Category Archives: Job Search Strategies

I Wonder


Over the week-end, I watched Searching For Sugar Man, a documentary about an extraordinary man named Sixto Rodriguez whose musical genius was unfamiliar to me, until now. If you have not seen the movie (awe-inspiring, amazing, intensely inspirational, remarkable, humbling, full of grace), perhaps you will find some time to run, don’t […]

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Skinny Ties and Job Picks


Until recently, I had not heard of a skinny tie. A skinny tie? What on earth is a skinny tie? Clearly, I have been spending way too much time coaching clients and writing resumes and not enough time keeping up with what’s hot and what’s not in the fashion world. […]

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Resets and Career Clocks


Know how you had to reset your clock yesterday morning to accommodate the Daylight Saving Time change? As I fiddled around resetting clock after clock, I was thinking about how easy that shift was. Go. Do. Done. Reset. Just like that. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could switch careers […]

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Top 5 Things Recruiters Hate


Okay executives, no matter what phase of your job search you are in, a time will come when you will cross paths with a recruiter, whether it is an in-house recruiter, retained recruiter or contingent recruiter. A quick review of the three types of recruiters:  In-house recruiter is an employee […]

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The Resilience Factor and Your Job Search


“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” ~ Vivian Komori A few days ago, I was helping a client prepare for a second interview. One of the things we talked about as we wrapped up our session was her […]

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On Saturday at Sam’s: A Job Search Lesson


Every now and then on a Saturday morning, first thing – 7:00 A.M. – we like to go to Sam’s Club. And we go there at that hour for one primary purpose: fresh flowers. While I also frequent other stores to buy flowers, there is one particular reason we like going to Sam’s: […]

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Why Your Resume Needs To Be an Ad


*     Why the resume as ad? To borrow a phrase from the campaign, do the math! 141 resumes submitted for each job (way too low an estimate IMHO) Each recruiter manages ~22 openings at any one time (multiply times 141 for the number of resumes a recruiter has […]

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Why Your Resume Needs To Be an Ad


*     Why the resume as ad? To borrow a phrase from the campaign, do the math! 141 resumes submitted for each job (way too low an estimate IMHO) Each recruiter manages ~22 openings at any one time (multiply times 141 for the number of resumes a recruiter has […]

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What do recruiters and employers really mean when they say…..


Do you think that sometimes you are getting mixed messages from a recruiter or potential employer? Well, you may be right. What’s not being said to spare your feelings or avoid a direct answer? Here are three of the most common deceptions:  “We’re still in the process of interviewing other […]

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Job Search Rumination


The other day, my client and I were talking about his career transition and what he was learning in the process. He used the word ruminate  from Latin rūmināre to chew the cud which led to a conversation about how ruminating is one thing and doing is quite another. While ruminating may […]

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