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6 Tips to Create More Effective Cover Letters

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Knowing how to write effective cover letters is a mission critical job search skill. I have seen countless cover letters that miss the mark. The worst ones, by far, are the ones that go on, and on, and on. Cover letters are intended to pique the interest of the employer just enough to get them to take a good look at your resume. Here are 6 tips to create more effective cover letters and help you land that all-important interview. Continue reading

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12 tips for getting the most out of your summer internship

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If you were lucky enough to score a summer internship, chances are you are several weeks into your experience. Now is a great time to step back and evaluate how you are doing, and whether you are getting the most from your opportunity. Here are several tips to make sure you maximize your internship experience – for both you and your employer. Continue reading

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The Secret To A Job Offer Is Attitude: 10 Ways To Improve Your Job Interviewing Confidence

 

Don't Ignore These 5 Critical Job Search Steps

Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Job searches, especially unsuccessful ones, are notorious for sucking the confidence out of anyone. Who really enjoys sending endless resumes and cover letters out only to get a computerized rejection letter? After a string of rejections, it’s no wonder that your self-confidence takes a beating.

As a career coach who works primarily with college students and recent graduates, building my clients’ self-confidence is often the most important work that we do together.

Like many of the things that you need to do to get a job, and be successful in the role, gaining confidence is an acquired skill for most people. Self-confidence gives you a positive, but not unrealistic, perception of your ability to tackle challenges, such as a new job. Continue reading

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6 Key Skills You Need to Get Hired in Today’s Job Market

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If you are graduating this spring and don’t yet have that great job you’ve been dreaming of, these 6 skills will help you land a great job. Of course it also helps if you have a good GPA and a few internships under your belt. But while a good GPA helps open doors, getting a job offer takes more than academic accomplishments. Continue reading

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Is Your Job Search as Busted as Your March Madness Bracket? 8 tips for getting back in the game.

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It’s March Madness when everyone becomes a basketball fan, if only for the office bracket pool. If your job search is feeling as busted as your March Madness bracket, take a few lessons from your favorite team to re-ignite your search. Below are 7  tips to help you get back in the game.

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Career-Killing Lessons from the Oscars (and 8 ways to fix them)

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The 2017 Oscars ceremony likely will be remembered not for who took home the most Oscars (La La Land) but for the potential career-killing blunder that occurred at the end of the awards show. Fans who watched the nearly four hour presentation were as stunned as the audience was when the wrong film was named Best Picture. How could a Steve Harvey Miss Universe moment happen again at one of the most tightly scripted award shows? Continue reading

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Maine Movers and Makers: Interview with Ed McKersie, founder of LiveandWorkinMaine.com

This interview with Ed McKersie, is part of my new blog series, Maine Movers and Makers, featuring career insights from Maine’s leading executives. Ed is the President of Pro Search, a recruiting and placement services company focused on connecting talent with Maine based employers. He is also the creative force and founder of LiveandWorkinMaine.com, a website dedicated to making “Vacationland Work for You.”

Ed McKersie Pro Search LiveandWorkinMaine

“Ask good questions.”

This interview has been edited for space and clarity.

Please tell me a bit about your childhood and the influences that helped shape you?

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How to Keep Your Resume Out of the Application Black Hole

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The application black hole. Where resumes go to die.

The application black hole, where resumes go to die. If you are one of over 1.6 million of college seniors looking for their first “real job”, you know it all too well by now. You’ve applied on line and sent in your resume to so many companies that you’ve lost track. And, you hear nothing, from anyone. If you are lucky, the online application process will send you a computer generated email thanking you for applying for the job. And that’s it. Days, weeks, and sometimes even months go by and nothing. So what should you do? Continue reading

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Using this shortcut can kill your job prospects

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When it comes to resumes and cover letters, this short cut can kill your job prospects. Here’s what it is and how it might be hurting you.

Spell check. It was invented in 1961, widely adopted in the mid 1980’s and has been making us all dumber ever since. Seriously, who can spell anymore?

Your smart phone guesses what you want to write as you type.  The spell check feature in Word and Google Docs will automatically fix your spelling mistakes. But go too fast and you might miss a major mistake.

The problem is that spell check and auto correct can’t think. After all, they do not know what you meant to write. Check out Jimmy Fallon’s #EmailFail if you aren’t convinced yet of the negative impact of a spelling mistake. Continue reading

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Life Lessons Learned on the Iconic Tour de France Climb

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Life can throw amazing lessons at you, especially when you aren’t looking. The life lessons I learned on the iconic Tour de France climb might help you conquer the challenges of searching for a new job.

Our trip included cycling up Mont Ventoux, a bucket list item for many avid cyclists. Nicknamed “The Beast of Provence,” the climb boasts:

  • winds that blow an average of 90kph (56 mph) most of the year
  • a mountain summit of 1,912 meters (6,269 feet)
  • 21 km (13 miles) of continuous climbing at grades averaging 9 percent.

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