Metrics of Success: How to improve your Career Opportunities

The other day, while conducting a mock interview workshop, I asked the interviewee what compensation he was looking for. He proceeded to say that he needed at least six figures because he has two kids in college and alimony payments in addition to his mortgage payments. Now you might think that this is a reasonableContinue reading “Metrics of Success: How to improve your Career Opportunities”

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”

Interviewing: Do You Think You Are Prepared, or Do You Know You Are Prepared?

My mentor and good friend John Hall likes to share that In the January 3rd 2011 issue of Fortune Magazine, Geoff Colvin talks about how Chief Justice John Roberts prepared for oral arguments he would meticulously write down hundreds of questions that he thought he could conceivably be asked, pondered and refined the answers inContinue reading “Interviewing: Do You Think You Are Prepared, or Do You Know You Are Prepared?”

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?””

Best Resources for Researching Target Companies

Most job seekers take a reactive rather than a proactive approach to their job search. Their focus is on submitting resumes online to jobs that they see posted. This may be the easiest approach, but it is far from effective or efficient. One of the most essential components of a strategic job search plan isContinue reading “Best Resources for Researching Target Companies”

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?”

Are you preparing to succeed in your interview?

 In an article in Sports Illustrated on Mike Brown, the new Lakers coach, Lee Jenkins writs about how Brown strategically prepared for his next job. “No one wants to follow a legend, but Mike Brown knew Jackson was retiring, and he found himself watching the Lakers more than the Heat. By midseason he was taking notes onContinue reading “Are you preparing to succeed in your interview?”