Job Skills
3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

Social media is all about creating and maintaining a network of people you like, respect, and have some kind of affinity with. These are the 3 key social media sites I use and that I recommend for job seekers. 1. LinkedIn. I talk about it all the time – LinkedIn is the place to find... ...Continue Reading
Market Feedback Will Improve Your Chances of Finding a Job

Market Feedback Will Improve Your Chances of Finding a Job

You finally have your new resume.  Either you developed it or you hired someone like me to work with you to develop it.  And now you have the key document you need to start applying for jobs.  Hopefully you’ll apply for jobs that can use and benefit from your skills, talents, abilities, and work style.... ...Continue Reading
LinkedIn:  There's Gold in Them Thar 2nd Degree Connections!

LinkedIn: There’s Gold in Them Thar 2nd Degree Connections!

“I don’t want to connect with just anyone” is a common statement from clients about invitations to connect on LinkedIn.  Their thinking changes, however, when I explain why it’s in their interest to have a lot of first degree connections. Having a lot of first degree connections gives you an exponentially larger set of second... ...Continue Reading
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
How to Improve Your Skills & Knowledge "On the Cheap"

How to Improve Your Skills & Knowledge “On the Cheap”

Keeping your skills up to date is difficult when you’re unemployed.  One way to learn new skills and keep up with your field is by taking classes. I hear you now: Even if I  have the time to take classes, who has the money to invest? That’s where MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) come in.... ...Continue Reading
Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

A reader asks “What are the best jobs that allow you to travel?” Obvious travel-filled jobs are flight attendant and pilot.  Many pilots get their start in the Air Force. Other people who travel are those who work on cruise lines.  It’s hard work and a way to see a lot of different places, depending... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview

How to Prepare for Your First Job Interview

I love getting questions from job seekers, because I know that when one person asks about something, there are MANY more people who have the same question.  Luckily, I now have a regular source of questions, a new application called Cinch (from Klout), I periodically get asked for my advice on career issues.  Here’s the... ...Continue Reading

Where the Jobs Are: Areas for Job Growth & Skills Needed

Not long ago, I was asked about degrees that lead to jobs with salaries over $75,000 a year.  So I dug a little and found out that there are some areas where there is projected job growth, along with the probability that you will eventually make more than $75,000 a year.  Entry-level jobs start at... ...Continue Reading
Change Just One Thing...and See What Happens

Change Just One Thing…and See What Happens

I am talking with my coach about how changing just one thing can change everything, or at least improve things. It’s definitely applicable to anyone, as well as to all job seekers.  Here are the things we came up with: * Making your bed. If people are coming back to your home or apartment, there’s... ...Continue Reading
Employer Opinions Wanted: How Would You Respond to Getting This? (With a Cover Letter & Resume)

Employer Opinions Wanted: How Would You Respond to Getting This? (With a Cover Letter & Resume)

We’re always looking for creative ways to showcase a job applicant’s core talents and abilities.  There are many examples of how very creative people craft a visually appealing resume.  But what about the rest of us who aren’t that creative? I have an idea for how to briefly present yourself visually to an employer –... ...Continue Reading
Confidence Attracts Jobs

Confidence Attracts Jobs

Two weeks ago, a client began her dream job.  She wrote to me that she actually had two job offers, both of which would use her skills and abilities in work she believed in.  This is a woman who found it difficult to find a temporary job.  So what made the difference? Here’s what she... ...Continue Reading
How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You're a Freelancer

How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You’re a Freelancer

There are two ways to describe your work when you work freelance or on a contract basis: List the client name as if it were an employer. Create a consulting company name for yourself and list your clients under it. Which way you choose depends on how much you work for any particular client. If... ...Continue Reading