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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
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
Enthusiasm Counts: Lessons from the Recruiting Front

Enthusiasm Counts: Lessons from the Recruiting Front

I completed one recruiting engagement and am hopefully near the end of a second one.  The people I put forward were the ones with visible enthusiasm for: the mission of the non-profit the position itself the idea of working for the organization how the organization and its mission related to their own life purpose or... ...Continue Reading
How to Put Your Best Foot Forward with Recruiters

How to Put Your Best Foot Forward with Recruiters

I’m interviewing candidates for two positions and am so glad to be on the other side of job search so I can share my experience and insights with job seekers.  Here are a few observations from this week so far (and it’s only Monday!). Make Time for the Interview, or Show the Employer You Really... ...Continue Reading
Why You Must Include a Cover Letter When Applying for a Job

Why You Must Include a Cover Letter When Applying for a Job

Finding a job means finding your “right fit” – where you are the solution to the employer’s problem.  You are conducting a marketing campaign – marketing your abilities, skills and track record toward the positions where you can make the most impact.  So it makes sense to use marketing techniques. A cover letter is your... ...Continue Reading
How to Answer the Question About Your Weakness

How to Answer the Question About Your Weakness

One set of interview questions that confounds most people is the focus on your weaknesses, a failure, someplace you fell short. In other words, where are you not perfect? The point of the question is to see how you address challenges and difficulties. It also gets at how you think about yourself, areas you want... ...Continue Reading
How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You're a Freelancer

How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You’re a Freelancer

There are two ways to describe your work when you work freelance or on a contract basis: List the client name as if it were an employer. Create a consulting company name for yourself and list your clients under it. Which way you choose depends on how much you work for any particular client. If... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Door!

Job Search Basic: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Door!

Opportunity knocked on the doors of two clients this week, and they didn’t realize it. Luckily, they contacted me to ask what they should do.  I said “Answer the door!” Situation 1: Joe (not his real name) got an email from a woman who says this: My name is Jane Doe and I work for... ...Continue Reading
11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

This is the short list of practical approaches to finding the job you want, the one that fits you. And yes, even in this economy, these approaches work. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. There are so many common-sense things you can do. Get started with these and read more of my blog to find details on... ...Continue Reading
How to Handle the Second Job Interview

How to Handle the Second Job Interview

Second interviews are the next phase in that conversation called the hiring process.  And when you get closer to your goal of landing the right fit job for you, you can get nervous.  The stakes feel so much higher. I find that my nerves are calmed when I do two things: prepare as well as... ...Continue Reading
4 Rules of Thumb for Acing Job Interviews

4 Rules of Thumb for Acing Job Interviews

The prospect of a job interview usually produces anxiety.  I find the anxiety stems largely from these questions: how do I answer these specific questions? And will they like me/think I’m qualified/think I’m good enough/think I fit in?  Reducing the anxiety is possible with specific preparation around these questions. The first question is fairly simple... ...Continue Reading
3 Things to Consider About Video Resumes

3 Things to Consider About Video Resumes

Video resumes are being used more and  more in places like India and the UK, as a way to augment your written resume.  I think they are coming to the US, slowly. Here are 3 things I believe about video resumes: 1) They will be expected more and more, probably in place of initial phone... ...Continue Reading