Posts tagged "Job Skills"
Exploring New Job & Career Options:  How to Begin

Exploring New Job & Career Options: How to Begin

I often get people asking me how they can move into another field, or how to identify other occupations and careers that will use their skills. Be forewarned: this exploration takes time and effort, and you may feel like you are in the dark for quite a while.  You will learn a lot, and you can’t... ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Become the Manager You Wish You Had

Become the Manager You Wish You Had

I’m re-reading the One Minute Manager, the single most useful management book I’ve read – and I’ve read plenty! The simplicity of the One Minute Manager model is staggering.  And it is based on how humans really function most effectively.  In the world of the One Minute Manager, there is no such thing as micromanaging.... ...Continue Reading
How a Long-term Unemployed Job Seeker Can Get Relevant Work Experience

How a Long-term Unemployed Job Seeker Can Get Relevant Work Experience

Long-term unemployed people do have a disadvantage when it comes to landing a “right fit” job. This infographic shows that 36% of recruiters think people are disadvantaged in job search when they are unemployed more than 6 months (26 weeks). Meghan Biro reminds us that officially there are 4.8 million people out of work at least... ...Continue Reading
5 Reasons to Target Your Job Search

5 Reasons to Target Your Job Search

Looking for a job requires a lot of effort. Why not direct your efforts most effectively? Target your search to jobs that use your talents and skills. You’ll stand a better chance of getting what you want. Here’s why: 1. Get Good Help: You make it easier for people to help you when you know... ...Continue Reading