When Job Searching, What's More Important, Your Resume or LinkedIn Profile?
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When Job Searching, What’s More Important, Your Resume or LinkedIn Profile?

Reading Time: 3 minutes This question can be answered by answering: What does the world see, your resume or your LinkedIn profile? Whether you’re actively or passively looking for a new job, it’s no secret an up-to-date and engaging LinkedIn profile will get you noticed by employers and recruiters. Does this mean your resume is less important? The short Read More…

Shorten Your Job Search by Writing a Compelling Value Proposition Letter Part 1
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Shorten Your Job Search by Writing a Compelling Value Proposition Letter Part 1

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is part one of a two-part series on writing a compelling value proposition letter.  There are many activities involved in job searching, such as networking, having an active result-oriented LinkedIn profile and resume, applying to jobs, interviewing, etc., to name a few. Aside from these job search activities, have you considered sending an unsolicited Read More…

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Accepting Your Reality Is Important, Especially for Job Seekers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some “food for thought” when it comes to syncing your reality with your job search. Years ago, a defining moment for me occurred at 2:30 AM on a Friday morning in Times Square. A few minutes earlier, it had stopped raining. My friend was trying to hail a taxi to get us back to Hackensack, Read More…

Consider Your Interviewer's Side
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Consider Your Interviewer’s Side

Reading Time: 3 minutes Every story has two sides. Every person has their own perspective.  Every person is looking out for their self-interest.  Those with above-average people skills always consider how the world looks from the other person’s point of view (POV). By imagining themselves in the other person’s shoes, they’re in a better position to understand, empathize, and Read More…

Being Charismatic Greatly Benefits Your Job Search
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Being Charismatic Greatly Benefits Your Job Search

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all know someone who walks into a room and instantly turns heads. There is an immediate attraction to them without any apparent effort on their part. Their company makes you feel good. They seem cool, confident, collected, self-assured and comfortable in their own skin. They may not be attractive, wealthy, or intelligent, but they Read More…

2 Interview Questions You Will Be Asked — Second Question
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2 Interview Questions You Will Be Asked — Second Question

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my last column, I discussed the question every interview starts with, “Walk me through your resume,” or “Tell me about yourself.” Essentially, you’re being asked, “What is your career story?” The second question, you’ll be asked if you’re employed at the time you’re interviewing, is fraught with the potential of sending the wrong message Read More…

2 Interview Questions You Will Be Asked — First Question
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2 Interview Questions You Will Be Asked — First Question

Reading Time: 3 minutes Every job exists to solve a problem, to respond to an employer’s need. For example, the purpose of accounting is to accumulate and report on a business’s financial information regarding performance, financial position, and cash flow. Using this information, the company’s leadership makes business management decisions, investors decide whether to invest in the company, and Read More…

Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 4
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Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 4

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my previous three columns, I provided the following eight tips to instantly boost LinkedIn profile views. In this column, the final of a 4 part series, I’ll provide 3 more actions you can take to improve your chances of being informed of job opportunities. 9. Get involved in LinkedIn Professional Groups.  There are currently Read More…

Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 3
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Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 3

Reading Time: 3 minutes In my last two columns, I provided the following five tips to boost your LinkedIn profile views and increase being informed of job opportunities. Here’s 3 more tips on leveraging LinkedIn for your job search. 6. Use the Advanced Search.  Use LinkedIn’s Advanced Search option and conduct a search on companies you’re interested in joining. Read More…

Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 2
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Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 2

Reading Time: 3 minutes In last week’s column, I provided two tips to instantly boost LinkedIn profile views. 1. Have a current, no older than 6 months profile picture.2. Get your headline right. In this column, I’ll provide 3 more tips on how to make your LinkedIn profile appear in searches, thus increasing your profile views and hence improving Read More…

Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 1
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Leveraging LinkedIn to Get a Job – Part 1

Reading Time: 3 minutes A reader emailed me the following question: I was an exec at a small oil exploration services company. We closed our doors due to the economy in 2020, and I’ve been trying to pivot since then. I’ve never been on LinkedIn as I was employed for over 30 years at the same company and didn’t Read More…

Applying Online Is Playing the Lottery, Networking Has Much Better Odds
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Applying Online Is Playing the Lottery, Networking Has Much Better Odds

