Category: Job Search

Is there a ‘hiring season’?

Minnesotans appreciate warm weather, especially after (the long. dark. cold.) winter. Which just ended.  We spend as much warm weather time as we can … outdoors. Oh, you do this in winter too? Sure you do.  In winter, I still spend time outside daily (I own four horses that need...

To Cover (Letter) or Not?

The real scoop on using cover letters today QUIZ: use a cover letter (pick one): a) always; b) never (they’re old-fashioned); c) to hammer home why you’re a perfect fit for the job; d) a and c; e) b I know, right? Back when resumes were snail-mailed, a cover...

Networking for the Rest of Us

5 Non-Cringe-y Ways to Get Yourself Out There You’re ready: you’ve got your professional brand tightened up.  Your resume is fine-tuned and your LinkedIn profile represents you well. You’re ready to take the next step in your search: putting the word out. One of the most cringe-y activities I...

For the happy-hour averse

start right where you are :: INTERNAL NETWORKING   A few weeks ago, while prepping for a Genesys Works training session, I was pondering the program: these interns have a stunning opportunity to start building their professional networks while they’re still in high school. They learn new skills, showcase...

Recruiters: Friend or Foe?

Chances are, at some point you’ll have the opportunity to work with a recruiter, either as a hiring manager (for a fee, they help you find the right candidate) or as a job-seeker (they recruit you for one of their searches or generously share their network with you). Two...

A RECRUITER’S GUIDE TO LAUNCHING YOUR SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT NEXT JOB

Sure, you can find jobs online and apply to them, crossing your fingers and HOPING you’ll hear back…. But mapping your job-seeking journey using mindfulness, preparation and some initiative will more likely get you to the right destination: a job and company you really like. Here’s a step-by-step guide: Update your resume....

Behind the (agency) curtain

Some tips on engaging more effectively Love ‘em or hate ‘em, agency recruiters and search firms are a fixture on the job search (or hiring) landscape. But they’re not interchangeable and they do need some cultivation. Here’s a roadmap to save you some time and potential heartache. PART 1:...

Red Flags in Job Opportunities

a cautionary tale + some real world advice A story I’ve heard more than once: a posting for the perfect job appears. You apply. Astonishingly, you get a call and an interview request shortly thereafter. You go in. The office is gorgeous. The people seem to be exactly the...

I got an introduction. Now what? 

Some thoughts on how to bridge the (awkward) gap. “What do I do when someone in my network DOES make an introduction?” Someone asked this recently. She was in a bit of a panic, wondering how to behave, what to say, and of course, whether she’d actually get to...