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How to Find a Job: Give Yourself a Break

Some of my job seeking clients feel they cannot take any time off from the search or they will miss an opportunity. They are aided in this thinking by those who say “you must make job seeking a full-time job!” The implication is that if you don’t push yourself hard, you won’t find a job. Add... ...Continue Reading

How to Respond to “You’re Overqualified” (Too Much of a Good Thing)

‘Tim’ thought the interview went really well.  He was pleased when the HR person confirmed that the team liked him.  So he was was astonished to hear this: “they were so impressed, they wondered why you would want this position. You seem really overqualified.” How do you respond to that? First, understand what “overqualified” really... ...Continue Reading
4 Attitudes of Job Finders: Change Your Mind to Help Your Job Search

4 Attitudes of Job Finders: Change Your Mind to Help Your Job Search

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... ...Continue Reading
How to Assemble A Job Search Team

How to Assemble A Job Search Team

Job search may feel like a lonely task.  Yet you cannot succeed alone.  At very least, you need an employer to hire you. Do many job seekers intentionally create a team to support their job search, however? Often, we look back and see that we had people who supported us. Imagine how much more effective... ...Continue Reading
How to Talk to a Recruiter When S/he Has 2 Jobs You Want

How to Talk to a Recruiter When S/he Has 2 Jobs You Want

A client is being interviewed by a recruiter for a job she’s not very excited about. Interested in, but not excited about. The job she is excited about is being handled by the recruiter’s firm. So she wants to know how to handle that situation. I urged her to be both cautious and excellent in... ...Continue Reading
Guest Post:  5 Tools Every Job Seeker Should Know About

Guest Post: 5 Tools Every Job Seeker Should Know About

As my readers know, I rarely run guest posts for 2 reasons: I have a specific viewpoint about job search that is not always shared by others, and I have high standards in terms of content and writing. So it’s a pleasure for me to run this guest post. I hope it is useful! Essential... ...Continue Reading
How to Get the Right Skills on Your Resume [Infographic]

How to Get the Right Skills on Your Resume [Infographic]

Thanks to Natalie Severt at uptowork.com for this infographic and post. Getting the right skills on your resume is arguably the most important part of figuring out how to make a resume relevant to a hiring manager. Hiring managers will spend an average of six seconds scanning your resume. So, they need to see the... ...Continue Reading
Exploring New Job & Career Options:  How to Begin

Exploring New Job & Career Options: How to Begin

I often get people asking me how they can move into another field, or how to identify other occupations and careers that will use their skills. Be forewarned: this exploration takes time and effort, and you may feel like you are in the dark for quite a while.  You will learn a lot, and you can’t... ...Continue Reading
Access the "Hidden Job Market" Through Networking

Access the “Hidden Job Market” Through Networking

You’ve probably seen them:  postings for jobs that have a really short application window.  Can they really expect enough qualified applicants?  Or perhaps you’ve run across a posting that actually says “an internal candidate has been identified for this job.”  Can they really expect outsiders to apply? These are signs of what’s called the “hidden... ...Continue Reading
You're Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

You’re Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

Graduations from college and university will take up much of the month of May.  Many graduates have lined up summer jobs, or their first full-time job, while others are still searching.  Regardless of where you are in your search, it may be helpful to look at the infographic in this post (courtesy of my colleagues... ...Continue Reading
Coding as a Second Language:  An In-Demand Skill to Learn

Coding as a Second Language: An In-Demand Skill to Learn

If you can code, you can get work.  Coding is one of the most in-demand skills there is. Why learn coding?  Because more and more computers are in use in our modern lives.  Computers are in everything from phones to cars to thermostats and refrigerators.  So if you know the language of computers, you will... ...Continue Reading
Use Your College / University Alumni Network in Job Search

Use Your College / University Alumni Network in Job Search

If you went to university or college, you have a built-in network ready for you to access:  fellow and sister alumni. One reason to access an alum is to gain more information about an employer, to see if you, too, would like working at that company.  At the same time, you can learn how your... ...Continue Reading
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