5 reasons why older job candidates shouldn’t discriminate against younger interviewers

Amy, a colleague of mine who looks no older than 30, came to me to tell me of meetings she had just had with a job seeker and to give me some advice. In her rapid voice, she told me that she had just met with an older male who treated her as though she were a … Continue reading 5 reasons why older job candidates shouldn’t discriminate against younger interviewers

Don’t take the telephone interview lightly; be prepared for 4 potential problem areas

Recently a former customer of mine told me the great news that he was offered an engineering position. He was extremely happy about getting the job and thought he'd enjoy working for the company, even though he never met anyone at the company. After five interviews he was offered the job. These interviews were all conducted … Continue reading Don’t take the telephone interview lightly; be prepared for 4 potential problem areas

11 job-search blunders I find hard to believe

Some things I find hard to believe; like I stepped on my scale this morning expecting to be two pounds heavier due to weekend of overeating, but I was actually two pounds lighter. Or I deliver the best workshop of my life and receive less than stellar evaluations. What about my wife still talking to me after … Continue reading 11 job-search blunders I find hard to believe

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

10 first impressions for job-search success

When I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones, I was not impressed. I’d heard it was a great show, but the gratuitous violence did more to turn me off than draw me into the most important episode of the series. I haven't returned to the show since. I know you’re thinking this is a post about first … Continue reading 10 first impressions for job-search success

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

Can we have a little transparency at the interview, please?

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  A conversation with my daughter in the past aroused in me emotions of both concern and relief. Two conflicting emotions you're thinking. Yes, two conflicting emotions, but the feeling that stays with me is the feeling of relief. The feeling of relief because she was truthful about her faux pas, her display of bad judgement. All was … Continue reading Can we have a little transparency at the interview, please?