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Job Hunting Tips for Older Workers…

Looking for a job in a recession is difficult.  Looking for one when you're "over the hill" (i.e. over 40) can be almost impossible and cause immense life stress.  Having helped a number of clients in career transition, I know that at a minimum a job search is dismaying, and when it is going badly, can lead to despair, depression and apathy. The …

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Mentoring & Tutoring Resources

  Looking for mentoring or tutoring assistance? There are many free mentoring assistance websites, so you may want to start with these few links. Mentoring Information Micro Mentor Management Help & Mentoring The U.S. government is even looking at mentoring! Meanwhile, tutoring information seems to be focused on companies that provide tutors to students. So here are a few to …

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Simple Ways To Become Ublocked

Occasionally we all find that we end up with tasks that we postpone and never get around to accomplishing.  And for most of us, this can cause us to spiral into an avoidance situation where we keep pushing off those items that we actually need to do.  It's ironic, but due to the fact that we've procrastinated, we keep procrastinating! …

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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 3: Content

The past two weeks we've discussed quick ideas on style and tone in cover letter writing.  This week it's all about the content — what to include and not to include in  your application letters.  Since it's hard to keep motivated while writing your tenth application letter of the day, the hope is that this article — and the series …

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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 1: Style

In the job hunting experience, the cover letter can be the most deadening part of the whole process.  The sitting down, facing a computer and trying to think of wonderful things to say about yourself — things which jive with the ad that you are answering — can be daunting.  Even if you work from a template, the entire thing …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 3)

Fifth:  Use Us and We… Yes, it's an interview and you hardly know these people.  But at the same time, what is the harm in saying "And how would we handle that situation?"  Instead of "And how do you handle that situation?"  People like collaborators and collaborators use inclusive language.  So strive to reduce any "us and them" mentality.  If …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 2)

Third: Be Prepared… So you've practiced and polished your interview skills, worked on your demeanor and developed your ease of being.  What next?  Be prepared! First create some interview uniforms — this way you don't even have to think about what to wear.  Wear these clothes around the house — like breaking in a new pair of shoes — so …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 1)

  Getting the resume together is only part of the job hunt story.  While that CV will get your foot in the door, what happens after you get the rest of your body into the lobby?  Being a polished interviewee doesn't make up for not having the right skill set for the job.  But being able to shine in the …