How Conferences Can Increase Your Value

As I’m preparing to attend the annual conference of one of my professional associations (October 3-6), I’ve been thinking about how a well-planned and well-presented conference can increase one’s value to employers. If you haven’t considered that aspect of your career management recently, I encourage you to give it some thought now. Why Attend Professional […]

Cover Letters – Are They a Waste of Time?

Clients planning a job search often ask me if a cover letter would be worth doing. I tell them the answer is “yes,” “no,” or “maybe”! Most job seekers know they need a resume of some kind. For one thing, employers expect it. (Despite what you might read about resumes being on their way out, […]

Tough Job & Career Choices

If you had several job opportunities to consider, wouldn’t you think that was a great situation to be in? Maybe. Sometimes, having multiple possibilities to choose from isn’t as clear-cut as it might seem at first. Tough Choices & Only You Can Decide Suppose you have five companies interested in you. You’ve had preliminary phone […]

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 […]

Career Success Takes Hard Work

Sorry, but I don’t believe there’s a proven “easy” path to long-term career success. Most things worth having are worth working for–and do require work, not wishful thinking or a haphazard effort. Your career success falls into that category. I’d actually suspect that most of you “get” this point. You’re not likely to hold your […]

Does Your Job Search Have Any “Low-hanging Fruit”?

Human nature seems prone to look for an easy way to do things. That’s called going after the “low-hanging fruit,” which a dictionary defines as “something easily achieved or obtained; the most readily achievable goal.” The bad news is, you can’t reach a successful job search outcome by concentrating on easy goals. The good news […]

Your Career and the Search for Talent

You might have heard the term “talent wars” or something similar, which generally refers to companies competing for top talent even when a lot of job seekers are unemployed (and some have been for an extended period). If you’ve been looking for a new job or trying to move out/up from your current job for […]

Network Your Way to Job Interviews and Offers

To some job seekers, “networking” is almost a dirty word–something they want to avoid like the plague. This isn’t a new thought; we’ve been around this track a few times before. However, in the unpredictable times we live in now, seemingly old methods can become new again, at least in terms of their importance to […]