Archive for the ‘Job seeker’ Category

it’s a culture thing

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Puzzlepiece I was recently reading a blog post that invited companies when hiring to "Hire for Culture First, Skills Second".  While it was an interesting read, it was also a frustrating one.


Because the fact of that matter is that YOU (as the hiree) should do your best to ensure that the company fits you culturally first.  That is your responsibility and should not be left to the auspices of the    Read More

pink slip blues

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Pink slip As work-related stress, anger and frustration escalates, it's easy to go on a rampage when the pink slip comes - especially if it feels undeserved - but beware, the way you depart a company can have overreaching effects not only on your life but on your job search (and hence, your ability to even get a job).

Know that any job loss can be the emotional equivalent of a death, especially depending on how long (and how attached) you are to your current work    Read More

the definition of insanity (even in a recession)

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009


A young woman phoned me recently in complete distress over her career.  She was in her early thirties and concerned because she had not yet found the "it" in her career.  She felt she had been moving from company to company to company throughout her relatively young career and wanted to get to the root of what it is she really wants to do.

I want to share something with you today that you may not want to accept or believe but I'm    Read More

networking too

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Networking Networking is one of those areas in which one can engage in a lot of activity for little return if you aren't careful and/or strategic.  For some, networking is more about quantity than quality and they simply figure that if they collect enough people someone in the group is bound to be of benefit to them. 

Of course what's missing is that:

 1. Networking is about "relating" not collecting and

2. Networking is about mutual giving

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tips for getting past the resume screen

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Appleforteacher In todays economic environment, every day we hear news of lay-offs and downsizings.  Whether you are in the job-seeking trenches or concerned that you may be next, know that jobs are out there and things will get better.  It is important however to be prepared and knowledgable when it come to approaching your job search in order to be efficient with your time and effective with your results. 
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congratulations! you’ve got the job… what?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Confusion I had the privilege last week of spending time with Jason Alba over at JibberJobber.  As his expert guest on his weekly radio show, I had a great time discussing one of my all time favorite topics - tips and strategies to get off to the best start in a new company during the first 90 days!!

Most professionals in the career space (be they career coaches, recruiters or outplacement agencies) focus their time on one primary task - getting the    Read More

love or money

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Linkedin I have found LinkedIn to be a great professional tool for both reconnecting to old friends and colleagues and utilizing those connections for networking. 

One of the features I enjoy is the Q&A.  Sometimes the Q&A is self-serving but often it seems that folks are simply trying to find solutions to their professional challenges.

I recently responded to a question that I think is appropriate for you so I decided to post it here for your benefit as well.

The question basically asked if one had a choice    Read More

picking your mate versus picking your job

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Redroses My husband and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary and I don't mind telling you that I absolutely adore my husband. 

Perhaps it's just us, but at this time of year we always find ourselves reflecting on "the state of our union" and reconfirming and reaffirming the strengths and commitment we have for one another.

One of the primary reasons our marriage works so well is that we both had a strong sense of self when we met.  We were both clear about who we were, what we were    Read More

is mcdonalds really an option?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Welcome_to_mcdonalds Fellow greatness guru and expert partner Jason Alba (Founder/CEO of JibberJobber) wrote a great blog post the other day about job seekers considering work at McDonald's when Plan A isn't working out too well.

When I saw the post, I smiled (actually I laughed) because on a personal note, I once knew a gal who spent two years unemployed.  Of course, she was always looking for work but she was fairly experienced in her field and opportunities at her level were not    Read More

he was going to retire…

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Bernie-mac2 Yesterday I posted some of my initial thoughts on the passing of comedian Bernie Mac.  I have now had an opportunity to see several reports surrounding his untimely passing.  Of all of the information I have heard in review of Bernie Mac's life, one thing resonates with me...

He was going to retire.

Every newscast showed interview footage of Bernie Mac stating that he was going to retire soon.  He was going to slow down. Well, guess what?

It's too late.

He was only 50 and I'm sure he thought he would    Read More