Archive | July, 2009

Three Great Articles to Pass Along

Each month, as I pore through hundreds of career and job search articles that my newsfeed reader drags in, I bookmark a small handful that I feel would be especially useful to my client base — or that I feel really say something highly original/profound about the process of finding work.  This month, three specific […]

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Burning Question: Losing Marketability in Job Search?

“Are you becoming more marketable or less marketable with each passing day of your job search?  If the latter, why are you allowing this to happen?” It’s certainly no secret that it’s a  “buyer’s market” right now out there for employers seeking talent.  Companies realize that when they get the budget to increase headcount, and […]

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Burning Question: Biggest Issue, Clarity or Motivation?

“If you’re not having as much success as you’d hoped in your job search, do you think it’s because a) you don’t really know what you should be doing or b) you know what to do, deep down, but just aren’t doing it?” If you’ve been job hunting for a while now, without much in […]

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Burning Question: Do You Deserve a Great Job?

“Do you deserve a great job?” I often start many of my job search workshops off with this direct, no-nonsense question to see how people react to it.  As you might suspect, after a few puzzled looks, most of the hands in the room eventually go up and the majority of the audience casts their […]

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“Hail Mary” Cover Letters Don’t Work!

If you’re in the market for a new job, it’s imperative that you give off winning, confident signals to everybody you encounter and that you remain highly conscious of how you represent yourself in every professional interaction.  This includes all forms of written correspondence, as well, whether they involve sending a cover letter to a […]

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Book Review: Surviving & Thriving in the HR World (Jim Suthers)

Gosh, something must be in the water!  Tons of my associates and colleagues around town have announced to me that they’ve just started the process of writing a book.  I’m almost tempted to do so myself, to keep up with the Joneses, but then I remembered that I have an extremely short attention span and […]

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All’s Fair In Love & Job Hunting?

In today’s job market, one of the biggest frustrations many professionals face is the feeling that they are being “penalized” by employers unfairly for various aspects of their career that haven’t been under their direct control, such as when a past employer of theirs goes out of business within a short period of time — […]

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Career Poll: Job Application Statistics – Curse or Blessing?

There’s no question about it — both candidates, as well as companies, are frustrated by the quirks, inefficiencies, and challenges embodied by the current version of the “hiring game” that exists in the job market.  Candidates, of course, are fed up with the massive depersonalization of the process and the difficulty of getting any type […]

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5 Tips for Ensuring Great Coaching Results

Yesterday, I was enjoying a wonderful “wrap-up” phone call with a client of mine who recently landed a CEO job here in the area.  This individual had some very flattering things to say about my firm’s support of his job search process and the breakthroughs he was able to achieve along the way, which is […]

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Career Q&A: Is Follow-Up Worthwhile?

“I could use your advice on how best to follow up with employers when my resume seems to go into the black hole.  I’ve tried e-mailing companies to check in, at times, in addition to calling various hiring managers directly, but haven’t had any consistent success.  So I’m wondering if following up with employers is actually […]

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