Category: Your Professional Brand

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...

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  /...

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...

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...

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...

Creating Your Job: an Interview with Laura Frank

(plus some tips for work satisfaction) The topics of jobs and work satisfaction fascinate me (What do you do for work? How did you get into it? What do you like about it? What do you dislike?). It’s a good thing I fell into recruiting ~ I get to talk...

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....

Search 101

24 recruiter-tested Tips for Job-Seeking Success A fortunate few never actually look for jobs: they’re recommended by superiors or recruited by former co-workers. For the rest of us, here’s a toolbox of best-practices to make job-hunting easier and more productive. On your professional brand: DO have a recently-updated resume....