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Jan 23 2012

The Right Message In The Right Time

Last time out I wrote about the importance of clarity in work communication and its effects on job survival.  While at the gigantic Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, I was continuously reminded of the importance of clarity in brevity, particularly when it comes to what we often refer to as [...]

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Jan 24 2011

Art For Jobs Sake!

In the world of job search and career development, we tend to focus mostly on those who are actively looking for full or part time employment, or regular, preferably long term contract or freelance work. Jobs with regular hours, in offices, in the sciences, in technology, in public media, in public and social services, etc.   [...]

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Dec 27 2010

Wasted Networking

Among the additions to a job seeker’s toolbox has been the addition of electronic social networking.  Sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and other tools have proven invaluable to people looking to expand their network and the reach of their searches.  Being able to maintain contact with long known associates, the ability to reach out to those [...]

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Jul 12 2010

Time For A Raise?

Recently my client Jessica and I were discussing salaries and raises.  Her primary question wasn’t IF she should ask for a raise, but if under her current circumstances  was Now a good time? Although Jessica’s situation may be somewhat unique – everyone’s situation is a bit different – I thought there was some good information [...]

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May 15 2010

Coming Around Again: The Annual Review

One of the least favored exercises of employers is the process of annual reviews. Having a sit-down with the entire staff (thankfully not all at once) to discuss personal advances, achievements, goals met, and future targets, as well as problem areas and shortcomings, is frequently a nerve wracking process for the employer, department managers and [...]

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May 03 2010

Going Solo

What are you going to do if your job search does not produce the results you want? Motivated by the need to make money to pay bills, maybe you’ll decide to put some effort into finding contract or consulting work. You know you have marketable skills, so why not give freelancing or [...]

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Oct 19 2009

Above The Crowd

Recently I attended a very large, and very crowded free outdoor 3-day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  Moving between six stages of exceptional talent proved to be an arduous and exhausting experience; that thankfully wouldn’t diminish the inspiration and invigoration fueled by the great music.
But I was thinking that it might have [...]

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Jun 15 2009

My Card!

“Have Gun – Will Travel reads the card of man.”  So went the lines of the theme song (and title) to the popular western starring Richard Boone as Paladin, a soldier of fortune and gun for hire that ran on CBS from 1957 through 1963.  Here was a guy who liberally passed out business cards [...]

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Mar 23 2009

Networking Almost Everywhere; It’s Almost Never A Bad Time To Network

For many people, introducing one’s self to a complete stranger is a very painful experience.  Believe me, I know!  It’s much easier for me to address a room full of people (strangers or not), than to introduce myself to someone I don’t know!!  But to overcome my discomfort talking with strangers took commitment and determination.  [...]

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Mar 09 2009

Are You Ready For Your Closeup?

Recently I met with a small business owner and we discussed recruiting for his growing business.  When I asked him if he did any of his recruiting online and if he looked at resumes posted on job search sites, he answered with a very enthusiastic “Yes!”.  He told me he has been successful in filling [...]

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Feb 23 2009

Go Your Own Way

In school, were you the one who always had a better/different way of doing things?  When the teacher was explaining that 2 + 2 = 4, were you the one who said the same result could be achieved by adding 3 +1?  Or by subtracting 1 from 5?
If you’re still looking at things a bit [...]

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Feb 09 2009

Reach Out

Whether you are a new graduate looking for your first major gig, or an experienced professional who has been laid off, open and honest communication with your network of family, friends and industry peers is your best bet for making headway in your job search.
It is not uncommon to feel withdrawn when you’re out of [...]

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Jan 26 2009

The Object(ive) Of Your Affection

An Objective statement on your resume, and reiterated in your cover letter is a concise way for you to communicate your career goals.  Too often Objective statements are written as flowery batches of verbiage that convey little or nothing about the job seeker’s real aspirations.  Once upon a time it was OK to use a [...]

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Dec 29 2008

Moving Forward

Look, I know the economy sucks right now.  People are getting laid off in record numbers and you begin to wonder whether looking for a job is worth the effort.
Your frustrations mount because there are bills to be paid, you’ve got personal and familial responsibilities, and the outlook is less than optimistic.
Well, I get it!  [...]

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Nov 16 2008

Nice n Soft – Conveying Your Soft Skills

There’s no question that one’s skills, experience and qualifications should be the primary consideration by an employer when selecting a candidate for hiring.  But one of the most important skill sets any applicant can bring to a job is far less recognizable from interviewing alone.  The qualities one brings for being able to deal with [...]

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Nov 05 2008

Clarity In Hiring

Employers have to be clear about what they are looking for when hiring.  It is a difficult thing!
The intro to so many job listings these days includes a blurb extolling the virtues of the company filling the position.  This is important information, it’s part of a good promotion campaign, it helps applicants to know a [...]

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Sep 22 2008

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where will the jobs of tomorrow be?
What industries will be hot, and sustaining 5, 10, 15, 25, 50 years from now?
Most people doing a job search right now aren’t overly concerned with what will be the hot gigs of the next 20 to 50 years.  And employers are mostly concerned with finding and keeping the [...]

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Sep 07 2008

Attitude Is Everything

Recently I was asked to review a cover letter from a bookkeeper/accountant who for many years had been an independent contractor (IC), and who is now seeking a full time position. Luckily for her, she has had a number of very long-term clients, who have kept her very busy, and she has not been [...]

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Aug 11 2008

Keep Track Of The Past For A Safe Future

You can take this title in a variety of ways, and likely you’d be right.  But the issue of the moment lies in the details of what you have previously told your current employer.
Picture this: You’ve been on the job for a few years, built effective relationships, trust and a good record of productivity with [...]

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Jul 13 2008

You’re Facing a Layoff: What Are You Waiting For?

Got a call recently from a former associate who told me he was being laid off at the end of the month. At the time of his call, he had 2 weeks remaining on the job, and he was just starting to reach out to his network. Because he works for a nonprofit organization, [...]

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