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Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.
Jeff Layton: Here's another member question: How can someone who is currently unemployed increase their visibility with recruiters? Valerie Sutton: Are you talking about executive recruiters? Jeff: I don't know, am I? Valerie: Well, there's actually three different types of recruiters that you're talking about, and I would spend my time getting visibility with employees, so you can get that employee referral. Recruiters, then, are less important, but if you really want to get in front of an executive recruiter--let's say you're at more senior level--you have to have your story down, of why you have had this transition and really how you fit with their organization, because they get paid by the corporation that they're working for; they are not getting paid by you, and so for them to work with you, they have to see the benefit.
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