Confidence Trumps Competence: How to Manage an Interview

Have you ever noticed how some people get ahead in life purely on what seems to be an abundance of confidence, when in fact they lack the actual skills for—and competence in—their roles? Confidence trumps competence. I tell clients that coming across as confident can often overcome a lack of competence. Do I mean that if you have absolutely no qualifications but you... Keep Reading »

Selling Yourself: Your Job Search as Sales Cycle

A job search is often uncomfortable because we’re suddenly put into a sales role, and the product we’re selling is us. For those not naturally inclined to sales, particularly those of an introverted persuasion, this can be sheer torture.   I often refer to this analogy in my coaching. Here, I break it down in hopes that the clarity allows for a bit more comfort... Keep Reading »

Behind the Curtain – Secrets of the Job Search from a Corporate Recruiter

This post is courtesy of Amy Oviedo. Job Seeker’s Life: You applied for the role. Spent hours on the perfect cover letter and this is the 301st edit of your resume. You meet all the qualifications. You wait. And you wait. And you get discouraged. And you rewrite your resume. You worry that your cover letter isn’t quite right. You keep refreshing your email and... Keep Reading »

Interviewing in the Age of Zoom

This post is courtesy of guest blogger, Alison Henderson. Interviewing is one of the most stressful communication situations you will ever encounter. As the interviewee, you feel like the interviewer has all the power. If you have been job seeking for more than a few months, it may be difficult to feel confident. The voice in your head tells you this interview is... Keep Reading »

Demystifying the WIOA Process – Finding Funding for Job Training

The following is an anonymous guest blog post by a greyzone client. In this post, my client has shared her experience finding funding for training during COVID-19. Her story is specific to Illinois, so if you’re seeking this information for a different state, perhaps look for a similar training vendor near you. When I was first laid off in the fall of 2019 I joined... Keep Reading »

Interviewing During a Pandemic

This post is courtesy of guest blogger, Kristi Czapiewski. It might surprise you to know that interviewing during a pandemic is not all that different than before. Yes, of course, the way you interview may not be the same and the process may be unusual for the employer, too, but the overall flow should seem familiar. Employers may have difficulty navigating this new... Keep Reading »