Chart a New Career Course with Information Interviews

Speaking as someone who has made the bad old job to worse new job transition (a.k.a. “frying pan to fire”), changing employers or jobs is not easy or simple to accomplish, whether or not you are currently employed. But, there are smart ways to make the transition, and the foundation of “smart” is information. Learn, before […]

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Increasing Your Job Search Luck

When you were a kid, did you cross your fingers “for luck” when you were really, REALLY hoping something good would happen? Perhaps, you crossed your fingers as you were getting ready to ask someone out on a date, star in a school play, take your drivers’ license test, or as the teacher/professor was handing […]

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Bad Assumptions About Networking for Your Job Search

Many job seekers have told me how much they hate networking for their job search. They don’t like meeting strangers, particularly when they (and the strangers) have “an agenda.” They’d rather spend (waste?) time endlessly clicking on the “Apply” button on job boards than venture out into the scary world of “NETWORKING”! My favorite networking […]

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Job Search Networking Secrets From the Top Recruiters

I attended the Fordyce Forum, a two-day conference of top independent recruiters (also known as “head hunters”). And it was a VERY educational experience! At the Forum, I was able to meet and interact with over 120 of these top professional networkers in action. And the activities I observed offer important insights for effective job […]

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Why Job Search Is SO Hard Today

The convergence of competition and technology has created the “perfect storm” of elements to make a job search very challenging today. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to land a job now – more than 4 MILLION people are hired every month in the USA. However, landing a job takes focus and effort. Understanding what is […]

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Summer Is a Great Time to Job Hunt

If you think of your job search as a sales process, and you really should because it is, one of the best times to try to make a sale is when the competition is not paying attention – or, at least, not competing with you as much as they usually do. The Best Times to […]

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Choosing the Best Job Postings for You

Indeed.com, the largest job board in the world, currently has over 65,000 jobs open just in Boston, Massachusetts. If you live in Boston, how would you choose the right postings for you? 5 Criteria for Choosing Your Next Job When you see an interesting job posting, use this five-step approach to analyze the posting to […]

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Don’t Be Impossible to Hire!

“For sale: a mode of transportation to get you to work every day. It is reasonably priced, environmentally friendly, and gets great mileage.” Kind of vague, yes? That “mode of transportation” for sale could be: an MBTA public transit pass (only good in Boston for an unspecified period of time), a pair of shoes (high […]

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5 Very Important Reasons to Have Your Photo on LinkedIn

I think of the photos we have in our social media profiles, particularly LinkedIn, as akin to personal logos. I recognize the photos of many colleagues and others from their profiles in the various social networks, and I look for those familiar faces in other settings. Do You Avoid Discrimination by Not Having a Profile […]

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New Grads: These 10 Job Search Mistakes Cost You Time and Money

Your first “real” (as in, now-I-must-be-self-supporting) job search is a learning experience like no other. So many options; so little time! You do NOT want to make mistakes, but you may not be clear on exactly what to do next and what is appropriate. The 10 mistakes that new grads (and many others) make that […]

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