Job Interview Preparation – How To “Tell Me About Yourself”.

Almost every job interview begins with the interviewer asking the interviewees to tell about themselves. This seemingly innocent and obvious question sinks more interviews than any other part of the interview. Everyone knows this question is coming, however, very few candidates prepare for this. They assume that they know their background, and so they canContinue reading “Job Interview Preparation – How To “Tell Me About Yourself”.”

How Case Studies Can Help You Land Your Next Career Position

For most of the past three years, I have had the great opportunity to work with John Hall in teaching his Advanced Career Strategies and Advanced Career Transition classes. One of the tools taught in the class and that I have adopted for my private practice is the use of case studies as a marketing toolContinue reading “How Case Studies Can Help You Land Your Next Career Position”

How Do You Get Around The Salary Question On The Online Application?

  In my last blog on answering the salary question in the interview, so many people wanted to know how to get around the salary question when filling out an online application. The unfortunate reality is that if you are going fill out online applications, you will need to answer the salary question. The bestContinue reading “How Do You Get Around The Salary Question On The Online Application?”

How Do You Answer HR’s Question “What Are Your Salary Requirements?”

Last week in my blog, I discussed how HR’s question of “What are your salary requirements?” is counterproductive to finding the best employees to achieve the objectives and missions of the position they are trying to fill. Regardless of this fact, there is one thing you can almost guarantee. HR managers interviewing you will tryContinue reading “How Do You Answer HR’s Question “What Are Your Salary Requirements?””

Why HR’s Question “What Are Your Salary Requirements?” is Counter Productive To Finding The Best Candidates.

  “If I had known the budget range, I never would have applied. If the HR manager had known what I wanted to make, she never would have interviewed me. By the end of the interview process they were comfortable enough with what I can contribute, we were able to negotiate a salary that isContinue reading “Why HR’s Question “What Are Your Salary Requirements?” is Counter Productive To Finding The Best Candidates.”

Is LinkedIn Just an On-Line Resume?

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools you can leverage in your career management, but most professionals use it for nothing more than an online resume. When I teach LinkedIn, people are amazed that there is so much more to LinkedIn. A repeated theme of my workshops and blogs is that job security inContinue reading “Is LinkedIn Just an On-Line Resume?”

Coal or Diamond – What is Your Personal Brand

A common theme of my blogs as well as workshops is that companies, for the most part view employees and prospective employees as liabilities instead of assets, or commodities instead of equity that bring additional value to the company. The other day I was talking with a client about the many types of experiences andContinue reading “Coal or Diamond – What is Your Personal Brand”

Is Your Job Search Under House Arrest?

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to join a speakers and writers mastermind group. As my practice grows, and my opportunities for writing and speaking increase, I wanted to surround myself with some of the best minds in the area. Saturday was my first opportunity to participate. In the course of the conversation,Continue reading “Is Your Job Search Under House Arrest?”

Are you a commodity or a value added solution?

What do you do? How do you answer this question? Most people I talk to respond by giving their title. When giving an elevator pitch, most people name tasks that they perform on the job, often giving a laundry list. When I ask an IT manager what they do, they might talk about implementing andContinue reading “Are you a commodity or a value added solution?”

What does shooting free throws have to do with interviews?

What does shooting free throws have to do with your job search and interview preparation? Most job seekers take their skills, knowledge about their industry of function and ability to talk about them for granted. They figure, “I have been doing this for x number of years, and I already know it”. Well I haveContinue reading “What does shooting free throws have to do with interviews?”