Job Seekers: Get Your Story Straight!

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Communication…it can be your greatest ally or most formidable enemy. As a job seeker, you are the CEO of your own job search, along with being the director of marketing and communications. This means that you are responsible for developing…

Finding the Employer that is the Right Fit for You

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Just returned from a trip to Florida and had the opportunity to meet a number of people who used to live elsewhere, but now call the Sunshine State their home. The vast majority of those folks moved to be with or take care of parents or just…

Don’t Ever Give Up During a Job Search

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Everyone who has experienced a forced job transition knows that there are a host of emotions to deal with during that period, many of which are not very pleasant. For the majority of the people with whom I do job search coaching, the most powerful…

How to Handle the Question – “Why Should I Choose You Over the Other Candidates?”

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Recently I was interviewed for an Internet radio program on LocalJobNetwork.com and asked how hiring managers want candidates to answer questions related to why they should be selected over other applicants. I believe that this remains…

“Bringing it” to the Interview

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There is a popular exercise program that has been out on DVD for a while called P90X, that displays the words, “Bring it” at the beginning of the first disk of the set.  This is done to establish the tone for what the instructor, Tony Horton,…

Differentiating Yourself - Answering the Question: “Why?”

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Recently, I attended the NFL game between my Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills.  There were 71,000+ people in attendance and the majority of those fans were wearing something (hat, jacket, jersey) with the team’s colors (brown and orange). …

Preparation is the Key When Trying to Land a New Job

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A couple of weeks ago I witnessed an “interview implosion”, which was painful to watch. Yet, this squandered opportunity could have turned out very differently, had the candidate just put in some prep time prior to that discussion. Because…

Why Are You My Ideal Candidate?

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Over the past several weeks, I've had one-on-one meetings with dozens of job seekers in regard to their resumes. I often ask, “Why are you here today to meet with me? What do you wish to take away from our meeting?” Most often the response…

Act II, Seen 40: Encore Careers - The Sequel

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I was presenting to a group of jobseekers recently and I could not help but notice a sense of despair from the more “mature” attendees.  In many cases, it seemed as though they have given up. I heard comments like, “I’m 55. Who is going…

Which Job Seeking “Expert” is Really Correct?

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Tough question…but, it shouldn't be. Although there is no “one and only” expert when it comes to the nuts and bolts of putting together a strong and effective job search strategy, there are a whole lot of folks out there giving advice…