their family members, yet they don’t have the liberty of saying exactly how they feel about issues in such a professional environment.

BossZilla: Five Tips for Surviving the World's Worst Boss
The cold, hard reality is: you are stuck. Perhaps there aren’t any potential job leads on the horizon…or maybe you don’t have the financial resources or comfort zone to leave your current job. But there is that one thing that makes you dread heading into the office day after day to earn that paycheck: BossZilla is waiting for you.

Brand You: Being Consistent In Your Personal Brand
Like most people, you’ve probably have an online profile on several social media sites. So now you’re online and not only that, but you’ve taken the time to make sure each profile is complete. But before your pat yourself on the back for doing such a good job, take a step back. Ask yourself: Is the online “me” the same me in all of these channels?

Turning Temp/Contract Work Into a Permanent Job
Great news! You’ve landed either temporary or contract work, which suddenly has taken so much stress off of you from looking for a job. Here are five tips on how to transform temp/contract work into the possibility of being retained as a full-time, regular employee.

The Price of Presenteeism
Most of us have faced the dilemma that morning when we wake up with an annoying scratchy throat and fevered brow: Ugh! Do I go to work or not? This common problem is made worse by the current climate of less people doing more work.

Autopsying the Botched Interview
Many people say that they would rather have a root canal than go through the painful examination of an interview. But if you really want to get over the jitters, you'll need to do an autopsy on your last interview to discover how you can improve your skills for next time.

Is Loyalty in the Workplace Dead?
I keep hearing a word that pops up regularly that is completely alarming when I ask job seekers to describe themselves: "loyal." Semantics mean everything, and this word requires us to dig a little deeper to uncover a huge problem in its use.

Top Five Things That Can Kill a Résumé
This week we will be featuring some of the most popular Career Oxygen articles from throughout 2010. Happy Holidays to all.

Being aware of these pitfalls can help you be more savvy in developing your résumé and remove obstacles that could be holding you back.


TMI: When Too Much Personal Info Kills Your Job Prospects
Like dating, you don't want to dump your dirty laundry out there for everyone to see and pick through before you have a chance to sell your best attributes first.

Why LinkedIn Matters in a Job Search
Many employers now are vetting candidates using social media, so having a half-done profile basically is akin to showing up to a job interview in sweat pants.

The Job Search Plan: The Most Important Tool Ever in Your Arsenal
Here are some suggestions on how to chart your course, add some structure to your day, and give yourself definable goals to give you that sense of order that you had within the workplace.

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