Archive for January, 2011

The Sorry State of Sorry

A friend and I were talking about how hard it seems to be to find people willing to take ‘full’ ownership of the mistakes they’ve made at work or during a job search. There is a tendency to skirt around issues entirely or acknowledge them with a quick addition of how someone else is more […]

Finding A Way To Win

My beloved Michigan State Spartans lost to Michigan in basketball last night. I expected it to happen, actually. As much talent as the team has, they’ve been unable to put it to use this season. Missed shots, sloppy defense and a never ending stream of distractions have taken their toll. I think a lot of […]

We Like Fresh

Most people find fresh appealing. Consider how much you appreciate fresh food, air or sheets. Aside from things like wine and cheese, I can’t think of anything people prefer musty. Folks, I’m  here to tell you many people are struggling in their job search because they aren’t getting their fresh on. Their approach, responses, perspective, […]

When Humor Sounds Angry

Jokes don’t hide anger and frustration. If anything, they amplify those types of emotions and give individuals on the receiving end of the manufactured humor the wiggles and squirms. Many job seekers are in a tough place emotionally. They understand employers don’t want the negative energy that goes along with those feelings, so there are […]

Job Seekers…Go Grocery Shopping

Looking for work? You’d be surprised what you can learn from a grocery store when it comes to strategy. Grocery stores have been in the business of selling their collective environments and individual product offerings for years. Take a moment to visit your local store and pay close attention to what the store is doing […]

What If They Aren’t Lazy?

You know that unemployed person you know who is lazy and sitting around all day and not doing anything to find work? Well, what if you’re wrong? What if, while you’re at your 40+ hour per week job that takes you away from observing his every move, he is actually making an effort? What if […]

Make It Easy For Me

You’d be surprised how difficult it can be to connect with job seekers. In a time of fierce competition for jobs, it’s important to make sure employers have easy ways to get in touch with you.  Here are a few examples of what I run into frequently. Changing your cell phone or internet service/provider without […]

Every 6-8 Weeks

If you are a woman like me, scratching at 40 or better, you’re likely in a similar pattern of personal maintenance. For those of you who have reached this point of your life gray-free, talk to the hand. Every 6-8 weeks I head to the hair salon to invest time and money in hiding the […]

The Trouble With “Recipes For Success”

I love to cook. The fact I’m now skilled enough I can actually turn out food friends and family enjoy eating is a bonus. That wasn’t always the case. When I didn’t know what I was doing I hated cooking…not to mention eating the end result. Practice and paying attention to what gifted cooks were […]

Qualifications Aren’t Everything

Though I appreciate the frustration job seekers feel when they believe less qualified applicants beat them out, I’d like to make a point for perspective. For those of you who aren’t Michigan State basketball fans, I apologize in advance for boring you. As a green-blooded lover of all things Spartan, my mind has been on […]