What was your most popular post from 2013? This is the theme for this month’s Career Development Carnival.
December is often a time of reflection and goal setting for the new year, and with that in mind, Lynn Dessert and I hope that these 22 “Best Of” posts help you do both! We have quite a few new contributors this month! Welcome to you all!
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Normally, we section the carnival posts into broad themes (career management, job search resources, networking tips, and personal branding,); This month, you’ll notice the break down is more specific to help you find what you are looking for!
The World’s Best Executive Resume Is Not Enough
by Meg Guiseppi of Executive Career Brand
Along with a targeted, brand-reinforcing executive resume, you need to follow executive job search best practices, and back them up with social proof.
The 10 Resume Clichés That Make Recruiters Cringe
by Mark Babbitt on Savvy Intern
Know the trouble with most resumes? To a recruiter, they sound just like every other resume.
This is no one’s fault… because that is how most of us are taught to write resumes.
Sure it sounds good to us; after all, we don’t read 100+ resumes a day. To those who do – those making the hiring decisions – these resumes are not only redundant and worthless… they make the recruiter cringe. Literally, cringe – like in a “Not another crappy resume… I do not have time for this!” way.
3 Reasons Why Functional Resumes Suck
by Lisa Rangel of Chameleon Resumes
Whether you have a steady background, a series of consulting jobs or a large employment gap, a reverse chronological resume is the only way to go, based on my previous experience as a search firm recruiter for 13 years. In a nut shell, functional resumes suck and learn why.
Why You Should Think Twice Before Using A Functional Resume
by Julie Walraven of Design Resumes
A functional resume creates red flags for employers!
This is assuming a human eye reads it. The Applicant Tracking Systems are looking for a career history on the resume. They can’t follow the logic in a functional resume.
Resume Writing – Is Content King?
by Adrienne Tom of Calgary Resume Writing
When it comes to writing a good resume should emphasis be placed on a stand-out design and format, or is the majority of time best spent on developing stellar content?
5 Reasons Recruiters Ignore Your LinkedIn Profile — Infographic
by Donna Svei on Avid Careerist
Resume Writer, and Melanie Pinola, author of LinkedIn in 30 Minutes, teamed up on an infographic that describes the LinkedIn fails that make recruiters click away to other profiles.
Is Your LinkedIn Bio Lost in Translation?
by Wendy Terwelp on Rock Your Career
How many times have you read someone’s LinkedIn bio and wondered, “What in the world are they talking about?” It’s full of jargon, terms, and acronyms foreign to anyone outside the bio subject’s industry. This post contains tips to help you avoid the Acronym Graveyard.
Don’t Be Duped by Fake LinkedIn Invitations
by Melissa Cooley on The Job Quest
This post on recognizing bogus LinkedIn invitations was, by far, my most popular writing of 2013. Keep yourself safe on your job hunt!
LinkedIn Policy Is Guilty Until Proven Innocent
by Arthur Catalanello on Arthur’s Blog
If you post frequently to LinkedIn Groups and/or if you rely on others’ posts for news and information, you need to be aware of this policy. “Guilty until proven innocent” is the message that LinkedIn is sending to its users with a policy change you may not have heard about
Is Your LinkedIn Profile Awesome?
by Hannah Morgan on Career Sherpa.net
What steps can you take to improve the quality of your LinkedIn profile, gain more views, and showcase your talent? Read this to find out.
Career Management Tips
What to do if You’re Stuck in a Dead End Job
by Sharlyn Lauby on HR Bartender
Based on a reader’s question which referenced being in a dead end job, this post addresses the realities, myths, and fixes for this career conundrum. Ron Thomas and Hannah Morgan were interviewed for their perspectives. (Many thanks, Sharlyn, for the opportunity to contribute!)
The Seasons of Your Career
by Dan Ryan on Ryan Search & Consulting
Just like the change of the seasons, so too do our careers and our career aspirations change.
How to Leave Your Job And Keep Your Dignity
by Jesse Lyn Stoner’s Blog
If you are thinking of quitting your job, these 8 suggestions will help you leave with your dignity intact.
The Pain of Being Singled Out at Work. | Ending Ridicule As Entertainment
by Dawn Lennon on Business Fitness
It is painful to be ridiculed. The price paid is a cut to your self-esteem. There is no place for it at work or anywhere else.
It’s become so easy to turn each of us into a picture or a video, exposing us to ridicule and violating our desire to work and play unimpeded. Let’s all commit to doing better.
In 2013, this post received the highest number of page views on my blog, signs that we are either feeling the pain or observing it.
Talents versus Skills – Do you know the difference?
by Marc Miller on Career Pivot
Learn how these words are different yet both vitally important to your career!
Networking is Not a Dirty Word…It’s Relationship Building
by Daisy Wright on Career Musings
Some job seekers have a negative connotation of what networking is. They view it as brown-nosing or backslapping, not as relationship building. They are unaware that people tend to help those they know and trust, not those who pop onto their radar only when they are in need of help. The topic explores the benefits of networking and encourages job seekers to use it to their advantage.
5 Networking Myths
by Sital Ruparelia on Sital’s Blog
Do you find networking uncomfortable and avoid it as whenever you can?
Here are 5 networking myths that need that will help you re-frame the whole concept of networking and make it much easier.
ALL SORTS OF JOB SEARCH HELP
Seven Social Media Mistakes For Older Job Hunters
by Kerry Hannon, Second Verse on Forbes
On online presence is part of today’s job search. Pick up these Social Media tips for older job hunters.
How To Handle Those Tough Interview Questions
by Mildred Talabi
Practical advice on how to handle those tough questions that are almost a guarantee in any interview!
How Investing An Hour Up Front Can Dramatically Reduce Your Job Search Effort
by Jennifer Bulman on The Portable You
Job search can get clouded by emotions. Create and test a list of Musts and Wants up front to help control decision making during job search.
Advice To Help You Change Careers in 2013
by Tag Goulet in the Calgary Sun
Advice to kickstart job search in 2013.
Recruiters’ Secrets Revealed: Part 1
by Lynn Dessert on Elephants At Work
The first part of a series of posts on what recruiters are really looking for when working with job candidates.
Thank You All For a Great 2013
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Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.