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?”

Strategies to Successfully Hunt in the Hidden Job Market

Last week I discussed the best way to get around the salary question for online applications is to stop relying on online applications and pursue the hidden job market. This makes sense not only to get around the salary question, and the general road block of HR, but also because 80% of the truly openContinue reading “Strategies to Successfully Hunt in the Hidden Job Market”

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.”

Do You Define Your Career or Does Your Career Define You?

Throughout my career, I have run into basically two types of professionals. Those who define their career and those who let their career define them. In this economic time, this distinction has become increasingly apparent. Another way to look at it is do you do what you do because you love it, or because youContinue reading “Do You Define Your Career or Does Your Career Define You?”

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?”