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How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

How To Talk About A Career Gap, Or Your Less-Than-Thrilling Job

This article by Michael Pollock was first published on Forbes.com You’re clear about your career aspirations — the work you really want to be doing — but sometimes, fate didn’t work in your favor, and you’ve had to accept the second best job just to…

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How To Make Your Personal Pitch Be The Powerful Story Of You

How To Make Your Personal Pitch Be The Powerful Story Of You

How To Make Your Personal Pitch Be The Powerful Story Of You Answering the question, “Who are you and what do you bring to the table?,” is some of the most important work I do with clients, whether they’re looking for the next stage of…

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Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau

Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau

“In most books, I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember  that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. I should not talk…

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Don’t let your resume be all about process

Don’t let your resume be all about process

I see a lot of resumes. They are fascinating in their sameness. There is a quite reasonable love for active verbs. I like active verbs. But if you don’t pay close attention you may find that your resume becomes all about process. Bullets indicate that…

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Are you using what you learned in those summer jobs?

Are you using what you learned in those summer jobs?

Did you have some early gigs that may not seem relevant to your career path – but that maybe taught you something or made you stronger in some way that makes them worth mentioning in your resume? I had some jobs as a kid and…

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Which words should you avoid in your resume?

Which words should you avoid in your resume?

Heads up: this post appears to be about menus or houses, but don’t be fooled – it’s really about the effectiveness of the language you use in your resumes and pitches. It’s about what words you should avoid, and why. So process accordingly as you…

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Uber-awesome job ad for a creative professional.  Are you a match?  Is anyone?

Uber-awesome job ad for a creative professional. Are you a match? Is anyone?

I’m super-excited about this job ad for a creative pro. Truth to tell, it’s pretty stoked about itself. Well actually it’s an uber-exclusive mashup, sourced entirely from actual ads I sampled in an absolutely thrilling dip into LinkedIn and a couple other sites. Use it to help set your own baseline…

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How should a freelancer get a staff gig?

How should a freelancer get a staff gig?

An experienced freelance broadcast producer was having a hard time being taken seriously as he applied for staff positions in ad agencies and the like.  The hiring people viewed his freelance background as a negative. Here is what I told him. Being a producer on…

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Waiting tables, Selling shoes, Carrying bags

Waiting tables, Selling shoes, Carrying bags

I worked for a while for a smart man in a film business who never hired anyone that hadn’t waited tables.  Or bussed.  Well he hired me and I had been a bell hop, same sort of thing.   The experience you get in this kind…

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How to figure out your next career when the world doesn’t seem to be waiting for you.

How to figure out your next career when the world doesn’t seem to be waiting for you.

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that…

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