10 Steps to Help Build Your Career

Originally Published here Lately I have heard the following comments from people in the business world:• I feel stuck. I want something different. • I’m in my first professional job and I don’t like it. What do I do? • If only I knew what I wanted to do, I would do it. The job … Continue reading “10 Steps to Help Build Your Career”

Build Leadership Presence in Business With These 4 Social Skills

Are you an ambitious professional with high aspirations for your career? Maybe you’re a young professional who is driven to one day reach a leadership position. Or perhaps you’re a mid-level manager who wants to be noticed for the next round of promotions. Regardless of the position you’re currently in or where you aspire to … Continue reading “Build Leadership Presence in Business With These 4 Social Skills”

How to be Prepared for Opportunities Throughout Your Work Life

A few weeks ago I was a guest lecturer in the Business School at Centennial College in Toronto. As part of the module on employment preparedness I was asked to share my career trajectory and speak about employment preparation. As I went through a mental checklist of all the roles I’ve held in my career, … Continue reading “How to be Prepared for Opportunities Throughout Your Work Life”

Why Your Resume Didn’t Get You the Interview (4 MORE Reasons, PLUS a Bonus Tip)

In LinkedIn Pulse 2.23.16, I outlined five common reasons why, even with the perfect experience, you didn’t get the interview. Here are four more. While not as common, these are equally important: 1. Your resume is written in third person, as in “Mr. Brown is a seasoned professional…” I find this pretentious and off-putting (I … Continue reading “Why Your Resume Didn’t Get You the Interview (4 MORE Reasons, PLUS a Bonus Tip)”

The Light Side and the Dark Side of Cover Letters

The Significance of Creating “Good” Cover Letters Without a good cover letter, candidates are relying on their resume to make an impact. That’s asking a lot of prospective employers and drastically reduces the chances of you being called for an interview. From indicating your skills to keeping the follow-up ball in your court, a good … Continue reading “The Light Side and the Dark Side of Cover Letters”

3 Steps to a Successful Career Change

Originally posted here Career changes are challenging in today’s market where hiring managers expect to understand immediately how you are a perfect fit for the role at hand. Strong documents alone, however, will not cut it when it comes to making a 180-degree career shift. Changing careers means going up against competition with experience in … Continue reading “3 Steps to a Successful Career Change”

Access the Hidden Job Market: 7 Ways to Become a Referral

I’ve lost count of how many clients have told me, “I’ve applied for so many jobs and haven’t gotten any responses. I just don’t know what to do.” The irony is that although 80% of jobs are never posted online, you’re likely spending 80% of your job searching time online. This severely limits your options, … Continue reading “Access the Hidden Job Market: 7 Ways to Become a Referral”

10 Job Search Lies You Shouldn’t Get Sucked Into

You can’t seem to get out of your own way when it comes to moving forward with your job search. We’re talking about getting interviews, not just effort. No one pays you for effort. Not in 2016. People who know little about finding a job will get sucked into taking advice from anyone who shares … Continue reading “10 Job Search Lies You Shouldn’t Get Sucked Into”

5 Steps to Get Past ATS and Get Your Resume in Front of a LIVE Person

This is a syndicated post,originally published here Much has been written about Applicant Tracking Systems used by large companies to manage job openings. While no doubt these systems are necessary to screen thousands of applicants, their propensity for error is perhaps one of the larger frustrations faced by job seekers. At some point in the … Continue reading “5 Steps to Get Past ATS and Get Your Resume in Front of a LIVE Person”

Don’t bring me the problem, bring me the solution

My best boss and mentor declared this whenever someone tried to pass a problem to him; he would have nothing of it. He was different from many of his peers who felt obligated to be the problem solver and therefore “force” his direct reports to depend on him. As a direct report, I wanted to … Continue reading “Don’t bring me the problem, bring me the solution”