• 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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How Recruiters Can, and Can’t, Help You Get a Job

I get a lot of phone calls and emails from people who tell me that they’re looking for an executive recruiter to represent them in their job search. They’re hoping to find someone who knows the market, has a lot of contacts, and who will line up interviews with companies for them. I disappoint them […]

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Did You Google Yourself Today?

Honest, what did I ever do before Google? I must use it 100 times a day. The amount of time it saves, and the depth of information I get that I never could have found before… Google is indispensable. Research about companies, industries, technology, business trends, candidates, it’s all right at my fingertips with Google. […]

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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 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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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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