Your Personal Brand is Not Going to Get You a Job

I’m about to make a statement that’s going to ruffle some feathers. It’s not a great revelation; in fact it’s a statement that 10 years ago was a given. But times have changed, the information highway has taken over, and people are hungry for anything that appears to offer sound-bite answers to life’s toughest questions. … Continue reading Your Personal Brand is Not Going to Get You a Job

33,000 Career Experts Can’t Be Wrong(?)

I got an email the other day making the claim that “33,000 recruiters can’t be wrong.” The email wanted me to buy whatever it was that the company was selling (OK, the email didn’t want that. Emails are inanimate objects and don’t actually want anything. But I digress.) The first thought that popped into my … Continue reading 33,000 Career Experts Can’t Be Wrong(?)

Don’t Phone In Your Next Phone Interview

You know that feeling when you walk into a great restaurant and you get the first whiff of intermingling smells coming from the kitchen and from the plates of various satisfied diners? You know how hungry that can make you, how it makes you want to dive into a big plate of whatever even before … Continue reading Don’t Phone In Your Next Phone Interview

How To Ask For a Raise – And How Not To

I shall now tell you your desire. Wait, don’t say it… I can get this… You want a raise! Know how I knew that? Because everyone wants a raise. You’re about as unique in this desire as you are in liking cake. So now that the cat’s out of the bag and we all know … Continue reading How To Ask For a Raise – And How Not To

Your Elevator Pitch – It Doesn’t Have to Suck

For many of us, the words “elevator pitch” elicit a response of fear and stress, not unlike the words “mother-in-law” or “full body cavity search”. The reason for this often irrational fear is primarily that most people don’t know what an elevator pitch is supposed to be. First, let’s try to dispel some of the … Continue reading Your Elevator Pitch – It Doesn’t Have to Suck