• Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Job Magnet

    If you are building a career, a great LinkedIn profile acts like a magnet. When your profile has the right elements, it will attract recruiters, hiring managers and other people who might have the great next career opportunity for you. In fact, if you’re in some professions, such as enterprise software sales, if you’re not […]

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  • These Spelling and Grammar Mistakes Might Cost You the Job

    In the business world, bad spelling and grammar can actually ruin your career.  A misspelling or a grammatical error in your resume or correspondence can be enough to have a hiring manager or recruiter move on to the next candidate. Don’t lose an opportunity over a simple spelling or grammar mistake. Just learn the correct […]

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  • What to do when the recruiter calls.

    What to Do When a Recruiter Calls

    If you’re a professional, you can expect to get an occasional phone call or an email from a recruiter. If you’re a startup executive, it might even be from me. That call or email might change your life. Or it could be a total bust. You’ll never know, though, unless you answer it. Here are […]

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  • The first glance at your resume could be just six seconds... how would your resume do?

    A Recruiter Gives Your Resume 6 Seconds. Here’s What Happens.

    Surveys show that recruiters spend about six seconds on their first look at a resume. Six seconds. That sounds about right to me. I review resumes for a living and have developed a finely tuned superpower for scanning a resume quickly to find the key information I need. How much can I see in a […]

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  • interview questions are much easier when you have a script to answer questions

    Interview Preparation Tip: Script Your Stories

    Looking for a job? Get ready to talk about yourself. That seems obvious, yet few people I talk to actually seem to plan ahead to prepare the stories that illustrate what they’ve done and the great things they bring to a job. Lots of people figure they’ll just wing it, and don’t realize that winging […]

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  • OMG LOL! Embarrassing and Hilarious Resume and Job Search Bloopers

    I’ve collected a lot laugh-out-loud hilarious resume bloopers over the years, and whenever I feel down, they’re always good for a chuckle. Some I’ve experienced firsthand, most I’ve been told about, and a few may just be the stuff of urban legend in the hiring world, but they’re all a hoot, so here you go. […]

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Salary negotiation tips and salary comparison sites

What’s Your Price Tag? Do a Quick Online Salary Comparison

Does the thought of negotiating your salary make you break out in a sweat? What is the price on your head? Are you too expensive? Too cheap? What does that mean about you? For many people, talking about salary is talking about self-worth and it can trigger common insecurities like “I’m not good enough” and […]

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Tips for the right LinkedIn photo for your LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn Photo Tips, Secrets and Suggestions

LinkedIn isn’t just for corporate types, you know. An online business networking presence in the form of a LinkedIn profile has become a necessity if you work in just about any kind of organization. If you work in the corporate world, you definitely are expected to have an active profile, but anyone who works can […]

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Your Third-person Resume Creeps Me Out

I apologize, I know that sounds pretty harsh, but it’s true, there is something creepy about third-person resumes, and lately I’ve gotten a run of them. They say things like “Ray is a talented designer who has built three companies” or “Mr. Johnson has twenty years of experience as a widget maker.” You know, like […]

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The Untouchables in the Job Market

The other day I was talking with a good friend who was a very successful and talented mortgage broker until the crash of the mortgage and finance world, when he had to scale back the business to a fraction of what it had been, and lay off almost all of his staff. He was concerned […]

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Economy Good or Bad, You Still Only Need One Job

It’s been a while since I blogged, which in one way is a really great news. I’ve been very busy with my executive recruiting assignments for start-ups, and that is a good sign for the economy, I think. When new companies are hiring, and people are investing their time and money into new ventures, growth […]

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Kick the Gossip Habit

I wanted to share a little about gossip in the workplace. It’s really a killer, you know. What is gossip? Gossip is talking about someone else’s private business. It’s passing on their secrets to people who don’t need to be involved. Gossip is at the heart of a lot of workplace entertainment, and it’s also […]

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