So You Got an Interview! Now What? Read This First.

Getting an interview can be an adrenaline-inducing experience! You’ve impressed someone with your resume, and now, its time to impress with your wit and charm and persuade them why you are the best candidate worthy of a job offer. So how do you prepare for an interview? What can you do in advance of, during […]

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of……Misery???

Can you imagine if at all times, we acted in such a way that was always in our best interests? We’d have enough self discipline to only eat food that was good for us, we’d never make ‘impulse’ purchases, we’d make sure we exercised 30 minutes per-day, we’d make sure to save for retirement, we’d […]

Looking for a job? The Myths of Online Job Boards.

Here’s something that might seem strange coming from a guy who is promoting his Internet job board:  Get off the Internet! Job boards in particular can be an addictive crutch and offer you too much false hope in your job search.  Endlessly sending off resumes to random job postings that look good might seem like […]

Managing Your Career is a Lifelong Journey of Learning, Risk Taking and Discovery

Early in my career, I worked for elected officials. From a career perspective, I always knew that their terms in office would eventually expire and as a result, it forced me to constantly think about my next move: what I wanted to do and how to plan the next chapter in my career journey. But […]

Why Hire a Résumé Writer?

Ruth Pankratz is a professionally trained, certified résumé writer.  She  writes, coaches, and presents on résumé writing, career advancement, networking, leadership, career transition, job search, interviewing preparation, and personal branding.   Partnering with clients to enhance their brand she has created thousands of résumés and career documents for technical professionals, managers, and executives. She holds an […]

A Mid-Life Career Crisis: Time to Reinvent?

A typical career trajectory goes like this: Your ‘20s is your ‘pay-your-dues’ decade. In other words, you learn about yourself as a professional. You start to discover that thing you are really good at and your career path starts to take off.  In your ‘20s you are allowed to take some professional risks. You can afford to […]

Don’t Worry: Everyone Goes Through Job Search Blues

I recently received a few different messages from job seekers who were feeling beat down by the job seeking process. One told me, “It’s 11:00 a.m. and I’m still in my pajamas.  I’m having a hard time finding any energy to send out another resume.” Another said, “I’m stuck!  I’m usually a positive, energetic person, […]

In Job Seeking, the Confident, Authentic You is the Big Picture

In my 20 years of working with job seekers, I’ve heard these common frustrations:“Andrew, I applied for the perfect job and I didn’t hear back!”“Andrew, I was a finalist but didn’t get the job and they won’t tell me why!”“Andrew, I’ve sent 20 resumes to different companies and only heard back from 3 of the […]

New Boss? Dealing with Disruption at Work

So. Your favorite boss was recruited to work somewhere else. Next thing you know, there’s a new Sheriff in town and you know next to nothing about this person except that they’re different and your world seems turned upside down! They do things different. Their personality is not the same. They don’t seem as approachable! […]

What an employer is thinking: the most important job interview questions that will never be asked.

In a recent New York Times profile, a respected CEO was asked, “How do you interview job candidates?” His response? “I have two basic questions in mind: Can you do the job and would I enjoy spending time with you?” It’s a revealing statement but really not that surprising. When you are in the interview […]

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