Job Seekers: How To Banish Those Job Interview Jitters

July 29, 2015

iStock_000056507028_Medium_150Reader: I get incredible anxiety before and during job interviews. I don’t know why this happens, it just does. Sometimes during interviews my mind goes blank and I don’t know what to say. At other times, I talk so much that I end up talking my way out of the job, because of my rambling. What can I do so I’ll be more relaxed for interviews? Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: How To Respond To Bizarre Job Interview Questions

July 15, 2015

iStock_000020843312_Medium_150A young man I’ve mentored since he was in college recently called me. “Chris” is now about five years into his career and had been interviewing at various companies in search of a more challenging job. He had received a strange question during his telephone interview that day and hadn’t been sure how to answer it.

“The question was bizarre because it had nothing to do with the job requirements and it kind of blindsided me because I wasn’t expecting it,” he explained. “I have no idea if I answered it correctly and now I’m worried that my answer might have cost me the job opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Use A Work Portfolio During Job Interviews To Gain The Hiring Manager’s Attention

July 8, 2015

iStock_000027274769_Medium_150Client: “I’ve been receiving call backs and going to interviews, but I always seem to lose the hiring manager’s interest half way through the interview. How can I hold their attention?”

“Sarah” was in her mid-thirties and had worked as a graphic designer since graduating from college. She had also just finished her master’s degree in communications at a prestigious local university. She had the skills, the experience, and the education, so what was her problem? Sarah hadn’t created a work portfolio – a collection of examples that she could use to show hiring managers how her projects had benefited previous employers and clients. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Sabotaging Your Chances For A Job Or Promotion?

June 17, 2015

iStock_000049488598_Medium_150Are you sabotaging your chances of obtaining a promotion or a new job? I’ve seen this happen to a lot of people, and here’s the catch – many don’t even realize they’re sabotaging themselves. Find out if you’re holding yourself back and how you can break free of internal negative thoughts.

“I never seem to be the person chosen for a promotion,” my client told me. “I don’t know why I even bother to apply for other positions, since I know they’ll just give it to someone else and tell me I’m not qualified.” Read the rest of this entry »

With A Difficult Coworker – Face Conflict, Don’t Avoid It

June 10, 2015

Angry woman makes face behind person over whiteDealing with difficult coworkers is never fun, especially when it comes to handling a negative coworker who is bringing down morale. When this happens, don’t shy away from the conflict – face it head on.

Reader’s Question: I have an unpleasant coworker who makes snarky comments every day. She’s getting on everyone’s nerves and has turned our previously great department into an unfriendly environment. What should I do to make her stop? Read the rest of this entry »

Being ‘In Tune’ With Those Around You Isn’t Just For Musicians

May 27, 2015

Cellist and violinist playing at the concertI was standing in line for coffee at Starbucks one day when a client walked in, gave me a hug and said, “Wow, that was so strange. I was driving here and thinking about problems at work. All of a sudden I was at the freeway exit and realized I couldn’t remember the last ten minutes I had been driving here.” We got our coffees and sat down but, during the coaching session, my client’s mind seemed to be stuck on work and she had a tough time focusing on our conversation. Read the rest of this entry »