Posts tagged "Frequently Asked Questions"
You're Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

You’re Graduating! What to Look for in Your First Job (infographic)

Graduations from college and university will take up much of the month of May.  Many graduates have lined up summer jobs, or their first full-time job, while others are still searching.  Regardless of where you are in your search, it may be helpful to look at the infographic in this post (courtesy of my colleagues... ...Continue Reading
3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

3 Questions to Ask A Potential Employer

Job interviews freak many people out. Many candidates focus almost entirely on what the employer is going to ask them.  And they stress about having the “right” answers. If you’re going to be successful in a job, however, you also need to know more about the employer and the position itself. You need to interview... ...Continue Reading
Square Pegs into Square Holes:  This is What "Right Fit" Job Means

Square Pegs into Square Holes: This is What “Right Fit” Job Means

I began using the term “right fit” job about 6 years ago, referring to work that fits you well.  Work that uses your skills, talents, gifts, abilities.  That demands your best effort.  That feels rewarding and satisfying.  Work that makes mornings great, where you wake up and say “oh good! I get to go to... ...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
How Direct Response Techniques Help Your Resume Get Noticed

How Direct Response Techniques Help Your Resume Get Noticed

When I prepare a resume for a client, I have reasons for every format element I use.  My reasons are based on research and my experience with direct response fundraising.  I started my career doing fundraising for a South Bronx community development organization, and built a direct mail fundraising program from scratch. Direct response is... ...Continue Reading
My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

Sam Javanrouh via Compfight Someone reached out to me on LinkedIn, asking for my advice about his six-month long job search. He wondered why it was taking so long now, while in the past he’d gotten offers almost immediately.  He wondered if it had to do with being let go from his last job. Here’s... ...Continue Reading
If You Feel Stuck, Try Doing a Personal SWOT Analysis

If You Feel Stuck, Try Doing a Personal SWOT Analysis

Sometimes, job search can seem endless and sometimes people feel stuck – as though they keep doing the same thing over and over without the result they want.  What to do? While I firmly believe that if you are doing everything right in job search, it’s a question of “when,” not “if,” you land your... ...Continue Reading
How to Get a Job:  The ABC's of Job Search

How to Get a Job: The ABC’s of Job Search

When I was 16, my parents told me to get a job. I had not a clue about how to do that. There was no internet then so I couldn’t look up how to get a job. I suppose I could have asked the school Guidance Counselor but it didn’t occur to me to ask... ...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
Job Search Basic: Connect to Get Advice on Your Search

Job Search Basic: Connect to Get Advice on Your Search

Connect! Below are a couple of sample emails my clients use to get advice and help in their job search. In some circles, these are called “networking” emails. But let’s keep it simple and just say it’s an message asking someone you know for help with your job search. (Color coding will be explained later... ...Continue Reading

FAQ #10: How to Get Interviews

Question: I’ve sent out so many resumes and never get an interview. What can I do differently? While there is never a guarantee that you will get an interview, people who do these things have a much better track record of getting interviews: Apply only for jobs for which you are qualified, using the job... ...Continue Reading

FAQ #7: Why LinkedIn?

Several people have asked “Does it really matter if I have a LinkedIn profile? It seems like a repetition of my resume. Do employers even look at it?” Yes, it really matters to have a LinkedIn profile. And the best profiles are factually the same as your resume. More and more, employers DO check your... ...Continue Reading