Category: Job Search

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...

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...

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....

When Your Job Quits You

3 Insights to Help You Maintain Balance You’ve been let go: your company eliminated your position, your performance wasn’t up to par, layoffs happened. Most of us prefer being the one to decide to leave, but sometimes it happens: we get dumped. It’s impossible to control the exact timing...

Wait…Job-Hunting is Like DATING?

How to deal with stuck (because sometimes it feels like it’ll last forever) Have you ever been doing everything right in a job search and then suddenly and for no apparent reason things came to a screeching halt? You got your resume & LinkedIn profile all spiffed up, discreetly...

Hope is Not a (Job Hunting) Strategy

The old ‘post-and-pray’ model (where Talent Acquisition publishes a job on the company ‘Careers’ page and HOPES that the right candidate applies) doesn’t work well. We still post, of course, but we’re also reaching out to candidates and actively recruiting them. ‘Apply-and-pray’, the job seeker’s equivalent to ‘post-and-pray’, doesn’t...