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The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

When writing a cover letter, be aware that it will serve as a writing sample. You can ensure that you are demonstrating good writing by using a very simple tool:  The 8 Word Rule. All sorts of writers (including me) put a whole lot of introductory clauses in front of the main subject and verb.... ...Continue Reading
5 Strategies to Improve Your Job Search

5 Strategies to Improve Your Job Search

 Focus your resume and LinkedIn profile on your impact.  Hiring managers and recruiters care about the impact  you had on the company you work(ed) for.  It’s the only indicator of probable future impact, on their company.  Read my blog posts about adding accomplishments to your resume and using the “so what” test to zero in... ...Continue Reading
The Secret Ingredient of Successful Job Search:  Confidence

The Secret Ingredient of Successful Job Search: Confidence

Every person who has gotten a job they want tells me that they had confidence. Confidence in their skills, talents and abilities Confidence in their story Confidence in their fit for the job at hand Confidence in their ability to step into and start the job immediately Confidence certainly feels better than insecurity – both... ...Continue Reading
How to Make Endorsements on LinkedIn More Meaningful

How to Make Endorsements on LinkedIn More Meaningful

Often people ask me the following questions about Skill Endorsements on LinkedIn: Should I endorse people on LinkedIn? Should I accept endorsements? Are endorsements of any value? How do Endorsements differ from Recommendations? And then last week, I got the following message on LinkedIn: Thanks for connecting with me. I have validated and endorsed your... ...Continue Reading
How to Answer "What's Your Greatest Weakness?

How to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

The interviewer asks:  “What’s your greatest weakness?”   The interviewee thinks:  Not that question! This question makes even the most sophisticated job seeker nervous.  Sometimes it breeds contempt, because it seems like a stupid question.  I mean, who’s going to admit to having a weakness? You have to answer the question, though.  And fear or contempt... ...Continue Reading
The "So What?" Test for Resumes

The “So What?” Test for Resumes

Most of the resumes I read contain a bulleted laundry list of activities – things the person has done at each of their jobs. These lists are fundamentally unsatisfying to me when I put on my “I’m an employer” hat.  I don’t really care that you did something.  What I want to know is if your... ...Continue Reading
11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

We move from one career to another by choice and because we have to.  Perhaps we’ve become bored with what we’re doing or we realize we never liked doing it in the first place – “I just fell into it” or “my parent did it, so I followed that example.”  Or maybe the work we’ve... ...Continue Reading
5 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Anxiety

5 Ways to Reduce Job Interview Anxiety

I coach people for job interviews and find that a few simple things can reduce anxiety. 1) Tell YOUR truth, your stories, your examples.  I coached a young man for an interview with Goldman Sachs for a summer position.  He was incredibly nervous.  I noticed that he got even more nervous and flubbed his answers... ...Continue Reading
3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

3 Lessons for Job Seekers from Marketing

“If you’ve created something you truly believe in, then your obligation is to bring it to other people. There’s nothing seamy about it.” says Daniel Pink, author of many books including the very recent To Sell Is Human. That’s how I feel about all you job seekers.  You have talents and abilities that are needed... ...Continue Reading
How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

How to Succeed on a Phone Interview

Phone interviews are the initial gate between you and your new job.  If you’ve gotten to that stage, you have the chance to market yourself and get to the next stage – an in-person interview. A reader of this blog reached out about her lack of success in making it past the phone interview: I... ...Continue Reading
5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

You need to be “top of mind” among your network when you’re looking for a new job.  Use LinkedIn to become “top of mind” by frequently showing up on your network’s update feed.  Here are 5 ways to start becoming more “top of mind” – I hope it sparks some ideas in you! 1.  Update... ...Continue Reading
How to Include a Cover Letter with Your Job Application

How to Include a Cover Letter with Your Job Application

A client asked a question that affects many job seekers: I was hoping you could help me figure something out on the job application. When applying on line, there is not a specific opportunity to submit a cover letter. At the very bottom of the application page, there is a section for “comments.” Would you... ...Continue Reading