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One Column Jobseekers Must Read

One Column Jobseekers Must Read

My one “must read” for jobseekers is Corner Office, in the New York Times, by Adam Bryant. If you don’t have a subscription, use your free article reads for the month on this column.  Or go to the library and read them there. Every week on Sunday, on the inside front cover of the New... ...Continue Reading
The Power of Being Specific in Your Job Search

The Power of Being Specific in Your Job Search

If you want to increase your chances of finding your next job in less time, you need to be specific about what you want.  Create an Intention Statement.  This will help you narrow in on a job target you can hit, instead of shooting blind. Here’s why specificity works: It breeds commitment. You can’t commit... ...Continue Reading
10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

10 Tips For Getting a Job Interview (guest post)

This guest post offers some interesting ideas for you to stand out in the crowd of job seekers.  I hope you find it to be useful.   When performing initial candidate screening, recruiters usually already have in mind the kind of candidate they think will be perfect for the offered position. Since you’re not directly... ...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
How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

References can make or break your chances of getting a job offer.   Make sure your references are all good! One lukewarm reference will sow seeds of doubt in an employer’s mind.  It’s possible that with 2 other enthusiastic references, you could get an offer.  One negative reference?  Consider the job someone else’s. Get prepared... ...Continue Reading
Use Your Gut to Make Decisions During Job Search

Use Your Gut to Make Decisions During Job Search

  Daniel Goleman, the emotional intelligence “guru,” wrote this great article about how successful business people make decisions.  Essentially, they use their gut. In the article, Goldman gives guidance for how to access our “gut feeling.”  Gut feeling derives in part from all the neurons in our digestive system – or the enteric nervous system.... ...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
Why It's Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

Why It’s Important to Get Job Interviews (aside from the obvious)

A client saw a job description for a big job and commented: “that’s supposed to be even more dysfunctional than the place I work now! No way am I applying.” My response: “If it’s the kind of work that interests you and the kind of prestigious organization that appeals to you, see if you can... ...Continue Reading
How to Sustain The Long Job Search

How to Sustain The Long Job Search

Today, I spoke to three people who are getting exhausted by their job search. Two are on the East Coast, one on the West Coast.  All are very good at what they do, and have marketable skills.  Well-spoken, articulate and bright, these people (one a man, two are women) are experienced, skilled, and effective.  They... ...Continue Reading
Yikes! Should I Not Ask People Out for Coffee While Networking?

Yikes! Should I Not Ask People Out for Coffee While Networking?

A client forwarded this New York Post article to me, asking the question in this post’s title.  The title of the article –  “Why people are now charging to network over coffee” – is both provocative and downright scary to potential job seekers. It is the New York Post, after all. Thankfully, the article is not... ...Continue Reading
How an Executive Search Firm Places Candidates (Guest Post)

How an Executive Search Firm Places Candidates (Guest Post)

Recently, clients have asked me how recruiters work.  And lo and behold, I received an email asking if I wanted to run an article on my blog about how recruiters work. I rarely feature guest posts for two reasons: I don’t have time to evaluate them for fit with my blog, and I want only... ...Continue Reading
How to Follow Up After You've Been Rejected by an Employer

How to Follow Up After You’ve Been Rejected by an Employer

A client had an interview with a big company that she said went well.  Then she got a “we’ve decided to go with other candidates” email from HR.  I suggested she send the following note to the hiring manager. Dear xx, I just received word that my candidacy will not be progressing.  Of course, I... ...Continue Reading