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  • Who Moved Your Parachute? Job Search Advice from the Trenches
    by Paul Freiberger - April 30, 2019
    My conclusions about job search strategies come from years of experience with hiring managers, HR professionals, recruiters and from my own career changes: journalist to project manager to researcher to author to communications professional. They are conclusions drawn from years of helping applicants—at every level and in many different industries—make their way successfully through the hiring gauntlet. My fo...
  • Complementary Skills Matter in the Job Search
    by Paul Freiberger - April 5, 2019
    No matter how great you are, you want to get better. Improving is key to a successful career. Learning new skills is an essential part of improvement. Want some proof? Ben Franklin was always learning and taught himself Italian, French and Latin. He didn’t stop at languages. He also learned about meteorology. And Franklin invented bifocals. What are you waiting for? James Franco was a college dropout and h...
  • Come Together: Tips About LinkedIn Groups
    by Paul Freiberger - March 21, 2019
    Profiles and connections are what most of us know best about LinkedIn. But there’s a third feature I recommend paying attention to: LinkedIn Groups. Groups are almost a parallel universe within LinkedIn. They can open doors completely outside the structure of first- and second-degree connections. There are regulars and occasional visitors, valued contributors and people who are largely ignored, people whose post...
  • Time Management Tips to Help Manage Your Job Search
    by Paul Freiberger - January 9, 2019
    Whether you’re looking for your first job or trying to find a new job, the process might be as consuming as a full-time job. In fact, if you’re currently unemployed, you could find yourself spending as much as 30 or more hours a week on job search-related activities. If you’re already working, you might only have 5 to 10 hours to spare. No matter how much time you have to devote to the process, you can str...
  • Strategies for Self-Assessment and Employer Analysis to Improve Your Job Search
    by Paul Freiberger - December 18, 2018
    A job search is an exercise in analysis. You must analyze yourself and also the employer you hope will hire you. Ask not what the employer can do for you; ask what you can do for the employer. Keep that thought in mind throughout your job search, especially during interviews. The better you know yourself, the easier it will be to figure out what’s right for you. A useful piece of advice comes from a man who managed...
  • Career Benefits of Volunteering
    by Paul Freiberger - October 26, 2018
    How Good Deeds Help Your Cause, Boost Your Skills and Add a Spark to Your LinkedIn Profile Volunteer work often involves skills and responsibilities that translate nicely to the workplace, but people tend to neglect those activities and say “it wasn’t a real job.” Volunteering as a Big Brother was challenging and satisfying for me. I connected with a delightful young man and watched him grow. In addi...
  • What You Should Expect in a Job Offer
    by Paul Freiberger - October 11, 2018
    What to do before accepting the job You’ve run the gauntlet of the job search and come out in one piece. In fact, everything has gone so well that an offer is on the way. All that’s needed is the quick finalization of a few details, and you’ll have the offer in hand. What should you expect to see? The first and most important answer to that question is contained in the question itself. What should yo...
  • Navigating the Informational Interview
    by Paul Freiberger - September 26, 2018
    Not every interview in your job search is a job interview. Consider the informational interview. An informational interview is a chance to meet briefly with someone in your field and talk about that person’s company, her career, and the industry as a whole. It’s as simple as that. It’s also a crucial facet of a best practice job search. Unlike a job interview, the informational interview lacks a pred...
  • Why Passion is the Ultimate Job Hunt Secret for Success
    by Paul Freiberger - August 23, 2018
    The Best Job Search Tool Isn’t an App or Spreadsheet. Are you tired of reading countless self-help blogs in the quest for landing a job? Are you crumbling under the weight of unemployment? For millions, the waking nightmare of unemployment, and even underemployment, feels like a never-ending cycle of applications, waiting and researching. Even the most qualified of job seekers find the mounting pressure of se...
  • The Best Professional Resumes Include Mentoring as a Core Skill
    by Paul Freiberger - April 11, 2018
    Mentoring is a Core Competency That Belongs on Your Best Professional Resume. Today, mentorship still plays a vital role in today's corporate environment, but its importance is often underrated or poorly understood. Increasingly, companies value mentoring programs and realize that mentoring is a skill that can help business. A Harvard Business Review study showed that two-thirds of executives reported that they ha...