Top Priorities When Job Loss Enters the Picture

Top Priorities When Job Loss Enters the Picture

Priorities can get so completely messed up when job loss enters the picture. All too often, the fact that a person is now unemployed takes over everything. Don’t get me wrong — a job loss needs to be treated seriously, but the degree to which folks let it dictate their lives can be unhealthy. I […]

Structuring Your Resume to Accomplish Its Goal

Structuring Your Resume to Accomplish Its Goal

It’s not uncommon for folks who want to partner with me to say something along the lines of, “I need a better résumé to get a job.” I then (gently) correct them: Your résumé won’t get you a job. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best résumé in the world. It won’t get you a […]

Consider Eliminating This Word from Your Resume

Another Word to Consider Eliinating from Your Resume

In writing a résumé, great care should be taken to ensure that the words chosen powerfully convey the value you have to bring to a prospective employer. Words and phrases that minimize the “punch” that your accomplishments make end up diminishing your document’s overall effectiveness. Many of my colleagues have eschewed the use of the […]

Personal Branding and Hard Work: Complementary Efforts to Success

Personal Branding and Hard Work: Complementary Efforts to Success

There was a short article on AOL Jobs that quoted writer and director Spike Lee on his take on personal branding. “‘Too many people are focused on building their brand and not their work,’ [Lee] said, when asked how he’d developed his own iconic brand. ‘Brand is the flash. Work is the substance.’” Lee makes […]

What If I Interview and Decide I Don’t Want the Job?

What If I Interview and Decide I Don't Want the Job?

A reader writes in: “I interviewed for a job and they are checking references. I have decided that I am not really into the job after considering everything. How do I politely decline if I am asked? I didn’t say I would take the job if offered when asked in the interview. I said I […]

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