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#60Day Challenge, Day 27: Choose Your References

#60Day Day 27 of 60 Choose References

Throughout the #60Day Challenge, you have been setting yourself up to create a great first impression. Your new profile pic, the new LinkedIn headline and Twitter bio, the new business cards and the accurate assessment and articulation of your existing skills, and so much more – all designed to make you look good. Today, we look way ahead to when that positive first impression really pays off: when a potential employer asks you for references…   

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#60Day Challenge, Day 26: Strengths and Weaknesses

#60Day Day 26 of 60

You now have a clear idea of your personal strengths and weaknesses.

This is a critical step for any job seeker. Fact is, very few are this self-aware. They go in guns-a-blazin’ thinking they are hot sh*t – and, instead, find out they are a hot mess. They have no clue how their strengths will help solve the problem faced by the employer; they have no idea how badly their weaknesses will negatively impact their candidacy…   

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How to Choose the Right Job Right Now [Infographic]

How-to-Choose-the-Right-Job-INFOGRAPHIC

The possibility exists that one of the stereotypes about Gen Y professionals – the one where we want to start our careers at our dream job rather than working our way up to it – may be true… at least a little. When searching for our first few jobs out of college, including that seemingly elusive first position, maybe we should focus more on issues such as potential for growth, flexibility, style of management and the work environment? Instead of chasing after our version of that dream job our entire careers, maybe we should focus more on finding a role   

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#60Day Challenge, Day 25: Add to Your “Yes!” Skills

#60Day 25 of 60 Skill Learning Plan

With the skills that received a “yes” answer on Days 22 and 23 of the challenge accounted for, we now move on to the next stage of our “Skills Required Assessment”: those skills employers are looking for… and you cant’ say with confidence that you’ve developed… yet. Today, we begin to tackle the “maybe” and “no” answers from your list.

To get started, take out your skills required list. Line by line, ask yourself three questions…   

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#60Day Challenge, Day 24: Learn to Sell Your “Now” Skills

#60Day 24 of 60 Learn to Sell the Now Skills

36 days from now, Amy – the fictitious job seeker helping us with our “skills assessments” these last couple days – is going to be sitting across the table from a recruiter.

This will be her first interview since completing the #60Day Challenge, and she’s anxious to put everything she’s learned to the test…   

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#60Day Challenge, Day 23: Know Which Skills You Have… Now

#60Day 23 of 60 Which Skills Do You Have

Yesterday on the #60Day Challenge, we spent time leveraging a powerful job search tool: a skills required assessment. Today, we compare the skills you have now to those you’ve determined are necessary for success in your career choice. Perhaps most important: we discover which skills you still need to obtain in order to be considered a top-tier candidate.   

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