March 5, 2014
Some of the worst interviews I’ve experienced as a hiring manager were telephone interviews. I once had a job seeker “Daniel” (name changed) take my telephone interview while he was driving in his car.
I could hear everything, from the traffic noise to ambulance sirens to Daniel stopping at a service station and filling his car with gas. The candidate could have simply sat inside his parked car for the telephone interview. Instead, he wrongly assumed I wouldn’t notice that he took the call while he was driving. Read the rest of this entry »
November 27, 2013
November 20, 2013
A friend of mine recently had a job interview. When I asked what the interviewer thought of him, he didn’t know. He’d been so nervous he had forgotten to pay attention to the hiring manager’s nonverbal communication.
That happens a lot. Most people are so worried about how they come across in an interview that they forget to watch the body language of the interviewer. But being able to read nonverbal cues can increase your chances of interview success. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23, 2013
As a new manager you are now responsible for hiring everyone in your department. While you may have gone through many interviews on the other side of the desk (as the job candidate), interviewing others is a process that should not be undertaken lightly nor conducted without adequate training on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing – or you could legally compromise yourself and create undue legal risk for your company. Here’s what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »
September 25, 2013
Being successful in your career means you aren’t afraid to ‘toot your own horn’ as the old saying goes. For many people, self-promotion falls outside their comfort zone. But there are ways to boost your career and visibility without coming across as conceited. Shameless self-promotion is about knowing what you want and then being your own best advocate.
Try these tips to act as your own PR agent and get yourself noticed (in a good way): Read the rest of this entry »
July 12, 2013
“Think of yourself as a product…” has been an important mindset for achieving my own career success and advice I share often with my career coaching clients.
As any product manager will tell you, a significant part of developing a product is branding, which can often determine its success or failure. With the increased use of social media, many assume creating a personal brand is easy – just set up a Twitter account and start writing a blog! Unfortunately that’s a common misconception, and an approach that can do more harm than good to your personal brand. Read the rest of this entry »
June 26, 2013
Are you a recent graduate looking for ways to be successful in your career (or mid-career, looking for a boost)? Try thinking of yourself as a product and find ways to ‘upgrade’ yourself every year. Even if you’re still paying off your college loans, there are creative and cost effective ways to continuously learn and grow. Here’s how… Read the rest of this entry »
March 27, 2013
Last up in this month’s “Career Boot Camp” blog series (read my previous entries here, here, and here) are my tips on becoming a better presenter, essential if you want to be seen as a good leader, build your workplace credibility, or catch the attention of upper management. Here are five steps to help you utilize every presentation as an opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities and leadership attributes: Read the rest of this entry »
March 20, 2013
If you’ve been following my “Career Boot Camp” blog series this month, you’ll know that last week I covered how to lead effective in-person meetings. Let’s build on that knowledge by focusing on leading conference calls.
When the recession hit, many companies cut costs by greatly reducing the number of in-person meetings. This forced employees into using conference calls as an alternative means of communication. Unfortunately, most people have never received training on how to lead conference calls and tend to take a lackadaisical approach. To ensure colleagues and management aren’t disengaged and multi-tasking on other things during your conference call, follow these five tips… Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2013
This month, I’m taking it back to the basics with my “Career Boot Camp” blog series. Next up in the series is leading effective in-person meetings, which is a requirement if you want to climb the career ladder. Why? Because meetings occur in every business, in every industry, and in every country in the world – there’s no way to avoid them. Use these seven steps to dazzle colleagues and management with your leadership skills and watch the level of your credibility soar: Read the rest of this entry »