Archive for the ‘Job Search’ Category

Perfectionism is an Excuse

Perfectionism is not something to take pride in. As an Executive Resume Writer, I’ve come across plenty of people who don’t want to sign off on a project. My process is pretty robust. The delivery of any career document includes a scheduled Delivery Call where we walk through materials line-by-line. This usually takes 60 minutes. […]

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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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Choose Pain in Career Management and in Life

Well that doesn’t sound like a very positive, up-lifting title, does it? Choosing pain? Considering how common wine-related memes are on the Internet, I’m pretty confident most of our lives are about making choices that help us escape pain, minimize confrontation, and maintain the appearance of control. This past weekend I heard a presentation from […]

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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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Great Leaders and the Penalty of Success

The penalty facing successful and consistently employed professionals is that they may have never before needed to do a full-scale job search. They were the type who was always headhunted. Recruiters jumped at the chance to work with them. Now executives find the job market is different. Recruiters are playing less of a role. Job search itself […]

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Become the #1 Candidate with Resume Customization

You’ve heard it before, I’ll say it again — When it comes to resumes, it’s all about resume customization and accomplishments. Accomplishments are measurable, quantifiable outcomes that tie into your signature skills and career-defining achievements. They are written in a way that defines context and clarifies value delivered. I think the last part can be […]

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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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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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