Archive for the 'Attitude' Category

Are You Doing Your Career Yard Work?

It’s that magical time of year when there is always something that needs weeding, planting and watering if a yard is to thrive. Regardless of the time spent laboring the day before, new things pop up daily demanding attention. Any guesses for how this relates to managing your professional development or job search? It’s pretty […]

You “Can Do The Job” – So What?

Care to hear a line I hear frequently? “I don’t understand companies! They aren’t giving me a chance even though I know I’ve proven I can do the jobs I’ve applied for!” My response to that is, “so what?” Great, you’ve proven you can do the job. It’s highly likely other candidates have, too. Making […]

Make The Call!

A good friend called me today. Moments earlier a recruiter had informed her she wouldn’t be advancing in the process for a job she thought she had a good shot of landing. She’d interviewed well in the first round, was a point-by-point match in terms of experience and had connections to key employees in executive […]

Value Yourself!

Today I’ve got to talk about Diane…not her real name. Diane is a wonderful woman with a solid professional background. I met her recently at a networking event. I sat beside her, actually. She immediately struck me as professional, smart and kind. During that meeting I was impressed enough to suggest she contact a company […]

Wrong Answer In The DIY Generation

What do you mean you don’t know something because no one has ever shown you before? It’s 2011! DIY isn’t just a home improvement trend, it’s a culture shift. When someone tries to pin their lack of understanding of something on others not taking the time to get them up to speed I have to […]

Dumb Questions Do Exist

Whoever came up with “there’s no such thing as a dumb question” lied. Dumb questions most certainly exist. I know because I’ve been on the receiving end of my fair share of them for years. It’s not that the individual having a question is dumb. It is more the individual’s choice to pose a question […]

What The Winners Have In Common

Most who read my blog posts are looking for some nugget of wisdom that will help them generate positive results from a job search. I thought it might be a good idea to share some observations of what those who  have recently landed jobs have in common. So here goes… They have magnetism. They have […]

Don’t Avoid Your Job Search Because It’s Painful

There are times when looking for work just hurts, physically and mentally. This is especially true for those who are unemployed while on the hunt. Few situations force us to come to terms with fears, inadequacies and bad habits like a job search does. Most humans have an inclination towards self-preservation. Because of this we […]

“I Know What I Don’t Want…”

When I ask job seekers to give me an idea of what they want to do, what I often hear in return is…”well, I know what I don’t want.” Sound familiar? I have good news for those who can identify with the above. If you know what you don’t want, you know more about what […]

Unemployment Numbers

Unemployment numbers…they’re up, they’re down, they’re up, they’re down, they’re stagnant, they’re up, they’re down… I’m sure I’m not the only one with a kink in my neck trying to keep track of it all. This week we are firmly in the “up” category. The official percentage is 9.2. I suspect the actual number is […]