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Expert Advice for Negotiating a Killer Relocation Package

Would you be willing to move for the right job? President Trump and some economic forecasters say workers need to go where they can get the best jobs, and that might not be where they currently reside. Whether you're heading to the coast to further your manufacturing career or going to the Midwest to tap into your health care talents, moving for work is a major life change. Certainly it...

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New Year, New Dreams, New Opportunities

Did you know the period immediately following New Year’s Day is typically the busiest hiring time of the calendar year? That’s because many companies are scrambling to fill jobs budgeted from the previous year, and because as new budgets take effect, companies are gearing up to hire. Although the economy is healthy, there are a substantial number of qualified people ready to fill many managerial, professional and technical positions. Though promising,...

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Member Success: Members Make Rewarding Career Transitions

Those who have lost positions in now-dwindling industries must reinvent themselves. As such, they face some of the greatest difficulties when it comes to finding a new career. Here’s where GetFive members have the advantage and can make use of dependable resources and invaluable support. Take, for example, Nancy. For 24 years Nancy worked in the book publishing industry, managing printing vendors. Then she lost her job. “I love the...

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The Truth About Holiday Hiring: Why and How to Kick Your Search Into High Gear

As we wind down the last few weeks of 2017, it’s easy for job hunters to feel a sense of anxiety and succumb to gloom and doom. At GetFive, we remind our members that there are good reasons to stay positive, even in the most difficult of times. If you are ready to give up because you haven’t landed a new job, or cannot generate the kinds of meetings and...

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6 Tips to Stand Out When Applying for a Nonprofit Job

Thinking of setting your sights on the nonprofit sector? Working for a charity can be a very gratifying and wonderful way to maximize your professional talent. In general, nonprofit organizations look for many of the same skills for-profit businesses do, but that doesn't mean your resume, cover letter and into Standout interview answers should be exactly the same for each. There are subtle adjustments you can make to help you stand out against...

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4 Principles to Keep in Mind as You Learn a New Company Culture

If you’ve ever taken a vacation to a foreign country, you probably headed down to the bookstore to find a travel guide so you would know where to stay, where to eat, and what to visit. You may have also picked up a pocket dictionary and learned a few phrases of the language and something about the culture. Joining a new company can be like moving to a foreign country. Stepping...

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Finding What Makes You Happy, A Client Success Story

Tony started going to GetFive after the bulk of his job at a large at an international bank moved overseas.With his coach, Celia Currin, Tony focused on identifying the elements that would give him the greatest career satisfaction. “Celia helped me recognize what it is in a job that would make me happy,” Tony says. “That was very, very important. We went through several sessions going over exactly that.” With Celia,...

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Why the Holiday Season IS NOT a Bad Time to Job Search

Conventional wisdom has it that the holiday season is a bad time to look for a job. But conventional wisdom is wrong. In fact, there are definite advantages to sustaining — and even ramping up — a full-time job search during the holidays. This is no time to take a vacation! As tempting as it might be to kick back and relax, a brief review of the following points should convince you...

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Problem-Solving: The Solution-Based Method

If you’re like most people, you have no shortage of problems waiting to be solved. And as you try to solve them, you talk, talk, talk about it. There’s something very satisfying about understanding the problem, its causes, and what will fix it. The more we consider, discuss, and come up with ideas on how to solve it, the more we become experts on the problem. But it’s easy to...

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5 Tips to Better Deal with Rejection

Hearing "no" is difficult. If it's a job you really wanted, the sting can linger. However, if you're going to be a successful job seeker, you need to figure out how to handle rejection with grace while not allowing it to bruise your ego. Some job searches are extensive. Lengthy applications followed by multiple interviews, tests, background checks and phone calls add up over time. You might think you're about to begin hiring...

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Why it is OK to Contact the Hiring Manager Directly

There’s a common misconception among job seekers that while waiting to hear back on a job, they’re supposed to patiently wait to hear from Human Resources on the status of their application or interview. It’s startling how quickly job hunters conclude they’re not allowed to contact the hiring manager or take other actions that might have a positive effect on their job search. In many situations, it’s okay to contact...

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6 Steps to Career Success During the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with old friends and visit loved ones, and if you’re job hunting or looking to advance your career, the many parties during the season also provide an ideal stage for networking. Holiday parties offer a great opportunity to get in front of people in a more relaxed setting, one where the mood is festive and key people are feeling social and approachable. To help your...

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Perception Is Not Always Reality: Older Workers Have a Lot to Offer

There is a widespread perception among job hunters that companies are only interested in hiring young people who they can pay less than more senior applicants. In many of GetFive's small-group strategy sessions, our more senior-level members point to three main reasons they think employers are passing them over for younger but less experienced professionals: They are viewed as too senior level or overqualified for positions Companies feel they cannot afford to hire them...

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Job Hunters Break New Ground, a Client Success Story

Though Mary Mooney had earned a law degree, she hadn’t made substantial use of it. In fact, much of her work experience had been in book publishing. Due to her employer relocating the company where she worked, Mooney came to GetFive hoping to find the help she would need to get a new job. Mooney followed the GetFive methodology very closely, completing the extensive assessment exercises, doing the necessary research, following the networking...

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Temp to Permanent: How to Turn a Contract Job Into a Full-Time Gig

During the course of a year, U.S. staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees, according to the American Staffing Association. This massive number doesn't include workers contracted directly with a company instead of via a staffing service. Bottom line: A lot of Americans are working as temps. Companies use contract workers for a number of reasons. They may need extra seasonal help. They might want to test out a particular professional before making...

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Too Old to Get a New Job? Think Again.

Too often, people believe those over 50 are doomed to have an especially hard time searching for a job. But many members and alumni of GetFive, some of them in their 50s, 60s and even 70s, have found that by embracing the 5-Step Method they were able to find a job. At GetFive, we believe a person’s age may not be the reason for difficulty with searching. Of course, age...

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4 Advantages of the Small Group

What's the secret to getting a job offer? There is no single secret; rather, it’s a matter of doing many things right and learning from your small group. Here’s a partial list of small-group services that can energize your job search: Weekly presentations. Regular lectures on topics such as interview questions and writing an influence letter give GetFive members valuable insight into the appropriate job-search methodology. Salary negotiation tips. Attendees...

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5 Questions to Ask When You've Lost Your Passion for Work

Do something you love and you won't work a day in your life. It's a phrase we've all heard but one that rarely applies to the real world. Even jobs you initially adored grow bland over time. Maybe you're not challenged. Maybe it's too stressful. Maybe there's too much corporate red tape. Maybe you're just over the industry and crave something new. For whatever reason, if your heart just isn't...

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10 Overused Buzzwords to Avoid on Your Resume

Any HR professional will tell you how tiring it is to see a few overused words and phrases on tens of thousands of resumes. When reviewing someone’s resume, cover letters or other forms of communications, terms such as “motivated,” “results oriented,” and “problem solver” just sound empty. Each year, LinkedIn compiles a list of most overused and most predictable words people use. For 2017, these words were: Specialized Leadership Passionate...

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The Pros and Cons of Ultra-Unique Resumes

When you search "resume tips" on Google, you get 98,600,000 results. While there are some time-tested best practices for resumes, more people seem to be getting creative with theirs. In fact, unique resume presentation and delivery are making headlines and even going viral on social media. Example 1: A Resume With a Tasty Surprise Lukas Yla, a 25-year-old marketing professional, was seeking work in San Francisco. Instead of risking his resume getting tossed...

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