Psychology of the Job Search: WHY is it so HARD?!? 

Last week we delved into the emotions around a job transition, and we touched on how a job change falls within the top five life event stressors we might find ourselves facing. This week I’d like to go deeper into the “WHY” behind the myriad of emotions we experience when we find ourselves in job transition. And not only when you …

Psychology of the Job Search: Emotions at Play  

Our emotions play a significant role in our job transitions, yet I’ve not seen many people paying close attention to this topic as they enter into a job search. Most of the time, they’re focused on resume verbiage, interview preparation, networking, and filling out applications. All good items to work on, but without proper focus on the emotional side of the …

Hope in Transition

Work shapes so much of life, and yet it can be difficult to think about, confusing to develop a good perspective on, and scary to search for a great fit throughout different seasons. Why is this thing we were made for so hard to understand, find joy in, and accomplish faithfully? After graduating from college, I found myself in circumstances …

Persistent or Pest: Follow-up

You’ve had the final interview…it seemed to go really well. You asked if they were considering any internal candidates, and the answer was no (single hardest obstacle to overcome). You seemed to make a connection and the Hiring Manager was impressed with the research you had done on the company and on him/her. There was a great back and forth …

LinkedIn – Differentiation = Remembered!

“All publicity is good publicity,” as the saying goes. I’m not so certain I fully agree with the P. T. Barnum quote, but differentiating oneself in job search can help you get hired considerably faster. ‘Differentiation’, what do you mean? During the Great Recession, a Fortune 150 power generation company had a single requisition for an administrative assistant. Let me …

LinkedIn – Improve Your Search Results!

Anyone who has conducted a search on LinkedIn knows what it’s like to start reading results only to end up saying, “What the heck?” Conducting searches is not as easy as one would hope, but you can dramatically increase the quality of results if you utilize a few easy-to-remember methods. Remember the search I did in my article, LinkedIn – …

LinkedIn – How Do Recruiters Find Candidates? 

Who cares?  If you want a job more quickly, you should.  Think about it…if you know how recruiters search for candidates, don’t you think you could reverse engineer your resume and LinkedIn profile so when they conduct searches, there is a greater chance of finding you?  Okay, how do recruiters find candidates?  Glad you asked. Recruiters and Talent Acquisition Managers have a …

LinkedIn – Job Seeker Extravaganza!  

Do you occasionally run across words that bring a smile to your face? Or perhaps a puzzled quizzical look to your eye? That’s what strikes me when I see the word ‘extravaganza’! So, what exactly does ‘extravaganza’ mean?   Extravaganza is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “a large, exciting, and expensive event or entertainment.” Vocabulary.com defines it as “an activity that is …

LinkedIn – Improve Engagement by Sharing Content! 

Let’s do a quick poll. What is your paradigm of the LinkedIn platform?  Which answer is the “correct” answer? You got it!  #4!!! And yet that is not the answer that I gave. My current paradigm is more around #2, having just moved up recently from #1. 🙂 In fact, writing a blog around this topic is definitely shifting my …

LinkedIn – Profiles That Work! 

Conventional wisdom has almost always been that a resume is your most important piece of documentation for a job search. While a good resume is certainly important, it’s safe to say that in today’s world, for most professionals, an effective LinkedIn profile is even more critical!  A resume may be a crucial tool to get a call from an online …