Monthly archive November, 2011
Replacing Fear with Something Else

Replacing Fear with Something Else

Fear corrodes job search as well as many other things in life. Fear undermines my confidence, and renders me useless – if I allow it. To combat fear, I analyzed what was going on when I felt it. What was I really feeling? Other people say FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real, or F***... ...Continue Reading
Getting Balance in Your Life

Getting Balance in Your Life

Our lives have many different aspects, and often it’s helpful to remember that many segments are functioning quite well even as one or two pieces seem to be out of control. If our goal is to be in balance, it’s helpful to look at our lives with this visual tool. On any piece of paper,... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: Employers Want to Hire YOU

Job Search Basic: Employers Want to Hire YOU

Last week, several clients got interviews for jobs they want – jobs that will use their skills and expertise, and interest them. Yay! Their cover letters and resumes told a compelling story, a story that interested the employer enough to invite them for an interview. In prepping them for the interviews, I told each of... ...Continue Reading
Thank You, Wikipedia

Thank You, Wikipedia

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just thanked Wikimedia Foundation for giving Wikipedia to me and the rest of the world. Almost every day, I search some topic on-line. Often, the first search result I click on is Wikipedia. Usually I also move on to another page on the site, clicking on an embedded link... ...Continue Reading
How Micromanaging Hurts Everyone

How Micromanaging Hurts Everyone

My clients complain about micromanaging bosses more than any other problem. Micro-managers disempower, annoy and anger their staff. They send  a message “I don’t trust you.” And they make it impossible for people to do their best work. People stop caring to do a good job because it will never be good enough for a... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare for a Promotion

How to Prepare for a Promotion

  To get a promotion, act as if you already hold the higher position. It’s an age-old adage: you get the job title after you already are doing the job. I experienced this early in my career. I was Assistant to the Director of a department at a large non-profit. I wanted the title of... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: You Only Need ONE Job

Most job seekers want to land one job. That’s it. Not two, not ten, not twenty. One. That’s all you have to focus on. Focus on finding that one job. It doesn’t matter if lots of people are looking, too. That’s their business. Your business is to find the one job that’s right for you.... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Show How You Are at Work

Approach your job search as if it were your job. Behave as you would if you were working for someone and were responsible for outcomes. How you act during your job search will tell potential employers a lot about how you’d be on the job. Let’s say you’re a project manager. Would you have fear... ...Continue Reading
Warning: Highly Structured Screening Interviews Ahead

Warning: Highly Structured Screening Interviews Ahead

  My clients are experiencing a trend I must warn you about: interviewers now are starting to use extremely structured, highly regimented processes during screening interviews. This usually involves the interviewer going through a standardized list of questions one by one, and recording your answer. The interviewer doesn’t comment or do follow up questions. In... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: How to Act As If in Interviews

You wrote a great cover letter, have a slammin’ resume, and landed the interview. Now doubts start to creep in. “Do I really want this job?” “Are these the right hours?” “Will it pay me enough?” “I’m not sure I really want to do this…” STOP IT! Those are conditioned responses to good news. And they are... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Spelling & Grammar Really Matter

One thing stands out in a crowded applicant pool: spelling and grammar mistakes. If you submit a resume and cover letter with spelling and grammar mistakes, the recruiter or HR person will toss your materials out.  Here’s why: These mistakes show: Lack of attention to detail Carelessness Disregard for the simple correction tools available in... ...Continue Reading

Job Search Basic: Targeted Cover Letters Stand Out

A targeted job search is more effective than a scattershot job search. Targeted means you apply for jobs for which you have the right skills, abilities and desire. If you’re right for a lot of jobs, you must show the prospective employer that you care about THEIR job. Here’s how:   tailor the cover letter to each... ...Continue Reading