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The Core

21 Ways to Improve Your Resume
by Robin Ryan

Your resume is critical to your job search success. It must be a highly effective resumé to capture the employer's attention in today's market. Here's what employers recommend, based on a national survey conducted with 600 Hiring Managers.


Branding Yourself for Success

Job seekers looking to inject their search with a sense of urgency and purpose can be overwhelmed by factors beyond their control. One thing you do have complete control over is your product — you. Branding yourself for success is the surest way to garner the attention and favor of potential employers. Here are some ways you can distinguish yourself and communicate your essence so that hiring managers take notice.


Win Without Competing!: Career Success the Right Fit Way (Capital Ideas for Business & Personal Development)

by Arlene R. Barro
Capital Books, 224 pages, $17.95

For job seekers, taking a look from the other side of the desk can be illuminating and inspiring. Author Arlene Barro was a search consultant and career coach before she decided to share her personal experiences. Her Right Fit Way encourages people to start expressing the totality of who they are and what they have to offer instead of focusing on competing with others. This method of focusing within and cultivating strengths sets Win Without Competing apart from other books. No matter where you are in your search, you will learn to shape, sell, and share your personal brand with the employer you know is right for you.


Q.  There's this guy at work that I like. I think he likes me too, but I've always heard you shouldn't date people at work. What should I do?

A. Well, many people have met romantic partners at work, so it can work from time to time. Still, there are some very good reasons that common wisdom would tell you to avoid workplace romances. If your feelings aren't reciprocated, it can be awkward. It could even lead to litigation, especially if there is a power differential. Even if feelings are reciprocated, and you end up dating, it can be very difficult to get back to a cordial working relationship if things don't work out. You should also be aware that you will be opening yourself up to office gossip.


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