Archive | February, 2011

Career Poll: Hardest Interview Question to Answer?

Wow, not sure if something changed in the LinkedIn Poll distribution mechanism or I just hit a nerve with this particular topic, but my poll question last month attracted no fewer than 789 distinct votes — up, oh, about 1500% from the normal vote tally of around 40-50 responses I’d been getting in previous months!  […]

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Should One Approach HR Managers for a Job?

HR departments.  Will they hurt you or help you in your quest for a new position?  Are they nothing more than evil gatekeepers, sadistically shooting down the resumes of candidates without rhyme or reason?  Or are they instead misunderstood martyrs, merely taking the heat for the flaky behavior, bad decisions, and confusing directives passed down […]

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Answering Salary Questions: An HR Executive’s Take

Without question, the salary issue seems to be a hot topic right now both for job seekers and hiring managers alike.  Inspired by my own recent post, as well as the additional comments submitted yesterday by recruiter Jim Krouskop, reader John Hagen, an HR Executive, couldn’t resist sharing his own insights on the question of […]

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Answering Salary Questions: A Recruiter’s Take

In response to my article yesterday, about how job hunters should handle salary questions, my friend Jim Krouskop couldn’t resist weighing in with his thoughts, as well — and was kind enough to allow me to post them.  Jim’s a Partner with Shea Staffing and has been doing executive recruiting for many years now, so […]

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Handling Salary Questions: Am I Nuts?

As many of my long-time readers know, I’ve blogged about how to answer salary questions more than a few times over the years — with some noteworthy examples being the articles you’ll find here, here, and here.  And yet, almost every time I come across articles where other career coaches and experts weigh in on […]

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A Job Hunting Post for Valentine’s Day

In the spirit of a certain romantic holiday that’s bearing down on us, I’m going to throw out a fun little question to contemplate.  My question is, in general, what do you think is easier to find these days: a date or a job? Now granted, I’m about 12 years removed from the dating scene […]

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LinkedIn Tip: The New “Skills” Feature

Can you ever have too much of a good thing?  That’s what I’m starting to wonder, at least when it comes to LinkedIn, since the developers there seem to be maintaining a breakneck pace of adding new bells, whistles, and features to the site.  I mean seriously, I think there’s a decent chance we might […]

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One Resume Expert You MUST Consult!

In speaking to a large group of professionals at the University of Washington the other night (as part of their Professional & Continuing Education school — a great bunch of folks!) I was staring out at a few hundred eager faces in the audience when the thought suddenly struck me “Why am I sitting here […]

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Job Hunting: The Screenplay (Part 2)

Scene:  It’s a crisp February morning in a picturesque, mid-sized metropolitan U.S. city, and somewhere within the cozy confines of a professional-but-not-too-plush office, a career counselor and his client sit down together for an overdue chat… Coach: “Good to see you again!  How goes the battle?” Client: “Not so hot.  I’ve been out there now […]

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