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The Power of Being Specific in Your Job Search

The Power of Being Specific in Your Job Search

If you want to increase your chances of finding your next job in less time, you need to be specific about what you want. This will help you narrow in on a job target you can hit, instead of shooting blind. Here’s why specificity works: It breeds commitment. You can’t commit to achieving a generality.... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare Yourself to Get a Promotion

How to Prepare Yourself to Get a Promotion

You can help prepare yourself to pursue a promotion by taking actions in the 4 areas leaders consider when deciding who to promote. SKILLS: Your boss assesses what you do now and what you could do in the future. Do your current job extremely well, exceeding expectations and goals. Show you’re capable of doing more.... ...Continue Reading
How to Set Up a Networking Plan for Job Search

How to Set Up a Networking Plan for Job Search

  Take a piece of paper and a pencil.  Draw a circle.  Now draw another circle around that one. And now draw another one around those two.  You should now have a bulls-eye on your piece of paper. The inner-most circle is comprised of those people you know well, are comfortable approaching, and think well... ...Continue Reading
The Most Underused Job Search Tool:  Appreciation

The Most Underused Job Search Tool: Appreciation

Recently, I led a workshop for women (and 1 man) who are looking for their “right fit” job. The discussion yielded solid consensus on one thing: there is not very much acknowledgement and appreciation in the workplace today. Around the room, I heard people feel under-appreciated – for their efforts, results, talent, and contributions. Some... ...Continue Reading
7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

If you’ve been unemployed for many months, it’s difficult to overcome the perception that your skills aren’t up-to-date. Here are 7 ways to keep current and showcase your value to potential employers. Take classes. Going to school is a great way to keep your skills up-to-date and fill in skills gaps. There are endless learning... ...Continue Reading
10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

This guest post offers some interesting ideas for you to stand out in the crowd of job seekers.  I hope you find it to be useful.   When performing initial candidate screening, recruiters usually already have in mind the kind of candidate they think will be perfect for the offered position. Since you’re not directly... ...Continue Reading
3 Reasons to Always Include a Cover Letter When You Apply for Jobs

3 Reasons to Always Include a Cover Letter When You Apply for Jobs

1. A cover letter is your only opportunity to make the match between the job description and your resume. The employer is very familiar with the job requirements.  The hiring manager doesn’t know you at all.  Simply reading your resume may give him or her an idea of what you can do that is relevant... ...Continue Reading
Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

My clients complain about micromanaging bosses more than any other problem. Yet almost no one sees himself or herself as a micro-manager.  And people have asked me what is so bad about micromanaging.  Isn’t it a good thing to want something done right? Micromanagers Hurt Staff – and Themselves Micro-managers disempower, annoy and anger their... ...Continue Reading
How Personality Assessments Empower You in Job Search

How Personality Assessments Empower You in Job Search

Self-awareness is a powerful tool for anyone who wants to get a job they enjoy, get a promotion, or change careers – or all 3. Self-knowledge gives you a competitive advantage because you will know your strengths as well as what areas you need to work on. And chances are good that you have areas... ...Continue Reading
How to Research the Company You Want to Work For (guest post)

How to Research the Company You Want to Work For (guest post)

I rarely run guest posts because I don’t have time to review them.  But when Nicole Davies of ShortCourseFinder proposed the topic of researching a company, I said “yes.”  It is ESSENTIAL that you research the company for which you want to work.  Nicole goes into why and how to do this effectively. You might have a... ...Continue Reading
How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

References can make or break your chances of getting a job offer.   Make sure your references are all good! One lukewarm reference will sow seeds of doubt in an employer’s mind.  It’s possible that with 2 other enthusiastic references, you could get an offer.  One negative reference?  Consider the job someone else’s. Get prepared... ...Continue Reading
Use Your Gut to Make Decisions During Job Search

Use Your Gut to Make Decisions During Job Search

  Daniel Goleman, the emotional intelligence “guru,” wrote this great article about how successful business people make decisions.  Essentially, they use their gut. In the article, Goldman gives guidance for how to access our “gut feeling.”  Gut feeling derives in part from all the neurons in our digestive system – or the enteric nervous system.... ...Continue Reading