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 …

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 – 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 – 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 …

LinkedIn – Today’s Foundation for Networking! 

Study after study over many years has shown the primary source of many jobs comes from the mysterious “hidden job market.” That is, actual jobs that need to be filled, but they’re filled without being formally publicly posted. Most are filled through internal postings or employee referrals. While recent research has shown that percentage to have dropped dramatically, most experts …

How to Answer: “What Are Your Salary Expectations?” 

How many of you have played the game, Monopoly? If you have, you’ll certainly recall the ongoing cycle around the playing board filled with different properties you can buy or rent. You probably also recall that if you complete one full cycle around the board, you pass “Go” and receive instructions to gain $200 from the bank. You may also remember the dreaded …

How to Answer: “What Are Your Career Goals?” 

This is a fun topic to explore! Let’s start with WHY in the world would an interviewer even ask that question. What do you think the answer is? Multiple choice possible answers offered below:  “Because the interviewer is…”  Hopefully you answered “3”. But unfortunately, and not altogether unsurprisingly, some of the people I’ve counseled over the years actually thought the other …

How to Answer: “Why Do You Want to Work for Us?”

Let’s start out with how NOT to answer this question! 🙂  The interviewer is NOT looking to hear these common responses (actual responses I’ve heard):  Now, for some of you, these responses drew a good laugh, but there’s a reason people actually gave these answers. It’s because the response they gave made sense to them at the time. Some people reading may not …

Retirement: What Do I Do Now? 

So far this month in our blogs on retirement we’ve looked at factors that may influence when you retire, some considerations with your “why” in retirement, as well as aligning your expectations with reality.    Now we need to talk about the most popular topic, and in many cases what people wrestle with the most in retirement…what do I do …

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 …