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5 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Anxiety

5 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Anxiety

I coach people for job interviews and find that a few simple things can reduce anxiety. 1) Tell YOUR truth, your stories, your examples.  I coached a young man for an interview with Goldman Sachs for a summer position.  He was incredibly nervous.  I noticed that he got even more nervous and flubbed his answers... ...Continue Reading
3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

Job interviews freak many people out. Many candidates focus almost entirely on what the employer is going to ask them.  And they stress about having the “right” answers. If you’re going to be successful in a job, however, you also need to know more about the employer and the position itself. You need to interview... ...Continue Reading
3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

“If you’ve created something you truly believe in, then your obligation is to bring it to other people. There’s nothing seamy about it.” says Daniel Pink, author of many books including the very recent To Sell Is Human. That’s how I feel about all you job seekers.  You have talents and abilities that are needed... ...Continue Reading
How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the initial gate between you and your new job.  If you’ve gotten to that stage, you have the chance to market yourself and get to the next stage – an in-person interview. A reader of this blog reached out about her lack of success in making it past the phone interview: I... ...Continue Reading
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