Getting Social – Really Social – in your Job Search

I recently had the honor of speaking on a panel for graduates of Oxford University’s Said School of Business alongside two amazing co-panelists, Lindsey Pollak and James Alexander. The topic was “Social Media in the Job Search.” There was a ton of great conversation and insight, both from the panel and from the audience. One … Continue reading Getting Social – Really Social – in your Job Search

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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

Know When to Fold ‘Em – Admitting That You’re Not Getting the Job

Recruiters love a job seeker with energy and passion. Really, we do. I personally love to see someone with a fire and a drive for the job, for the company, and for his or her career. This energy manifests itself in many ways throughout the interview process. It can come across in a great and … Continue reading Know When to Fold ‘Em – Admitting That You’re Not Getting the Job

The Questions You Need to Ask in an Interview

We all know that when you’re interviewing for a job, it’s all about the answers you give. Right? If that was true, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Sure, answering questions that show your experience, knowledge and general ability to string two sentences together back-to-back is an important part of the interview process. But don’t … Continue reading The Questions You Need to Ask in an Interview

How to Stand Out (the Right Way) at a Job Fair

For years, I held onto the notion that job fairs were a complete waste of time for everyone involved. For job seekers it was a waste because you get to meet a bunch of companies that you probably don’t want to work for, and have to suffer through your “elevator pitch” and your whole dog-and-pony … Continue reading How to Stand Out (the Right Way) at a Job Fair

Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment

I received the following email from a reader who is concerned about the current state of her job search: "I don't know if you've heard the recent debate/theory over whether companies avoid reviewing or hiring job applicants who are or appear to be out of work for a long period of time. I've been out … Continue reading Absence Makes the Search Grow Harder – The Stigma of Extended Unemployment