Archive for the ‘Interviewing’ 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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How to Write a Meaningless Resume Profile

Every resume I receive generally begins with a Profile or Summary. It astounds me how many people fill this section with useless information. It’s an epidemic. Stop Using Your Resume Profile to Waste Time When I review a resume, the first section I look at is the Profile. It tells me who you are, where you want […]

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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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Networking With Your Crazy, Messed Up, Well-Meaning Family

If you are like me, the next 2 weeks are going to mean a lot of family and friend time. If you’re also like me, you’re probably going to get a lot of questions about your job, maybe your job search, or other topics that you may or may not be excited to talk about. We […]

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Yes, You Can be Thankful for Job Loss

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. — LaoTao  A friend of mine was recently let go after 7 years at her employer. She was surprised, angry, and devastated. Now my friend, the new jobseeker, enters a season of transition. She’s never been unemployed. She’s financially savvy, so […]

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Career Advice: BEST Workplaces to Kickstart Your Job Search

The list of best workplaces comes out every year. In 2014, there were 6,200 companies considered (11.9M employees) and Google ranked in the #1 spot. This is a hot topic of conversation among career professionals. Among jobseekers, my experience is most people say they would love to work for a “cool” company like Google. Name recognition and prestige comes from […]

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4 Interview Strategies to Evaluate “Too Good to be True” Candidates

Researching interview strategies, I recently came across a valuable perspective on the “what’s your greatest weakness” question. In the book “Never Go Back: 10 Things You’ll Never Do Again,” author Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist and leadership consulting expert, writes about his role in developing interview strategies to help an organization select its President. The […]

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Professional Networking and Safety – Are You Doing All You Can?

Networking and safety must be a top priority. A few months ago I met another professional online who wanted to discuss opportunities and whether our businesses could leverage referrals from each other. I was approached about connecting in person. I didn’t know enough about this person’s business, but was willing to learn, so I suggested a […]

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Who’s Feedback Matters in Your Job Search?

It’s natural to seek advice from people we love and respect. We want to know what our friends, family, and co-workers think. When it comes to big decisions, there’s often some degree of risk involved and risk is uncomfortable. When it comes to a job search, there’s definitely uncertainty. We seek advice on resumes, our […]

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Jobseekers, Don’t Be a Substitute Hire

Hiring managers have choices. Even when it comes to a C-level candidate, the prospective pool is smaller, but often multiple people can be considered for 1 coveted position. Substitutes are often readily available. As a jobseeker, you don’t want to present yourself as the substitute option. If you position yourself as a commodity in your job search, […]

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