Why LinkedIn is the Most Important Tool in Your Job Search

Of all the job search tips I have in my bag of tricks, nothing comes close to teaching people to leverage the power of LinkedIn connections. If I have 15 minutes to coach a job seeker, this is the piece I spend time on first, even before critiquing their résumé. An effective job search comes down to networking – and nothing empowers you to network better than... Keep Reading »

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

A client of mine just experienced a job-search fairytale. Although I usually take a writing break over the summer and instead ask guest bloggers to share tips and advice, I just had to write about this amazing, real-life Cinderella story. Because you can’t make this stuff up. In mid-June I engaged with a new client: Let’s call him “Dave.” Dave had been going at his... Keep Reading »

Interviews Don’t Work

This post is courtesy of greyzone Guest Blogger, Greg Roche. Interviewing is Broken. Here’s the strategy you can use to stand out from the crowd. Research shows that interviews are unreliable for predicting whether or not a candidate will become a successful employee.  In fact, the odds of hiring managers picking their next rock star employee based on the interview... Keep Reading »

My Intentional Career Search – 10 Lessons Learned

This post is courtesy of greyzone Guest Blogger, Jane Dewar Following a nagging feeling that there was more to my life than “working to live,” I set out on a two year journey of self-discovery. I needed to really figure out what was important to me in my career. Being intentional was the key. Throughout this process I have been fortunate enough to meet incredible... Keep Reading »

Why Belonging to a Community is Critical for Job Search Confidence

“We are hardwired to connect with others,” http://brenebrown.com/says in her book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. As a Job Search Coach who works with many people struggling through long-term unemployment, I am amazed at how much Brown’s message extends into my world. A loss of connection or... Keep Reading »

Advice Every New College Graduate Should Take to Heart

Last week I spoke to a group of 50 undergraduate women at the University of Illinois on the topic of women’s empowerment in their job search and careers. Following are some takeaways from that talk, along with new ideas that have since surfaced on what it takes for a young career professional to succeed. Create a strong Resumé and Cover Letter Make sure that your... Keep Reading »