Job Search Tools

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

Why Women Don’t Work in IT — and What Companies Can Do to Change It (guest post)

My readers know I rarely run guest posts. This topic is important, so I decided to run it. Thanks to Gloria Martinez of Womenled.org The National Center for Women and Information Technology notes that, despite 60% of professional occupations in the workforce being held by women, females only account for 25% of job holders in... ...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
Job Search is a Marketing Campaign: How to Use the Job Market

Job Search is a Marketing Campaign: How to Use the Job Market

It’s called the “job market” for a reason. It’s a market, full of buyers and sellers – also known as employers and applicants/candidates. Treat your job search like a marketing campaign.  You are the “product” and employers are your potential market. Smart marketers know their market well – they know what the market wants and... ...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
A Simple Approach to Doing Well on Job Interviews: Be Yourself

A Simple Approach to Doing Well on Job Interviews: Be Yourself

Job seekers in 2017 face a labor market where employers are seeking a good culture fit. In part, this is to reduce the risk of having to let someone go and spend more money recruiting a replacement.  And in part, it is to ensure that the right team is assembled to move the employer forward... ...Continue Reading
Should I have an Infographic Resume or Not?

Should I have an Infographic Resume or Not?

Hannah Morgan, someone I respect very much in the career coaching/resume development world, has written a great article about making your resume an Infographic Resume. She makes the case for infographic resumes, while issuing a caution at the end of the article that Applicant Tracking Systems can’t decipher most infographic resumes. That caution is the... ...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
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
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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