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 »

What To Do If You Didn’t Get The Job

December 24, 2014

iStock_000017166883Medium_150You felt like you did great during the job interview, but you didn’t get a call back from the hiring manager. Then, you received an email, thanking you for your time and telling you that someone else was selected for the job. You’re disappointed. You might even feel like stepping outside and screaming. Here’s how to react if you don’t get the job… Read the rest of this entry »

‘Madam Secretary’ TV Show Is Right: In Every Situation, You Have A Choice

December 3, 2014

Secretary of State_Picture_150Early in my career I received an interesting compliment. After a particularly difficult meeting, a high-level executive pulled me aside. He said: “You were the tallest person in the room – always stay that way. You might not understand the meaning behind my compliment now, but you will in a few years.”

He was right, it took me several years until I truly understood what he meant (and by the way, I’m 5’2” tall). I hadn’t thought about his comments in a long time, until I began watching the television show Madam Secretary. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways To Count Your Blessings And Give Thanks This Week

November 26, 2014

Woman with card Thank You isolated on white backgroundTomorrow (Thursday) is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a holiday for most employees. Thanksgiving was originally dedicated to expressing gratitude for the blessing of the year’s harvest. A few years ago, I decided to make Thanksgiving week a time to focus on gratitude and think about all the people in my life (both personal and professional) for whom I’m grateful.

Before I go to sleep each evening this week, you’ll find me writing a quick list of all the people and things for which I’m thankful; little things that might not seem like a big deal, but that make my life even happier. 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 »