Are You Taking the Initiative to Master Your Role or Do You Just Do Enough?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on 10 steps to optimize your career security. This is the second installment in elaborating on the 10 steps. It may seem like a no brainer that, in order to increase your career security, you really need to master your role. Unfortunately, the culture in most ofContinue reading “Are You Taking the Initiative to Master Your Role or Do You Just Do Enough?”

10 Tips to Optimize Your Career Security: Practices of Successful Professionals.

One of the biggest concerns of people have today is job security. While it is the new normal that job security doesn’t exist, the good news is we can significantly improve our career security. Too many professionals let their career happen to them. They put their nose to the grindstone and assume their work willContinue reading “10 Tips to Optimize Your Career Security: Practices of Successful Professionals.”

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?”

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?”

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?””

The Power of Volunteering in Your Job Search and Career Management

  Anyone who has participated in my workshops knows that one of my core foundations of successful career management is “It is not what you know, not even who you know, but who knows you that will impact your career”. In the course of a career, most professionals develop their reputation among a small circleContinue reading “The Power of Volunteering in Your Job Search and Career Management”

How Can I Effectively Leverage Twitter When All I See Is Noise?

One of the most common questions I get about using Twitter as part of a job search strategy is, “How can I get through all the noise?” It is a very good question, with actually a quite simple answer. However, in order to get to the answer, it is very important to understand that toContinue reading “How Can I Effectively Leverage Twitter When All I See Is Noise?”

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”