5 Essential Things You Must Do to Find a Job

The availability of Internet and technology has dramatically changed recruiting today. Consequently, to be effective, the methods you use for your job search must change as well, to meet the new requirements. Understand the New Hiring Process For decades we had a standard process for finding a job. Find an ad in the paper (or through […]

Read More...

Successful Elevator Pitches in 7 Parts

Your elevator pitch (also called an “elevator speech”) is a very important tool in your job search toolbox! Your elevator pitch tells people who you are, what you do, that you are good at it, and what you are looking for. The pitch should be very short, lasting only as long as a ride in a […]

Read More...

Ace Your Exit Interview if You Can’t Avoid It

If possible, avoid participating in an “exit interview” when you leave an employer. You do not benefit from participating. In fact, exit interviews can be a dangerous minefield for the exiting employee, where the only “reward” for participation is making enemies. [For more details on WHY you should avoid exit interviews, read Avoid the Exit Interview Trap.] […]

Read More...

Avoid the Exit Interview Trap

Exit interviews are the typical method employers use to discover why employees are leaving. The idea is to discover what needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, while it sounds like a great idea, it isn’t. Nobody wins, and the departing employees can lose big time. If you are the employee who is leaving, don’t take this […]

Read More...

Finding Work After Job Loss

Millions of people lose their jobs every month. If you are the one who has just lost your job, knowing you aren’t alone isn’t much consolation. The good news is that millions of people also land new jobs every month, and you will join that group, too! Land Your New Job in 3 Simple Steps Whether you […]

Read More...

Win that New Job: Find the Newest Job Postings

Being among the earliest applicants for a job is very important for your visibility as an applicant. Applying quickly — and very carefully — for newly posted jobs is often a hard-to-beat advantage, although nothing is guaranteed, of course. Guest contributor Don Goodman offers smart strategies for becoming one of those early applicants. Don is […]

Read More...

Why Did They Take Down That Job Posting?

Perhaps you applied for the job and are anxiously awaiting a response from the employer. But the posting disappeared. One day the job was visible, and the next day (or that evening), it’s gone. What happened? Did they fill it? Did they kill it? Why is it no longer visible? Don’t Panic or Get Discouraged If […]

Read More...

Why Your Job Search May Be Taking So Long

If you’ve been job hunting for a while, you know that job hunting today is a long, hard slog. A job search today is so challenging that nearly 3 million people have been unemployed for over 6 months. An unfortunate side effect of that difficult and extended experience is that you have probably concluded that you’re just […]

Read More...

5 Essential Components of a Successful LinkedIn Profile

I see and hear many complaints about how LinkedIn “doesn’t work” or “is a waste of time.” Usually, when I look at the profile of the person making the complaint, the reason they are struggling is fairly obvious. LinkedIn Is Not a “Quick Fix” for Your Job Search I doubt that there is a quick fix […]

Read More...

After You Start that New Job: Smart Network Management

Once the new job is landed, most of us breathe an enormous sigh of relief, and jump into focusing all our energy and time on succeeding in that new job. Moving on with our career. Finally! YES! However… [MORE: Great! They Want to Hire You, Now What?] Reality: No Job Is Really “Permanent” As we all really know, but […]

Read More...