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Blog Hiatus + Some Burning Questions While I’m Gone!

Greetings all — and while I’ve got tons of ideas stored up that I hope to find time to write about, someday soon, I’ll need to bid everybody a temporary “adios” as I’ll be heading out of town for vacation tomorrow down to Puerte Vallerta for a week. For those of my readers who live […]

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Burning Question: Would Your Job Search Impress an Outside Observer?

I believe it was Yogi Berra who famously once remarked “Baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical.” When it comes to the job hunting challenge, I couldn’t have said it better myself.  While there’s certainly a ton of “physical” work involved in the process, such as making calls, doing research, meeting people for […]

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Burning Question: What If the Job Market Never Recovers?

Okay, I’ve sitting on this article for a while and have decided there’s probably NO good time to run it — so I might as well just throw it out there this week and get it over with, in light of some of the scary stuff that’s been happening on Wall Street lately, as well […]

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Burning Question: Biggest Motivator in Job Hunt?

“What motivates you more, fear or hope?” If you’re a professional currently starting up a job hunt (or can think back to when this was the case), which of these statements would likely have a greater motivational impact on you? “If you buckle down, get focused, and work really hard at selling yourself, you might […]

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Burning Question: What Has Job Hunting Taught You About Yourself?

“What has this period of transition (if you’re a job seeker) taught you about yourself?” Yesterday morning, at a networking event I was hosting, I challenged a group of transitioning professionals to think hard about what they’ve learned during their weeks or months of unemployment — both about the process of job hunting, in general, […]

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BQ Follow-Up: A 30-Year-Old Responds

Remember my “burning question” from last week?  Asking people “who should be teaching who” in today’s job market, in terms of the different age groups and their views of the workforce? Well, as it turns out, one of my clients in the Baby Boom generation had the courage to forward this article along to his […]

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Burning Question: Are Younger Workers Now the Mentors?

“Do older workers have more to teach younger workers about career success and satisfaction — or have times changed, and is it now the other way around?” The other day, when having coffee with a client of mine in his late fifties, we got to talking about how much the job market has changed in […]

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Burning Question: Your Responsibility Level?

“How responsible are you for your current career situation?” One of my best friends got married several years ago, and I still remember the wedding toast made by her father, a man of very few words but a fellow who was nonetheless highly respected by everybody who knew  him.  Following the ceremony, he took the […]

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Burning Question: Do Great Resumes Even Exist?

“Is there truly such a thing as a great resume — or are there only great candidates?” Some may disagree, but I think this simple question has a lot of important layers bundled up in it, as well as some profound implications for today’s job hunters — many of whom continue to hold (in my […]

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Burning Question: Next Call You Need to Make?

“Do you know the next call you need to make?” Over the years, I’ve consistently made the claim that “job hunting is simple, it’s just not easy.”  No matter what anybody tells you, or tries to sell you, the truth of the matter is that looking for a job is not rocket surgery (to combine […]

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