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Search Killer Phrase #2

By John Hadley | Dec 20, 2009

“I can work in any industry”, or providing in your message 2 or 3 different industries as your targets. Candidates who say this may think they are keeping their search open, but they are actually closing it down.  It has the same problem as “I have transferable skills” – it sounds like you are unfocused, and are willing […]

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Don’t Give Out Business Cards

By John Hadley | Dec 13, 2009

Here’s a quote from a column by Michael Port, the NY Times bestselling author of Book Yourself Solid, in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine. The title of the column: “Keep Your Cards To Yourself.” “Don’t share your business card. Take some contrarian sales advice:  Never give out another business card again (unless someone asks for it, that […]

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Don’t Slow Your Search During The Holidays!

By John Hadley | Nov 27, 2009

Many job seekers make the mistake of thinking that the holiday season is a terrible time to be looking.  They assume that no one is going to hire during this season and that they are wasting their time.  As a result, they put their search on hold from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. That’s great news […]

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Looking While Contracting

By John Hadley | Nov 14, 2009

A question I received “I’ve got a pretty good job right now. As a Contractor working for a Recruiting company, I am “rented” to a new startup company. The work scope is pleasing; I like, and do well at what they want. Work is solid for at least another six months I believe. Question: How […]

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Uncovering Company Culture

By John Hadley | Nov 8, 2009

This is the question that was posed: “The more you know about a company’s culture, the easier it can be to tell what what you can offer to them if there is a match. I wanted to know how you would go about finding which company is the right fit in an industry: Company websites […]

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Be On The Ball In Your Search

By John Hadley | Nov 7, 2009

What would you do with this situation? I spoke at a Career Campaign event in NYC last year.  A week or 2 afterward I had a long conversation with one of the attendees.  He complained about how difficult it was to find interviews, and I asked what he had been doing to move his search forward. […]

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Job Search After 65

By John Hadley | Oct 24, 2009

I’m often asked about how to overcome age-ism.  Here’s a representative question: “What is frustrating these days is that there many people (Over the age of 65) with excellent experience, knowledge, and backgrounds in their respective areas of expertise but cannot find a suitable position. Employers, (who use younger recruiters) discreetly discriminate against older workers. Somehow […]

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Young People Just Starting Out

By John Hadley | Oct 17, 2009

Shelley asked about tips for young people just starting out – a great topic!  I’ll start the ball rolling here, and then you can add your own thoughts to mine. First off, whether or not you admire your boss, you can learn a lot from him or her.  Observe what your boss does well, and […]

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What Do You Want To Hear About?

By John Hadley | Oct 11, 2009

I’m interested in knowing what my readers would like to hear about in this Career Accelerator blog.  Either drop me a note at with your suggestions or just post a comment to this entry. I’ve posted on a diverse range of issues around marketing yourself, including Resume tips & traps Networking do’s and don’ts How […]

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