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Are you going around in circles with job search?

I had a good discussion a couple of days ago with a friend who mentioned how many times he heard job seekers describe their interests as being open to anything as long as it was a job.   I have heard the same responses, it’s a common theme in job searching with the notion that if

How to discuss money during the interview

One of the challenging aspects to the interview process is talking about compensation and how to address the topic without losing the employer’s interest. Often the difference between a good offer and a dream offer is your skills in discussing compensation. The more confidence you gain in talking about money, the more likely you are

Struggling with climbing the career ladder

Career progression involves more than just doing a good job, it’s a blend of building relationships, making contributions, solving problems and growing your skills.  I received a question from a reader who was concern about his job becoming stale, “As much as I try to stay motivated I find it very hard not to just

Why people dislike writing their resumes 

Writing your resume under pressure rather than keeping it updated can take a good career exercise and turn it into a stressful event. People often describe a love-hate relationship with their resume, loving the way it helps them generate attention from employers while hating the process of structuring their content. While resumes continue to evolve

Do you make these simple mistakes in interviewing?

Many times, job candidates think an interview is for “getting a job” and while that would be a great outcome the goal is really to have a meaningful discussion where the interviewer understands the value you would bring to the organization. Yet when you are being interviewed, it can sometimes feel as though you are

Learn the five ways to get a better job in 2018

Now is the time to get ready for finding a better job, the one you’ve been dreaming about last year. Putting the past behind and moving forward with a fresh plan of action can be just what you need to land a better job. Naturally, the goal is not to accept just any job rather

Create good fortune for 2018

Some think of luck as being at the right place at the right time and there is an element of truth to that. But according to psychologist Richard Wiseman, who has been studying luck for decades, “in business and in life, luck isn’t something that happens to you, it’s something that you look out for.”

Pay attention to career wandering

This is a great time of year to give yourself a career checkup to sit down and take stock of all your accomplishments made during the year; areas where you excelled and areas needing attention. In a recent conversation with a manager, a career comment was made that struck my interest. He described how he

Successfully manage holiday networking challenges

About this time every year, those who dread searching for a new job will undoubtedly share one common thought of “waiting” until the Holidays are over to job search. The notion of looking for a job amid family gatherings can add an extra layer to stress that often leads to hit or miss diligence toward

Keep your office party professional

Celebrating the holidays are in full swing this time of year with lunches and gatherings, all giving you the opportunity to catch up with co-workers outside an office environment. The informal atmosphere of being away from work often creates a tone of candor that can give you a sense of what you “say doesn’t really

Build your confidence: Six holiday networking tips for introverts

For those who tend to live on the shy side of meeting and greeting people, the Holidays can be energy draining. Introverts know how to network, but their comfort zone is usually carrying on a conversation one-on-one whereas Holiday gatherings are full of people. We all know that career growth is built on relationships and

Gratitude is a magnet for success

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and it helps remind us that the best gifts are often the ones of appreciation and giving back. Embracing a spirit of gratitude brings you back from the fast pace of a busy schedule to acknowledging your blessings and relationships. Whether you are dreaming about a new career or in the

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

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