By Caroline Levchuck

After you’ve landed a new job, the excitement of starting
something new may be accompanied by anxiety and guilt over leaving
the familiar and perhaps some good friends, too. Even if you’re
leaving mostly enemies behind, it’s still a good idea to leave your
job in good standing.

Corporate alumni associations are sprouting up all over the
Fortune 500, at companies including GE, Procter & Gamble and
Yum! Brands, and it’s in your best interest to be a part of these
burgeoning professional networks. In fact, if you handle your
transition properly, your former employers may even view your
ascension elsewhere as a PR asset.

“Whatever the circumstances are around your departure, keep your
mind on the big picture and don’t do anything that could come back
to haunt you,” says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman.

She recommends three steps for wrapping things up at your old
job and departing with a pat on the back from your boss.

Write Down Everything You Do and How It Gets

Forget job descriptions. They rarely tell us precisely what an
individual does day-to-day or reveal the “It’s not really my job,
but I kind of do it anyway” responsibilities that grace any
worker’s plate each week. Also, in an age of zero redundancy at
many companies, you cannot rely on even your supervisor to
understand what you do and how you do it.

“Often a boss feels like, ‘I don’t know what this person does –
I only know she can’t leave!’” Brown-Volkman says.

So, do your boss and colleagues right by creating an exhaustive
list of everything you handle, along with detailed instructions on
how to handle it. Your coworkers will appreciate you for having
this thorough document — and for having done so much during your

Remain Until You Train the New You

Two weeks’ notice may be the minimum an employer requests, but
most companies will appreciate a more lengthy lead-time so you can
help train your replacement. If you do so, your boss will be
indebted to you. You’re also sending a message that you want your
former coworkers and employer to succeed.

“It’s hard to give a lot of notice because your next employer
may be waiting anxiously for you to start, and many people want to
take a week off between jobs,” Brown-Volkman says. However, she
urges departing workers to spend “as much time as you can with your
replacement or colleagues who will be temporarily handling your
workload. Train them so they’ve got it down cold.”

Also, tap your own network for a potential replacement. You may
even be eligible for a finder’s fee if you refer the right person
for the job.

Wish Everyone Well When You Leave

Brown-Volkman advises giving all your coworkers a heartfelt
farewell and offering them a few words of encouragement and
appreciation. “Even if you don’t like someone, bury the hatchet,”
she says. “It takes a big person to do that, but you never know
when you’ll meet this individual again.”

Also, she points out that former coworkers are the best
candidates to join your professional network. “You will always have
common ground with these folks,” she says. “They’re easy to stay in
touch with. There will always be some bit of news or gossip you can
bond over, and that makes it less awkward to pick up the phone and

All of this is for the future — the big picture, she adds. “You
could end up working for some of these people,” she says. “You may
need a favor. You just don’t know, so make sure you leave on the
best possible terms.”

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By Caroline M.L. Potter

Your resume is the most important document in any job search. But what if you’re submitting resume after resume and receiving no results at all — not even a call? Your resume may be fatally flawed.

How can a resume betray a job seeker? It’s not just typos or poor formatting. “The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a person’s accomplishments, contributions and results, and instead spouts a job description of each position he’s held,” says Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMayDay, a resume-writing and career-coaching firm based near Chicago.

Use these three tips to make sure your resume doesn’t betray you.

1. Think Big

Whatever jobs you’ve held — be it as an assistant or a CEO – think beyond the everyday tasks of your position. ”People get bogged down in the day-to-day details of their jobs, but when it comes to your resume, you’ve got to get out of the clutter and ask yourself, ‘What does this work mean?’” Milligan says.

If a manager is hiring for an administrative assistant, he already knows what an admin does and doesn’t want to see a resume that says an applicant can type and answer a phone. “You have to go beyond that to point out your specific strengths,” Milligan says.

Start by having big-picture conversations about what you do and how it serves the organization as a whole. “If you’re in a support position, consider how successful the person you support is and how you help her do her job better,” Milligan says. “What role do you have in her successes? Those are your accomplishments.”

