5 Steps to make the most of November’s hiring scene

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It’s no secret – after Thanksgiving, the hiring world gets pretty quiet.  But until then, you still need to work your job search hard.  Here’s some keys to keep your job search moving.

 

1. Check out jobs on LinkedIn

Have you done any searching through the LinkedIn Jobs yet?  If so, are you only looking at the jobs posted on the paid portion of the website?

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6 Scary facts about the modern job search

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Mean pumpkinHalloween is a great time for scares, but for many, the job search is the real horror.  Here’s some ghouls to keep in mind while you look for a new job…

1.  Those dang HR witches

In almost every company, the lowest level HR people do the majority of the screening – or worse, they rely on computer screening programs to eliminate up to 50% of the candidates. Because ...

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Personal Touch accepted into DEMA

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DEMAThe Personal Touch Career Services has been accepted as an Affiliate Member for the Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA).  Acceptance in the organization requires passing a strenuous application process, including reviews of professional references, scope of work and overall reputation in the private service industry.

Currently, The Personal Touch is the only career coaching service for private service professionals listed ...

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How to stop those so-called “job offers” that nobody wants

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warning against spam job offersAre you sick of getting spammed with “job offers” from insurance companies, sales opportunities and other crummy jobs?  Wondering just how do these companies get your information anyway?  There is an easy way to stop the flood… and protect your identity at the same time.

Almost everyone who has a resume posted on a ...

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Video: Cover letters that crack the hidden job market

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The much-rumored hidden job market actually does exist – it is any job that is not explicitly advertised.  To get traction for this kind of job lead, you need a lot of research and a strong cover letter.

Video recorded on Sept. 14, 2011 at the Brown Bag Job Search Group.  For more information on this free networking group in the Denver area, please visit http://www.meetup.com/Brown-Bag-Job-Search-Group/
Interested in more cover letter tips?  Check out our book, “Get a Job Without Going ...

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Don’t be spam: how to get the hiring manager to actually read your email

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Don't be spam with your resumeIn the immortal words of Monty Python, “Spam! Wonderful spam! Spam! Wonderful spam! Spam, spam, spam, spam…”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many job seekers emails to key decision makers looks like. The world is flooded with spam, to the point that legitimate emails – like yours – are getting caught in trash folders or screened out entirely.

So how ...

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Answers to 5 Common Frustrations with HR

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Looking for a job is not easy, and unchecked frustrations only add to the anxiety levels.  By now, you have already developed some of your own pet peeves about the hiring process.  Do any of these sound familiar?

 

  1. Why won’t they send a rejection letter?  I just want to know either way…

It’s cheap to be rude.  HR is swamped with hundreds of resumes.  Rejection letters are the very bottom of their priority list.  Even an automated reply requires ...

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7 Critical Indicators to Evaluate Your Job Search

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Feedback is very minimal in job hunting.  How can you tell if your tactics are effective?  Professional recruiters know the indicators regarding a search and use them to gauge the effectiveness of their own strategies.  To see how your efforts compare, look at these common factors:

1. How long does a job search take?

  • For every $10,000 of salary, add one month to your search.

A $40,000 job takes 4 months to land, but a six-figure salary can take up to 10 months.  ...

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Fall hiring season heats up

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In case you hadn’t noticed, August 2011 showed an increase in the amount of recruiter jobs posted on conventional employment websites like Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com.  That’s good news for the rest of the job market – it means that employers are still planning to do their hiring push for the fall months of September, October and November.

Traditionally speaking, companies hire in the fall to take advantage of their remaining budget for the year.  Many departments face a “use it or lose it” ...

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5 Signs that you might not want this job

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It can be very exciting to get a job offer, especially if you’ve been looking for a while. However, taking a job that isn’t the right fit can be devastating – either you are miserable, or worse, you leave after only a couple of months.

So how can you spot these bad situations before you are in the job?

Paying careful attention to these tell-tale signs of a “loser” job can save you tons of grief:

1. Unreasonable salary expectations

If the job description ...

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