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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

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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

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

Games Job Seekers Play

Most job seekers know that there are some tough odds in landing some of the best possible positions.  It is a bit of luck and a lot of hard work that tips the scales your way when the opportunity is the right fit for both sides.  There are many ways to get noticed by decision-makers, but you must be careful about the reason you get noticed. 

Recruiters tend to be a little fussy about candidates playing games with them.  And sure, you can just move on to the next recruiter and hope they have the right opportunity for you.  But what if you gave up the perfect job simply because you weren’t following some simple rules of game?  That would make everyone involved a loser.

Check out my latest article for job-hunt.org to see if you’re staying out of trouble and playing by the “rules.”

Article:  Don’t Play These Games with Recruiters

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Job-Hunt.org article, Resume Writing, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

References Can Make a Difference

Recently, I wrote an article for Job-Hunt.org regarding the value of references and how to make them an effective part of your job search.  Many job seekers see references as a just a minor piece of the puzzle.  But in reality, references can sometimes be the “tipping point” to you whether you get the job. 

How you prepare them for the call from the hiring manager or recruiter can make all the difference.  Take a look at this article to make sure you’re doing all that you should.  And as always, feel free to share your own tips and thoughts in the comment section on this blog entry to share with others.

Article:  How to Manage Your References to Close – NOT Kill – Job Opportunities

September 9, 2013 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, References, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Are You a Scary Candidate?

When conducting a job search, your #1 Goal is to present yourself as an ideal candidate for as many job openings as possible.  You always should present yourself in a positive way.  Common sense, I know.  So it is a bit shocking at times to see how many job seekers can do the opposite.  Often they are not even aware it is happening and they may never find out.  In my latest article for Job-Hunt.org (who just revamped their Web site by the way), I discuss several ways you can unintentionally scare off recruiters (and hiring managers/HR personnel) including:

  • A Horrible Resume
  • Job Hopping
  • Ambivalence
  • Bad Social Media Image
  • Lack of Professionalism
  • Personal Agendas
  • Ignoring Advice or Not Following Directions
  • Dishonesty

Article:  How to Scare Recruiters Away

June 24, 2013 Posted by | General Musings, Interviewing 101, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Personal Branding, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Managing Unemployment on Your Resume

Most recruiters are pretty good at reviewing resumes carefully and looking for any yellow flags before engaging with you.  Before presenting you to their clients, they need to be sure they understand your full work history.  When there is a gap in employment on your resume, they will typically ask about it.  In most cases, it is best to have some professional activity filling that gap.  In my latest article for job-hunt.org, I discuss different possibilities to consider.  As always, feel free to comment on this blog entry with ideas of your own to share with the readers of my blog.

Article: Long-Term Unemployed? 5 Options to Fill that “Employment Gap”

April 29, 2013 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Resume Writing, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

"Linking In" with Recruiters

A few years ago, I wrote about the important role LinkedIn plays in your job search and connecting you to recruiters and hiring managers. LinkedIn has changed its format a bit recently, but the message to you is still the same: be easily found by recruiters if you want them to connect with you on LinkedIn and share their job openings.  Take a look at this latest article I wrote for Job-Hunt.org for my thoughts on the subject.

Article: More on How to Be LinkedIn to Recruiters

February 5, 2013 Posted by | Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Know What You Want–Want What You Know

One of the hardest type of candidates to place is the one who has so many talents they have no idea what they want to do next.  Some expect a hiring company to see all their talents and invent a position suited to their abilities.  It typically doesn’t work this way.  At least not when you’re working through recruiters.  They have specific jobs to fill today, and future positions to fill within their specialty or industry.

The key to working with recruiters is to know what you want to do.  And, to want a job that will leverage your expertise.  It is very hard to jump to new job titles where you have little experience.  Recruiters will present only the most qualified candidates.  Period.  Once you are within a company, there may be ample opportunities to cross-train or gain exposure to other talents (and then make that jump).

In my latest article for Job-Hunt.org, I offer a step-by-step approach to determining the job description you want to share with recruiters.  I hope this helps those who feel a little lost in the job search process.

Article:  Knowing What You Want So You Can Find It

November 5, 2012 Posted by | Careers, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment