Archive for the ‘Career Planning’ Category

When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

“Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” ― Winston S. Churchill Life and career management don’t always go as planned. The job we thought we’d have forever ends abruptly after a buyout. The interview we think we nailed never amounts to a cursory response from the hiring manager. […]

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Career Planning: An Introspective for Executives

Career planning and management isn’t something I only advocate to clients — the very advice I give is the advice I apply to myself as an executive resume writer and personal branding strategist. Throughout the year, I often like to have periods of retrospect where I revisit with clients I’ve worked with and use their […]

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5 Articles I Loved This Week

I want to know more about what my audience is reading and I want you to know more about what’s inspiring me. Here are 5 articles I connected with this week. Network Events Not Your Thing, Try This! People hear the word “networking” and cringe. Those awkward conference rooms and unfamiliar faces can be painful. This […]

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Cover Letter

There’s a clear inclination to underestimate the power of a really great cover letter. I coach, I prod, I encourage executives to approach a cover letter (and resume!) like they would the discovery stage of a global go-to-market strategy. So often the very same executives, who would never rollout a new product or division by […]

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Remarkable Leaders Rarely Have Jobs

There’s a difference between doing a job and having a brand. A job is mechanical, generic. With a job, a person is a cog in a system run by others. Someone else brings the employee the opportunity. It’s generally work that anyone with some basic training can do and leaves little room for empowerment. People […]

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The Secret to Executive Career Advancement

When it comes to executive career advancement, job search, and career planning, the pain of regret is always worse than the discipline it takes to achieve the goal. Whether you are an executive today or desire to achieve such a level in 3–5 years, there’s no excuse for operating without a clear career advancement strategy. This […]

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Salary Negotiations & The Anchor Effect

Money talks, but when is it okay to talk about money during a job search? Most people are uncomfortable putting their cards on the table when it comes to salary negotiations. This is warranted and not because it makes people uncomfortable. The first person to communicate a dollar amount is the one at a disadvantage […]

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Can Jobseekers Handle Truthful Career Advice?

Have you ever sent out a resume, job search idea, or business plan, and asked for someone’s career advice? When you sent it out, what were your motives? Did you want affirmation and validation of your hard work? Or, were you open to an honest dialogue, seeking suggestions for improvement? I receive a lot of […]

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It’s Your Turn, It’s Always Your Turn

I remember the grade school playground well. Whether it was a game of Dodge Ball, Red Rover, or Kickball, I vividly remember standing on the sidelines, waiting to be picked. Maybe you were the one always picked first. Well lucky you! I wasn’t last, but I wasn’t first. I usually ended up in the middle. Not […]

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