Re-frame “Transferable Skills” as a Strong Value Proposition

The concept of transferable skills is almost as old as the hills in the employment arena, but it can still give your job search and career success a hefty boost if you do it right. First of all, you need to keep two critical principles in mind: Avoid giving a “learning curve required” impression to […]

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 […]

Happy or Unhappy at Work – Do You Need a New Job?

Some people believe happiness at work is either an impossible dream or the goal of lazy people who don’t want to work hard. I think it stems from the Puritan work ethic that’s part of the foundation of this country. “If it’s pleasant, it must not be work.” So if you’re looking for happiness as […]

Cover Letters – Are They a Waste of Time?

Clients planning a job search often ask me if a cover letter would be worth doing. I tell them the answer is “yes,” “no,” or “maybe”! Most job seekers know they need a resume of some kind. For one thing, employers expect it. (Despite what you might read about resumes being on their way out, […]

Career Success: When “Go It Alone” Makes No Sense

When you face a job search or career challenge that has you puzzled–even concerned–about what to do next, you might want to consider whether you’ve been trying to solve the problem all by yourself instead of reaching out for help. Sometimes the solution involves identifying a support team of people who are willing and able […]

Job Search: Are the Odds Stacked Against You?

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?

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 […]

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 […]