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 we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”  Helen […]

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What is your Hirability Quotient (HiQ)?

Everyone on both sides of the hiring equation today is super-connected and hyper-resourced. So, as Thomas Friedman points out in the NY Times, “every boss now has cheaper, easier, faster access to more above average software, automation, robotics, cheap labor and cheap genius than ever before.” In order to stand out as a dream hire […]

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Career Q+A: Job changes, Resume updates

CYNOPSIS CLASSIFIED ADVANTAGE ~ ASK THE EXPERTS ~ Questions from our Readers Answered by Michael Pollock Q: How many jobs changes can one have before a red flag goes up? A: No given number if otherwise your story makes sense. But too many changes could make the reader’s head spin as she tries to figure […]

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First person or third person in resumes

First published in Cynopsis Classified Advantage OK this is a controversial one. Goodness me a lot of hot air and opinion and conformity and so-called best practice rules and heaven knows what else surround the topic of resumes. But still there are so many dreary, uniform, uninformative and obfuscatory resumes in the world. I know, […]

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Career Q+A: On including objectives and professional advancement in your resume

As seen in Cynopsis Classified Advantage ~ ASK THE EXPERTS ~ Questions from our Readers Answered by Michael Pollock   Including professional advancement on your resume Q: Is it really important to put professional advancement or interests on your resume?     If so, should it be detailed or brief so you can talk to it in […]

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Looking for a job? Do you have a communications plan?

Most people spend a lot of time fussing with their resume. I myself never met a resume I didn’t want to rewrite – even the one I rewrote myself last week. All this is good: your resume provides an invaluable structure for you to craft your story, putting together your successes and experience highlights, incorporating […]

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Is your resume just fluff? Parsons students recognize the need for tangible claims.

I was privileged recently to spend a couple of hours with a wonderful group of designers graduating from Parsons, The New School for Design. These talented young people were about to hit the job market and I had been asked to give them some pointers. They paired off and I asked each of them explain […]

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