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Combating Ageism: How Facebook Jealousy Taught Me to Network Better


combat-ageism-network-betterI once was feeling sorry for myself…

I was on Facebook one day and saw all of these pictures of people at parties where I wasn’t invited.

So I was feeling a little sorry for myself, and I told friend of mine about how I was feeling…

And she said to me…

“So when was the last time you had a party and invited people over?”

Me: “Well, um….never.”

My Friend: “So you are telling me, you never had a party. You never extend invites to people to come to your house. Yet, you are feeling bad that you don’t get invites?”Continue Reading…

Why You Can’t Hire a Recruiter to Find Your Next Job


can't hire a recruiterMany job seekers feel like ‘I am a slave to my job’ day in and day out.

The thought of finding time to look for a new job, when they don’t have time to breathe invokes many emotions and questions.

Some job seekers circle the drain and never get out of this “woe is me” phase to move forward in the search.

However, many of you, respond with, “This isn’t going to happen to me!!”

You are choosing to take proactive steps to own your career fate.


And then you get an awesome idea…Continue Reading…

Why Successful Executives Should Continue Networking at the Top

executives find it lonelyMost executives, I have learned, don’t want to network.

I hear it directly and I hear it inferred over and over again…

This statement was from an interested job seeker who signed up with us last week – in a very spirited, frustrated voice (think, executive temper tantrum tone):

“I have worked my way up and been promoted, sought after, recruited… I never had to really LOOK for a job before…What do you mean I have to reach out to people to find my next job? I never had to do that before.”

I know…

I hear you…

You did do it before, but you stopped…

Here is the thing, you’ve heard the saying, “It’s lonely at the top” before, yes?

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Lame-O Excuse Makers Need Not Apply


excuse makers need not applyI’m pretty easy going.

I’m accepting of all kinds of people and walks of life.

I’m a “live and let live” kinda girl…

But nothing pisses me off more than a lame-o excuse maker playing a blame game.

I do my best to filter these people out and not let them hire us or buy my stuff.

Or even get my free materials.

Even the free stuff is deserving of worthy, hardworking, appreciative people who are going to put it to use.


I filter these people out since lame-o excuse makers don’t take action and blame everyone else for their lot in life.

And I don’t want to be next.Continue Reading…

Networking When You Have a Job – What to Do…


networking when you have a jobOften I get asked the question:

“What do you do regarding networking when you’re working and you’re not looking for a job?”

To be more specific, a client who just started a new gig (yeah!), sent me the following e-mail:

“I’ve been neglecting my own network since I’ve started this new gig. It’s something that I told myself I’d never do, but I’ve put off going to meet ups, have not reached out to friends, and have missed golden opportunities to network. Reading your emails, you have provided me with that little kick in the pants I need to stop procrastinating and just bloody do it!

Here is where I struggle and could use your help. Once I’ve reached out, what do we talk about? I may have not spoken with this person in a while… we may not have had that tight of a connection… so here I am calling them outta the blue… what do I talk about? I certainly don’t want the conversation to be about me… and I’m not a big fan of the small talk. So what’s meaningful?  Also, how long is appropriate for this conversation to last? Finally, does reaching out include multiple communication methods?  i.e. email, Facebook, LinkedIn, phone call… etc?”Continue Reading…

Election-Proof Your Career: 15 Ways to Win – No Matter Who Wins


election-proof your careerWorried about your job with the political jockeying and economic churning occurring each day?

Whatever happens in Washington or Wall Street over the next few months, the fact remains that the uncertainty posed by the election and global fiscal incidents have many people worried about how it will affect their job. 

Does this describe you? 

Executives are rumbling loudly about how the fiscal and electoral outcome can affect the workplace. 

Despite this growing concern, I believe you can triumph in this economic turmoil and political uncertainty.  

“How?” you ask…Continue Reading…

One Career Mistake You Are Probably Making


career mistakeWhether you are happy in your job or looking for a job, I can assure
you there is one mistake you are probably making that is hurting your career.

It’s one of the most common career mistakes made.

Executives are no exception….and probably the worst offenders of
making this mistake.

It can often be disguised as loyalty, hard work or selflessness.

Which all sounds noble and strokes the ego.

But it may killing your career and your ability to land the new job,
to get promoted or to negotiate a higher salary.

What is the one mistake you are probably making?Continue Reading…

6 Things You Need to Stop Telling Yourself in 2016


things you need to stop telling yourself in 2016The negative self-talk I hear executives use to talk to themselves is often mentally destructive.

Most negative self-talk in the context of a job search comes in the following 6 forms:

* “He/she is too busy to talk to me.”

* “What I have done is not important enough to reach out.”

* “I have nothing to say on social media.”

* “My credentials should speak for themselves. I shouldn’t have to say it.”

* “I sell myself best in person. I just need the meeting.”

* “I hate networking.”Continue Reading…

Top 5 Tips for Introverted Executive Job Seekers


introverted executive job seekersIf you consider yourself shy, or introverted, what can you do to help yourself land the job you want?

This is a comment I received recently:

“Reaching out for extroverts is easy…for us people who are socially awkward, it can be so painful to just say hello to someone. It’s worsened by the fact that I dread small talk more than anything else out there…”

If you are shy, or introverted, hear this message: you are not alone. I understand what you mean because I feel the same way you do.

