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A smart ending sentence to include in your cover letter to apply for a job is: I will call you in a few days to ensure you received this letter. What makes this sentence smart is that you proactively give yourself a reason to call your prospective employer. Mark your calendar for about three days after sending your cover letter and resume, then, rather than waiting for the employer to call you, you call the employer. While your identifiable reason for calling is to ask if the employer received your letter, while you’re on the phone, you can also ask if you are being considered for the position and if so, ask what to expect as the next step.

Being proactive is desirable, but beware – you can overstep the line in being proactive. Where does the line begin and end in being proactive? Calling once to reach your prospective employer is proactive. Calling the same employer ten times a week after already leaving multiple messages is crossing the line. Oh, there is one other major way to identify if you’re crossing the line in the eyes of the prospective employer: being proactive is desirable and being a pest is just plain annoying.

Enhance your chances of getting a job – be proactive but avoid being a pest!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

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InterviewEver wonder what colors are best to wear to an interview? According to a recent article,  good choices of colors to wear to an interview are conservative ones such as black, blue, gray, and brown. On the other hand, green, yellow, orange, and purple are risky to wear to interviews because they express so much creativity.

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Following is an analysis of what the article states that specific colors express:

  • black expresses leadership
  • blue  expresses a team player
  • gray expresses you’re logical/analytical
  • white expresses being organized
  • brown expresses dependability
  • red expresses power

For the most part, employers want to hire people who fit their culture. Fitting in their culture means that other employees find you credible and so do the organization’s clientele. When choosing the colors you’ll wear to an interview, conservative ones are a safer choice than wearing brighter ones because of the message conservative colors convey. Still undecided as to what to wear? When it comes to your choice or colors, if you really want to impress a prospective employer, just remember the old saying, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

P.S. Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Consulting Program where you can learn how to effectively leverage your LinkedIn account for your job search and ongoing professional development.

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ResumeIf you’re looking for a job, but not getting the interviews you want, your resume may be the reason. “Oh, but my resume is just fine,” you think to yourself. But is it really?

Many people write their own resumes. The danger of doing so is that you may not know what employers want to see, you may not give yourself credit for all of your accomplishments, and you may not use wise formatting. For example, does your resume have the following categories?

• Summary,
• Professional Experience,
• Volunteer Experience,
• Awards,
• Publications,
• Presentations,
• Registrations,
• Licenses,
• Certifications,
• Skills,
• Leadership
• Training,
• Education.

You may not need every category, but if you have information that fits these categories, list it. If you only list your jobs, you are short-changing yourself by not providing an overall view of your relevant abilities. One client whose resume I updated stated, “I didn’t even know some of the things I’ve done that mattered until I was questioned.” Another stated, “What a confidence builder to see my resume and realize how much I’ve done!”

Your resume has to be as competitive as others applying for the same job since your resume is your means for obtaining an interview. If you want to stand out from your competition, have a professional create or update your resume for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about tooting your own horn – the professional will be glad to toot it for you!

Hallie Crawford and Terry L. Wynne, Ed.S., LPC, BCC
Certified Career Coaches

P.S.  Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you’re in the right career with our Ideal Career Quiz.

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Check out my latest YouTube video where I give career advice about a tough situation. What to do when you thought you’d landed your dream job and it turns out not to be the dream you thought it was? Here is how to manage the situation effectively and get back into an unexpected career transition.

Read more in this WSJ article

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Chec out my latest YouTube video as I advise new graduates in their job search how to know what employers want. And it’s not just a college degree.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Check out my latest YouTube video as I talk about one of the most important components of your LinkedIn profile. Especially relevant career advice for recent grads conducting a job search, but also relevant for professionals in career transition. What your picture should look like, and why it’s so critical…

Read more in the WSJ here

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

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Job SearchAlmost every time I speak to a client and mention informational interviews, they don’t know what I’m talking about. Or they don’t know how to find people to conduct them, how to set them up professionally, what questions to ask, and how to stay in touch. Once we get into this topic they have a million questions to ask about the nuts and bolts of how to handle them. This is a radio interview from late 2013 that we wanted to circle back to, to help you understand how this critical tool works, and can work in your favor.

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Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

P.S. Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you’re in the right career with our Ideal Career Quiz.

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NetworkingFor many people the word networking does give them a pit in their stomach, especially introverts. But, what you resist persists. You have to learn to embrace networking not just for your job search but also for your long term career success. You can do it in a way that works for you! This radio interview will show you how. But, you have to do it. Listen to this 20 minute radio segment to learn how you can embrace, not avoid, networking and use it to your advantage.

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Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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