Job Skills

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
Coding as a Second Language:  An In-Demand Skill to Learn

Coding as a Second Language: An In-Demand Skill to Learn

If you can code, you can get work.  Coding is one of the most in-demand skills there is. Why learn coding?  Because more and more computers are in use in our modern lives.  Computers are in everything from phones to cars to thermostats and refrigerators.  So if you know the language of computers, you will... ...Continue Reading
How to Set Up a Networking Plan for Job Search

How to Set Up a Networking Plan for Job Search

  Take a piece of paper and a pencil.  Draw a circle.  Now draw another circle around that one. And now draw another one around those two.  You should now have a bulls-eye on your piece of paper. The inner-most circle is comprised of those people you know well, are comfortable approaching, and think well... ...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
Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

My clients complain about micromanaging bosses more than any other problem. Yet almost no one sees himself or herself as a micro-manager.  And people have asked me what is so bad about micromanaging.  Isn’t it a good thing to want something done right? Micromanagers Hurt Staff – and Themselves Micro-managers disempower, annoy and anger their... ...Continue Reading
How Personality Assessments Empower You in Job Search

How Personality Assessments Empower You in Job Search

Self-awareness is a powerful tool for anyone who wants to get a job they enjoy, get a promotion, or change careers – or all 3. Self-knowledge gives you a competitive advantage because you will know your strengths as well as what areas you need to work on. And chances are good that you have areas... ...Continue Reading
Insider's Guide to Getting the Job You Really Want

Insider’s Guide to Getting the Job You Really Want

I rarely recommend a book so this has to be a good one.   And it is! British businessman James Caan has written a fantastic book about how to Get the Job You Really Want, and I highly recommend it.  He spent years building a recruiting business, so he knows about the hiring process from... ...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
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
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
How to Deal with a Bad Boss While Looking for A New Job

How to Deal with a Bad Boss While Looking for A New Job

Photo Credit: Nieve44/Luz via Compfight cc Bar none, the most common reason people cite for wanting to change jobs is having a bad boss.  Here are two examples of “bad boss types,” the damage they do, and how the coaching process can help. A bad boss can be one that micromanages your work, never trusting... ...Continue Reading
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