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Interview Question: Difficult feedback

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in coaching, interviews, job search | Comments Off on Interview Question: Difficult feedback

Interview Question: Difficult feedback

My interview coaching clients are often asked behavioral interview questions. The theory behind behavioral interviewing is “Past performance is the best predictor of future behavior.” Employers conduct this type of interview to gauge your past and future work performance. They may ask you to give an example of a time you demonstrated a specific skill required in the position, or how you handled or faced a particular situation or project. Can you handle difficult feedback? A trend I’ve been noticing lately is employers need...

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Onboarding Best Practices

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in consulting, work | Comments Off on Onboarding Best Practices

You’ve finally got that perfect candidate to accept the job. Whew! All the hard work is over, right? Not so fast. As I mentioned in my post on Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool, right now you’re in a critical time period with your new employee. Studies show employees leave organizations based on opinions they form in the first month on the job. So it’s more important than ever to pay attention to onboarding. Start Early #1 – Start before they start. I learned this one the hard way. After a hard fought battle with...

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Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in consulting, work | Comments Off on Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool

Onboarding: Your Secret Retention Tool

Onboarding involves giving new employees specific information about how to navigate relationships in your firm, whether it’s with peers, clients, supervisors, or partners. Professional staff who have excellent technical skills but can’t figure out the trickier aspects of relating to people often will not last at your firm, or advance as quickly as they should.

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Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Staff

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in coaching, work | Comments Off on Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Staff

Employee Appreciation Day: 5 Low Cost Ways to Thank Your Staff

Here’s 5 low cost and easy ways to thank your employees and show them appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day.

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Manners, Manners, Manners!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in coaching, job search, networking | 2 comments

Manners, Manners, Manners!

It’s been a busy week of phone interviewing for me as I continue two recruiting searches. After what feels like countless hours on the phone, here are some tips for job seekers on phone interview etiquette. Ringtone/voice mail. If you aren’t able to answer your phone, your voice mail message and/or ringtone should be professional. It’s great if you have a message that has your voice saying “You’ve reached Jane Doe” or something along those lines…otherwise, I always wonder if I got the right number or...

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Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in coaching, job search | Comments Off on Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

Can Facebook Help You Find a Job?

There’s so much talk about companies and recruiters using social media to research and disqualify candidates, I’m always interested when I see recruiters using social media for positive purposes – to help place people in jobs. Recent buzz about using Facebook’s OpenGraph to search and find candidates intrigued me. It’s not yet the most robust tool: many people don’t provide the information on Facebook that would make searching powerful, such as their job titles, employer names, and university degrees.  I doubt recruiters are...

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Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in interviews, job search | Comments Off on Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

Confirmed! Crazy Interview Questions Don’t Work

You may have heard me on The Boss Show a few weeks ago in a segment called “Stupid Job Interviewer Tricks” talking about what companies and interviewERS need to do differently. This is all part of my latest rant campaign – to get companies to stop complaining about their applicants, and instead focus on what they, as the people doing the interviews, can do better. Steve Motenko threw me for a loop when he asked me to answer a “crazy interview question” on air…(If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you...

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How Job Seekers Can Build an Online Professional Portfolio Using LinkedIn

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in coaching, job search | 3 comments

How Job Seekers Can Build an Online Professional Portfolio Using LinkedIn

“I believe everyone has a professional portfolio and it should be online. Whether it’s photos, documents, videos, or a business presentation you’ve done, everyone should have some professional samples of their work that anyone can access.” A photographer said this to me yesterday when we were talking about how he gets new clients. Many of my job seeking clients ask me “What should I bring to my interview?” and we discuss various ways of presenting their portfolio. But that’s only effective if you get the interview. How do you...

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Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in coaching, job search, networking | Comments Off on Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Wrap up from the World Domination Summit 2013

Last weekend was a crazy ride. I joined 3,000 people in downtown Portland for the World Domination Summit hosted by Chris Guillbeau. The summit is about “Living a remarkable life in a conventional world” and is filled with entrepreneurs. It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of great moments. Here’s my takeaways: There are lots and lots of people who want to quit their jobs. In fact, any time someone was speaking and said “I quit my job last week” or “I will quit my job on September 1” there was...

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Career Disaster Planning

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search, networking | Comments Off on Career Disaster Planning

Career Disaster Planning

With the onset of summer comes the arrival of Hurricane Season. Over here on the West Coast, we find ourselves fairly immune to hurricanes but having almost all of my family in Louisiana reminds me that I can’t ignore hurricanes entirely. The National Hurricane Center has a three step guide to disaster management: Gather Information Plan and Take Action Recover This is a powerful metaphor for a unplanned job search. It could be a company-wide layoff or an unexpected firing that’s forcing you into the market.  Perhaps your job...

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