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Multimedia Resumes are a Marketing Tool

Over the last few years, it has become increasingly difficult to find meaningful employment. Job seekers are forced to find creative ways to make themselves stand apart from the crowd. A method becoming more popular is the multimedia resume. You may already have a LinkedIn profile, but other sites like visualcv.com and resumebucket.com are gaining stature ... Read More
 

Memorable Service Recovery

After spending four years in the hospitality industry, and recently reading The New Gold Standard by Joseph A. Michelli, I was reminded just how important service recovery can be. I was very fortunate to work for two years in the Four Seasons chain of resorts. I was amazed at what the employees were willing to ... Read More
 

How to Make a Great First Impression

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” – Author Unknown As the old saying goes, first impressions are incredibly important. Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov conducted experiments that show that it only takes 1/10 of a second to form a judgment about someone else. That is an incredibly short ... Read More
 

Volunteer to Land Your Next Job

A quick look through the websites of your favorite charitable organizations will reveal numerous volunteer opportunities. For those of you who volunteer regularly, why do you do it? Is it because you enjoy helping the community, it makes you feel good intrinsically, you make new friends, you can add it to your resume, or because ... Read More
 

How to Write Cover Letters

You may say, “I’ve heard recruiters are so busy that they don’t have time to read cover letters.” For the initial screening of candidates, this statement may hold true. The true value of a cover letter becomes apparent when you have made it to the top of the candidate pile and the recruiter is doing ... Read More
 

Continual Learning

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” –Alvin Toffler What a powerful statement. With the advent of the World Wide Web, we have access to seemingly infinite amounts of information. You can learn how to read and write from ... Read More
 

Building Relationships Takes Time

Every relationship, personal or professional, requires significant investment. The investment includes our time, money, and talent. Those of you who are already great at building relationships know that the process doesn’t stop after you’ve collected the business card. In fact, the process never ends. It requires constant attention. For those of you who are still ... Read More
 

Delivering Excellent Customer Service

Excellent customer service seems to have become a thing of the past. As an example, Amazon doesn’t post their customer service phone number on their webpage. You have to search for 10 minutes on other websites to find it. The big banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, etc. spend more time developing technology that ... Read More
 

Becoming Great Through Humility

“Even if you be otherwise perfect, you fail without humility.” –The Talmud In Jim Collins’ best selling book, Good to Great, he wrote about how organizations move from being good to great. Besides focusing on hiring the right people, confronting brutal facts, and developing a culture of discipline, Collins describes how the organizations were led ... Read More
 

Personal Integrity

“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffet So why did Buffet say that? I’m guessing you can think of numerous reasons why. MCI Worldcom. Tyco. Enron. Arthur Andersen. Firms on Wall ... Read More
 

Top 10 Things Older Workers Can Do To Land Jobs

“Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan I have been very blessed to work with tremendous mentors over the last decade. Each has been over the age of 50 and each has shared a nugget of wisdom, opened my eyes to something new, and pushed me ... Read More
 

How to Write a Resume

Are you in career transition, have a job but are looking to change employers or on the verge of a promotion? Enhancing your resume can help you progress to the next stage in securing your dream career. Effective resumes provide recruiters and Human Resources professionals with a reason to invite you in for an interview. The ... Read More
 

Employee Turnover – What is it Costing You?

In MetLife’s 9th Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends, researchers found that 36% of employees hope to work for a different employer in the next 12 months. Snagajob.com recently conducted a survey and found that 44% of respondents quit their job in the past year did so because they believed they would find a better ... Read More
 

Thoughts on an Extraordinary Life

I am a “learner” by nature. Regardless of where I am, I believe that there is some nugget of wisdom that I am meant to pick up and parlay into future use. Of course, I then feel an obligation to share that morsel with others, hence my chosen line of work. Life is amazing because ... Read More
 

How to Build Your Work Ethic

I read Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers, a few years back. It includes many memorable stories of The Beatles, Bill Gates, and Robert Oppenheimer, to name a few. A common theme that runs throughout the book is the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which claims that recognition and success come after an individual works in excess of that time ... Read More
 

Accountability

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” –Benjamin Franklin Grad school was such a great place to learn about accountability. As a student, how many times did you work on a project and 20% of the team’s members did 80% of the work? Thank you Pareto Principle. It seemed ... Read More
 

Plan the Work, Work the Plan

When my father was a boy, he, his three sisters, and his parents would take road trips. Often, the headlights were pointed west as they traveled to explore states on the left side of the Mississippi. I think back to stories he shared with my sister and I about how adept my grandfather was at ... Read More
 

Conflict Resolution – Turn Conflict into Opportunity

A common reality in every workplace is conflict. Divergent needs, values, perceptions and opinions all contribute to differing views on any topic. So, how do you turn conflict into an opportunity? By accepting and understanding that one person’s concerns appear to be incompatible with another person’s point of view and seeking a win-win solution to ... Read More
 

About Motivation

Mikhail Baryshinikov, arguably one of the great dancers of last century said “I try not to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” You may have heard similar quotes on your journey through life, but the message being sent is one of motivation. We are all motivated by different ... Read More
 

Active Listening

Employee retention is a significant issue in a time of fierce competition for talent. In an economy where unemployment is high (8.6% as per the BLS in mid-December) and the country is allowing less talent in (the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the cap of 85,000 for FY ... Read More
 

Give to Yourself this Holiday Season

In the midst of a hectic holiday season, we often find time to give to others. It is more than common to take time to buy a gift for the local angel tree, serve food for the less fortunate at a shelter, or buy the iPhone for the relative that has been talking about getting ... Read More
 

Becoming Indispensable

This is what Seaver Consulting is all about. Working with talented individuals, unlocking their potential, and helping them become indispensable. We live in a society more focused on positive perception than on true character. On fitting the mold, following the herd or keeping up with the Joneses. Being remarkable isn’t about what everyone else is ... Read More