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 […]

Your Job Search Plan & “Seasonal” Changes

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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”!

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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 […]

What Does Career Freedom Mean to You?

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Career Management: You ARE a Small Business

If you’ve ever owned–or worked for–a small business, you know how critical it is to get the word out to your prospective customers about the value you can bring to them. In all probability, no one is going to do this for you. Now switch gears and look at yourself as a job seeker who […]

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 […]