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.”

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”.”

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?””

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”

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”