Job Seekers: Here’s How To Obtain LinkedIn Recommendations

July 23, 2014

iStock_000017000243Medium_150x150In last week’s blog I explained how job seekers can use formal letters of recommendation to help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. This week, I’m focusing on obtaining LinkedIn recommendations.

Many younger job seekers are foregoing formal letters of recommendation and instead, asking people for recommendations they can include on their LinkedIn profile. Then, they choose the recommendations they want to show within their profile and can hide (or unhide) the others. Many of my clients print out their LinkedIn recommendations and provide them to the hiring manager at the end of job interviews instead of formal recommendation letters. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Use Recommendation Letters To Give Yourself An Edge

July 16, 2014

iStock_000000133558Medium_150x150“Are you serious?” my twenty-two year old client Brittany (named changed) said, and then rolled her eyes. “You’re going to make me ask people to write recommendation letters? I thought that was something people only did back in the old days.”

Sigh. While I’d like to think I’m not as old as the dinosaurs, there are some days I definitely feel like it. Especially when it comes to discussing the topic of job recommendations with my younger clients. Brittany did have a point, though. The use of recommendation letters has changed over the last decade.

In the past, obtaining recommendation letters was a requirement of the job search process. Today, not as much. Now, this step is considered optional, but savvy job seekers understand that it can help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Avoid Saying This During Interviews

July 2, 2014

iStock_000013853691Medium_150x150You’re sitting in a job interview and the hiring manager says, “Tell me what you dislike the most about your current (or previous) manager.” Your heart beats faster and the palms of your hands begin to sweat. Uh oh. How should you answer the question? Do you tell the truth about how much you detest your boss? Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Consider This – Before You Change Jobs

June 18, 2014

iStock_000011434000Medium_150x150Whenever someone comes to me for coaching to obtain a different job or change careers, the first question I ask is, “Why do you want to change jobs?”

It sounds like a simple question, right? But, it’s actually pretty complex, and it often leads to some soul-searching to discover why the person is unhappy in their current job and whether or not changing jobs is in their best interest.

Are you considering a different job? Before you jump into the job seeker process, take the time to consider why you want to change jobs. Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax, and write out your list of reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: 7 Tips For A Successful Panel Interview

May 21, 2014

Group Of Businesspeople Interviewing Woman In OfficeA young woman I was mentoring called me with panic in her voice. The recruiter had just told her that her job interview had been changed from individual interviews to a panel interview.

Due to time constraints, instead of meeting individually with the hiring manager and then with two other managers, she would now meet them all at once in a 45-minute panel interview.

“Jackie” (name changed) was worried, because she’d never been through a panel interview. The thought of sitting across from three people while they rapidly fired questions at her was terrifying. Read the rest of this entry »

Career Changers: 4 Tips To Determine If Your Skills Are Transferable

April 30, 2014

iStock_000005784924Medium_150x150One of the questions I’m often asked by job seekers who want to change careers is how to figure out if their skills are transferable to other industries. Here are four ways you can do this: 1) Analyze the job requirements, 2) Analyze yourself against the job requirements, 3) Seek out people already working in your target career or industry, and 4) Consider general skills necessary across almost all industries and careers. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: 8 Tips To Negotiate Your Starting Salary

April 2, 2014

A smiling businesswoman shakes hands with a young businessmanHere’s the sad truth I’ve learned as a career coach: Women rarely negotiate their starting salary. Most of the women I’ve coached tell me they’ve never even considered negotiating their salary for a new job. As the majority of male business executives will confirm, being a good negotiator is a critical success factor for climbing the career ladder. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Avoid Giving Away Your Job Search

March 26, 2014

iStock_000014400548Medium_150x150If you’re looking for a job outside your current employer, it’s often helpful to avoid giving away your job search. That’s because if you’re discovered, it can sour your relationship with your boss, which can be detrimental if you change your mind about obtaining another job. And, there are some managers (hopefully rare) who may even take the drastic step of ending your employment. Read the rest of this entry »