So, Can You Tell Me About Yourself?

One of the most predictable but most difficult questions for job candidates to answer in a job interview is “Can you tell me about yourself?”  It’s a question that strikes fear into the hearts of job seekers everywhere. Why? Because we are taught throughout our lives to be humble.  We are taught from an early age […]

Job Seekers: More Than Anything, Be Confident!

Are you confident that your talents, experience, accomplishments and career successes are valuable to employers?  Can you articulate this confidence in how you talk about yourself?  How you present yourself to others?  Is this confidence represented in your resume and in your cover letters?  In interviews and networking opportunities? In my more than 20 years […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Path to Hired:  Keys to Callbacks and Job Offers

One of the greatest job seeking frustrations is sending out resumes/cover letters and then not hearing back from the company you applied to.An important thing to understand is that company recruiters don’t have a lot of time. They are looking at resumes and communicating with job seekers all day long.  Make their lives easier and increase […]

Job Seeking Routines Can Help you Achieve your Job Seeking Goal

For many professionals, changing jobs or careers is a daunting task. It takes time. There’s risk involved. There’s definitely some common rejection. And there’s a lot of unknowns that drive you crazy (Did they get my resume? Why didn’t I get the job? Will the see me as too old? Over-qualified? Asking for too much?) […]

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