Archive | July, 2011

“Broadcast” Networking E-Mail: Great Example!

When it comes to rallying your personal contact network in support of your job search, and maximizing your chances of referrals, I’ve got four words of advice for you: communicate early — and often! As part of this strategy, I’ve recommended to clients for many years that they fire off a “broadcast” e-mail to everybody […]

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Action Bias & Baby Steps

“Cry me a river” I know you’re going to say, but being a coach (in any capacity) can be a tough gig, some days! When you’re trying to help people get their arms around a massive topic like job hunting, and you’ve only got a few hours to work, you really have to pick your […]

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Resume Questions Answered (But Not By Me)

All you job hunters out there, raise your hands if you’re confused about what you should put on your resume or around how best to “package yourself” on paper these days. Okay, now stop.  You’re blocking out the sun. As I’ve pointed out for many years, including in this recent article here, every resume-writer on […]

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Best Smart Phone Apps for Job Hunting?

Well, my resistance finally crumbled.  While I tried my best to avoid joining the smart phone revolution, since I already spend so much time each day in front of a computer screen, I finally took the plunge this past weekend and picked up an iPhone 4 at my local Verizon dealer.  I decided that after […]

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Underdogs, Act Boldly!

Okay, I’m dating myself here, but how many of you out there happen to remember the words to the theme song of Underdog, one of the best cartoons in human history?  If not, here’s a refresher: when criminals in this world appear and break the laws that they should fear and frighten all who see […]

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When Interviewing, Don’t Focus on Getting the Job

Years and years ago, when I was just out of college and finishing up an internship at the Puget Sound Business Journal, I was asked to take part in “hiring” my replacement for the role.  Now this wasn’t a paid position, mind you, but an internship at the Journal was still a coveted thing — […]

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Book Review: Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership

Have you, like millions of Americans, dreamed about being your own boss or pursuing self-employment of some kind?  Have you always felt you had an entrepreneurial streak in you, but been held back from acting on it by fear and uncertainty?  Or have you noted (possibly the hard way) that the one-time “stability” corporate positions […]

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12 Days, 11 New Jobs: Good Signs Abound!

While I get asked fairly often about my “success rate” as a career coach, it’s a nearly impossible question to answer, since there are so many different variables one would have to pin down in order to respond to this question in a meaningful way. Some of the people who work with me, for example, […]

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Would You Pay $2,495 for a Job?

Duh.  Sure, who wouldn’t?  I mean, assuming a legitimate job was actually guaranteed as a result of your investment and that there wasn’t a loophole or sleazy catch attached to the deal. Significant employment opportunities are pretty hard to come by right now, after all, especially at the mid-to-senior management levels.  So you’d be pretty […]

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The One Constant: Transition

Not to rub it in, but I’m pleased to share that I just got back from a week of wonderful, restful vacation.  And during this coveted time, I finally had the chance to engage in some “pleasure reading” for a change, since it’s been a while since I picked up a book that wasn’t strictly […]

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