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 »

Introverts: Here’s How You Can Succeed In Job Interviews

December 2, 2015

iStock_000050681258_Medium_150In my years as a career coach, I’ve found that introverted clients often have a tougher time nailing interviews. Job seeking is nerve-wracking for everyone, but the ongoing interaction and need to be always be “on” can be especially draining for introverted personalities.

The assumption that hiring managers are always looking for outgoing star employees who dazzle them with their personalities can translate into nervousness and self-doubt for job candidates who aren’t innately extroverted. But hiring managers aren’t always seeking this employee. Sometimes they need an outgoing go-getter, other times it’s an introspective thinker.

Introverts, to shine in your next interview, try these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: How To Banish Those Job Interview Jitters

July 29, 2015

iStock_000056507028_Medium_150Reader: I get incredible anxiety before and during job interviews. I don’t know why this happens, it just does. Sometimes during interviews my mind goes blank and I don’t know what to say. At other times, I talk so much that I end up talking my way out of the job, because of my rambling. What can I do so I’ll be more relaxed for interviews? Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: How To Respond To Bizarre Job Interview Questions

July 15, 2015

iStock_000020843312_Medium_150A young man I’ve mentored since he was in college recently called me. “Chris” is now about five years into his career and had been interviewing at various companies in search of a more challenging job. He had received a strange question during his telephone interview that day and hadn’t been sure how to answer it.

“The question was bizarre because it had nothing to do with the job requirements and it kind of blindsided me because I wasn’t expecting it,” he explained. “I have no idea if I answered it correctly and now I’m worried that my answer might have cost me the job opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Use A Work Portfolio During Job Interviews To Gain The Hiring Manager’s Attention

July 8, 2015

iStock_000027274769_Medium_150Client: “I’ve been receiving call backs and going to interviews, but I always seem to lose the hiring manager’s interest half way through the interview. How can I hold their attention?”

“Sarah” was in her mid-thirties and had worked as a graphic designer since graduating from college. She had also just finished her master’s degree in communications at a prestigious local university. She had the skills, the experience, and the education, so what was her problem? Sarah hadn’t created a work portfolio – a collection of examples that she could use to show hiring managers how her projects had benefited previous employers and clients. Read the rest of this entry »