Top 10 Things Not to Tell An Employer in an Interview

It matters what you say in interviews. Here is a humorous look at what NOT to say in a job interview: 10. “How do I deal with difficult people? Well, that depends on who would notice if they disappeared after a late night at the office…” 9. “My highest achievement in life is staying put […]

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Build a job search network before you need one

Diane just accepted a new job as a Regional Vice President after a 5-month job search. She was unexpectedly laid off after 15 years at her current company. She starts her new job in 3 weeks. However before she starts she will keep her plans to complete 4 previously-scheduled networking and interview lunches and meetings. Why bother when she already has […]

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Slam dunk references!

UNDERSTANDING REFERENCES vs. EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION Many people get these terms confused. “Employment verification” is when the potential employer contacts your previous places of employment to verify you worked there. This is different from a professional “reference,” where someone is willing to discuss your work and vouch for your ability to do a good job. Today […]

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Why Women Leave the “Fast Lane” in their careers

Harvard Business Review once featured an interesting article on what keeps talented women on the road to success in the working world. The differences between why men and women leave the “fast lane” in the workforce are fascinating. In a survey of highly qualified professionals, these statistics emerged: Top 5 reasons women leave the fast lane:  […]

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5 More Resume Myths: Exposed!

“Resumes should…” When sentences begin with rules about resumes, beware.  Many of these rules are outdated, not true, or simply could harm your chances of getting the job you want. Be aware of the types of myths that are out there and make your own informed decision about how to craft and use this important […]

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Five Things Never to Say at Work

Workplace Coaching Advice: Five Things Never to Say at Work Alan Axelrod, PhD, a learning and communications consultant, was interviewed by Bottom Line Magazine. Five thoughts NEVER to share at work, according to Dr. Axelrod, are: 1) Looks  like I’m working late again! (Don’t be perceived as a complainer!) 2) I’ll get  to it when […]

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5 Resume Myths: Exposed!

“Resumes should…” When sentences begin with rules about resumes, beware.  Many of these rules are outdated, not true, or simply could harm your chances of getting the job you want.  Be aware of the types of myths that are out there and make your own informed decision about how to craft and use this important […]

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It’s a party! How many people does it take for a hiring decision?

Who really makes the hiring decision? Many career advice articles focus on “the hiring manager” as though it is a single person who makes the “hire or not” decision.  All you have to do is impress that one person and you’re hired! However, in  a 480-person Careerbuilder survey of professionals responsible for or involved in the hiring process, the […]

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Funny excerpts from performance evaluations

Sometimes we just need a break during career stress or a job search…so here’s a chuckle for you! FUNNY EXCERPTS FROM PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS   These quotes were taken from actual performance evaluations: 1. “Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.” 2. “His men would follow him anywhere, but […]

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