• 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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Giant Leaps or Baby Steps, It’s All Good

Creating a life you want, and finding a job that fits well into that, is a process that takes, well, it takes a long as it takes. As long as you’re going in the right direction, you’ll get there, though there are some things that will give you a boost. Over the years, as I’ve […]

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What’s Your Version of a Kick-Ass Life?

Everything I do that is about job-search coaching is really about something much bigger… your life. And my goal is to inspire you to have the most kick-ass life possible. Of course, what that looks like for you is going to be entirely different than it is for me. But it occurred to me that […]

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Why Your Resume Didn’t Make The Cut

I live a life of rejection. As an executive recruiter, I see dozens of resumes every week, sometimes even hundreds. And most of them, all but a handful, end up in the virtual trash can. I am constantly rejecting people — or perhaps more accurately, digital representations of documents that represent people, a.k.a. resumes — […]

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A Self-Confessed Resume Freak’s Thoughts about Bad Resumes from Good People

I admit that I’m a resume freak. Resumes are one of my passions. I think that a great resume is one of the biggest and best weapons in your job search. And I’ve seen a lot of them. A whole lot of them. As an executive recruiter, I’d say that I read about a hundred […]

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A Look in the Mirror Brings Big Rewards

I haven’t formally launched my book yet, because there are still a lot of details to sort out with online sales and systems, but I’ve already sold a bunch of copies just to friends who’ve been watching for it, just through word of mouth. I confess that I waited anxiously for feedback from people to […]

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