Career Acceleration Strategies and Skills

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The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

Most unemployed people read books on resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, etc. There is another book that should be on their reading list, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the job search process.

Did you ever wondered why some people survive and others don’t? Why some stay calm and collected and others become highly stressed and unravel? How could some bounce back from adversity, while others collapse and surrender? Read more

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Mike’s 59 Day Career Search Advice

Mike's 59 Day Career Search Advice

A good friend and a handful of new networking contacts suggested that I write this post, possibly to help others. It feels a little awkward, but multiple people have asked, and encouraged me to spread the word, and I agreed, so here I am. It’s late, but as my dear ol’ Mom used to say, “Better late than never.” I’ve shared some of this in another post and in several messages I sent to networking groups, so I hope it helps someone. Unless I get questions, this is the last you’ll hear about it.

By way of background, my first experience with downsizing (or more specifically, being downsized myself) was in March of 2007, when my position was eliminated as a result of the subprime mortgage industry crash. At that time, an entire division at my company was closed, impacting a lot of people. Because of the size of the closure, the Federal WARN act was invoked and we received a notice of 60 days. After an intense search, I started my new job on day 59, moving my family from Ohio to Texas in the process. Read more

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Move to North Dakota for Work?

Move to North Dakota for Work?

My “Win the Job War” blog is dedicated to helping unemployed people compete for the best jobs in today’s tough economy.

Since 2008 I’ve been sharing ideas, strategies and practical tips for job seekers. From the basics of resume writing and networking to advanced interview and presentation skills.

One recurring question that comes from readers of the blog is “should I just pack up and move to where the jobs are?” And North Dakota is often mentioned as one of the destinations where unemployment is exceptionally low. You’ve probably read or heard the stories. Today most North Dakota residents will tell you that anyone who really wants a job can get one. Read more

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Stand Out From the Job Search Competition

Stand Out From the Job Search Competition

Even if you have reached the top rungs of the corporate ladder, you might discover in this turbulent job market that potential employers will be looking beyond your core qualifications to your creativity, flexibility and fit into the company culture. Establishing yourself as a best-in-class professional, capable of easily adapting to and thriving during fluctuating economic cycles, will set you apart and enable you to more quickly land a career-enhancing opportunity. Some nontraditional strategies  include:

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How to Fine-Tune Your Résumé

How to Fine-Tune Your Résumé

(from wsj.com)

It’s one of the first things people think to do after losing a job: quickly get a résumé into as many hands as possible. But career experts say doing so without a strategic plan is a mistake becauses it wastes time and energy and typically results in few callbacks. Here’s how to fine-tune your résumé: Read more

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