Are You Overworked? Underpaid? Unappreciated? Belittled?

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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 Search: Are the Odds Stacked Against You?

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As if job searching weren’t enough of a pain to begin with, it seems new wrinkles are added all too often. And they’re basically never designed to make your life as a job seeker easier. Companies seem to do their best to put distance between themselves and the great talent they say they need to […]

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 […]

Self-Respect & Integrity in Your Job Search

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Wouldn’t it be great if job searching were a “piece of cake,” with no real challenges or speed-bumps to get past? Theoretically, that would mean you wouldn’t face any serious tests of your self-respect and integrity during the job search. Is that likely to happen in practice? Maybe not. Even the best-planned and -executed job […]

Is Your Resume Old & Tired? Does It Say *You* Are?

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Nostalgia can be fine to indulge in–if kept in its proper place. When you’re engaged in planning a job search or trying to do smart career management, nostalgia might be a costly indulgence! Why is that? Because the core ingredient of nostalgia is looking backward, rather than forward. The word is defined as “a sentimental […]

Successful Job Searching – What You Can Learn from Nature

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You might be saying, “Learn from nature about my job search? That’s crazy!” While it might sound a little off-the-wall, it’s not as crazy as you might think. I’ll admit today’s post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but sometimes we can use a little humor to lighten a task that often stirs up negative emotions in […]

Recruiters and Your Job Search

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Clients often ask me about using executive recruiters in their job search. My first response frequently addresses a key misconception about what recruiters do and don’t do, followed by a few cautionary pieces of advice. If you’re considering recruiters as part of your job search strategy, you might want to take note of this. Misconceptions […]

Job Search – Got a Foolproof Plan?

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Have you ever had a job search go exactly as planned from start to finish? Seriously? In case my question wasn’t clear, I don’t mean in your dreams but in real life! In fact, if you ever did have that experience, I’d love to hear about it, because I don’t think I’ve ever run into […]