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 […]

Tough Job & Career Choices

If you had several job opportunities to consider, wouldn’t you think that was a great situation to be in? Maybe. Sometimes, having multiple possibilities to choose from isn’t as clear-cut as it might seem at first. Tough Choices & Only You Can Decide Suppose you have five companies interested in you. You’ve had preliminary phone […]

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 […]

Successful Job Searching – Do You Have What It Takes?

Let’s assume you have good qualifications for the positions you’re targeting (which is not always a safe assumption). Does that mean you’re assured of conducting a successful job search–i.e., one that results in the job offer you want? Not necessarily. Whether you’re a senior-level executive or someone who’s still pursuing a higher level, you have […]

Career Management – Pursuit of Excellence, Not Perfection

As the slightly mangled saying goes, “Pobody’s nerfect!” (Translation: “Nobody’s perfect!”) Many of you have probably experienced speed bumps inĀ  your career path over the years. If it was because you misread a cue you think you should have spotted, take a deep breath and cut yourself some slack. I believe that perfection is an […]

Career Satisfaction & Lateral Moves

Many people change jobs to gain career advancement because they feel stuck where they are and see no likelihood of change in their current organization. Conventional wisdom suggests that moving “up the ladder” is the way to advance professionally, which might mean finding a new job in another company. However, a relatively new trend in […]

Talent vs. Hard Work in Job Success

Companies theoretically want to hire high-performance employees, and if that describes you, you probably want to be hired by a company that will recognize and appreciate the value you bring to it. The trick is, how do companies determine ahead of time whether someone will be a high performer and how do you present yourself […]

Freelance Workforce vs. Direct Employee

If you’re currently working and aren’t a direct employee of a company, you would probably be part of the freelance workforce. That’s either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on several factors. Regardless, it points to a trend that has been growing over the years and could have relevance for you in the […]