Your Resume: Fact or Fiction?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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 […]

Too Much Work? What to Do?

Unless you’re Superman or Wonder Woman, a workload overload situation could drive you to distraction–or worse! Since we’ve just started a new year, this might be a great time to evaluate what your work situation is and whether the workload is sustainable through the year ahead. Overwhelmed and No End in Sight When your over-the-top […]

Time to Re-Think Your Job Search

While many people are probably anticipating enjoyment of New Year’s eve celebrations and possibly their favorite sporting or other events associated with New Year’s day, you might be thinking instead of your upcoming job search–and wishing you could just relax and enjoy the holidays! If you’ve so far neglected to get a December head-start on […]