LinkedIn: Is Your Profile Helping or Hurting You?

Time to beat this drum again! I still see LinkedIn profiles that aren’t doing you any favors and might actually be hurting your chances of being considered for the position you want. LinkedIn isn’t the only tool you should pay attention to in your job search and career management, but it’s a BIG piece of […]

Tight Labor Market: More Jobs & Higher Pay?

According to many experts, we’re currently experiencing a tight labor market, which should be good news for those of you who are looking for a job or thinking about changing to a new job. Of course, this is a generalization and doesn’t necessarily mean job seekers across the country will find employers knocking on their […]

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 […]