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7 Tactics to Keep Your Job Search Confidential

How to Keep Your Job Search ConfidentialLooking for a new job is scary enough. Being worried that your current boss or colleagues can see you gearing up for a job search can easily stop your efforts before you get started.

Here are several ways to ensure you keep your job search confidential until you are ready to announce to your current employer that you’ve landed a new role. Continue Reading…

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Effectively Audit Your Job Search

Job Search Audit



The job search is not yielding what you have hoped up to this point. You feel stale, uninspired and ineffective. Or maybe you are happy with your initial results, but now the activity has weaned a bit and you want to step up your game? Below is a short list of questions to quickly assess the quality of the quantity of your job search activities to help you determine (1) Am I doing the right activities? and (2) Am I doing enough of the right activities? Take this job search audit quiz now and be honest with yourself…it will help you identify the activities that will get your results and ensure you drop the activities that are dragging you down: Here we go:

  1. How many hours are you spending on job boards?
  2. How much time are you spending tweaking your resumes and cover letters?
  3. How much time are you spending researching companies to apply to?
  4. How many companies do you add/modify/delete from your target list each month?
  5. How many hiring managers, line managers or knowledge resources are you speaking to each week?
  6. How many outbound emails are you sending to targeted decision makers or knowledge sources each week?

What does it mean?

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11 Reasons Why Recruiters Don’t Call You Back & 5 Things You Can Do About It

Frustrated by search firm recruiters not calling you back when you have submitted your resume to them? Feel you’re perfect for the job they posted, you know you can do it, but baffled by the fact they have not returned your call? Well, I have some answers for you and outline a few things you can do about it. Read on if you are open to honest, tough talk, you are serious about optimizing your job search time and you are prepared to do something about it. Here goes:Continue Reading…

Effective Job Search Strategy-Go to the Beach in the Fall & Avoid the Herd

A good friend of mine posted on Facebook over the weekend, she had perfect hooded sweatshirt weather at the beach. Truly one of my favorite times during the year.

Picturing this tranquil beach sparsely populated by hooded beachgoers due to the chill in the air, somehow led me to think of email inboxes. It made me think of the fact that successful job seekers go where the herd does not go. (Really. It did. I know I need to get out more…but that is another post on a much different type of blog.)

Think about it:Continue Reading…

13 Ways To Ensure You Are Ready For Job Hunting Season

It’s hiring season! Are you ready? In addition to the summer being over and kids going back to school, it is the time of year where employers hire talent to create and/or implement strategic plans that will ensure next year exceeds expectations. Good companies are gearing up, hiring the right people and allocating resources to capitalize on the opportunities presented in the current market. Yes, there are opportunities. Are you ready to be snapped up? Here are steps to ensure you are positioned to make your next move:Continue Reading…

Best Job Search Advice I Ever Received? Pretend You’re Fired Today….

Best Job Search Advice? You're Fired!
Best Job Search Advice? You’re Fired!

Few years ago, a good friend of mine gave me this piece of advice after she had been released from a position unexpectedly. Senior managers can get let go if they do not share in the management philosophy leadership promotes or believe in the plans the company is implementing to grow. Being fired is not only related to poor performance, which is something I have learned from working with candidates over the years. It can take one by surprise.

So back to the advice. She told me, “The best thing you can do, Lisa, is pretend you were fired today. You would start to make a list of all the activities you would do to land your next job.Continue Reading…