Employers and Your Ego Are Constantly at Odds Over Your Value
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Employers and Your Ego Are Constantly at Odds Over Your Value

Reading Time: 3 minutes When considering the value of an item from a holistic perspective and through the philosophical lenses of existentialism, you realize an item has no value until someone is willing to pay for it, whether it’s a Porsche 911 GT3, a 26th floor condo in Vancouver, a cup of Starbucks coffee or pair of Levi’s jeans. Read More…

Ghosting, Not Hearing Back is Your Answer
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Ghosting, Not Hearing Back is Your Answer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Back in the day, maybe still today, at the end of an audition, Hollywood producers would say, “Don’t call us; we’ll call you.”   If you didn’t hear back, you didn’t get the gig. Not hearing back was your answer.  Maybe hiring managers should end their interviews with, “If you don’t hear from us by Friday, Read More…

As a Job Seeker, You Should Have Non-Negotiables
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As a Job Seeker, You Should Have Non-Negotiables

Reading Time: 3 minutes Knowing what you want from your next job, boss, and employer is one of the best ways to boost your job search confidence and earn respect from potential employers. The hiring managers I know don’t hire candidates they don’t have confidence in or respect. I attribute my having committed myself (READ: created non-negotiables) to only Read More…

All Jobs Are a 'Means to an End'
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All Jobs Are a ‘Means to an End’

Reading Time: 3 minutes All jobs are a means to an end, which is why all jobs have one thing in common—they come with a paycheck.  Suppose I’m hungry and want a cheeseburger and onion rings. To achieve my goal, I drive to Harvey’s and order their angus burger with cheese and bacon and a side order of onion Read More…

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4 Job Search Strategies Rarely Advised

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s a lot of job search advice out there, but most of it is cookie-cutter advice from self-proclaimed experts. You know the advice: “Pursue your passion.” (I’m torn about this advice. My thoughts oscillate between the realities of pursuing a passion versus earning a good living.)  “Leverage your network.”  “Tailor your resume.” “Resumes shouldn’t exceed Read More…

Smartphones Have Made Us Dangerous
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Smartphones Have Made Us Dangerous

Reading Time: 6 minutes It is estimated there are more than five billion mobile devices in use today. Studies predict that by 2025, 70% of internet users will only use smartphones to access the Internet. By: Nick Kossovanhttps://twitter.com/NKossovanSocial Media’s Hack on Journalism, Filmmaking and More Every day, millions worldwide use their smartphones to take photos, make videos, or write Read More…

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Job seekers fall into two categories:  Reactive  Proactive Reactive: Gets rejected and gives up on the company.  Proactive: Gets rejected, thanks the person who rejected them and continues to build a relationship with the company.  Reactive job seekers look for a job passively, applying only to jobs they believe they have a chance of getting. They’re reacting Read More…

Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of 'I'm a Victim!' Mentality?
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Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of ‘I’m a Victim!’ Mentality? [ Part 4 ]

Reading Time: 3 minutes How you think is everything. This is the fourth and final column of a 4-part series dealing with ageism while job hunting. The standard advice given by “experts” to overcome ageism revolves contorting yourself to “fit in,” “be accepted,” “be invited.” Essentially, their advice is to conceal your age and hope the employer throughout the Read More…

Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of 'I'm a Victim!' Mentality? [ Part 3 ]
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Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of ‘I’m a Victim!’ Mentality? [ Part 3 ]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Your age is irrelevant. This is the third column of a 4-part series dealing with ageism while job hunting. Career coaches and job search experts claim you can fool employers about your age and beat ageism. The truth is, regardless of your age, nobody can “beat” ageism. Say you land an interview by concealing your Read More…

Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of 'I'm a Victim!' Mentality? [ Part 2 ]
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Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of ‘I’m a Victim!’ Mentality? [ Part 2 ]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Understand the employer’s side. This is the second of a 4-part series dealing with ageism while job hunting. There are two sides to every story and every issue. When it comes to hiring, there’s the employer’s side and the job seeker’s side. Employer’s side: Find the best candidate with the least perceived risks, willing to accept Read More…

Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of 'I'm a Victim!' Mentality? [ Part 1 ]
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Ageism: Does it Exist or Is It a Form of ‘I’m a Victim!’ Mentality? [ Part 1 ]

Reading Time: 3 minutes Get over your victim mentality. Be honest with yourself. This is the first of a 4-part series dealing with ageism while job hunting. Many job seekers, young and old, play the ageism card. This card, sometimes along with others, is used to avoid accountability. People look for excuses when they don’t get what they want or feel Read More…

Moving on Requires Letting Go of Your Ex-Employer
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Moving on Requires Letting Go of Your Ex-Employer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Moving on quickly from being let go is essential to maintaining your career trajectory. It is a waste of time, and mental energy to dwell on the past and wish what happened didn’t happen.   Everyone has a few “ex-employer.” I don’t know anyone who hasn’t lost a job involuntarily. Many of my friends have lost Read More…

A Job Seeker’s Mindset Needs to Be That of a Marketer
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A Job Seeker’s Mindset Needs to Be That of a Marketer

Reading Time: 3 minutes A job search boils down to four words: Marketing yourself to employers. As a job seeker you’re marketing to employers your skills, experience, and track record (measurable results you’ve achieved for previous employers). In essence, you’re looking for a client. Therefore, when searching for an employer (client), to hire you it’s a good idea to Read More…

For Your Cover Letter to Do Its Job Don’t Commit These Faux Pas
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For Your Cover Letter to Do Its Job Don’t Commit These Faux Pas

Reading Time: 3 minutes Not including a cover letter is lazy—employers don’t hire lazy. (I certainly don’t.) Regardless of how you apply for a job, whether through a referral or online, you must show how your skills, experiences, and personality differentiate you from other candidates. It’s for this reason, you should always include a cover letter. Including a well-written Read More…

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An Internship Can Lay the Foundation for a Great Career

Reading Time: 3 minutes With 2022 “graduation season” behind us, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer some advice on how an internship (“co-op” back in the day) provides an opportunity to gain transferrable skills and experience, start building your professional network and kickstart your career.  An internship is so much more than memorizing coffee orders. Your internship experiences—I Read More…

An Internship Can Lay the Foundation for a Great Career
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An Internship Can Lay the Foundation for a Great Career

Reading Time: 3 minutes With 2022 “graduation season” behind us, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer some advice on how an internship (“co-op” back in the day) provides an opportunity to gain transferrable skills and experience, start building your professional network and kickstart your career.  An internship is so much more than memorizing coffee orders. Your internship experiences—I Read More…

Show You’re a Culture Fit—Just Don’t Over Do It
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Show You’re a Culture Fit—Just Don’t Over Do It

Reading Time: 3 minutes FIT! FIT! FIT!  I can’t stress enough the importance of an employer seeing you as one of them to being hired. A few jobs back, while analyzing stats reports, my phone rang. It was Crocs’s Director of Talent Acquisition calling from the company’s head office in Boulder, Colorado. He’d come across a Pinterest board I’d Read More…