Promoting Soft Skills When Searching for Employment

A few weeks back, my eight-year-old son and I had this conversation: Son: “Mom, I like to make people happy.” Me: “That’s a good thing. How do you do that?” Son: “Well, my friend was sad at recess today because he wasn’t catching the football, so I said, ‘I wish I could kiss my armpit.’” […]

What Is HR Thinking During Your Interview?

This is a topic that has been percolating for a while. It was initially sparked earlier this year when I visited with a teen group that I am mentoring about job hunting and early career management. We were covering job interview skills, and some of them had been game enough to be taped prior to […]

5 Questions to Ask and One Tip to Keep Resumes Interesting

I recently ran across the headline of a blog post that advocated for shorter résumés over longer ones. This really puzzled me. Professional résumé writers tend to take a more balanced approach to the matter; yes, going on ad nauseum about each minute detail of your career is a bad idea, but generally, content is […]

Extra Effort Brings Extra Flavor to Your Resume

I love soups made from scratch. The aromas, the explosion of fresh flavors from all the ingredients… yum! You just can’t get the same culinary experience from a can of condensed soup or a package of dried bits and powder that has to be reconstituted. However, for all that goodness in a mug, you have […]

Using Your Resume to Earn a Promotion

At the beginning of the year, CareerBuilder released data from a survey that indicated that 21% of full-time employees would be looking to get a different job over the course of 2014. For some, this goal could be securing a job promotion after working in their chosen field for a time. If that describes you, […]

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