• Never Be Overqualified Again

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    Have you ever been told you’re "overqualified" for a job? Of course, you have. Anyone over the age of 40 will tell you that’s a code word for old.

    So, what does conventional advice say to do? Remove the older jobs on your resume. Remove the years from your education. Slap a younger photo on your LinkedIn profile. You’re supposed to play all sorts of games to hide the fact that you are 50 something with 30+ years of experience.

    All of this sounds great…until they interview you. You can hide your age all you want on a piece of paper or online, but you’re forgetting one little thing: they’ll figure it ...
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  • Find an Amazing Job (Without Applying Online)

    I’m sure you have heard people talking all the time about how they found an amazing new job through a connection or referral. They didn’t even have to touch an online application. These are the lucky people, right? How do they do it? Are they just naturally lucky or well-connected? How can I get those results?

    Online applications are by far the most common job search method. Unfortunately, they are the least effective. Why? Because 80% of all job openings are filled before they ever reach the general public! You probably figured that out after you’ve been searching and applying with no luck for months or longer. First, we need to expose the truth about job boards and what you really should be using them for. Then we’ll go in-depth and explore three strategies for uncovering job opportunities without ...
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  • Three Steps To Manifest Your Ideal Career

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    Changing careers can be an overwhelming process. Many people worry that they will have to “start over” and settle for less. Others don’t know exactly what they want to do or what they are good at. I am going to help you gain clarity on your path and prepare you for the career transition process.

     When you think about your current job or lack of one, what feelings come up right now? Are you feeling bored, frustrated or stuck? Maybe unfulfilled, underpaid, or underappreciated. Maybe all of these things. Maybe you’ve had a lot of jobs, but never really found a career. I’ve heard all of these from clients. And the problem is that we get ...
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  • How To Beat An Internal Candidate For The Job

    I recently received a question from one of my blog followers, Cindi, about how to beat an internal candidate in a job interview.  I've never been asked this before but I think its a great question!

    Cindi says: “I have read and will continue to read, your columns and articles on your website and I find them informative and useful (Thanks, Cindi!). I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant and I have been looking to switch to a different employer – into the community college area – still as an Executive Assistant. I have had two interviews, called back for a second interview and even had that third follow-up phone call. I am one of the final two candidates; however, the internal candidate always wins out at the end. The employer’s only reason is “the internal candidate will make the transition easier”. How ...
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  • New Year, New Career: What You Need To Know For The 2019 Job Search

    It's a new year and for many...that means a new career or job search. If that's you, you're in good company. This is one of the most popular times to job search. As I coach whose worked with 200+ clients, I see job seekers with various levels of knowledge and comfort when it comes to how to navigate the modern job search. I see the differences between those are successful and those who just complain and bad mouth recruiters all day and wonder why they aren't employed.

    If you are planning to change jobs this year, consider what's changed in the last few years.

    The 2019 job search is...

    Digital. We all know how much online job boards have the changed the search process. But the onset of this technology doesn't give you carte blanche ...
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  • Why You Should Change Jobs Every Five Years

    It used to be the standard advice that you should stay with one employer as long as you can and be happy that you have a job. I know this because I work with mid and late career job seekers, people who grew up in world where it was normal to stay somewhere for 20 or 30 years and retire. We all know that those days are long gone, but is that a bad thing?

    If you want to stay current in your skills, make more money and be happier with your career, then no, it's not a bad thing. Believe it or not, there are significant benefits to changing jobs more frequently. And by frequently, I mean about every five to seven years. I don't mean every one to two years. That’s a little quick and then you are going to look ...
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  • Navigating the Mid-Career Crisis

    You hear a lot about the mid-life crisis. When you reach the midpoint of any journey, It’s natural to feel some restless and to want to re-evaluate your progress. Is this direction still working for me? Do I different priorities now than I did when I was younger?

    These feeling of uncertainty extends to our careers as well, resulting in a mid-career crisis for many in their 40s and 50s. As a career coach, I work extensively with mid and late career professionals and this is a common concern.

    Reality often sets in that you’re not 25 anymore, but your competition is.  You’re not early career, but you’re not ready to retire either. Where does that leave you? You still need to be seen as relevant and competitive, but you don’t know how to ...
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  • How To Interview With Confidence (And The Four Qualities Employers Are Looking For)

    Do you struggle with how to “sell” yourself to employers? Do job interviews make you nervous? This is a common struggle those who are looking for a better job. However, I believe that the best interview is the authentic interview. Rather than selling yourself, you need to just be yourself. Confidence and authenticity are key to positioning yourself for the job that you deserve.

    First, we have to acknowledge that most interview questions are complete garbage. Truly, they are.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?” (Is anyone going to answer that honestly and do they even know??)

    Or, how about this one: “If you were an animal, what would you be?” (This is a REAL interview question!)

    Most interviewers are not trained in interviewing. They are busy with ...
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  • How To Make The Salary That You’re Worth

    So many people avoid negotiating their salary and take whatever is offered because that's the most comfortable thing to do. But that’s not the best approach. I encourage you to go beyond what is comfortable to help you realize the benefits of speaking up and asking for what you deserve. I've coached several people through successful negotiations using the tips below. It's very effective, and I'm excited to share it with you here!

    The first step in approaching a salary negotiation, or a raise in your current role, is research. You have to know what the job is worth. This is what helps to give you confidence in the discussion. This is where job seekers are at disadvantage. Companies, and larger ones in particular, can purchase access to salary surveys. This means they participate by sharing the salaries they pay and ...
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  • Stop Networking And Start Connecting

    You might be wondering why I’m telling you in the title of this article to stop networking. Isn't that what every job seeker is supposed to do all day long??

    Networking has become synonymous with just handing out business cards and hoping someone will give you a job, and this is why so many people hate it and avoid it. This is a very powerless way to approach a job search. I want to put the power back in your hands and reveal what it means to make true connections and how it can make all the difference in your career. So if you’ve ever been told to network but don’t know what that means, this article is for you.

    The most successful job seekers view networking as an opportunity to connect with others to ...
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