Your Resume: Fact or Fiction?

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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 […]

Last-Minute Resume – It’s a BAD Idea!

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You get a phone call or an email from someone who urgently needs your resume to submit for a great but time-limited job opportunity. Fantastic! Except for one problem–you haven’t updated your resume in at least 10 years. So you quickly throw together an “updated resume” that you figure will do for the time being […]

Problem Solvers in Demand: Job Search & On-the-Job

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You might be counting on your field of professional expertise or specific skill-set to help you land your next great job opportunity, whether it’s an internal promotion or a new job at another company–and you could be right. But you might have another talent that would turn you into a front-runner, even against stiff competition. […]

Job Search: It’s “Unfair”!

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The concept of fairness may be ingrained in our psyches somewhere, but it often seems to get short shrift in practice. The all-important job search is no exception. Sometimes the lack of fairness seems so blatant that you want to cry (like a small child), “That’s just not fair!” Where’s the problem here? You’re no […]

Interviews – Job Offers – Negotiation

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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 […]

Job Interviews That Go Wrong

You’ve probably had at least one job interview in your career that “went south”–maybe even when you thought you had done well in it. (If not, consider yourself lucky!) Rather than beat yourself up about what seemed like a missed job opportunity, why not treat it as another kind of opportunity–a chance to gather and […]

Don’t Let Uncertainty Unnerve You!

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I’m far from the world’s bravest person, so when I say it’s important not to let uncertainty unnerve you, I’m speaking from the heart. It’s true both of your professional life and your personal life. The question is, how do you handle uncertainty to minimize its adverse effects and open up the best possible outcomes […]

Strategic Thinking & Your Job Search

“Strategy: A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.” (Oxford Dictionaries) If your job search rests on sound strategy, you’re much more likely to achieve a successful outcome–that is, to capture the kind of job opportunity you’re targeting. On the other hand, if you have an idea of where you want […]