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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
LinkedIn:  There's Gold in Them Thar 2nd Degree Connections!

LinkedIn: There’s Gold in Them Thar 2nd Degree Connections!

“I don’t want to connect with just anyone” is a common statement from clients about invitations to connect on LinkedIn.  Their thinking changes, however, when I explain why it’s in their interest to have a lot of first degree connections. Having a lot of first degree connections gives you an exponentially larger set of second... ...Continue Reading
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
How to Improve Your Skills & Knowledge "On the Cheap"

How to Improve Your Skills & Knowledge “On the Cheap”

Keeping your skills up to date is difficult when you’re unemployed.  One way to learn new skills and keep up with your field is by taking classes. I hear you now: Even if I  have the time to take classes, who has the money to invest? That’s where MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) come in.... ...Continue Reading
My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

Sam Javanrouh via Compfight Someone reached out to me on LinkedIn, asking for my advice about his six-month long job search. He wondered why it was taking so long now, while in the past he’d gotten offers almost immediately.  He wondered if it had to do with being let go from his last job. Here’s... ...Continue Reading
If You Feel Stuck, Try Doing a Personal SWOT Analysis

If You Feel Stuck, Try Doing a Personal SWOT Analysis

Sometimes, job search can seem endless and sometimes people feel stuck – as though they keep doing the same thing over and over without the result they want.  What to do? While I firmly believe that if you are doing everything right in job search, it’s a question of “when,” not “if,” you land your... ...Continue Reading
Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

A reader asks “What are the best jobs that allow you to travel?” Obvious travel-filled jobs are flight attendant and pilot.  Many pilots get their start in the Air Force. Other people who travel are those who work on cruise lines.  It’s hard work and a way to see a lot of different places, depending... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview

How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview

I love getting questions from job seekers, because I know that when one person asks about something, there are MANY more people who have the same question.  Luckily, I now have a regular source of questions, a new application called Cinch (from Klout), I periodically get asked for my advice on career issues.  Here’s the... ...Continue Reading