What NOT to Say on an Interview

Job seekers have more resources at their disposal than ever before – from on-line assessments and interview guides to professional career coaches and books like The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting. The proliferation of tools help ensure candidates come to the table prepared to answer common behavior-based questions such as, “Can you tell me about a time you had to […]

Don’t Marry Your Job

Reader Question: Now that the graduation parties are complete, what’s one piece of advice you’d offer those new to the working world? Simple: Date Your Job. Don’t Marry It. Many grads enter the workforce expecting to instantly find a perfect professional match: that ultra-flexible, personally fulfilling, highly paid position that’s an excellent launching pad for either the C-suite or their […]

Midlife Career Change

I began my midlife crisis at 18. As a pragmatic artist (a blog for another time) I was just trying to get a jump on feeling the kind of angst novice writers think they need to put pen to paper. They don’t. In the words of Chuck Close, “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to […]

Trouble With the Curve (Ball Interview Questions)

Some things are just bad ideas: skinny jeans on men, the revival of awkward 70s inspired facial hair, Justin Bieber. Seriously Canada, enough already. Another travesty of rational thought is currently assaulting the world of job hunting. It comes in the form of awkward and largely irrelevant questions designed to catch candidates off-guard and test their ability to respond […]

How to Negotiate Benefits

Job search books are filled with tips and techniques for negotiating salary, but compensation is only part of the package. Savvy employers know that candidates want more than an attractive salary, so many provide a targeted employee value proposition (EVP) that covers everything from flex time and telecommuting to wellness programs and an opportunity to become involved in a variety of social responsibility causes.  Jobseekers, […]

How to Encourage an Unemployed Friend

When people are suddenly unemployed they can often feel frustrated, powerless, even victimized. While they might put on a brave face and instantly engage in activities such as sending resumes and researching companies, lack of results, especially over time can deteriorate their demeanor. Add financial concerns to the mix and it makes for an emotionally debilitating experience.   You can help by having them step […]

Better Job Postings

Dear Recruiters – most job seekers understand that you’re busy. After all, you’re one of the few professions that have to do a double sell. You have to sell the candidate on the position and your internal client on the candidate. If either party walks, you must start again either by reaching out to those you’ve kept warm or worse, returning phone in hand […]

Common First Time Managers Issues

If you followed the tips in my last column you should be well on your way to establishing credibility as a new manager. Of course, life doesn’t always go according to plan. When circumstance throws a monkey in the wrench, a fly in the ointment, a pain in the (fill in the blank based on magnitude), you’ll need to up your game. The following described […]

Tips for First Time Managers

So you finally scored that manager promotion. Congratulations. Now grab your helmet. Seasoned managers know that the title and accompanying pay increase comes with a variety of additional responsibilities. To make the most of the opportunity follow these tips.   Change Your Focus – Marshall Goldsmith once said, “What got you here won’t get you there.” It today’s incredibly competitive world, past […]

Leader or Overlord?

A colleague recently accepted his first leadership position. In the new role he found himself not only in charge of a global staff of subject matter experts and a series of customer deliverables, but also setting the group’s strategy and aligning it to the larger organization. While no stranger to people management and project deadlines, he was concerned about his ability to […]