Cover Letter Tip #1

I can’t give you any hot stock-market tips, but I can offer useful tips for cover letters. This post provides cover letter tip #1. It’s the first in a planned short series. Here are a few questions you might ask about submitting a cover letter with your professional resume: Do I need a cover letter? […]

Protect Your Job Search & Career–Avoid Companies that Value Profit over Integrity

All companies want to make a profit–unless they’re a nonprofit! It’s a fair business goal. However, when you’re planning a job search, you should avoid companies that value profit over integrity. Why? Partly to protect your job search (and  your career) from deception, abuse of trust, and more. If you engage with employers or job-service […]

Age & Your Job Search: Is It “Just a Number”?

Will you encounter age discrimination in your next job search if you’re over 40 (or some other random number)? Very possibly. Should you let that factor define your odds of job search success? Not if you can do something about it! Remember the classic year-end/new-year image–a doddering old man followed closely by a crawling baby? […]

Career Growth: Does Your Boss Value & Support You?

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Are you considering a job search? If so, a boss who dismisses your contributions or takes credit for your work might have prompted your decision. Career growth under those conditions challenges many people and turns them into job seekers. “Me-First” Boss Can Block Your Career Growth Insecure bosses often suspect good employees will try to […]

Market Your Way to a New Job Opportunity

I’ve always disliked the advice to “sell yourself” to prospective employers. It smacks of commodity-talk, like something you might buy off a grocery-store shelf. Do you really want to place yourself in that category with potential employers? On the other hand, if you don’t communicate your professional value to those employers in an effective manner, […]

One Thing You Should Never Do in a Job Interview

I could obviously list a lot more than one thing you should never do in a job interview. The list might well be endless! You can sabotage your job prospects in an interview through a variety of poorly planned actions. And you generally don’t get a second chance to come back and “fix” the impression […]

Career Success: Mistakes You Might Regret

We all make mistakes. When those mistakes involve our career success or lack thereof, they can cause us lasting regret or only act as a temporary speed-bump. Have you ever made a career mistake you ended up seriously regretting? If so, you’re undoubtedly in good–and plentiful–company! Aggravating but Mild Career Mistakes Some career-related mistakes–which I […]

Your Resume: Fact or Fiction?

Your resume should communicate to prospective employers the value you actually and legitimately have (fact), not embellish unnecessarily, exaggerate or invent value (fiction). Don’t be tempted to “gild the lily” and risk causing yourself possibly major headaches down the road. (Note: According to Urban Dictionary, “gild the lily” represents “a condensation of Shakespeare’s metaphor in […]