Job Seekers: How To Gracefully Quit Your Job

April 16, 2014

iStock_000022114280Medium_150x150You just accepted a new job. Congratulations! Way to go! You’re so excited, you feel as if you could fly. Then it hits you… now you have to quit your current job. Ugh.

Don’t worry, just follow these steps to exit your current job in a manner that is professional and will leave your reputation intact: Read the rest of this entry »

Office Etiquette: Tips To Overcome Bad Manners At Work

April 9, 2014

Stock_000022584122Medium_150x150“James” (name changed) didn’t realize he was causing anger and frustration among his coworkers. Because he scheduled meetings back-to-back, he would regularly show up to his next meeting 10-15 minutes late. James also checked his email messages and took cell phone calls – during meetings.

Worse yet, because James wanted his manager to view him as productive, he rarely took days off when he was sick; choosing, instead, to come to work and expose his coworkers while he coughed and sneezed his way through the day. 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 »

Job Seekers: Don’t Forget To Prepare Questions For The Employer

March 12, 2014

Business team hiding their faces behind question mark signs at officeThe job interview I was conducting had been going well. The candidate, “Eric” (name changed), was intelligent, articulate, experienced, and met the majority of the job requirements. Near the end of the interview I paused. “Now that I’ve spent the last 45 minutes asking you questions, do you have any questions for me?” I asked.

The candidate stared at me with a look of sheer terror on his face. He looked down at his feet and then over at the clock on the conference room wall. I could see that he was frantically trying to come up with a question as he squirmed in his chair. Finally, he mumbled, “Um, no, not really.” An awkward silence followed. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Treat Telephone Interviews Like In-Person Interviews

March 5, 2014

iStock_000016732914Medium_150x150Some of the worst interviews I’ve experienced as a hiring manager were telephone interviews. I once had a job seeker “Daniel” (name changed) take my telephone interview while he was driving in his car.

I could hear everything, from the traffic noise to ambulance sirens to Daniel stopping at a service station and filling his car with gas. The candidate could have simply sat inside his parked car for the telephone interview. Instead, he wrongly assumed I wouldn’t notice that he took the call while he was driving. 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 »