• Break Into A New Industry

    I get a lot of questions from job seekers about breaking into a new industry. This is a common goal among professionals who like the skill set they’re using, but feel bored, maxed out, or even pigeonholed. For example, you might be a sales professional interested in changing from healthcare sales to tech sales. Or you may be a project manager in telecom who’s looking for a project management role in software.

    These types of industry transitions are what I call  “career pivots” that often take two to three months to achieve. These are quite different from full-blown career changes, which are more time- and resource-intensive.

    Here are some specific strategies for entering a new industry and shaking up your career:

    Identify your transferable skills. What knowledge and skills ...
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  • How to Explain Job Hopping

    COVID-19 has changed the career landscape in countless ways. Many people lost their jobs, left the workforce to take care of their children, or resigned because of issues with vaccine mandates. As a result, the pandemic has made job-hopping more normalized and more acceptable. More than ever, people are changing jobs when they need to, regardless of their length of employment. However, those who move from job to job after short stints (less than a year) may still be viewed as job hoppers.

    While there’s no official definition of job hopping, I describe it as a repeated pattern of leaving a position after less than a year. I’m currently working with a client who took a job that turned out to be quite different than expected, and now, less than eight months later, she's changing again. Sometimes a brief work ...
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  • Three Things To Do When Your Job Search Isn’t Working

    There are few people on the planet who can tolerate the process of a job search. The waiting, the rejection, the endless tweaks to your resume. When does it end?

    There are plenty of smart, successful people who struggle with finding jobs or a satisfying career. Why is this? Many times, they don’t know how to look for work. Job searching is a skill that we should be taught before graduating high school—but of course, we aren’t.

    Before we look at the reasons why you might be lost or stuck, ask yourself the five “bigger picture” questions:

    Are the jobs you are applying for the ones that you really want? If your heart isn’t in it and you’re just going through the motions, the results will show.

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  • When To Change Your Job Title On Your Resume

    I've been asked this question by clients so many times: Can I adjust my job title?  

    The answer is....sometimes.

    I do advocate changing your job title, just slightly, in two situations:

    1. To Accurately Describe What You Do

    First, you change it when it actually makes your title more accurate to you do. Many job titles out there are very ambiguous and don't give an accurate picture of what the job entails. Plus, we've all taken jobs that sounded like one thing, and then turned out to be SO much more when we actually took the job.

    Let's say your job title is Program Coordinator. This job title may seem harmless but it's very general and could be misleading. The word "coordinator" typically implies something low ...
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  • When You’re Getting Interviews—But Not Offers

    When new clients come to me for help, I ask them this question: Are you having trouble getting interviews? Or are you getting interviews, but no offers? These are two different problems, with two different solutions. If you’re getting interviews, your résumé, or your networking, is doing its job — assuming you’re getting interviews for the types of jobs you want. But what you do before, during, and after the interview can increase your chances of getting the offer.

    Before the interview, do your homework. Review the company’s website and learn more about the key players, the work they do, their clients, and potential areas where you might be an asset. Search the internet and LinkedIn to look for recent news articles and press releases. Review the company’s social media profiles and check out the company on Glassdoor....
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  • Accessing the Hidden Job Market

    The “hidden job market” is a phrase that describes job openings that are not publicly advertised.

    And yes, it’s real.

    Why would companies not publicly post a job opening?

    The cost of advertising an open position can be substantial.

    They don’t want to be overwhelmed with applications.

    They’d prefer to fill it internally or through a referral.

    They are replacing an existing employee (who doesn’t know they are being replaced).

    Most of these job opportunities are accessed through referrals from current employees of the company. It’s estimated that anywhere from 50-80 percent of jobs are found through networking. No one knows for sure how many of the available jobs are publicized and how many are hidden.

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  • Surviving Sudden Unemployment

    Through no fault of your own, you are suddenly out of a job. Thank you, COVID-19.

    Now what?

    If you’re out of work due to the pandemic, your employer may have furloughed you temporarily or eliminated your job entirely. Or worse, your entire industry is in trouble.

    No one knows how long the pandemic will last, so let’s look at how you can take action.

    Regardless of whether the unemployment is temporary or permanent, your first step is to assess your financial situation. This includes both your personal finances as well as identifying any benefits due to you, either from your company or government sources.

    One of the biggest mistakes many people make after losing their job is not making immediate adjustments in their ...
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  • 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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