Job Seekers: How To Earn The Job During Your Second Interview

January 21, 2015

Handshake to seal a deal after a job recruitment meetingWhen you’re on the short list of final candidates for a second job interview, the key to success is to demonstrate to the hiring manager why you are the person they should hire over any of the other candidates. Here are two ways to accomplish this: Read the rest of this entry »

National Mentoring Month: Historic Figures Can Also Be Mentors

January 14, 2015

iStock_000014188963Medium_150January is National Mentoring Month, created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership to focus attention on the need for mentors for young people. I’ve been a mentor to others for most of my career and I’ve been a mentor for the University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA students for almost a decade now. Being a mentor continues to be a very rewarding experience, but when I think back to my own mentors as I grew up, not all of them were there for me in person – some were figures in history.

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How To Turn 2015 Into A Year Of Career Success

January 7, 2015

iStock_000050416700Medium_150In my last blog, I discussed the importance of doing things differently during 2015. One of the tips I mentioned was creating a career strategic plan – to get you from where you are today, to where you want to be. That sounds difficult, you’re probably thinking. Actually, it’s not.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a famous French writer, once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Achieving success requires more than luck, more than hard work — it requires a plan. And the great part is that your plan doesn’t have to be difficult to create or complex. Here is my (simple) advice for creating your very own career strategic plan: Read the rest of this entry »

Why Your New Year’s Motto Should Be: ‘Different Is Good’

December 31, 2014

iStock_000048509430Medium150When I was about eight years old, both sets of grandparents came to stay with us during the holidays. For me, it was like a dream come true, because it meant that I got to bake cookies with both of my grandmothers. During a snowy afternoon, we tried a new cookie recipe I had found in one of my mother’s many cookbooks. Together, we added ingredients to a big bowl, mixed them together and then ooh’d and ahh’d at the fabulous aroma while the cookies baked. Read the rest of this entry »

Part 3: Addressing A Different Kind Of Resume Gap – Just Graduated

November 19, 2014

pretty african female college graduate at graduation with classmatesToday is Part 3 of a three-part blog series focusing on how to address gaps in your work history. Part 1 explained ways to handle gaps on your resume when you’ve taken time out of your career to raise children, care for elderly parents, or if you were laid off. In Part 2, I provided examples on how to explain work gaps in your cover letter. Part 3 addresses a different kind of gap – when you’ve recently graduated from school and don’t have a lot of work history to include on your resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Part 2: Addressing Work Gaps In Your Cover Letter

November 12, 2014

Close-up of a fountain penLast week I focused on how to handle work gaps in your resume. This week I tackle the topic of ways to address gaps in cover letters. As I mentioned in my previous blog, having a gap in your work history isn’t as big of a deal as most people would think. But if you feel that you won’t get called for an interview if you don’t provide an explanation in your cover letter, then here are a few examples to use as guides: Read the rest of this entry »