4 things to keep in mind when answering “What is your greatest weakness?”

A conversation I had with my daughter in the past aroused in me emotions of both concern and relief. Yes, two conflicting emotions, but the feeling that stays with me is the relief. Relief because she was truthful about her faux pas, her display of bad judgement. All was forgiven, although not forgotten. “This is … Continue reading 4 things to keep in mind when answering “What is your greatest weakness?”

4 facts about introverts at parties

Recently I went to an acquaintance's birthday party. When my wife and I agreed to go, I was psyched to have an evening out without kids. It would also be nice to catch up with people I hadn’t seen for a long time. This was two weeks before the night of the party. But as … Continue reading 4 facts about introverts at parties

My 9 LinkedIn failures for 2017

Some of my colleagues and I are participating in The Biggest Loser contest. You know the concept; the person who loses the most weight wins. I'm gonna lose. I'm still eating cereal at night and large roast beef subs, instead of small ones. According to an article in U.S. News Health, 80% of New Years … Continue reading My 9 LinkedIn failures for 2017

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”

8 Ways to challenge yourself if you really want a job in 2017

In my workshops, I often ask the participants to deliver their elevator pitches unrehearsed. Or I’ll ask them to answer interview questions when they least expect it. Or I’ll ask them to talk about their accomplishments. In other words, I challenge them. The job search is stressful as it is. I totally get this. But I … Continue reading 8 Ways to challenge yourself if you really want a job in 2017

LinkedIn is NOT a dating site

And 3 types of inappropriate daters*. In my LinkedIn workshop I make an off-handed comment that LinkedIn is NOT a dating site. I get chuckles from the attendees, but I never seriously consider that some people try to use LinkedIn as a dating site. How wrong I've been. A conversation with a job seeker brought … Continue reading LinkedIn is NOT a dating site

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