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John-Paul Hatala's Posts

Don’t just look for a job, conduct a job search!

  What’s the difference between looking for a job and conducting a job search? On the surface, it doesn’t appear to be much since the end goal is the same. There are, however, major differences between the two. Both psychological and tactical advantages can be obtained when you tell people you’re conducting a job search. The key to any successful job search is all about thinking strategically... Read More »

Reaping the Benefits of Social Media: Find a Purpose

Does access to social resources — in other words, social media —benefit everyone? The unfortunate answer to that question is no…and the reason is simple. The fact that we have access to social resources doesn’t necessarily mean that we will be able to leverage them. The average Facebook user, for example, has 130 friends, is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events, and creates 90 ... Read More »

New Year Resolutions…who needs them?

It’s that time of year again when you start to think about the new year and what you hope to accomplish. You’ll get messages from friends, see postings on your favorite social networking website and be inundated with advertisements from every medium you can possibly think of about on how and why it’s important to set your resolutions for 2014. Many of us will ignore these or wors... Read More »

Take a look at your client’s index finger…..it’s huge!

The next time you sit down with you client the job seeker, take a good look at their index finger. What you’ll see is a massively large muscle that can most likely lift you and your chair off the floor. Obviously an exaggeration, but what you’ll find is that one of your client’s best competencies is their ability to click the apply button for online job opportunities. In fact, I ... Read More »

Competency-based Job Development: Hedging the jobseekers bet

Competencies are capabilities that serve as a source of competitive advantage for an organization over its rivals. It is safe to say that any new candidate considered for a position within an organization must contribute in some meaningful way to the overall competency of the firm. If a job seeker can demonstrate that they are competent in the same capabilities required by the organization, the gr... Read More »

Give your clients the proverbial kick in the you know what…well not really!

When your client is conducting a job search, the toughest thing by far is maintaining their motivation. Days turn into weeks, which turn into months of what seems like endless searching. Rejection becomes commonplace — they begin to wonder if they could create a new coffee table with all the “I’m sorry but we’ve selected another candidate” letters — and the light at the end of the tunnel seems mil... Read More »

I signed up for online social media but forgot to use it!

There are likely more than a thousand different online social networking websites out there. From the online forum for horror movie buffs to a site designed for individuals learning to cook, these virtual gathering places span a vast array of topics. No matter your need, there is surely an online community of people there to support you. Now more than ever before in the history of the world, netwo... Read More »

Did you just try to eat an elephant?

Consider those people who are losing their jobs and those that were unemployed at the time of this economic downturn. Those individuals who have just recently become unemployed may have a bit of a financial reprieve through unemployment insurance. Those who aren’t covered or have been unemployed for a while, on the other hand, will continue to face difficulties in making the transition back into t... Read More »

Your network is like a savings account; if you don’t make deposits it can end up at zero

Most of us have had a savings account in our lifetime. Utilization is pretty simple: you put money in so you can save it for tomorrow. If you continue to take money out and fail to replenish it, eventually it will end up at a zero balance. This simple concept holds true for social capital as well. The more you take from your network and the less you give back, the greater possibility that your con... Read More »

You’re networking and you don’t even know it!

What is networking and how do we define it? The most typical definition is the sharing of information and resources between different people. There are two main forms of networking: formal, like online social networking websites or professional networking associations, and informal, like bumping in to someone at the grocery store or meeting a contact for coffee. The term networking is thrown aroun... Read More »

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