Monthly archive December, 2009

Changing the Habit of Negativity and Depression

The most difficult thing about an extended job search is maintaining a positive attitude and staying confident. I used to say that it was so ironic that I have to be my best self in interviews, when I am feeling the most insecure and incompetent! It certainly did challenge my “act as if” capabilities. I... ...Continue Reading

Hidden Job Market

Most people get jobs through their extended network connections. This is even more the case in a tough economy. Employers want to pre-screen as much as possible, especially for a “culture fit.” They know that employees or colleagues tend to refer people most likely to meet qualifications and fit into the company culture. In fact,... ...Continue Reading

Have Confidence!

Have confidence that you will land the right job for you! It’s the theme of the week. Several people have told me about the little negative, hopeless voice that plagues them. You know the one: “I’ll never find the right job!” “It’s hopeless.” “I’ve been looking so long, what’s wrong with me?” My stomach just... ...Continue Reading

Target The Work and Job You Want

Here’s the story of one woman I helped. S is an architect specializing in commercial interiors for financial services companies. She decided that she wanted to move into biotech or pharma. S lives in Boston and the market up there for architects is abysmal. Plus she’s well over 50 years old. So she was getting... ...Continue Reading

How to Answer Difficult Interview Questions

The most difficult interview questions are the ones you aren’t prepared to answer. So be prepared! Anticipate that there WILL be difficult questions. Often, these questions fall into these categories. 1.¬†Questions you wish won’t be asked because you haven’t come to terms with or become comfortable with the answers. These include “why did you leave... ...Continue Reading

What Kind of Work Do You Want?

If you are just discovering what you really want to do for work, you are not alone. According to this article on, most people learn what they want they want to do “when they grow up” when they are grown up. In a survey conducted by British independent education foundation Edge, less than one-third... ...Continue Reading