A Tribute to Food Workers Everywhere

Food is a huge business. Growing it. Catching it. Manufacturing it. Packaging it. Cooking it. Baking it. Distributing it. Selling it. Producing TV shows about it. Writing about it. And for some of the real pros in food contests, even eating it can bring in the big bucks.  But there are many food workers who […]

Read More...

Are You One of The Uncoachables?

A friend sent me an article by Marshall Goldsmith that talks about what he calls “lost causes” – in other words, people who can’t be coached. At least not at the moment. For me, the idea of uncoachable people raises some immediate questions. Is anyone really uncoachable? Shouldn’t a good coach be able to guide the […]

Read More...

Is Mandated Job Search Advice Hurting You?

Ideas for articles can come from anywhere at any time. I was in the middle of writing another post when a comment came in that made me decide to do this one instead.  Kim wrote to tell us about her post-interview waiting game stress: “I’m currently a week and a few days into major post […]

Read More...

Do the Words “Job” and “Security” Go Together Any More?

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about career phrases (yes, I know I live an exciting life), and we came across a phrase that may or may not have any resonance in today’s job market. There was a time – some of you may remember – when people had jobs […]

Read More...

How Do You Know When To Say Yes?

I just went through something I want to share with the rest of you. I turned down an opportunity that was very likely to make me good money. Yes…even in this market. For the last few weeks I’ve been speaking to someone who wanted to work with me on a new project he’s thinking of […]

Read More...

Job Search: Does Resume Blasting Get You a Job?

For those of you who aren’t in the career advice field, you may be surprised how animated discussions can get. One discussion in particular is about what some call blasting your resume. When I graduated college, I knew next to nothing about how to get a job – other than the part-time jobs I had […]

Read More...

Is Sucking Up Bad In a Job Interview?

I know this isn’t the most burning question, but I recently had a comment about sucking up in an interview from a delightful 16-year-old  reader named Livi. And it got me thinking. Livi applied for an entry-level job and was wondering how her interview went. She wrote: I was interviewed for a very easy, entry […]

Read More...

Some Thoughts About Resumes for Tech Jobs

While I enjoy the heck out of talking to all of you on this blog, I actually earn my living as an organizational consultant who specializes in business processes. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I decided to write this blog in the first place – to help clue you in to what goes […]

Read More...

Cutting Off Your Thank You Notes To Spite Your Face

Lately there’s been some comments on this site from some pretty ticked off job seekers. After sending thank you notes time and again and never hearing even a peep back – adding insult to injury as they wait to get an actual job offer – they are understandably fed up with the whole hiring process. […]

Read More...

Why You Don’t Need to Match Everything

I was speaking with someone who’s getting ready to send out a small flurry of cover letters and resumes in response to job descriptions she found on a company website. She’s very interested in this particular company, so she was thrilled to see so many openings in her field just as she’s looking to make […]

Read More...