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Archived Since:May 13, 2011

Blog Post Archive

What do employers think about job hoppers?

The chances of changing jobs multiple times in your career is high in today’s marketplace, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average length of time spent with an employer is under five years. Change is the norm, and the stigma of moving from one job to the next is understandable, but

A new twist in conducting informational interviews

  Informational interviews often get overlooked with the more prominent career needs such as resume writing yet the research you receive from this strategy is priceless in advancing your knowledge of an industry. While rethinking your career, or starting a job search, the most significant need you will have is information. Gathering information is not

How to ace your introduction during a job search

One of the things most people find daunting when searching for a job is meeting new people and knowing what to say. Their concerns are often based on fears such as turning people off by announcing they need a job. Prior to conducting a job search, introducing yourself might have felt easier because you a

Do you have a really good career plan?

I wish that most people could answer this question with a resounding “yes,” but I usually hear the opposite with a sense of dread. Unless you love planning, it’s not the skill that most turn to when thinking about their careers. Career planning can seem unnecessary and to be honest a little boring until you

Is now a good time to leave my employer?

This was a question asked recently by a manager who had been hanging on to a job for years even though she is driving 45 miles each way and is overqualified for the position. She stayed because of job security rather than leaving in a tight job market where good jobs were difficult to find.

Be prepared to recognize an interview disaster

Preparing for an interview gives you a measure of confidence when meeting your potential employer as well as a heightened self-awareness of communication skills. Wouldn’t it be great, if during your practice you could anticipate problems ahead of time to ward off an interview headed for disaster? The good news is you can change the

A fresh look at job search essentials

A job search is often described as a journey full of unexpected twists and turns leading you to unknown opportunities.  While some people enjoy the process of discovery in doing something new, others feel pressured and uncertain where the road may take them. Even though both groups share the job search process in different ways,

Transform your networking by renewing the basics

Do you agree that networking is an effective way to job search yet when you think about networking it feels awkward?  If you feel that way you aren’t alone because most people misunderstand the basic principle of networking that can make or break your effectiveness. Networking is a combination of your personality and strategy. No

Can your interview practice jeopardize a job offer?

When asked about job search concerns most people usually rank interviewing skills high on their list of worries along with resumes and networking. Being concerned reflects sensitivity toward landing a good job and that helps keep you mindful of how important it is to prepare for questions. Any successful job candidate will tell you that

Be aware of some myths about the job market

There is no magic formula to landing a good job, even though most people tend to lean towards job search activities that worked for them in the past. Job searching plays a part of your career and it’s a learned skill. It is no surprise that job candidates stay stuck with little results given the

Should you go back to your previous employer?

Deciding to go back to your previous employer regardless of the reasons why you left can lead to a career dilemma, especially if other employers are knocking on your door. In the case of a recent job search, an employee who left was approached by their old employer offering to rehire them several months later.

Overcome job search fatigue

Job search fatigue can be somewhat confusing and is often disguised as frustration with a lack of results. When you usually think of fatigue, images of physical labor and exhaustion come to mind but in a job search fatigue comes from an inner dialogue mixed with worry. It’s easy to view job searching as just

Do you sweat the small talk?

Small talk can feel like it sounds — small and insignificant however learning how to master the art of starting a conversation is a crucial skill in your career. People naturally think of small talk as talking about the weather which can seem trivial and a waste of time. People who struggle with small talk

Are you ready for an interview?

Being invited for a job interview is the No. 1 goal of every job candidate who diligently searches for a good opportunity. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and time to find the right position and when that happens you want to be your best. We all know that preparing for an interview makes

Make your resume look amazing with these five steps

Resumes are not dead, rather they have evolved over time to fulfill numerous needs during your career. The irony with resumes is that they can be your best friend in opening doors of interest from employers or close them shut if poorly designed. Of all your marketing tools, your resume plays a significant part in

Mastering work stress is not an accident – it’s a skill

Q: My company just went through a merger and I thought everything would work out well until, one by one, my roles began to change as well as my colleagues.  Now I am finding that my stress level is at an all-time high just waiting to hear news that my department will be eliminated.  What

Change the way you approach job interviews asking three questions

Landing an interview is what a job search is all about. It’s the moment you meet with your next potential employer and even though interviewing may seem second nature to you by now, you still need to prepare ahead of time. A job candidate was concerned about her interviewing skills and recently asked a question

How to measure the impact of a new boss

Having a new boss is a common occurrence in the workplace and learning how to assess their effect on your career is a vital skill in managing your growth within the company. Everyone knows how important it is to have a good working relationship with your boss, and when a new one moves in that’s

Follow-up strategies can boost a job offer

Just ask anyone who has gone on an interview: Waiting for the next steps can seem like time stands still, especially when you had a great meeting with strong rapport. You left the interview feeling motivated and energized but the reality is until you receive a job offer, you are still in a job search.

Should you quit your job and join a start-up?

That’s the question that can keep you tossing and turning in your sleep — to be presented with an opportunity to get into something on the ground floor or to stay with your job.  The notion that start-ups are often once-in-a-lifetime opportunities adds to the burden of making a good decision. We’ve all read about

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