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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 …

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Pause Your Job Search For The Holidays?

Many candidates make the mistake of all but stopping their searches from Thanksgiving to New Years, thinking that the holidays are an unproductive time.  Nothing could be further from the truth!   This is actually one of the best times to be moving forward in your search.   If you need some downtime to spend enjoying …

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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 #4

Here’s the final installment (for now) in my look at search-killing phrases.   “I want …”   Your marketing message, your résumé, your cover letter, etc. should all be focused on what THE OTHER PERSON wants, not on what you want.  Your goals will come out in the process of the discussion, but you want …

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Phrases to Kill Your Search, #3

Here’s the next of my search-killing phrases:   “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, …

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