Second Acts: The Job Shifters

Changing trends in the modern workplace have become a fact of life–inescapable, sometimes disturbing, always requiring a flexible attitude from those currently employed or unemployed and trying to improve their situation. I frequently work with job seekers and career management clients who find themselves confronted by the need to determine their next steps and put […]

Persistence in Your Job Search and Career Management

Banging your head against a brick wall and hoping to punch-through by sheer will-power is not recommended. However, persistence in pursuing your job search and career management plans can pay off, and the alternative–giving up–doesn’t offer anything that’s really worth having. As The Executive Blog puts it, “Believing in yourself is one way of improving […]

Successful Job Search: No “Buggy Whip” Candidates Need Apply

For those too young to remember, “buggy whips started to become obsolete when automobiles started to become commonplace in the late 19th century. The buggy whip is now known as an analogy of businesses disrupted by innovation. Buggy whips are often cited…as one of the industries that did not adapt with the advent of the […]

Is Twitter An Effective Job Search Tool?

Three of my colleagues wrote a book a few years ago called The Twitter Job Search, and it’s a good read. However, there’s still not a widespread consensus that Twitter makes an effective job search tool. That said, you shouldn’t let it deter you from checking out Twitter and seeing whether you can apply it […]

Career Advancement through Education

You can find numerous different opinions on the importance and value of education to your career success. Unscientifically, I’d say the weight of opinion probably favors having a college degree–preferably at least a bachelor’s and in some cases a master’s degree. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you’re not necessarily home-free, but you probably […]

Do You Know Where You’re Going and How to Get There?

Now that 2012 is almost upon us, it’s a good time to take a hard look at what we’ve accomplished in 2011 and what we still need and want to do in the months ahead. Without a clear sense of purpose and direction, we’re likely to waste a lot of time floundering around aimlessly. As […]

Expect the Unexpected–in Your Job Search as Well as the Economy

In a previous post I talked about the need to be–and stay–aware of job search trends and other related trends. At the same time, it’s clear that the “experts” in a variety of fields don’t always have all the answers and they can’t predict with a high degree of certainty what the job market or […]

Are Resumes Dead?

Occasionally I read something by a recognized expert on employment issues or job search techniques, suggesting—or plainly stating—that resumes are dead and job seekers shouldn’t bother using a resume to secure their next position. If you’re sitting there staring at your shiny new resume, especially if you’ve just paid a professional to create it, you […]