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 »

8 Tips For Getting Rehired By A Former Employer

February 26, 2014

6829397791_2350c8ec50_q_150x150The 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 »

Job Seekers: Polish Your LinkedIn Profile

November 6, 2013

linkedin_logo_150As 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 »

Top Careers For Women

September 6, 2013

Smiling businesswoman sitting at desk typing on computer.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 »