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Phrases To Kill Your Search

Phrases To Kill Your Search

In my travels, I get to hear and see a lot of elevator pitches, marketing messages, sales pieces, cover letters, résumés, engagement bios, etc.  Most of these include phrases that range from meaningless to unhelpful to seriously detrimental to any attempt to market yourself or your practice. Over the next several weeks, I’m going to publish …

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Flaws In Your Résumé or Background

I was reading Abby Kohut’s excellent book, Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets, and came across this statement: “Prepare a good reason for any gaps on your resume in addition to an explanation of what activities you were involved in that may have enhanced your career, including personal activities. Gaps are typically not the reason …

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Phrases to Kill Your Search, #3

“I’m a results-oriented professional…” or this variation: “Proven results in…” These are used all the time in résumés and cover letters, or even in oral 30-second pitches…and they do absolutely nothing for you. Remember the adult voices on all the Charlie Brown specials, how they were purposely designed not to be understood?  That’s basically what …

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Think Outside The Box

In my August issue of Career Tips, I wrote about the benefits of volunteering to make yourself more marketable, and some potential traps to avoid.  (If you would like a copy, just drop me a note at John@JHACareers.com) Another form of ‘volunteering’ is the unpaid internship or ’sample’ consulting project.  Basically, you are giving a prospective …

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