2. Be Clear

Focusing on your accomplishments rather than your specific responsibilities will help keep your resume concise. “There’s a huge difference between a resume and the Great American Novel,” says Milligan. “The resumes I’m most proud of summed up a 25-year career in a single page.”

She urges job seekers to remember that resumes are typically skimmed for a mere six to eight seconds. “Make sure you’re identifying the companies you worked for, how long you were there and if you earned a promotion,” she says. “Those are things that people look for immediately.” Also, if your job title is long and vague, tighten it up so that people immediately understand what you’ve done. For example, “Marketing Manager” is much more accessible than “Global Identity Architect.”

Given the time you have to catch a recruiter’s eye, a focused, accomplishment-driven resume is the way to go. “If you are loaded up on peripheral stuff, it’s too hard for a hiring manager to find your story,” Milligan says.

3. Get Real

What if you come up blank when trying to think about how you’ve helped build the big picture for your employer?

“A couple of times I’ve talked to people who insisted they just did their jobs and there’s nothing special about them that jumps out,” Milligan says. She’s asked them outright if they’re in the right position. “It’s a difficult question to ask, but these people may be chasing the wrong job,” she says.

She counsels clients that if they cannot speak about what they’ve done in terms of enhancing the position or the company, ”You may be just punching a clock — and you and your employer deserve more.”

Look for other opportunities in which you can contribute and grow professionally. You’ll enjoy a more rewarding career and have a more successful resume.

This story is republished, with permission, from

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As many areas of the economy still struggle to rebound, the information technology (IT) sector appears to be on its way to recovery with two major companies announcing expansions.
In Indianapolis, the consumer review website Angie’s List said it plans to double its staff at its local headquarters, adding as many as 500 new jobs within the next four years.
The company, founded by its only employee Angie Hicks in 1995, said it will pour more than $11 million to expand its campus and train new workers.
The news comes after another information technology company, Knowledge Services, announced plans to expand its headquarters and add 200 new jobs in northeast Indiana.
In North Carolina, IT service company HCL Technologies said it will be adding to its local workforce in Cary, hiring about 300 new employees by next spring.
The Wake Forest Times Observer reports that HCL’s Cary office is already the India-based company’s fastest growing U.S. facility.
HCL is among a number of other high-tech companies that have announced expansions in the area, including Xerox subsidiary Affiliated Computer Services, who said it will hire about 250 local workers next year.

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A new report has found the combination of consumer demand and the advancement of business applications for new technology continues to drive job growth in the high tech sector.
According to the Jones Lang LaSalle report, which tracked 18 markets, jobs in the high tech industry are increasing at nearly four times the national average of other occupations since the height of the economic downturn in February 2010. The report also found high tech companies drove up the demand for office space and an increase in venture capital investments.
Of the more than half million office jobs created since last year, the report found 127,000 positions were in the high tech services with San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Baltimore adding the biggest numbers to the high tech workforce over the past year and a half.
The report comes as officials in Pennsylvania are hoping the area will become a major high tech hub alongside Silicon Valley and Massachusetts.
Pennsylvania has seen a 1.6 percent increase in the number of high tech jobs from 2009 to 2010 with Franklin County having one of the highest concentrations of high tech companies in the state due to its lower tax base and overhead, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Two new reports have found that hiring and revenue in the high tech sector are on the upswing, with more computer software companies struggling to find qualified workers.
According to the September WANTED Analytics report, more than 28,000 jobs for computer applications software engineers were posted online, a 23 percent growth over the past year. Companies on the West Coast had the highest rate of placement for computer specialists during September.
Along with the rise in the number of jobs posted online for software engineers, the report also found that the number of companies looking to hire applications workers grew by 66 percent since 2009. Some of the most in-demand jobs included positions with specialities in Java, .Net and Linux.
A second report by Research and Markets has found that revenue from the U.S. software sector has a combined annual revenue of approximately $220 billion, with about 60 percent of industry profits generated from software publishing.
The report found that the U.S. computer industry currently consists of approximately 500,000 companies, the largest of those businesses include Activision, Blizzard, Microsoft and Symantec.

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