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”

5 steps to take when you can’t tailor your résumé to a particular position

When I tell job seekers they should tailor their résumés to every position, their eyes widen. Some protest that this is too much work and one or two even become angry and profusely refuse to put in this hard work. The reason I tell my customers to make the effort is because they need to speak to the needs of the employer. … Continue reading 5 steps to take when you can’t tailor your résumé to a particular position

5 tips for promoting yourself in the job search

When I made our town's Little League All-Star team, I ran to my neighbor's house where my father was helping him fix a lawnmower. I burst into the garage and told my father with pride that I'd made the team. Instead of sharing my excitement, he told me not to brag and turned to finish working … Continue reading 5 tips for promoting yourself in the job search

Leaving “I” out of your interview answers is NOT noble. Use a 4-step process to answer interview questions

When I ask my workshop attendees to answer an interview question, some of them refuse to talk about their role in a past assignment. An article on Recruiting Blogs details this problem job seekers have, the unwillingness, or inability to describe their role in a situation. For example, I ask my workshop attendees a question like, "Tell me about … Continue reading Leaving “I” out of your interview answers is NOT noble. Use a 4-step process to answer interview questions

10 reasons why recruiters and hiring managers dread reading a résumé

Here’s a fact: Very few people like reading résumés, especially those who read hundreds of them a week. Ask any recruiter or hiring manager (HM). I critique and write résumés as part of my job. I’ve read hundreds of them and have conducted numerous critique sessions, but I've got nothing over recruiters and HMs. The only bright … Continue reading 10 reasons why recruiters and hiring managers dread reading a résumé

Self-promotion is necessary in childhood and adulthood

I’m not worried about my son. My son is in his second year of playing basketball. He’s quite good, for someone who just started playing, and talks a lot of trash. He’s usually the shortest kid on the court, but he’s fast and dives on the ground like Larry Bird used to. All the parents … Continue reading Self-promotion is necessary in childhood and adulthood

3 reasons why you need a strong LinkedIn Experience section

While I'm amazed that some people don't have a LinkedIn Summary, I'm just as befuddled by folks who don't see the value of a strong LinkedIn Experience section. When employers and visitors see a profile that lacks details in this vital section, the letdown is like air escaping a balloon. Here's the thing, a stunning … Continue reading 3 reasons why you need a strong LinkedIn Experience section