Are Your Job Search Expectations Unrealistic?

The primary objective of your job search is to get a job, right? However, you have quite a few steps to take to reach that goal, and you can stumble if you don’t start with realistic expectations for the outcome. Unrealistic Job Search Expectations For example, if you’re currently earning $50,000/year but aiming for $150,000 […]

Job Search “Costs” – Weighing Your Options

Most of us tend to think twice when we face the possibility of spending our valuable and often-limited resources, whether cash, time or something else. If you’re considering a job search to find your next job, you know what I’m talking about! I’ve touched on this topic before, but it keeps coming up, so I […]

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 […]

Your Job Search Plan & “Seasonal” Changes

In a larger sense, your entire career could be viewed as made up of seasonal shifts, from your first job out of college (spring) to your retirement and possible second-act role (winter).  Your job search might not have seasonal changes that correspond closely to those you experience in terms of climate-based alterations throughout the year, […]

Job Search: It’s “Unfair”!

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 […]

What Does Career Freedom Mean to You?

Fourth of July in the USA celebrates one kind of freedom, but that’s certainly not the only way freedom can be defined. How would you define it? That might be very different from someone else’s definition. The same could be said for career freedom. So let’s explore a little about some definitions of freedom and […]

Sharpen Your Career Management Tool Set with a BlueSteps Review

If you’re a savvy senior manager or executive–or any career-minded individual, for that matter–you know you need a strong set of tools to manage your career productively. Even more, if you’re contemplating a search for a new (potentially better) job, you realize it’s wise to tap into as many resources as possible. Because I’m always […]

LinkedIn — Are You Using it “Right” in Your Job Search?

The title of this post is really a trick question. I think there are many ways to use LinkedIn in your job search, not just one “right” method. However, there are also at least several ways of using it “wrong”–which is to say, badly or not at all. Now I’m not going to “beat you […]