How to Answer: “What Are Your Weaknesses?” 

Over the years I’ve helped many people prepare for an interview, and what I find is that most of them are nervous about what type of questions will be asked and how the answers they give will be received. Typically, we cover this by working through their STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) stories and reinforcing their confidence with their answers …

Retirement: Expectations vs. Reality 

Setting and managing expectations is one of the simplest, yet trickiest, processes on the planet, particularly if we are managing our own! People who manage others’ expectations can probably claim to be able to execute anything, provided the expectations set are realistic. After all, most of the time it’s just time and money…and those are two commodities that can be isolated …

Retirement: The Question of “Why?” 

When I googled “why retire?”, I came across an article from “Senior Lifestyle” that outlined the 7 top reasons to retire. Here are the headlines:  While I thought some of the content was interesting and useful to consider, I believe a better answer to “why retire” comes from considering the work of Simon Sinek, noted author and speaker. He developed …

Retirement: Caution…Timing is Everything 

In 1599, William Shakespeare first used the phrase, “timing is everything”, in his play, Julius Caesar.  While I don’t have proof to this point, given Shakespeare’s many references to Biblical truths, it wouldn’t surprise me if he had Ecclesiastes in mind. There we’re told in chapter 3, verse 1:   “There is a time for everything, and a season for every …

Retirement: Will You Know When the Time is Right? 

When you hear the word “retirement”, what comes to mind? Here are a few fun perspectives I’ve found:  Hmmm, please read that last one again. I think there might be a couple of different angles to it. First, you could read it to mean that God’s retirement plan is not of this world and has eternal ramifications. Or, you could read it …

Seasons of Change 

Over the past several weeks I’ve had the opportunity to connect with some former colleagues who were recently let go from their employer, along with a couple of friends who are anticipating leaving their employer in the near future.  The top-of-mind question for all of them was, “What should I do first?” Of course, they’re all experienced adults who can figure …

How Old Are You?

Just about every time I’ve been in a Q&A situation with job seekers, the question arises about whether age discrimination still exists in the marketplace. And every time, my answer is the same – absolutely!    In fact, here is some data supporting the theory that ageism does still take place:  But isn’t age discrimination against the law? Yes, it is. …

7 Job Interview Rules…and More! 

I’ve found no matter how much I think I know about a topic, there’s ALWAYS more to learn! And, no surprise, the topics surrounding job transition are no different. Even though I’ve been around this topic for years and have experienced transitions several times, I continue to pick up some new insights from others.  Proverbs 1:5 reinforces this view with “Let …

Be Aware and Flexible, but Stay The Course! 

For any of you who are in a job transition or have been in a job transition, you know the job market is a very fluid phenomenon. Whether it’s specific to you individually (the job you’ve applied for that you think you’re the PERFECT fit for doesn’t come through), or there’s a broad application (unemployment is low, so why do …

Loooooong Job Interviews! 

I recently read an article titled, “Be Prepared for the Worst: Here are 4 Tips for Surviving Long Job Interviews – and How to Ace Them.” It led off with, “While three to five rounds of interviews were once expected for non-managerial positions, the new norm is much more demanding.” Over my career I’ve orchestrated, been an interviewer in, and …