Jessica Pierce

Career Transition Expert, Trainer & Professional Speaker

How much follow-up is appropriate?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

I get this question all the time: How much follow up is appropriate after I apply for a job? First of all, I recommend you make a connection with someone in the company immediately after applying. If possible, find a recruiter via LinkedIn. If you can’t find the recruiters or a contact in HR (Human [...]

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LinkedIn – Accepting Unsolicited Invites, or Not

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Social Media Matters!  It’s part of your job search, it’s one of the best ways to get a referral. It’s a Branding tool – the size of your network will appear valuable with certain companies, It has Influence as some employers use the score to identify talent with social media influence. It brings awareness [...]

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Hey, guy with the voicemail…

Monday, February 24th, 2014

In my line of work, I call candidates looking for jobs all the time. I get to hear many types of voicemail messages. One I came across last week completely stopped  me in my tracks. I couldn’t even leave a message because I was hysterically laughing. I wish I could play it for you, but [...]

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Strong Resume Action Words

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

When you are creating your resume, make sure to use strong action words. Words that have meaning and highlight your achievements. Stay away from phrases such as… duties included… was responsible for… part of a team that… Instead, use the type of words listed below to make an impact! Accelerated Accomplished Achieved Adapted Administered Advised [...]

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6 Qualities of the Ideal Job Seeker

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As companies continue to rebuild from the Great Recession, they are hiring employees and they are cautious about who they are hiring. It costs time and resources to attract and train employees and they’re on tight budgets. They want employees that fit their corporate culture. They want people who can meet their business needs. While [...]

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You Are No Longer Unemployed

Monday, January 27th, 2014

You are no longer unemployed. It’s music to the ears of many Arizonans. Guess what? You don’t need a job. Your job is to find a job. The average time you need to spend on tasks related to finding a job is 25-40 hours per week. That is your job. Not only is finding a [...]

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Tips for Networking Your Way to a Job

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The trend cannot be ignored. Companies are hiring based on referrals and networking. Gone are the days of being able to submit an application, interview, and get a job offer. Your prospective employer wants a candidate who fits within their corporate culture. In many cases, they want a culture fit ahead of specific experience. They [...]

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Why Your LinkedIn Profile Needs to be 100% Complete

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Social media is a much needed part of your job search. Companies are using websites such as LinkedIn to source for eligible candidates. You may even be recruited for a position when you’re not even actively pursuing a new job. Because of that, and recent changes to LinkedIn, you should log in and check your [...]

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Make Your Job Landing Goals Happen in 2014!

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

This is a guest blog by Christa Caliver, visit her blog website at So, we’ve made it to 2014! We have been blessed with the opportunity to begin again, to get a fresh start, write a new chapter in your book of life. Time to set some goals! Keep in mind, these goals can be [...]

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5 Myths about the Job Hunt

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Often I hear job seekers calling out what they believe are truths about the job market or job hunt that simply aren’t true. In this post, I want to share five myths about the job hunt. From resumes to job seeker resources, the job market has changed. Gone are the days of filling out applications [...]

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