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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
What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work

What to Do When You Lose Your Passion for Your Work

To reignite my passion for what I do every day: Sometimes I need a nap. Sometimes I need to take a walk. Sometimes I need to play and totally forget about work for a while. Sometimes I need to talk to someone who reminds me that what I do is valuable. Sometimes I need to... ...Continue Reading
How to Cope With Interview Nerves

How to Cope With Interview Nerves

Everyone gets nervous when they go on a job interview.  It’s normal.  So the first way to cope with your nerves is to accept them.  It’s OK to be nervous. Almost any performer will tell you that they get nervous before going on.  I remember reading one actor saying that these are good nerves.  These... ...Continue Reading
4 Characteristics of Successful Job Seekers / Finders

4 Characteristics of Successful Job Seekers / Finders

Some people seem to get a new job pretty easily, while others seem to get stuck. Why are some people Job Finders, instead of always Job Seekers? After talking with many job seekers over the years, I’ve identified some of the characteristics of those who succeed. Here they are in no particular order: 1) Persistence. The people... ...Continue Reading
Should I Quit My Job and Pursue My Dream Work?

Should I Quit My Job and Pursue My Dream Work?

Photo Credit: Julia Manzerova via Compfight cc A reader asked whether I thought it made sense for him to take a severance offer and pursue his dream work.  My response focuses on gathering more information and offering some guidance to how to think things through. Start by asking yourself these questions: Do you already know exactly what your dream... ...Continue Reading
3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

Social media is all about creating and maintaining a network of people you like, respect, and have some kind of affinity with. These are the 3 key social media sites I use and that I recommend for job seekers. 1. LinkedIn. I talk about it all the time – LinkedIn is the place to find... ...Continue Reading
Market Feedback Will Improve Your Chances of Finding a Job

Market Feedback Will Improve Your Chances of Finding a Job

You finally have your new resume.  Either you developed it or you hired someone like me to work with you to develop it.  And now you have the key document you need to start applying for jobs.  Hopefully you’ll apply for jobs that can use and benefit from your skills, talents, abilities, and work style.... ...Continue Reading