3 things to keep in mind when answering, “Tell me about yourself”

The directive from the interviewer, "Tell me about yourself," strikes fear in the hearts of even the most confident job candidates. That's because they haven't given serious consideration to how they'll answer this directive. It's also because they haven't taken time to construct a persuasive elevator pitch, which is one of the most important tools in … Continue reading 3 things to keep in mind when answering, “Tell me about yourself”

10 ways to make your job-search networking meetings go smoothly

The day a woman called me to ask for an "informational interview" I had a feeling it wouldn't go well. The tone of her voice was monotone, unenthusiastic. She was smacking gum in my ear. Regardless, I said yes and then there was silence. "Hello," I said. "Oh, I was just looking through my calendar … Continue reading 10 ways to make your job-search networking meetings go smoothly

3 places where introverts need to get away to recharge their batteries

  Last year my family celebrated our daughter’s graduation from high school with a small celebration. We were near a lake and the temperature was in the 90’s. Many of our friends were there with their kids, who immediately took to the water. It was the perfect setting. I enjoyed conversing with our friends, as we talked about kids … Continue reading 3 places where introverts need to get away to recharge their batteries

2 vital areas where extraverts can improve their job search

With the plethora of job-search advice for introverts (Is) and approximately zero for extraverts (Es), it must make the Es feel...unloved. I'd like to give some love to the Es, because that's the kind of nice guy I am. In this post I'll advise the Es on mistakes they can avoid. There are two components … Continue reading 2 vital areas where extraverts can improve their job search

5 reasons job seekers dread networking events, and ways to make it easier

This post originally appeared on recruiter.com. It never fails: When I mention that networking is the most effective way to look for work, my workshop attendees’ faces go blank. Their eyes are suddenly glued to the tables. Their bodies slump back in their chairs. In other words: They don’t like hearing what I have to say. … Continue reading 5 reasons job seekers dread networking events, and ways to make it easier

14 tips to connect in your community for your job search

Some job seekers see attending organized networking events as akin to meeting their future in-laws for the first time. For some it's downright frightening; one job seeker told me she hyperventilates before she goes to an event. Wow. Perhaps you feel similar symptoms, dreading the times you have to attend organized networking events. You're expected to engage … Continue reading 14 tips to connect in your community for your job search

5 steps to uncovering career opportunities

I tell job seekers in all my workshops that research is key to their job search. I'm being redundant, but it's true and worth repeating. The time you put into research will be a tremendous return on investment. Many believe that the first thing they must do after losing their job is updating their resume. Having done … Continue reading 5 steps to uncovering career opportunities