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Old Wine in New Bottles – Interviewing After Age 40

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search | Comments Off on Old Wine in New Bottles – Interviewing After Age 40

Old Wine in New Bottles – Interviewing After Age 40

A perfectly aged wine is a rare find. As wine matures, its bouquet becomes more developed and multi-layered. The over 40 worker who finds themselves unemployed, underemployed, or dissatisfied with employment can feel a career or job change is a terrifying prospect. There is a lot of talent out there, and the competition is hungry, motivated, savvy, and, most prominently, young. But like that rare wine, the value of experience can’t be overstated. It’s vital that seasoned workers find a way to compete by showcasing the skills and...

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Putting the Fun Back in your Game

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search | Comments Off on Putting the Fun Back in your Game

Putting the Fun Back in your Game

Summertime is right upon us and many people start to think about taking time off from their job search. It’s too hot. Or too many people are on vacation. Or you just don’t feel like sitting at a computer when you could be playing outside. The job search game isn’t an easy one. This is hard, arduous work. There are so many areas that need your attention! Keeping your skill set current and your resume filled with the appropriate keywords, staying up to date with the job search technology, filling out extensive online...

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Value Your Time in a Job Search

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in interviews, job search, networking | Comments Off on Value Your Time in a Job Search

Value Your Time in a Job Search

When you’re unemployed, any time spent job searching can feel worthwhile. After all you’re not sitting on the couch eating bon bons, right? Except… Time spent doing activities that aren’t going to yield results can begin to drain your energy and enthusiasm. For that reason, consider carefully how you spend your time in a job search. Online Employment Applications The internet is a vast, necessary resource in searching for a new job or planning a career change. However, the quagmire of the online employment application...

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Be the change you want to see in the world

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in thoughts, work | 2 comments

Be the change you want to see in the world

  “You can change the culture of your relationship with everyone you work with.” This great quote came from the guys on The Boss Show in their Management vs. Leadership 5 podcast. What a wonderful reminder not to wait for the C-Suite or HR to start making the changes you want to see at work. This hit home for me a few days later (I’m a little slow sometimes). After living in the Pacific NW for 20 years and bemoaning the fact that no one welcomes me when I move into a new neighborhood, I finally wised up and realized that...

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How to Avoid OPP: Online Presence Panic

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in interviews, job search | Comments Off on How to Avoid OPP: Online Presence Panic

How to Avoid OPP: Online Presence Panic

Heard anything like this lately? 80% of jobs are never advertised. These days recruiters hunt you, not the other way around. If you don’t have an online presence you can forget getting noticed in this job market. Statements like this cause panic in many of my job search clients. Building an online presence is not an overnight task. And yet, much of the job search advice out there is telling you that you must have an online brand to even consider getting hired these days. What’s a job seeker to do? First, don’t panic about...

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Job Search and Career Advice from a Cookbook?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in coaching, job search | Comments Off on Job Search and Career Advice from a Cookbook?

Job Search and Career Advice from a Cookbook?

Cookbooks are not the first place I turn when looking for career advice, which is why I was pleased to discover so many useful nuggets in Jenny Rosenstrach’s Dinner: A Love Story. I picked up the book while looking for inspiration for the nightly dinner table. After cooking a number of her recipes, I (and my family) can personally vouch for Tony’s Steak and the Turkey Chili. Surprisingly, though, I found multiple tidbits of job search and career advice tucked between the recipes. Here’s just a few of my favorites: There is...

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Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for Job Searching

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in job search, networking | Comments Off on Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for Job Searching

Using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for Job Searching

One of the best ways to get your foot in the door at a company is through a connection who is employed there. Employers tend to give employee referrals higher weight when facing a daunting stack of resumes. Spending your time researching current employees is well worth your while, especially if you’re facing a job posting that hundreds of others are going to respond to. LinkedIn has made this easier than ever with their newly redesigned Alumni Tool. You’ve always been able to use a LinkedIn search to find fellow alumni, but now you...

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Say This, Not That: Laughter and Amazement

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in coaching, interviews, job search | 2 comments

Say This, Not That: Laughter and Amazement

Say This, Not That is a series of posts on interview tips. With these posts I want to take you “inside the recruiter mind,” and tell you how the words you say or your actions are sometimes heard or perceived by the people doing the hiring. Some of my recruiting clients give me specific questions to ask candidates. Sometimes the questions are odd. Sometimes they are silly. Sometimes they are standard interview questions that show up on every interview preparation book/blog post/tip sheet around. What You Say or Do in an...

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Start Your Year with the “I Just Lost My Job” Exercise

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in coaching, networking | 2 comments

Start Your Year with the “I Just Lost My Job” Exercise

I hear from many people only after their worst case scenario has come true and they’ve lost their job. Today I spoke with a woman who lost her job of 12 years when the company abruptly closed it’s doors. Although this happened in November, she’s still reeling from the shock. You buy car insurance in case an accident happens, and life insurance to protect you and your family if something went horribly wrong. I’d like you to start thinking today about insuring your career from the ups and downs of your employer....

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LinkedIn Endorsements

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in job search | Comments Off on LinkedIn Endorsements

LinkedIn Endorsements

I’ve been a bit puzzled by the LinkedIn Endorsements feature since it arrived. Reminding me a great deal of a Facebook “Like,” it initially struck me as a rather meaningless way to give someone a thumbs up without any other context. Without the ability to request endorsements (unlike Recommendations, which you can request) I wasn’t sure how they’d show up and populate. After several months, I’m pleased to say Endorsements have grown on me. I’ve learned a lot more about them and would like to share with...

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