Positioning Yourself

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Negotiating a Consulting or Freelance Assignment

Setting off on your own to work as a freelancer or consultant is a great way to broaden your experience and grow your network. Whether you’re planning on becoming a professional freelancer or simply looking for work between jobs, one of the most important aspects of freelance work is knowing how much to charge. Figuring this out will help you confidently negotiate your fee…

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Looking For the Right Job? It’s All About Cultural Fit

“We’re looking for the right fit,” you hear the interviewer say.

“The right fit?” you ask yourself, “I’m just looking for a job with a salary.”

But the truth is, a job is more than just a place you have to go every morning. Each company has its own organizational culture that you might not even notice until it rubs you the wrong way.

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What “Best Place to Work” Awards Mean to Job Hunters

You’re job hunting by the book and doing your due diligence. You explore a potential employer’s website and read every career page on it. You’re intrigued. You continue to the awards and accolades page to learn the company has received a “best places to work” award. Excellent. You decide to apply and hope to experience what all the fuss is about…

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Feeling Stressed? Practice Mindfulness

Whether you’re job searching or working hard at your current job, your career often brings high levels of stress. And between family, school, paying bills and chores, it seems like there’s never enough time. But living with constant stress is not only chaotic, it’s also exhausting. Too much stress leads to health problems down the…

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The 8-Word Message: Make Sure Your Bosses Know How Good You Are

You go to work and complete your tasks day in and day out, but have you ever wondered if your boss or manager truly sees your potential? If upper management is ignoring your skills and knowledge, you’ll may begin to feel frustrated or unsatisfied in your position. Make sure your senior knows what you want them to know, and you can improve your chances of getting ahead. Fortunately, doing so can be as simple as an Eight-Word Message strategy.

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How to Have a Systematic Job Search

Whether you’re employed or unemployed, looking for full or part-time employment, in the hunt for consulting or freelance work, or even if you’re not interested in changing jobs right now, taking a systematic approach to your job search is one of the most effective ways to grow your network and prepare for unexpected changes.

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A Strong Resume Starts with a Summary Statement

Are you feeling stuck in your current position? It’s time to reposition your resume so you can find the job you want. Whether you’re an accountant who wants to go into sales or an operations manager who dreams of being a personal trainer, you face the same challenge: convincing people that, even without the experience, you can handle the new position. Here’s how to position yourself for the job you want, even if you’ve been typecast in the same role for years:

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Eye-Opening Facts You Must Know About Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Job hunters and applicant tracking systems are like vinegar and oil. The two can feel like they’re almost impossible to mix together.

However, with a bit of vigorous shaking, that vinegar and oil can become a nice salad dressing. To shake up a stalled job search, it’s time to stop believing an ATS is your enemy and start understanding how they work so you can use them to your advantage. Getting the facts is a great place to start.

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