The Ideal Candidate: How to Search for Clues in the Job Description

Understanding from the employer’s perspective what the ‘ideal candidate’ looks like requires searching for the secret ‘codes’ that employers embed in job postings.  It also requires digging deep and searching for clues above and beyond the obvious and well-defined job requirements.  Finding and understanding these clues then allows you to focus your efforts to specifically target […]

The Job Interview: Preparation Leads to Job Offer

To many job seekers, the interview is the most difficult part of the job-seeking process.  In fact, it is the most crucial point in deciding whether you will be offered a job and it is extremely important that a tremendous amount of thought, research, anticipation and preparation are put into your upcoming interview. Let’s face […]

Don’t Worry: Everyone Goes Through the 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, […]

Job Interview Techniques: Bridging Statements

Let’s face it:  the job search process seems a little silly. Your resume is supposed to spell out your years of experience, expertise and accomplishments using a dozen-or-so short, bulleted synopsis with the hope that someone ‘gets you’ and sees that your background, above everyone else, is the right fit for the position. Now, saying […]

New to the job search? Read this.

One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to find a new job. For many professionals, they haven’t had to look for a job in a long time.  Their career may have progressed through promotions, they may have been recruited or through just plain old fashioned networking. What I hear from a lot of professionals […]

I’m a hard worker… (but so is everyone else!) Surefire Techniques to a Successful Job Interview

In my job-seeking consultancy, job seekers overwhelmingly feel the job interview is the most difficult, anxiety-filled and mysterious part of the job seeking process. “How do I make myself stand out?”   “How do I talk about myself without bragging?” “What are employers REALLY looking for during the job interview?” “I feel powerless at an […]

Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone Through Networking

Let’s state the obvious: job seeking is tough. But here’s something you won’t hear often from someone who makes his living posting jobs on a job board: Online job boards give you a false sense of hope. What I mean is that it is easy to become too reliant on job boards as your only […]

20 Minutes a Day to Jumpstart Your Job Search

Now is the time of year when many people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. For those whose resolution is to make a career change, now is also the best time to start preparing for the job search. Of course, looking for a new job can be daunting. Job seeking is one of the most […]

So you’ve lost your Job. What do you do now?

Losing a job is a traumatic experience under any circumstance.  Losing a job creates immediate fear, anxiety and worry.  Not only because of the loss of a paycheck, but because our identities are so closely tied to what we do for a living; its WHO we are and WHAT we do! And when a person […]

Confidence. The one nonnegotiable quality of successful job seekers.

It happened again. I was talking to a job seeker last week and the conversation went something like this: “So, can you tell me the types of challenges you are having with your job search?” “Well, I’m not sure if my resume is any good.  Many of the jobs I apply to, I feel over […]

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