April 2, 2014
Here’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 »
March 26, 2014
If 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 »
March 19, 2014
Don’t leave a job interview wondering where you stand with the hiring manager. There are techniques you can use to professionally close an interview so the hiring manager will know that you want the job, and, so you’ll be able to leave knowing the next steps in the hiring process. Read the rest of this entry »
February 26, 2014
The U.S. unemployment rate continues to fall (6.6% as of January 2014) and many people who had lost their jobs because of corporate downsizing are returning to their former employers for job opportunities.
While it may not be possible to get your old job back, if you enjoyed working at a certain company (and left on a positive note), then getting rehired is definitely an option. But before you apply for any positions, here are eight tips to consider: Read the rest of this entry »
December 11, 2013
You’ve made it through the job application submission process and received notification for a telephone interview by a Human Resources recruiter to screen for “cultural fit.” Uh oh. Do you know the differences between a cultural fit interview and a job interview to assess functional fit? Here’s what you need to know about each type of interview… Read the rest of this entry »
November 13, 2013
There’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet about electronic resume submission. To find out what’s truth and what’s hype when it comes to resume-screening software, I interviewed three experts: A recruiting consultant, a senior corporate recruiter at a Fortune 500 company, and the CEO of a company that uses technology to help recruiters source candidates. Read the rest of this entry »
November 6, 2013
As the use of social media in the hiring process has grown in popularity over the last several years, recruiters and hiring managers aren’t hiding from it. In fact, they’re using technology tools such as LinkedIn as a pre-interview tactic to narrow down candidates for job openings.
To find out what they’re looking for, I interviewed technology recruiters and HR experts. Based on their comments, you might decide it’s time to polish your LinkedIn profile. Read the rest of this entry »
September 6, 2013
As college students begin school this fall, one question they’ll contemplate and be asked again and again is “What’s your major?” While I’m an advocate of finding your passion and pursuing it, I also recommend thinking strategically about whether or not your passion can pan out as a career.
It’s important to determine both future job availability and if the salary is one you can live on. With these factors in mind, two fields currently offer great opportunities for college students and those considering a career change – healthcare and technology. Read the rest of this entry »
July 31, 2013
Imagine this… you arrive to your interview confident and excited. You sit across from the hiring manager and he or she says, “Oh, I don’t have a copy of your résumé. Do you have an extra one with you?” Only to realize, you didn’t bring any. Yikes! Being prepared with key documents can increase your chances for a successful interview. Read the rest of this entry »
July 24, 2013
Still not obtaining that coveted job, even though you’ve been doing the right prep work? Maybe it’s time to find internal “sponsors” or “coaches.” These are company insiders who can provide tips about the company and potential positions. They can also serve as your personal advocates or references as you compete for jobs within the company. Read the rest of this entry »