The guy with 2 LinkedIn connections

In job search, good connections are essential.

Tom, a new client, arrives with a wealth of experience in the financial sector—and two LinkedIn connections.  Plus, as a result of a car accident right after his layoff from a major financial institution, he has been out of the job market for nearly two years.  But now he’s ready to get back in.

An ideal position soon becomes available at a major bank in the area.  Tom knows no one there, and it’s no surprise that his two LinkedIn connections come up empty.  I offer that my 800 connections might turn up something.  [Read more…]

Career change is hard work. Are you ready?

If you want great things to happen in your career, you can't stand still.

If you want great things to happen in your career, you can’t stand still.

Four clients—we’ll call them Derrick, Julia, CJ, and Lynn. Each trying to leap into new careers. All came to me for help. We brainstormed. We ran assessments. We noticed themes and patterns and identified exciting career paths for further exploration. And we solidified research and networking strategies—so they could get vital information about their new fields, and build the relationships necessary to make the change happen.

The similarities end there. [Read more…]

The Internet Suck

Job seekers must learn to use the internet wisely, and not be used by it.

Most job seekers never escape the “Internet Suck.” But you can.

Several years ago, I coined a phrase to describe what happens to most job seekers the moment they begin their searches.  They get pulled into the desperate vortex I affectionately call “The Internet Suck.”

It looks like this.  You sit down at the computer to check out a job board.  The job board suggests you read an article on what not to wear to an interview.  That gets you curious about what the stars wore to the latest award show.  So why not go to YouTube and see highlights from the Best Short-Subject Documentary nominations?  And on and on until they’re turning off the lights and hosing down the espresso machines, and you look around and think, ‘What happened?”

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What’s wrong with your LinkedIn photo?

Is your LinkedIn photo working for or against you?

Is your LinkedIn photo working for or against you?

A recruiter, a career consultant, two lawyers and a hospital administrator are talking at a birthday party.  The career consultant (me) asks the recruiter (my friend, Maria), “What’s the most important part of the LinkedIn profile?”  And the recruiter says, “The picture.”

No joke.  Not the headline, not the summary.  The picture.  “It’s the first thing we see, and it can be a big turn on or turn off.” [Read more…]

Job landing secrets from the best job lander I know — Part 2

To land your job of choice, you've got to be open to trying something new!

My friend and client Kathy Bristow shares more strategies that have enabled her to land jobs time and again—with little or no direct experience in her chosen field.  (Read part 1 here.)

4.  Don’t go back to school.

I love being a student more than anything else — it’s so tempting to sign up for a program (convenient, online!) that promises a shiny new set of qualifications and guaranteed employability.  [Read more…]

Job landing secrets from the best job lander I know

Job landing secrets from the best job lander I know

High-level search strategies can land your job of choice--even with little previous experience in the field.

One year ago, I went to a neighborhood holiday party that resulted in a new job.  It’s a great job that aligns well with my priorities:  10 minute commute; in my target industry; plenty of growth potential; solid match to my skills and interests.

It’s also a job that I never would have landed were it not for this party.  In fact, I couldn’t even complete the on-line application, because I lacked certain minimum qualifications and the software blocked my submission. [Read more…]