Are You Asking the Right Questions On The Job? 6 Questions To Improve Your Career Management

In my most recent blog, I discussed 10 practices that will optimize your job security. Today, I want to elaborate on the first practice; Ask questions and be an active listener. Are you asking the right questions on the job? The biggest challenge I see for people who are looking for a new job isContinue reading “Are You Asking the Right Questions On The Job? 6 Questions To Improve Your Career Management”

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”.”

Does Restructuring to Cut Costs Really Work?

  Over the past several years, the news has been filled with huge layoffs by companies trying to cut costs. Is this a strategy that really helps a company? Every day, in the course of networking, I have the opportunity to talk with, not only people who are in transition because of cost cutting efforts,Continue reading “Does Restructuring to Cut Costs Really Work?”

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.”

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”

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?”

10 Steps to take your career from running in the rat race to playing Above The Rim

In my previous post, I wrote about 10 steps professionals in transition can take to rise up to their purpose. I received several comments that with a few modifications, this is also appropriate for professionals who are not in transition, so I decided to write a new post from this focus. Has the rat raceContinue reading “10 Steps to take your career from running in the rat race to playing Above The Rim”

10 Tips to make 2012 a year for you to rise up to your purpose

We are living in the most challenging times we have faced in generations. Are you in transition now? Do you feel like you are riding a Tokyo rush hour subway? Are you feeling squeezed by the enormity of the job search, crushed in the crowd competing for too few jobs? The good news is weContinue reading “10 Tips to make 2012 a year for you to rise up to your purpose”