The Elephant in the Room

What’s “old”? Some insights (and tips) on DEFLECTING age bias A vital, intelligent middle-aged woman with much to offer recently told me: “A friend who works in HR said I should plan on this being my last job.” Ouch.  I’ve also heard this: “I’d like to look for a new...

Tell a Better (Professional) Story

For many people, writing (especially a resume) is right up there with a root canal. Assembling details, knowing what to include, and finding the right words to describe one’s professional achievements is…tedious. It can feel like (uncomfortable) self-promotion. Also, there might be awkward gaps and regrettable choices, and now they’re...

“I hate talking about myself!”

Some non-cringey tips for easing into the spotlight. Little kids announce their accomplishments so easily and charmingly (maybe because they’re so dang cute). They’re matter-of-fact and completely unselfconscious. Most grownups, on the other hand, shun the spotlight . “Oh, it wasn’t just ME, it was a team effort.” “Interviews...

Be (a little) Charming

6 Recruiter-Tested Tips for Standing Out A handful of the people I get to interview absolutely shine. What are their secrets? Amazingly, it boils down to using a little charm ~ taking authentic interest in both the job opportunity and the people with whom they’re interviewing. What they do...

Ask a Better Question

When it’s time to change workplaces, the question most people ask is, “Where do I find my new job?” We gravitate to Careers pages on company websites, search LinkedIn, or head to the job boards. It’s pretty easy to search for a title, spend a few minutes applying  /...

Intentional Interviewing, Part 3

Following up after an interview, demystified. There’s confusion on this topic: ‘Does it matter?’ ‘What format: snail- or email?’ ‘Do I follow up more than once?’ ‘Should I send a thank you to each interviewer?’ ‘What if I’ve been presented through an agency?’ and the dreaded I-don’t-want-to-seem-desperate ‘How often...

Get Visible!

Congratulations! Your professional brand’s in place: your resume’s tuned up and you’re happy with your LinkedIn profile. Now what? Here are some guidelines to help you get visible: LinkedIn Use the rule of “ABA”: Always Be Adding to your LinkedIn connections. Make it a habit to send a connection...

Intentional Interviewing, Part 2

Executing a great interview Part 2 in a 3-part series Interviewing is a big topic! In part 1 , we covered interview prep. In this post, I’ll take you through recruiter-tested best practices for executing a great interview. Good interviews begin with great preparation, followed by confident execution. You...

5 Quick Tips for Bias-Proofing Your Professional Brand

I recently watched a TED talk given by a fellow recruiter. In it, she quoted a study done by The Ladders, the first-ever of its kind, which measured the amount of time recruiters spend looking at a resume. Do you know how much time that is? Six seconds.  All...

Intentional Interviewing, Part 1

Preparing for a great interview. Part 1 in a 3-part series. Unless you have nerves of steel (or you regularly talk to strangers in high-pressure situations), interviewing is unsettling. I’ve worked with senior managers who are as nervous as a new grad at the thought of talking about themselves....