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Managing Career Change

The majority of the working population alter their career path at least once in their professional life.  It could be minor and within their own employer’s walls.  Or, it could be a life-changing event, like leaving consulting to become a high school literature teacher.  Typically, it’s a little tougher to get buy-in from potential employers that you can adequately handle a new role utilizing new skills (as compared to the competition who may have had that role before).  My latest article for job-hunt.org discusses many aspects of managing this leap.

Article:  How to Transition to a New Career

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September 19, 2017 Posted by | Careers, Job Search, Job-Hunt.org article, Resume Writing, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

Job Search in 2017

As has become tradition on my blog, I’m sharing a great annual collection of job search articles put together by a colleague.  From interviews, to resumes, to LinkedIn profiles, to personal branding.  Take a look at these if you’re going to be searching for a new job in 2017.

Article:  The Top Job Search Articles of 2016

December 15, 2016 Posted by | Interviewing 101, Job Search, Personal Branding, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | Leave a comment

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

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

Tips to Land a Job in 2014

One of my colleagues asked six experts and prolific bloggers in the career resource/recruiting industry a simple question:

“What are your top 3 useful tips that a job seeker would need in 2014 to land a job?”

Here’s what he collected:

Article: Career Expert Roundup: 3 Tips To Land A Job in 2014

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Careers, Interview with Jeff, Job Search, Personal Branding, Resume Writing, Social Media, Working with Recruiters | 1 Comment

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

Counter-Offers Can Be Counterproductive

Once in a while, when a job seeker submits their resignation and offers a two-week’s notice, they get a surprise in return: a counter-offer. Quite frequently this includes a match on salary with the new company and sometimes an increase in responsibility. In this situation, many things can go wrong for all involved.

The Candidate Perspective

I once had a friend go through this experience and he was perplexed as to which path to take. He was the one to instigate a job search process, so I was a little surprised there was even a decision to be made. After all, once you start a job search, it’s likely you have already decided, for whatever reason, that it is time to go. The counter-offer covered both money and responsibility. Even long-term growth potential. My friend had a long list of concerns, but in the end, I asked a simple question: “When you drive to work each day, what is it you want to do when you get there?”

In other words, no two jobs or companies are exactly the same. When the current company offers you reasons to stay, you need to remind yourself why you wanted to leave. Will those issues be addressed? Even if there are promises to address them, will they be able to live up to their intentions? Does past performance indicate they are true to their word? Without an employment contract, their word is all you have.

Just remember, money and title are nice. But 40-70+ hours of work per week is a long time to spend doing something (or being somewhere) you don’t enjoy. Most people want to accomplish something professionally. Be sure to consider which opportunity truly offers this chance?

The Current Employer Perspective

No one likes to lose good employees. Especially if we have groomed them, trained them, and depended on them for a long time. However, when an employee makes the hard decision to leave, you must accept you missed the boat somewhere and didn’t address the issues along the way. Trying to band-aid the situation by keeping them on board will likely prove to be temporary. The joy of a raise and new title is short-lived in the working world. Six months later, they will realize they still want to move on.

Sometimes the boss offers a counter just to protect their own reputation. Are you the first to leave the group in a while, or part of a series of folks leaving? Is the timing really bad for the company? You need to assess why the offer is being presented. Is it simply because you are too good to lose? And if so, why did it take a resignation to prompt this kind of action?

If you accept the counter, you should realize that some companies will start a search for a replacement anticipating your future departure. This is a disastrous situation as you may be potentially fired (or overlooked for future promotions). Instead of people moving on and new people moving in allowing for growth for all involved, the situation turns stagnant, and sometimes unfriendly.

The New Employer Perspective

No company has time to waste in a job search. They do not like interviewing candidates who turn out to be just “kicking the tires” and “seeing what’s out there.” They want to meet candidates who are ready to join their team, not consider it.

When a candidate rejects an offer to stay where they are, the relationship between the two is strained or severed. In essence, the company feels the candidate was not honest during the process.This impression is all they remember (and likely marked in their records/database).

If you are only curious about opportunities at a company, take one of their current (or past) employees out to lunch so you can get a true perspective of what it’s like to work there.

Bottom Line

When considering whether you want to leave, make a sound decision. Ask yourself right at the start, “If my company countered an equal offer, would I consider it? And why?” You may just need to have a heart-to-heart with your boss and ask how you can improve your current situation through increased responsibility or redirection of your role. If you do decide to leave, don’t look back unless you’re absolutely certain your old job will become better than the new job.

January 14, 2014 Posted by | Careers, General Musings, 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