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 …

Listening in an Interview – – Say What?!? 

“How many of you think you could stand to become a better listener?” said the workshop facilitator, as he raised his own hand. Every participant’s hand went up in response to join his.  That was the opening question in our culture workshops to set up a brief teaching into listening skills. For every workshop I attended or facilitated, whenever that …

Networking – The Relationship Depth Chart!     

There’s an old adage that goes, “what got you here won’t get you there.” This saying is used many times to spur people towards innovation and thinking afresh about a familiar topic.  For Crossroads Career, networking is one such topic! In fact, our corporate name used to be Crossroads Career Network! If you’re familiar with us at all, or if you …

Salary Negotiation – Use What’s Available 

Figuring out how and when to talk about compensation in the recruitment process has been the nemesis of job seekers for decades. Ranging from advice snippets like, “Whoever talks about money first loses” to detailed outlines of how to broach the compensation topic with a recruiter or hiring manager, compensation has been a bit of a mysterious topic for people to …

Career Advice: ChatGPT or Your Manager? 

In a recent study conducted by Workplace Intelligence and INTOO, 800 HR managers and 800 full-time employees were surveyed to understand what’s missing for today’s workers – and it turns out career development tops the list.  Here are a few of their findings:  Sobering results. Yet not surprising. Over the decades I’ve been involved with HR and people development, I’ve …

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 …