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Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

If you haven’t heard about purple squirrels, don’t worry. They don’t exist. Squirrels are not purple. Except in the minds of many people writing and posting job descriptions. You’ve seen those job descriptions that ask for someone who has so many qualifications, it seems impossible that any one person could meet those criteria. And chances... ...Continue Reading
5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Employer

5 Interview Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Employer

You get to interview a potential employer at the same time they are interviewing you.  And in fact you must for 2 reasons: Find out if the job truly is the right fit for YOU Show the interviewer that you are concerned about how you can meet the employer’s needs A client got this feedback... ...Continue Reading
How to Research the Company You Want to Work For (guest post)

How to Research the Company You Want to Work For (guest post)

I rarely run guest posts because I don’t have time to review them.  But when Nicole Davies of ShortCourseFinder proposed the topic of researching a company, I said “yes.”  It is ESSENTIAL that you research the company for which you want to work.  Nicole goes into why and how to do this effectively. You might have a... ...Continue Reading
Don't Do the Employer's Job for Them

Don’t Do the Employer’s Job for Them

“I don’t think they want someone so old.”   “I’m sure they’re looking for someone with more digital experience.” “I don’t have any major donor experience, which I’m sure they want.” “I don’t have a PMP yet so I bet they won’t consider me a serious candidate.” I could list many more reasons people have... ...Continue Reading
7 Tips for How to Decode a Job Description

7 Tips for How to Decode a Job Description

Job descriptions contain all sorts of information about a job, beyond describing the position’s responsibilities.  Knowing how to find the “hidden” aspects of a job can mean the difference between a successful application and no response.  Here are some things to look for: 1.  The impact of the position. While most job descriptions contain a list... ...Continue Reading
Should You Apply For a Position if You Don't Meet One Requirement?

Should You Apply For a Position if You Don’t Meet One Requirement?

I just got an email from a client wondering if she should apply for a job that is right in her area of expertise and experience.  She doesn’t have one of the required qualification, however.  So she wondered if she should bother applying. I advised her to apply, based on my knowledge of the hiring... ...Continue Reading
Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

A reader asks “What are the best jobs that allow you to travel?” Obvious travel-filled jobs are flight attendant and pilot.  Many pilots get their start in the Air Force. Other people who travel are those who work on cruise lines.  It’s hard work and a way to see a lot of different places, depending... ...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
How to Decode a Job Description & Position Yourself Well

How to Decode a Job Description & Position Yourself Well

The following is the sum total of the job description available to C before she goes for an interview at XYZ Company. Director of Digital Strategy (posted on 5/29/12) XYZ Company is seeking an experienced Director of Digital Strategy to define innovative and highly effective digital marketing strategies for our Fortune 500 clients. Excellent client... ...Continue Reading