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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
How to Manage Your Expectations in Job Search

How to Manage Your Expectations in Job Search

This is the way of job search – hope and then disappointment, followed by hope, followed by disappointment, followed eventually by landing a job. Yet every step you take brings you closer to the right job for you.  I’ve seen it happen time and again. When people are in the midst of the search and... ...Continue Reading
Infographic:  How to Nail a Phone Interview

Infographic: How to Nail a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the first step in what can be a lengthy job interview process.  It’s the first hurdle, and there are some good ways you can prepare yourself to do well.  This infographic shares some of them. For more on nailing phone interviews, see my posts on phone interviews.  These posts share common phone... ...Continue Reading
Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

“Cover letters are dead!” scream headlines from Forbes and Fast Company. Is that true? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Cover letters are essential parts of your application. They give you the opportunity to market yourself as THE person who can deliver the results the employer wants. Your cover letter gives you a chance to show the recruiter and... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Affirmations #2

Job Search Affirmations #2

Born from hard experience, these affirmations do two main things for job seekers: offer hope, confidence and comfort, helping you escape the anxiety and desperation that so often accompany job search guide you to actions you can take to be more effective in your job search I developed many of these for myself when I... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Affirmations

Job Search Affirmations

Searching for a new job is a bit lonely, and full of ups and downs – the excitement of getting an interview, the discouragement of not hearing back from an employer, the confidence-building that comes from having a great informational or networking meeting, the fear over how long it is taking to find that “right... ...Continue Reading
Position Yourself for a Career Transition

Position Yourself for a Career Transition

If you are hoping to transition from one career to another, I have some tips for you based on my experience working with many clients who’ve moved from one field to another. Here’s a story about one of my clients who I helped cross the bridge from one career to another. My client had recently... ...Continue Reading
9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

“Cats have 9 lives.” “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.” Cats want to know about everything.  I have 2.  They are always looking out the windows to see what’s going on outside.  And both sniff and paw at grocery bags, packages, boxes, flowers, and other things I bring in from the outside.  Sometimes they... ...Continue Reading
Reframe Job Interviews as a Conversation

Reframe Job Interviews as a Conversation

Have you stopped yourself from applying for jobs because you decide you won’t like the company?  Or because you re-read the job description and think there’s too much in it you won’t like doing? You’re not alone!  Many people make decisions about potential employment opportunities based on very little actual knowledge of the job or... ...Continue Reading
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