Market Your Way to a New Job Opportunity

I’ve always disliked the advice to “sell yourself” to prospective employers. It smacks of commodity-talk, like something you might buy off a grocery-store shelf. Do you really want to place yourself in that category with potential employers? On the other hand, if you don’t communicate your professional value to those employers in an effective manner, […]

Career Success: You Can Do More Than You Think

I’m often amazed when a client expresses hesitation about the value of what he/she has to offer employers–especially when the individual has had good career success at that point. I’ve seen this in cases where the client is aiming to move up in his/her career, which is admittedly somewhat of a challenge at times, but […]

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 […]

Are You Overworked? Underpaid? Unappreciated? Belittled?

If going to work each day involves dragging yourself out of bed, swallowing an antacid, and gritting your teeth as you head to work–you have a problem! You might be overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, or belittled. This kind of unhappy work situation impacts many people and can make unemployment look almost attractive by comparison. Note that […]

Job Interviews & Salary Negotiation – Winner or Loser?

Is there one right answer to how to be a winner in job interviews and salary negotiation? Not really. There are many ways to be a winner–or a loser, if you don’t handle the situation well. I should note that before I became self-employed, I never negotiated a┬ásalary as high as 6 figures , so […]

Are All Job Interviews Useless?

When you line up and go through job interviews, are you wasting your time? This is not an easy question for most of us to answer, although you might have an opinion based on your experience as a candidate (good or bad). Recently I came across an article indicating that companies themselves tend to place […]

Interviews – Job Offers – Negotiation

Wouldn’t it be great if you only needed one interview to get the job of your dreams and the employer offered a salary that was pushing the top end of your target range? Maybe, but if I were you, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one! That said, what can and should you do […]

Recruiting Practices & Your Job Search

If you’ve ever been a job seeker, you know employers don’t design their recruiting practices to make your life easier! While it might not be realistic to expect them to put your interests above their own, why should it be unrealistic to expect them to treat potential employees with respect and make the recruiting/hiring process […]