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 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 […]

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 […]

Do You Have a Lazy Resume?

There are many signs of a poor resume. These include awkward formatting, inappropriate content, misspellings, too much or too little information, and a professional summary that is either non-existent or fails to connect with the hiring manager’s need. Make these missteps and you’ll guarantee a place in the circular file. In today’s competitive job market, having a professionally designed, factually correct resume […]

Promotional Leverage

A reader recently asked whether she should tell her employer of a competitive offer in hopes that her manager would match or beat it. You wouldn’t be the first employee to use an offer to prompt your current manager to give you a raise or promotion. It’s a reasonable tactic, but you must be prepared to move if your bluff is called. […]

Job Counting

So, Why Have You Had so Many or so Few Jobs?  It’s one of the most dreaded interview questions as it immediately puts the candidate in a defensive posture. When faced with such a challenge, resist the temptation to dance around the subject. A good interviewer can tell the difference between mental agility and blowing smoke so play it straight and attack the question head […]

Top 3 Soft Skills for High Tech Workers

Being a top-notch player in the technology space requires more than a legit skill set. If you want to advance in your career you’ll have to tackle some of the softer “people” oriented skills. Fear not, there’s no need to don a plethora of political flare and run for mayor of the office. That said, getting familiar with the following three skill […]