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 – …

How to Answer: “Why Are You the Best Person for This Job?” 

Some people freeze when asked this question because they can’t imagine themselves actually being the “best” at something. And that’s a reasonable reaction, in some respects. After all, “best” is a fairly high target or bar to attain. Can any of us actually say that we are “the best” at a given position, process, or function?  Now, if we recharacterize the question …

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 …

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: 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: 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 …

Stop Obsessing About Having the Perfect Career Plan  

That was the headline that captured my attention in a Wall Street Journal article from 9/17/23. Basically, the premise is that while people for decades have pursued the mysterious “perfect career”, the reality is false advertising. Multiple global factors, coupled with the speed of technology and change, reinforce this point. The author ended with a great point, “Even though this (a …

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 …

The Dream Job?  Explore! 

In over 30 years of working with human resources and people in transition, I’ve not met many people who have told me that they’ve found their “dream job!” However, I’ve encountered many people who, upon reflection, have identified attributes of former positions they’ve held which they loved, and I’ve found even more who are in search of that “dream job!”  …