Tag: Job Search

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...

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...

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...

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...