Three Pre-Marriage, Must-ask Money Questions

A few decades ago, when I was a reporter and the Internet came in a bulky card catalog version, I wrote an article for a New York newspaper entitled, Deal Breakers, Things to Clarify Before Saying ‘I Do’. The five key topics to cover were, according to several psychologists: family, kids, religion, sex and money. It seems little has changed and I’m […]

Four Ways to Stop Multitasking

By now we’ve all realized that multitasking doesn’t help improve productivity. It just allows you to screw several things up in quick succession. To avoid looking like a ferret on Red Bull adopt the following four strategies. You’ll slow your roll and speed your path to career prosperity. Realize There are NO Urgent Emails: If something is important the phone will […]

How to Overcome Interview Fatigue

A single interview can be a nerve-racking experience. If you’ve encountered a series of rejections and have outrun your financial cushion, an elongated job search can be emotionally exhausting. So how can you reboot your enthusiasm, calm those pre-interview jitters, and land the gig? Chase the Right Role When changing jobs candidates naturally look for parity if not improvement in the position sought. […]

Holiday Party Dos and Don’ts

Whether they are called Christmas parties, Holiday parties, or Year-end celebrations, effectively navigating these fun-filled events can prove a challenging proposition especially if you’re new to the workforce or the organization. Assuming you can manage the evening without hitting on the CEO’s spouse, offering your manager unsolicited career advice, or busting into a back spraining break dance, raise your game by […]

Smarty Pants: What to do When You Know More Than the Hiring Manager

It’s been said that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. But what if it’s an interview and you really want or…gulp, need the role? Let’s face it, for all the talk about hiring your replacement and looking out for the good of the company, in the real world, people put themselves first. If the hiring manager sees you as a potential […]

Should You Outsource Your Social Feed?

Whether you are looking to build a business, land a new job, or rise through the ranks at your current company, having a clear personal brand (what you are known for) can differentiate you from the crowd. Thoughtful contribution to social media sites can help promote that brand. Just remember, most people can see through an overly scripted or even […]

Answering the “Current Salary” Question

“What’s your current salary?” It’s a question every job seeker dreads. It’s the equivalent of a contractor asking for a homeowner’s maximum budget. It’s an irrelevant inquiry that will have you on the back foot during a future negotiation. I would never ask my electrician what he made on the last job. I do my research on what the work […]

Are Resume Websites Worth It?

If you’re a hiring manager, recruiter, or HR professional chances are you’ve been on the receiving end of a candidate’s request to peruse their resume website. Part personal branding tool, part skill summary, these visually enticing landing pages provide visitors with an overview of the job seeker’s capabilities, experiences, and style. These future-focused personal pages attempt to illustrate what […]

How to Avoid Interview Brain Freeze

The fear of going blank or freezing-up during an interview can be daunting. For many job seekers even a one-on-one informational interview can feel like they’re being scrutinized by a Thriller video-sized cemetery replete with Corporate, brain-munching zombies. Many candidates opt to hide behind a pile of notes and hope for the best. The truth is… the monsters are all in your […]

The 8 Question Early Talent Interview

Occasionally when interviewing Early Talent performance, skill, and experience differentiators are obvious. Most times however, when a collection of candidates have taken the same classes at the same time from the same professors in the same school, it’s hard to find a compelling X factor. The similarities are even more pronounced when you considered the now all-but-required tick-box style internships, volunteer experience, and social […]