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Fewer things are more deflating than scrolling through a job
description, feeling good about all the qualifications you meet,
until you see, “Creative and fictional writing experience
Your heart sinks. You only have business and proposal writing
experience! Dejected, you go back to the search page, and start
How many job opportunities have you passed up on because you
If you are actively looking for work, you know the importance of
adequately preparing for a job interview. These meetings, more than
any other components of your search, are the events that will
determine your success.
You can prepare yourself by gaining a thorough knowledge of the
company, how the organization is positioned in the marketplace,
their major competitors and both the long and short-t...
One of the things I have observed throughout my years as a
career coach is that there are certain career myths that, try as I
might, I can’t seem to kill off.
Certain ill-founded career beliefs tend to resurrect themselves
again and again. Like a zombie, these myths appear to have a mind
of their own, and unfortunately, can do real damage to your
This month we will examine the top ca...
No; I am not talking about having inappropriate postings on
FaceBook. Everyone is wise to cleaning up or managing
visibility of social media postings which could jeopardize your job
Your Online Footprint – Build it and they will come
I am talking about simply NOT having an online presence that is
relevant and conducive to your career. Here is the classic
An amazing job just popped up online. I mean, like, your dream
job. And it's not just your dream job ... It's your dream job that
lines up perfectly to your experience. You couldn't have
constructed a more perfect job description, not even if you tried.
And so, it goes without saying that you dropped everything to apply
for this life-changing opportunity. Right? You filled in all the
blanks on the...
This month I have focused on the future of Social Media and
Social Media Capital in evaluating and hiring candidates. While
recruiters and hiring managers are increasingly using many forms of
social media to find, evaluate, and make their next hires, you
shouldn’t overlook the power of this tool in your job
Just to be clear, I am not talking about reviewing LinkedIn job
I meet many job seekers who have never had to conduct a formal
job search. After coaching over a thousand clients at every
professional level and across practically every industry,
I’ve found that most make the same rookie mistakes.
If you’re looking for a new job, below are some tips for
starting off your search on the right foot:
1. If you have spent the last eight hours posting for ...
When your phone rings, do you jump to answer it, hoping
it’s your latest job prospect? Is your resume constantly open
on your computer? If this sounds like you, you’re probably
going through a job search.
It’s easy to get bogged down in applications and
interviews, and sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the
end of the tunnel. When the job search starts to feel a little...
60 years ago you went to college, got a job and then stayed
there for the next 40 years until you retired. Nowadays employees
want to get the most out of their work experience and if they
aren’t getting what they want from their job or career
industry they are more likely to look else where. Whether
you’ve hit the ceiling and there is nothing else for you to
conquer—or just plain...
Social media is growing in importance not only as a job search
tool, but also in how companies evaluate candidates and employees.
Your social media capital, or, how your reputation and influence
could help a company, is considered an increasingly important
measure of your value.
But not all social media behavior is beneficial, as some job
seekers have learned. In a Harris Poll conducted on behalf ...
Layoffs. Over the past year, you’ve watched too many
colleagues gather their belongings and trail out of the office in a
flurry of hugs and teary goodbyes. You never thought it could
happen to you. But today, out of the blue, the boss asked you to
meet him in the conference room and your stomach dropped. When you
opened the door and saw the HR team, you knew. You were being laid
off. Let go....
A job search is a challenging process, but certainly not a
difficult one. I was reviewing a legal document at work the other
day and realized that the writer had set out to make the document
as complicated and long as possible (it was 150 pages, 145 of which
were not necessary). A job search is much the same. Don’t
over complicate the process. Focus on the necessary ingredients and
Are you fed up with the path your career has taken as of late?
Do you feel frustrated and blocked from what you really want to do?
Is your work draining you of energy and enthusiasm?
If you answered, “yes” to any of the questions
above, this is a sign that you are due for a change. As we mature
into midlife and beyond, we have a greater urgency to achieve a
sense of satisfaction from o...
You don’t think you can win and it is affecting everything
you do. If you don’t think you can win a new job, it is very
difficult to do. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression that
your attitude affects your altitude, and it is never truer than in
In 30+ years of coaching job seekers and helping them write
resumes, I recognize that the people who have the can-win
The cut? Will my resume make the cut? Job seekers wonder if
their resume will make it through the system and get them the
Where Do I Begin To Answer That Question?
Getting your resume through the online system is just one part
of job search. First of all, not every job is posted on a job
board. Furthermore, not every job is posted on a company website.
Sometimes you need to know there w...
How do you know if you are thinking and acting strategically
with regard to your career? What if tactics have overtaken your
career vision and impeded your progress? Many of my coaching
clients tell me that the minute they found out that a lay-off was
coming, they started making phone calls and revising their resume
to fit whatever positions were open. While those activities may be
part of your ov...
When you're a job hunter, it's tempting to embellish your
achievements. After all, if you're up against hundreds or thousands
of competitors, you have to stand out in some way. And if it means
stretching the truth in your cover letter, why not?
The thing is, there's a much better way to go about it. Instead
of writing "I'm the best employee you can ever work with!" and
leaving it at that, you'll c...
The past few weeks I’ve been awash in keywords as
I’ve been working on the second edition of a best-selling
book on that very topic: The Best Keywords for Resumes, Letters,
When Wendy Enelow (my frequent writing partner) wrote the first
edition of the book, keywords were an emerging concept. More than a
decade later, keywords are well accepted and just as important, if
You know the effects of procrastination in unemployment. It
sometimes affects your ability to do mundane tasks around your
home, such as the laundry. It doesn’t stop there though. It
also affects your ability to concentrate on big things, such as
completing your application materials and submitting them.
It tells you to postpone your submissions. The outcome just
might be another rejection, ...
How to showcase your brand when changing careers: Sandra had
been in banking operations for a decade, was very successful and
was given professional development opportunities through rotational
assignments. One of them was in the corporate recruiting department
and, as she explained it, “Even though I liked working with
bank customers on resolving issues and providing solutions, this