• 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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  • You said... what? Some of the funniest resume and job search bloopers I've come across.

    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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  • Here are a few qualities of people who are cut out to work for a startup.

    What Makes a Startup Superhero? These Five Things.

    As you may know, I’m an executive recruiter (okay, go ahead… call me a headhunter if you must). Most of my clients are startups and early-stage technology companies, and I help them find the kind of awesome candidates who will help their new company succeed. I get resumes every day from people saying they want […]

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  • When does personal information like Burning Man or church work on your resume make you look like the perfect candidate... and when does it target you for rejection? Good question.

    Resume Personal Section Advice: When to Include Outside Interests Like Burning Man or Politics

    I often get asked whether it’s a good idea to include a resume personal section, or if it’s just offering unnecessary information that might risk  hiring discrimination. Should you mention your annual trek to Burning Man where you manage a team building a huge art project? What about the years in college organizing the Young […]

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Punctuation: The Proof’s in the Details

I tend to rant a lot about resumes, and it might sound like complaining to some people, but honestly, these resume rants usually come from a place of astonishment, because it just seems so danged obvious to me that if you want someone to want to interview you, and the only thing they have to […]

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Changing Careers, One Rock at a Time

Most of us are going to change career directions a few times in our life. Sometimes we’re forced to, like travel agents who found their services made obsolete by etickets and online travel booking. Often, a job just slowly grew boring and we’re just ready for a change. Sometimes, we wake up one day and […]

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

The Pursuit of Happiness

The lecture is about the nature of happiness from Dan Gilbert, a Harvard psychology professor who teaches a course about happiness. It’s one of the most succinct and informative things I’ve seen on the subject (and I make a point to read and see whatever I can, since being happy is pretty much at the […]

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Workplace Dress Codes

Dress Codes, Tattoos and Body Mods

TechRepublic, an online resource for tech workers, has an interesting conversation going, about the legality of discriminating against a worker at Costco who had a nose ring and sued when she was fired, saying it was a religious issue, as she was part of a Church of Body Modifications of some sort. Here’s the gist […]

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Personal Coaching and Advice

Personal Coaching and Advice is Back!

I give in! For all of you who’ve been asking for personal coaching and advice about your job search… I can now say yes! I’ve carved time out in my schedule to do one-on-one personal coaching again. Just you and me, on the phone, having a focused and meaningful conversation about your most pressing job-search […]

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Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice

Have you given much thought to your voice? Or perhaps I should say your voices, because there are three types of voices that I think are worth paying attention to. Your spoken voice, your written voice, and the voice of who you are in the world. First, and most important, is the voice of who […]

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