Job Change

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job Offer

Employers want to hire people who want to work for them. How can you show you are this person, while still evaluating the position to see if it meets your Must Have List? I recommend that you use your curiosity to continue gathering information. Be genuinely interested in learning more about it. Use words in... ...Continue Reading

How (and Why) to Manage Up (and Sideways)

Do you have a great boss? A terrible boss? Annoying co-workers? OK co-workers? Whatever they are like, you have to figure out how to work effectively with all of them.  And effectively means you are meeting your own agenda, as well as theirs.  “Managing up” is a strategy for keeping your boss happy so you... ...Continue Reading

Help! I’m Dying Here!

Have you ever felt like that in your job? One of my clients just said this to me. My answer was “we can’t have that!” How awful is it for someone – even you – to feel like their job is killing them. Slowly, day by day, being ground down, boxed in, diminished, disempowered, devalued…until... ...Continue Reading

Looking for Work When You Have a Job

I learned today that a huge percent of people employed today plan to look for different jobs in 2011. Because the economy’s been so bad, many people have stayed in jobs far longer than they would have pre-2008′s financial meltdown. Now, even though job growth isn’t as great as we wish, there are more jobs... ...Continue Reading

Why Is It So Hard to Get a Job?

Here’s a blog post that answers that question, from the blog “What Would Dad Say” by GL Hoffman. GL has a spot-on irreverence that I value greatly. I have included only the first five answers to the question “why is it so hard to get a job?” If you want to see the other answers,... ...Continue Reading

Job Search “Must Have” List

I created this list to help people zero in on what they want in a job or work.  When you know what you want, it is far easier to develop a plan to get there. This is a list of aspects of a job or work that you MUST have.  This is not “want to... ...Continue Reading

Job Interview Tips That Work

I had to share this article by Adam Waxler: “12 Job Interview Tips to Help You Ace Your Next Interview!” So you’ve written and re-written your resume and cover letter countless times…you’ve used every trick in the book to make your resume and cover letter stand out. You’ve finally sent them out to get your... ...Continue Reading

What Are the Right Jobs for You?

What if you have lots of skills and abilities? How do you get specific about what you want to do? Instead of thinking about the kind of job you want, think about the skills you love to use and the impact you want to have. You can do lots of things. However, there are some... ...Continue Reading

Gather Information to Improve Your Job Search Results

You had your heart set on getting that job! It was your dream job. And they turned you down. Disappointed? Yes. Crushed? Probably. Deflated? In all likelihood. A little despairing? Maybe. Curious? I urge you to adopt this attitude even as you are having all the other feelings. This might even be good news! While... ...Continue Reading

Procrastination

Procrastination is more than a five-syllable word for sloth. Sometimes it is just putting vital things off to do something useless. More often for me, it’s an indicator that something’s going on that is: Unexpressed Unknown Unplanned Unexplored Unfamiliar Two examples from today: Linda didn’t write the networking letter this week, as she planned. It... ...Continue Reading

FAQ #5-6: Working with Your Must Have List

Job seekers can get specific about what you really want from a job through your Must Have List. The Must Have List allows you to specify your bottom line requirements for your “right fit” job – those things that will make it possible for you to take and stay in a job happily. Once you’ve... ...Continue Reading

Employer Encourages Targeting Your Search

On a recent job posting, I saw the employer included this at the end: We Recommend Candidates develop a thorough understanding of Goldstar’s business before applying. Candidates read this job description carefully, ask questions if necessary, and honestly assess their fit and interest before applying. Candidates devote thought before applying to the specific ways in... ...Continue Reading