Job Seekers: Here’s How To Obtain LinkedIn Recommendations

July 23, 2014

iStock_000017000243Medium_150x150In last week’s blog I explained how job seekers can use formal letters of recommendation to help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. This week, I’m focusing on obtaining LinkedIn recommendations.

Many younger job seekers are foregoing formal letters of recommendation and instead, asking people for recommendations they can include on their LinkedIn profile. Then, they choose the recommendations they want to show within their profile and can hide (or unhide) the others. Many of my clients print out their LinkedIn recommendations and provide them to the hiring manager at the end of job interviews instead of formal recommendation letters. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Use Recommendation Letters To Give Yourself An Edge

July 16, 2014

iStock_000000133558Medium_150x150“Are you serious?” my twenty-two year old client Brittany (named changed) said, and then rolled her eyes. “You’re going to make me ask people to write recommendation letters? I thought that was something people only did back in the old days.”

Sigh. While I’d like to think I’m not as old as the dinosaurs, there are some days I definitely feel like it. Especially when it comes to discussing the topic of job recommendations with my younger clients. Brittany did have a point, though. The use of recommendation letters has changed over the last decade.

In the past, obtaining recommendation letters was a requirement of the job search process. Today, not as much. Now, this step is considered optional, but savvy job seekers understand that it can help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Never Accept A Counter Offer When You Resign

July 9, 2014

iStock_000019508849Medium_150x150It was a moment in my career that I will never forget. I had accepted a new job at a different company and when I went into my boss’s office to quit, with resignation letter in hand, he offered me a higher salary if I would remain in my current job.

Even if you think this would never happen to you, it is best to prepare in advance so you’ll feel comfortable with your response, which should always be: “No, thank you.” Surprised that I’m telling you to decline your manager’s counter offer? Here’s why… Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Avoid Saying This During Interviews

July 2, 2014

iStock_000013853691Medium_150x150You’re sitting in a job interview and the hiring manager says, “Tell me what you dislike the most about your current (or previous) manager.” Your heart beats faster and the palms of your hands begin to sweat. Uh oh. How should you answer the question? Do you tell the truth about how much you detest your boss? Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Consider This – Before You Change Jobs

June 18, 2014

iStock_000011434000Medium_150x150Whenever someone comes to me for coaching to obtain a different job or change careers, the first question I ask is, “Why do you want to change jobs?”

It sounds like a simple question, right? But, it’s actually pretty complex, and it often leads to some soul-searching to discover why the person is unhappy in their current job and whether or not changing jobs is in their best interest.

Are you considering a different job? Before you jump into the job seeker process, take the time to consider why you want to change jobs. Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax, and write out your list of reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Strategic Career Plans Aren’t as Scary as You Think

June 10, 2014

Today'sInspiringWomen_150I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Deanne Demarco’s radio show “Today’s Inspiring Women.” We discussed the beginning of my career and the moment I realized how beneficial a career strategy could be. I set ambitious goals (reaching the executive level of a Fortune 500 company and having my own business), and a strategic plan allowed me to achieve them faster and more efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Take Casual Fridays Too Casually

May 28, 2014

iStock_000010650382Small_150x150Late spring is when many companies loosen their work attire requirements, especially for Casual Fridays. Just (please) don’t come to work wearing bike pants and a tank top.

“Casual Friday” can mean different things to different companies, but no matter what the company, it doesn’t mean you should show up at the office in your gym clothes. While wearing stretchy leggings with a jog bra underneath a T-shirt or bike pants and a tank top might be comfortable, it will never allow you to project a leadership image. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: 7 Tips For A Successful Panel Interview

May 21, 2014

Group Of Businesspeople Interviewing Woman In OfficeA young woman I was mentoring called me with panic in her voice. The recruiter had just told her that her job interview had been changed from individual interviews to a panel interview.

Due to time constraints, instead of meeting individually with the hiring manager and then with two other managers, she would now meet them all at once in a 45-minute panel interview.

“Jackie” (name changed) was worried, because she’d never been through a panel interview. The thought of sitting across from three people while they rapidly fired questions at her was terrifying. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Not A Company Picnic, It’s A Business Event: Tips To Survive

May 14, 2014

iStock_000017942186Medium_150x150The sun is finally shining brightly and you’ve just been told that your employer has scheduled a picnic for employees and their families. You’re thinking about hot dogs, apple pie, baseball and finally getting to relax with your colleagues.

Many people don’t think twice about how they should act at company events, such as a spring or summer picnic. News flash: It’s not just a company picnic – it’s a “business” event. Read the rest of this entry »