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5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

You need to be “top of mind” among your network when you’re looking for a new job.  Use LinkedIn to become “top of mind” by frequently showing up on your network’s update feed.  Here are 5 ways to start becoming more “top of mind” – I hope it sparks some ideas in you! 1.  Update... ...Continue Reading
How to Include a Cover Letter with Your Job Application

How to Include a Cover Letter with Your Job Application

A client asked a question that affects many job seekers: I was hoping you could help me figure something out on the job application. When applying on line, there is not a specific opportunity to submit a cover letter. At the very bottom of the application page, there is a section for “comments.” Would you... ...Continue Reading
One Column Jobseekers Must Read

One Column Jobseekers Must Read

My one “must read” for jobseekers is Corner Office, in the New York Times, by Adam Bryant. If you don’t have a subscription, use your free article reads for the month on this column.  Or go to the library and read them there. Every week on Sunday, on the inside front cover of the New... ...Continue Reading
5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Employer

5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Employer

You get to interview a potential employer at the same time they are interviewing you.  And in fact you must for 2 reasons: Find out if the job truly is the right fit for YOU Show the interviewer that you are concerned about how you can meet the employer’s needs A client got this feedback... ...Continue Reading
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