May 10, 2017
I’ve worked for some pretty bad bosses during my career (as I’m sure you have too). Some became my boss after I was already working in the job, but others were toxic bosses that I should have spotted before I even accepted the job offer.
Here are 7 ways to spot a bad boss – before you take the job: Read the rest of this entry »
May 3, 2017
You’re on a job interview, and the hiring manager says: “Tell me what you dislike the most about your current (or previous) manager.” Uh-oh. How should you respond? Do you tell the truth about how much you detest your boss?
Some hiring managers will purposely ask interview candidates about the worst aspects of working for a boss or employer. Heads up: This is a trick question designed to see if you’ll bad mouth your boss. Read the rest of this entry »
March 15, 2017
Sometimes, searching for a job or trying to find a different job can be so frustrating and stressful that it becomes overwhelming.
It’s important to recognize when you’re feeling overwhelmed, so you can give yourself a personal timeout. That’s right – give yourself permission to take a break from your job search.
Then, follow these three steps to help you move forward: Read the rest of this entry »
December 28, 2016
As you celebrate the Christmas season and New Year and reflect back on 2016, how can you turn 2017 into a year of on-going career success? By creating a career strategic plan.
Someone once said, “Success is the intersection of preparation and opportunity.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work – it requires a plan. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »
December 7, 2016
The holidays and year’s end are quickly approaching! With events and parties galore, this time of year tends to quickly pass by. So be sure you take a little time out from the holiday cheer to take inventory of your career progress in 2016. Also, start thinking about what you’d like to achieve and improve upon in 2017.
I know this is a lot to consider during the busy season, when we’d rather be sipping hot chocolate and shopping for presents! To help you start, here is a list of questions to reflect on. Read the rest of this entry »
November 16, 2016
Now that you know how reading the nonverbal cues of hiring managers can improve your chances of job interview success, this week I’ve focused on the nonverbal mistakes (your own) to avoid during interviews.
While the most important aspect of the interview should be the content of your answers, the interaction you have with the hiring manager is also important, even the nonverbal communication. Good nonverbal communication can help you establish a positive connection, whereas bad/strange nonverbal communication can be, well, odd and sometimes even a little unsettling if you’re the hiring manager. Read the rest of this entry »
November 9, 2016
Has this ever happened to you? You finished a job interview and someone asked how it went, but you weren’t really sure. You had been a little nervous when you arrived at the interview, so you focused on answering the hiring manager’s questions – and forgot 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.
That’s because the way the interviewers react and move their body can demonstrate whether they’re listening or bored, whether or not they agree with what you’re saying, and if they believe you’d be a good fit for the job. So the next time you’re in a job interview, look for these nonverbal cues: Read the rest of this entry »
July 27, 2016
Over 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 »
July 20, 2016
Employers aren’t the only ones who can conduct background investigations and reference checks. So before you accept that job offer, do a little digging to make sure the employer will be a good fit for you. Read the rest of this entry »
July 13, 2016
Leah 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 »