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...

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...

Is Your Job ‘The One’?

(4 ways to find peace if it isn’t) In every crowd, there’s at least one person who figured out what they wanted to be in middle school and never looked back. But what if you didn’t (or don’t) have a strong vision for your career? Maybe you fell into...

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...

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...