Job Interview OlympicsThis week, I learned something valuable watching the Olympics. Just last night, I saw highlights of the individual medley (IM) swimming event - where one swimmer does four different strokes in succession, and the individual gymnastics competition, particularly the balance beam.


Here's what I've observed:

Quitting without NoticeAs an employee, there are instances when you just want to quit your job. There are times when you just want to give in to the temptation of quitting, but there are also reasons why you need to think twice before doing so.

Turn Summer Job to Full Time JobDuring the summer, many students look for jobs to earn cash while school is out. To most people, summer jobs are regarded as just that: something temporary. Summer jobs or internships are really meant to be short-term, but why not take advantage of the opportunity? Summer jobs or internships are a great stepping stone to a career and eventually your dream job.

If you feel you want turn your internship or summer job into a full-time position, here are some tips on how to do it:

Friday, 03 August 2012 06:04

Six Ways to Calm Down Before that Big Interview

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Interview JittersIt is perfectly normal to feel nervous before a job interview. A job interview is a source of stress for most people. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming because of the fear of being rejected by an employer.

Here are some ways to calm down when you feel nervous before a job interview.

Friday, 03 August 2012 06:00

Doing Job Search During the Holidays

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Holiday Job SearchIt is commonly believed is that during the holidays no one hires and everybody is too busy with reunions, parties, and nonstop events. Yes, it is true that everybody is busy with their schedules, but during the holidays companies also slow down their pace. It is a time when employers can finally have time to settle other company matters—including hiring.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:12

How to End an Interview on a Strong Note

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Ending an InterviewMost people remember bad events more than good ones. Psychologists say that the brain processes positive and negative events differently. They say that negative events involve more thinking and are processed more thoroughly than positive events.

This is further illustrated by how you will remember losing $100 more than earning $100. With this in mind, we should also remember how we need to end an interview strongly lest all of your efforts be wasted.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:56

Asking for a Recommendation Letter

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Recommendation LetterMost people struggle with getting recommendation letters in their job search. There are the questions of how to ask, what to ask, and whom to ask. Getting a recommendation letter is a source of stress for many people, chiefly as a result of not knowing how.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:51

Have a Weak Resume? Get Online Courses!

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Online CoursesThe challenge for all job seekers is to get their resume noticed. When you write your resume, your mindset should be: “What would make a potential employer notice my resume?”

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:47

Job Search: Evaluating Your Options

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jobofferevaluationThe past few years have seen the highest unemployment rate in decades. Every business, big or small, has experienced the effects of the recession. Countless people have seen their company do well this month and hit rock bottom the next. It only stresses the importance of thinking about your decision before accepting a job offer.


job search anxietyMany ISF clients become seriously worried that they don't have every qualification and experience required in the job description.

Even worse: some have a track record that isn't perfect - extended time off, a past lay off, short job stints. Maybe, just feeling too old or too young.

Now these issues can lose jobs offers and they can extend the job search. And from personal experience and speaking with many folks perhaps like you, I know this can feel exasperating, at times even producing a sense of helplessness.

Here's the good news.

Of the thousands of job seekers I've worked with, many have successfully overcome these insurmountable obstacles and landed jobs.

How do they do it? Like this.