4 Ways Hiring Managers Ruin Job Interviews

July 27, 2016

iStockOver the last decade that I’ve been a career coach, I’ve heard a lot of stories from job seekers about their pet peeves with hiring managers.

Here are four of the most common candidate complaints about hiring managers – and tips for hiring managers to fix each issue: Read the rest of this entry »

2 Things That Could Keep You From Landing That Job Offer

July 13, 2016

Dismissal or failed job interviewLeah was discouraged with her job search and hired me to help her. “I’m really good at what I do, but I’m not a dynamic interviewee,” Leah told me during our first meeting. “My resume gets me the telephone interview. That gets me the in-person interview. But then I never get the job offer.”

She took a sip of coffee and sighed as she set her cup on the table. “It’s happened over and over. I practice. I study. I do everything right. But then I don’t get the job. What’s wrong with me?” Read the rest of this entry »

5 Common Job Seeking Mistakes And How To Fix Them

May 18, 2016

Close-up Of Businessman Reading Resume With Tea Cup On DeskMistakes make us human. We’re all guilty of them, but it’s time we stop making them within our resumes, job applications and interviews. Whether written or face-to-face, it’s imperative that we present the best version of ourselves.

So how do you ensure you’re being perceived the way you want? Consider these simple tips to negate the most common job-seeking mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »

Grads: These 4 Things Will Transform Your Job Search

May 11, 2016

pretty african female college graduate at graduation with classmatesCollege graduation is right around the corner, and according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an anticipated 1.87 million students will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree this spring. Many will begin their first real job search, and while NACE says employers expect to hire 5.2 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2016 than they hired from the Class of 2015, that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed a job. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Reasons Why Creating A ‘Life Plan’ Isn’t Such A Great Idea

April 6, 2016

iStock_000063372303_Medium_150On this week’s Madam Secretary television show, Daisy Grant, who plays the (fictional) press coordinator, expressed frustration that she hadn’t accomplished what she thought she would have, at her age. “I’m already two years behind on my life plan,” she tells the Chief of Staff (played by Bebe Neuwirth). “If everything had happened the way it was supposed to, I’d be married and pregnant by now.”

Like many people, Daisy had a list of things she wanted to accomplish in life, but she wasn’t achieving them according to her well-planned schedule. Ever felt like that? Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Hire The Wrong Person! 5 Tips For Finding A Career Coach

March 16, 2016

iStock_000010466280Medium_150“I thought I was hiring someone who could help me with my career, but the person wasn’t a good fit,” Anna told me during our telephone discussion. “I wanted a career coach to help me strategize what it will take for me to move into a management role at the global tech company where I work. Turns out, the person I hired was a ‘life coach’ not a career coach.”

Hiring the wrong person can be frustrating, especially when you realize the mistake after you’ve hired the person. To help you avoid this situation, here are five tips to follow before you hire a career coach. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: What To Do If You Don’t Have The Necessary Job Experience

January 20, 2016

iStock_000064214269_Medium_150“How do I apply for a job even though I don’t have all of the right experience?” I hear this question frequently from coaching clients of all backgrounds and with varying levels of experience.

Whether I’m working with a just graduated college student, someone who wants a promotion or to change careers entirely, or a stay-at-home mom or dad who is returning to work after taking years off to raise kids, there are three simple solutions to this problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond LinkedIn – Using Social Media For Your Job Search

December 30, 2015

iStock_000064660017_Medium_150It’s no secret that LinkedIn is a powerful job search tool. It can help you expand your network, gain job prospects, grab the attention of recruiters and more. There are many other ways to leverage social media to give your job hunt a boost, though. Try these tips during your job search in 2016, to get a leg up on the competition. Read the rest of this entry »