Reading Time: 3 minutes (Think this over.) When you apply to a job posting, you’re hoping, with fingers crossed, you’ll be the one person selected to be hired out of the 100s, sometimes 1,000s, of other candidates who also applied and are just as qualified, if not more, as you are. It’s no secret there are a lot of Read More…

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Qualified Candidates Are Not Hired for a Variety of Reasons

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Why didn’t I get the job?” is the most universal question job seekers ask. You will seldom know the real reason. Wishful thinkers sell themselves the false narrative that the most qualified candidate gets hired. This is simply not true. Of all business activities, hiring is the most bias. A candidate’s charisma (Being likeable supersedes Read More…

When Interviewing via Videoconference, Think Hollywood
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When Interviewing via Videoconference, Think Hollywood

Reading Time: 3 minutes Even after the pandemic is declared over, interviewing candidates via Zoom, Skype, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts et al. will, because of its convenience, remain popular. You should expect your first interview to take place via video teleconferencing. Therefore, mastering, or at least becoming comfortable with, “Zoom meetings” and appearing interesting and professional on camera Read More…

Employers Buy Into You Based on Emotion
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Employers Buy Into You Based on Emotion

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Emotions have no place in business unless you do business with them.” — Friedrich Durrenmatt, Swiss author. You may have heard the saying, “People buy on emotion and rationalize with logic.” This consumerism adage is also true for how employers hire. Hence, there is an unspoken hiring truism you need to navigate when job hunting, Read More…

Asking for Feedback is Pointless. Instead, Ask for Advice.
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Asking for Feedback is Pointless. Instead, Ask for Advice.

Reading Time: 3 minutes If a candidate I did not hire wants to make me uncomfortable, they only need to ask for feedback. (I will revisit this.) Self-proclaiming job search experts and career coaches commonly advise asking for feedback when you do not get the job you have interviewed for. The thinking—as if all hiring managers assess candidates in Read More…

Turbocharge Your LinkedIn Profile to Generate Job Opportunities
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Turbocharge Your LinkedIn Profile to Generate Job Opportunities

Reading Time: 3 minutes “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.” – Margaret Cho (American comedian) Welcome to 2023! I hope this is the year you find an employer where you feel accepted and at home. A job seeker’s best compass is to prioritize finding where they belong. Think: “I’m not looking for a job; I’m looking for Read More…

Why Do Some People Seem to Have Jobs Fall into Their laps?
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Why Do Some People Seem to Have Jobs Fall into Their laps?

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all know someone who seems to get job opportunities dropped into their laps, whose career appears to be a seamless meteoric rise. Job opportunities don’t fall into some people’s laps more than others; they’re available to everyone. What sets the “job opportunities fall into their laps” people apart: Rather than feeling envious of those Read More…

Obstacles to Remove From Your 2023 Job Search
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Obstacles to Remove From Your 2023 Job Search

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’re in the third year of what many call “unprecedented times,” which feels accurate when not compared to what earlier generations experienced during the Great Depression and World War II.  Today headlines of labour shortages and layoffs coexist. While companies strive to keep costs under control, consumers and employees demand increased corporate investment in ESG Read More…

When Job Hunting Your Image is Everything (Part 2)
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When Job Hunting Your Image is Everything (Part 2)

Reading Time: 3 minutes This column is the second of a 2-part series discussing an aspect that most job seekers ignore, the image they project to employers. Part 2: The second hardest part is getting them to fall in love with you. “A stunning first impression was not the same thing as love at first sight. But surely it was Read More…

When Job Hunting Your Image is Everything (Part 1)
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When Job Hunting Your Image is Everything (Part 1)

Reading Time: 3 minutes This column is the first of a 2-part series discussing an aspect that most job seekers ignore, the image they project to employers. Part 1: Getting noticed is your image’s job. “Image is everything. You don’t spare any expense to create the right image. And word of mouth is critical. Once you get a good reputation, Read More…

Most Likely Reasons Your Job Search Isn’t Going How You Wish
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Most Likely Reasons Your Job Search Isn’t Going How You Wish

Reading Time: 3 minutes Job searches are inherently stressful because they never go as you wish.  Jobs don’t go to the most” qualified” candidate. The reality is that there is no such thing as the “most qualified candidate.” There’s no way to know without a doubt who’s most qualified for a job. This is why job searching never appears Read More…