Job Search: It’s More Than Positive Thinking!

A successful job search requires much more than positive thinking, although that’s not a bad place to start. It’s certainly preferable to the polar opposite–i.e., negative thinking. If you’re trying to push a huge boulder up the mountain by yourself, you’re probably destined for failure. Thinking positively that “I can do it” doesn’t usually supply […]

Career Management Lessons from a TV Show?

Believe it or not, you can learn valuable career management lessons from television shows. The lessons come in two flavors: good and bad. Good or Bad Career Management Lessons Successful TV shows can go on for years and remain popular with many viewers. Other shows limp out of the starting-gate and fall on their face […]

Re-frame “Transferable Skills” as a Strong Value Proposition

The concept of transferable skills is almost as old as the hills in the employment arena, but it can still give your job search and career success a hefty boost if you do it right. First of all, you need to keep two critical principles in mind: Avoid giving a “learning curve required” impression to […]

Career Success: Mistakes You Might Regret

We all make mistakes. When those mistakes involve our career success or lack thereof, they can cause us lasting regret or only act as a temporary speed-bump. Have you ever made a career mistake you ended up seriously regretting? If so, you’re undoubtedly in good–and plentiful–company! Aggravating but Mild Career Mistakes Some career-related mistakes–which I […]

What Are You Afraid Of? Career Success or Failure?

Most of us are afraid of something. Some of us are afraid of a lot of things! In terms of your job or career, what are you afraid of? Afraid you won’t succeed and people will look down on you–or afraid you will succeed and won’t be able to live up to it? Success Requires […]

Career Success: When “Go It Alone” Makes No Sense

When you face a job search or career challenge that has you puzzled–even concerned–about what to do next, you might want to consider whether you’ve been trying to solve the problem all by yourself instead of reaching out for help. Sometimes the solution involves identifying a support team of people who are willing and able […]

Job Interview Prep – What Have You Got to Lose?

Job interview preparation is critical–if you hope to have a positive outcome for interviews. And why else would you be pursuing interviews? Very few people in this world, from entry-level to senior executive, can afford to blow off interview preparation as if they’re somehow “above” it and don’t need to pay attention to it. I’ve […]

Your Resume: Fact or Fiction?

Your resume should communicate to prospective employers the value you actually and legitimately have (fact), not embellish unnecessarily, exaggerate or invent value (fiction). Don’t be tempted to “gild the lily” and risk causing yourself possibly major headaches down the road. (Note: According to Urban Dictionary, “gild the lily” represents “a condensation of Shakespeare’s metaphor in […]