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Career Planning & Adult Development Journal

The latest edition of this journal was guest edited by the Editor of job-hunt.org, Susan Joyce.  So naturally, she asked me to be a contributor, along with a large slate of experts in job search.  Access to the Journal is free to you below.  Enjoy.

Journal:  Volume 32, Number 2 Social Recruiting, Personal SEO, and Personal Online Reputation Management

September 29, 2016 Posted by | Careers, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Personal Branding, Recruiting Industry, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Addressing the Soft Skills During an Interview

During an interview, you basically tell stories about your past.  Not fables, of course.  But real experiences that convey your expertise and knowledge that address the job description.  In many instances, interviewees focus on sharing information on all the listed requirements.  Interestingly, when it comes to the “soft skill” requirements (written communication, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.), many candidates fall flat by simply saying, “I’m a great _____________ (communicator, team player, problem-solver).

The key to convincing your interviewer that you possess these skills is to include these abilities within your stories.  Read this article I wrote for job-hunt.org to learn how.

Article:  The Secret to Job Interview Success

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Conducting a Job Search in 2016? Start here!

Handy set of articles for those conducting a job search:  The Top Job Search Articles of 2015

And, as always, leverage Job-Hunt.org

Good luck!

December 31, 2015 Posted by | Guest Post, Job Search | Leave a comment

Ring, Ring….Your Interview Is Calling

Interviewing in person can be hard enough.  Add in the “barrier” of a phone line in between you, and there is an added layer of complexity.  It is hard to know how you’re doing and how well you are connecting with your interviewer when you can’t see their face.  However, there are many non-visual clues and techniques to help you during the call.  I’ve written about this topic in the past, but Job-Hunt.org asked me to share my thoughts with their audience.  Here is my updated advice on this critical stage in the hiring process.

Article:  How to Ace the Dreaded Phone Interview

August 17, 2015 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Non-Standard Answers to Standard Questions

When it comes to job interviewing, there’s a good chance that some of the questions you’ll be asked come from the “standard library.”  This is the collection of the generic, common questions that we all get asked.  These questions have stood the test of time because many of them unlock doors to your past that allow the interviewer to get to know you.  Although they are standard questions, there is no reason to answer them in a standard way.  Or give answers that are as common as the question.  My latest article for job-hunt.org explores approaches you might want to consider in answering these questions to allow yourself to make a memorable impression.

Article: Smart Answers to Common Job Interview Questions

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

Interviewing with Confidence

Interviewing with confidence is essential.  This is common advice for all job seekers.  But what is the “right” amount of confidence to show during the interview?  Can you be “overconfident”–both internally and displayed?  There is a fine line.  The key to managing confidence is to prepare well and speak with examples, not superlatives.  I explain all this in my latest article for job-hunt.org.

Article:  Confidence for Your Job Interviews

March 5, 2015 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job-Hunt.org article | Leave a comment

The Graceful Exit

It’s easy to get excited about starting a new job. It is also common to be anxious to leave your current one to get started as soon as possible.  But we all know the expression about never burning down bridges.  Your reputation in the working world, or even your specific industry, can hinge on this old adage.  I cover the specifics on how to ensure you leave your current job in a professional fashion in my latest article for job-hunt.

Article:  How to Gracefully Leave Your Old Job

November 10, 2014 Posted by | Careers, General Musings, Job-Hunt.org article, References | Leave a comment

Finding a New Job While You Still Have One

We all know there is a balancing act you must perform when searching for a new position while you have a full-time job.  In many cases, it does not reflect well if your boss finds out.  Although, I’ve always contended that there is nothing wrong with doing some “comparison shopping.”  Just like when thinking about buying a new house or car, you first compare what’s out there with what you’ve got.  Perhaps you should be happy with the status quo because it really is better than alternatives available to you.  But how would you know if you didn’t do the research?

The problem is that although the research might be just a cursory look, management may not see it that way.  Best not to “advertise” your efforts.  My latest article for job-hunt deals with the tenuous balance of being “available to talk” and keeping your research “off the radar.”

As always, feel free to add your comments or experiences within this article’s Comments section.

Article:  How to Find a Job While You Have One

October 9, 2014 Posted by | Careers, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Working with Recruiters | 2 Comments

Career Blogs Resource

I don’t often share other blog articles within my Blog, although I would if I had more time to review all the great resources out there.  But once in a while, there’s an article that clearly must be shared.  Especially when it covers as much ground as this one.  John Fawkes has compiled a list of 25 helpful career-focused blog writers that you might find helpful.  Enjoy.

Article:  25 career blogs you don’t want to miss

October 9, 2014 Posted by | Careers, Guest Post | 2 Comments

Leveraging LinkedIn Groups in Your Job Search

As discussed in the past on this blog, LinkedIn serves as one of the most important networking tools on the Web.  It allows us to connect with all types of people for advice, insights on company activity, and of course, job search assistance.  However, LinkedIn is not Facebook.  There is a bit more protocol and professionalism required while interacting in this community.  One way to keep things focused on work-related topics and also make a good impression is to interact with others within the thousands of LinkedIn Groups.  My latest article for job-hunt.org shares some tips on how to approach this.

Article: How to Be a Successful LinkedIn Groupie

June 20, 2014 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Social Media | 2 Comments