Archive for February, 2010

What’s The Logic In Giving Up?

I keep hearing reports on the growing number of Americans who have given up looking for work. What? Exactly how does one make that decision without also giving up any future plans to eat, sleep under a roof and wear more than tree leaves for clothes? News like that gives me a rash. I know […]

Maybe If Your Job Involved Karaoke?

There are few things you can do in this world where people cheer you on and ask for more when you perform badly. Karaoke is about all I can think of at the moment. And it’s hard to say if that would still be the case if those doing the clapping had to pay the […]

Airplanes

What could airplanes possibly have to do with a job search? I’ll get to that in a moment. First, a little background. I hate to fly. HATE IT! Even though I look composed while securely strapped in my seat, I’m a mess of nerves. When I fly there is always a Reader’s Digest in my […]

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

This is going to sound like a no-brainer, but when you make a networking connection it is important to provide that person with a way to get in touch with you. Job seekers who are out mingling with the business crowd have the ear of a number of people in a position to learn of […]

A Thank You A Day Keeps Your Job Search In Play!

Do you want to add more energy to your job search? Commit to sending out at least one thank you letter a day. Truly motivated individuals will shoot for more. Why assign a goal to the process of sending out thank you letters? It’s simple. When you have a goal like that you are more […]

Are You Fixing What’s Truly Broken?

A dear friend of mine is on the umpteenth version of her resume. She’s constantly tweaking the content. She’s been looking for a job for several months now and keeps feeling the need to make changes. Everyone is weighing in on what could be different or better. What’s interesting to me is she hasn’t really […]

Don’t Be A Momentum Killer

When I encounter a job seeker determined to dwell on the negative, it feels a lot like when a slow moving vehicle pulls out in front of me and forces me to take my foot off the gas pedal. One moment I’m cruising along, accomplishing things on my mission. In the next moment, I’m stuck […]

Palm-to-Forehead Moments

Have you ever had a palm-to-forehead moment after an interview when you realized you failed to mention key details about your qualifications and accomplishments? You’re not alone. I’m going to skip the lecture on how proper preparation prior to an interview helps prevent this outcome and jump right to what to do when it happens. […]

Um, Who?

When interviewing someone, one of the main things I look for is whether or not the person gets it. Now, what is “it?” In a nutshell, the person needs to show me they have a clue of what it takes to successfully navigate the job. Their words and actions must convey they are engaged in […]

Help Me Get Lansing Professionals Working

Some of you are aware I am working on a special project to bring unemployed professionals together and increase their exposure to corporate decision makers in the Lansing, Michigan. As of last week, Capital Area Michigan Works has given me the green light to organize career networking groups. These groups will be organized by profession, […]