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Insider’s Guide to Getting the Job You Really Want

I rarely recommend a book so this has to be a good one.   And it is! British businessman James Caan has written a fantastic book about how to Get the Job You Really Want, and I highly recommend it.  He spent years building a recruiting business, so he knows about the hiring process from... ...Continue Reading
Don't Do the Employer's Job for Them

Don’t Do the Employer’s Job for Them

“I don’t think they want someone so old.”   “I’m sure they’re looking for someone with more digital experience.” “I don’t have any major donor experience, which I’m sure they want.” “I don’t have a PMP yet so I bet they won’t consider me a serious candidate.” I could list many more reasons people have... ...Continue Reading
7 Tips for How to Decode a Job Description

7 Tips for How to Decode a Job Description

Job descriptions contain all sorts of information about a job, beyond describing the position’s responsibilities.  Knowing how to find the “hidden” aspects of a job can mean the difference between a successful application and no response.  Here are some things to look for: 1.  The impact of the position. While most job descriptions contain a list... ...Continue Reading
Why It's Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

Why It’s Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

A client saw a job description for a big job and commented: “that’s supposed to be even more dysfunctional than the place I work now! No way am I applying.” My response: “If it’s the kind of work that interests you and the kind of prestigious organization that appeals to you, see if you can... ...Continue Reading
Square Pegs into Square Holes:  This is What "Right Fit" Job Means

Square Pegs into Square Holes: This is What “Right Fit” Job Means

I began using the term “right fit” job about 6 years ago, referring to work that fits you well.  Work that uses your skills, talents, gifts, abilities.  That demands your best effort.  That feels rewarding and satisfying.  Work that makes mornings great, where you wake up and say “oh good! I get to go to... ...Continue Reading
How to Sustain The Long Job Search

How to Sustain The Long Job Search

Today, I spoke to three people who are getting exhausted by their job search. Two are on the East Coast, one on the West Coast.  All are very good at what they do, and have marketable skills.  Well-spoken, articulate and bright, these people (one a man, two are women) are experienced, skilled, and effective.  They... ...Continue Reading
Yikes! Should I Not Ask People Out for Coffee While Networking?

Yikes! Should I Not Ask People Out for Coffee While Networking?

A client forwarded this New York Post article to me, asking the question in this post’s title.  The title of the article –  “Why people are now charging to network over coffee” – is both provocative and downright scary to potential job seekers. It is the New York Post, after all. Thankfully, the article is not... ...Continue Reading
How an Executive Search Firm Places Candidates (Guest Post)

How an Executive Search Firm Places Candidates (Guest Post)

Recently, clients have asked me how recruiters work.  And lo and behold, I received an email asking if I wanted to run an article on my blog about how recruiters work. I rarely feature guest posts for two reasons: I don’t have time to evaluate them for fit with my blog, and I want only... ...Continue Reading
How to Follow Up After You've Been Rejected by an Employer

How to Follow Up After You’ve Been Rejected by an Employer

A client had an interview with a big company that she said went well.  Then she got a “we’ve decided to go with other candidates” email from HR.  I suggested she send the following note to the hiring manager. Dear xx, I just received word that my candidacy will not be progressing.  Of course, I... ...Continue Reading
Should You Apply For a Position if You Don't Meet One Requirement?

Should You Apply For a Position if You Don’t Meet One Requirement?

I just got an email from a client wondering if she should apply for a job that is right in her area of expertise and experience.  She doesn’t have one of the required qualification, however.  So she wondered if she should bother applying. I advised her to apply, based on my knowledge of the hiring... ...Continue Reading
How Direct Response Techniques Help Your Resume Get Noticed

How Direct Response Techniques Help Your Resume Get Noticed

When I prepare a resume for a client, I have reasons for every format element I use.  My reasons are based on research and my experience with direct response fundraising.  I started my career doing fundraising for a South Bronx community development organization, and built a direct mail fundraising program from scratch. Direct response is... ...Continue Reading
How to Deal with a Bad Boss While Looking for A New Job

How to Deal with a Bad Boss While Looking for A New Job

Photo Credit: Nieve44/Luz via Compfight cc Bar none, the most common reason people cite for wanting to change jobs is having a bad boss.  Here are two examples of “bad boss types,” the damage they do, and how the coaching process can help. A bad boss can be one that micromanages your work, never trusting... ...Continue Reading