Vanishing Job Offers – No Guarantees

Have you ever quit a job after receiving a written offer of a new job–only to have the job offer snatched away at the last minute? If not, congratulations. You might have dodged that bullet. On the other hand, what if your turn is coming? Vanishing Job Offers–How Do They Happen? You might think you’ve […]

Can You Get Paid What You’re Worth?

Salary is often a touchy and contentious subject in a job search, as well as after you land a new job. Like many job seekers, you’ve probably struggled with how to get a reasonable idea about what salary you should be targeting for the position you’re after. This is especially aggravating since employers seem to […]

Tight Labor Market: More Jobs & Higher Pay?

According to many experts, we’re currently experiencing a tight labor market, which should be good news for those of you who are looking for a job or thinking about changing to a new job. Of course, this is a generalization and doesn’t necessarily mean job seekers across the country will find employers knocking on their […]

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 […]

Re-frame “Transferable Skills” as a Strong Value Proposition

The concept of transferable skills is almost as old as the hills in the employment arena, but it can still give your job search and career success a hefty boost if you do it right. First of all, you need to keep two critical principles in mind: Avoid giving a “learning curve required” impression to […]

Job Search “Costs” – Weighing Your Options

Most of us tend to think twice when we face the possibility of spending our valuable and often-limited resources, whether cash, time or something else. If you’re considering a job search to find your next job, you know what I’m talking about! I’ve touched on this topic before, but it keeps coming up, so I […]

Happy or Unhappy at Work – Do You Need a New Job?

Some people believe happiness at work is either an impossible dream or the goal of lazy people who don’t want to work hard. I think it stems from the Puritan work ethic that’s part of the foundation of this country. “If it’s pleasant, it must not be work.” So if you’re looking for happiness as […]

Cover Letters – Are They a Waste of Time?

Clients planning a job search often ask me if a cover letter would be worth doing. I tell them the answer is “yes,” “no,” or “maybe”! Most job seekers know they need a resume of some kind. For one thing, employers expect it. (Despite what you might read about resumes being on their way out, […]