Working as a recruiter, and now in my own business, I can tell you that a lot of people are uncomfortable reaching out to others, and many people dislike small talk. That said—outreach and social connection are an essential part of your job search. So what can you do?Continue Reading…

6 Event Networking Habits Healthcare Executives Should Have


Networking-Habits-Healthcare-Executives-Should-HaveNo matter what business you are in, you need to develop strong networking skills. In the medical industry, it is important to continue to foster relationships with other executives and even the doctors in the medical field. These contacts could help you recruit better talent to your company or solve problems you are facing. They could even help you move up the medical corporate ladder down the road as well. Developing these networking habits can put you on the right track to foster meaningful relationships across the medical industry.Continue Reading…

8 Actions to Take If You Don’t Get the Job


actions to take if you don't get the job“Thank you for your interest, but…” Your third interview with the company included senior members of the executive team. You thought the position was yours. The polite telephone call you just received, that began in this manner, let you know otherwise. After you graciously respond and end the call, you are, frankly, stunned.

You did not get the job—what next?

Almost everyone interviews for jobs they do not get. Finding and achieving the position you want is an often painful process. At the executive level, the air is rarified and the competition is stiff.

No one is happy about missing the mark on a job they want. But along with disappointment and dismay, it is essential to mine the experience for hidden value.

Know how to respond

Consider these thinking and action points if the position you want slips away:Continue Reading…

6 Habit-Making Ways to Make Networking Easy and Automatic


Make Networking Easy and AutomaticMost things in life are a habit. Essentially we have to train ourselves to take certain actions each day until it becomes like second nature.

Networking is one of those job search actions that need to become a habit in order for it to be truly successful.

By making job search networking a habit, you not only increase your chances of finding a job, you’ll also start to feel like networking is more natural to you. Use these tips to help you create this new habit on your job search.Continue Reading…

7 Steps to Take Now When Your Boss Might Be Fired


boss might be firedYour boss might be fired. That’s the rumor in the grapevine. Or there’s the confidential information credible source shared with you. Your department is now holding its breath. Your boss might wind up terminated.

What’s at stake?

How that actually plays out is irrelevant, right now. What counts is that in the period of uncertainty, there are 7 things you should be doing. Your objective has to be to protect your own job, reputation, emotional balance and future career, within or outside the company.

Those 7 must-dos:Continue Reading…

7 Logical Reasons Why You Have Zero Results From Your Job Hunt


reasons why you have zero results from your job huntIt’s the most frustrating scenario an executive can experience. You’ve spruced up your resume, sent it off to open jobs and after a few weeks you are still hearing crickets. Nothing seems to work and trying to get a hold of HR has been useless.

You scratch your head wondering what could possibly be wrong. After all, you’ve got great experience! Could you be overqualified? Did you format your resume incorrectly? Did you not use enough keywords?

It’s probably none of the above. In fact, if you’re still getting zero results from your job hunting efforts it’s because you may be making one of these all too common mistakes.Continue Reading…

3 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Promotion


getting promotionPromotions at an executive level present a couple of unique problems. First, the jobs are few and far between. This isn’t because of a bad economy, it’s just that the higher level the job the less positions for said job. Second, the competition is fierce.

That’s why it’s important to do what you can to make sure you don’t get turned down for a promotion. Use our tips below to better your chances of getting a promotion when you ask for it.Continue Reading…

Are you giving up too soon in your executive job hunt?


executive job hunt Have you already given up on your executive job hunt because you got rejected?

It’s alright if you did. You certainly wouldn’t be the first or the last.

But what if we told you that looking for a job is kind of a numbers game?

Furthermore, what if we told you that you actually gave up way too soon?

You may roll your eyes in disbelief. You may think, “I already got rejected once. This must be indicative of how this job hunt will go for me.” Fortunately for you, this couldn’t be further from the truth – and we’ve got numbers to prove it.Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Break the Ice at Holiday Networking Events


holiday networking eventsHoliday season is upon us which means you’ll likely be attending a lot of events.
Not just your family events, but events at your job and any associations you may be a part of.

While advancing your career may not be the point of these events, they do present the perfect opportunity to get a little networking in. Simply put, no one is expecting you to vie for a job at a holiday party like you would at more professional events.

Holiday parties also typically aren’t forced social situations which is what can make more professional networking events so uncomfortable.

Use our tips below to break the ice at holiday parties so you can get some networking done and grow your list of contacts.Continue Reading…

5 Conference Attending Flubs That Executive Job Seekers Make


conference attending flubsConferences are a great way to make connections and find work. They are also wonderful for getting press, talent attraction and making a name for yourself.

Unfortunately many executives flub at conferences leaving them with few viable job prospects and a bunch of business cards. Below you’ll find some of the top offenses so you can make the most out of your next conference.Continue Reading…

Summer Time Job Search Success

summer time job search successThink the summer is a bad time for job searching? Think again! Break out the BBQ, grab a cocktail and have some fun doing your job search. For some reason, we have always been told that searching for a job during the summer months, is a bad idea – and dare I say, a long road. Luckily for you, that is just a myth! The summer time is a great opportunity to start your new job search and find the perfect role for you. Continue Reading…

How to Triumph Over Transition. This is the Beginning of Your Great Story!


Whatever your reason for embarking on your upcoming transition, whether it be a layoff, economic incentive, professional frustration, divorce, empty nest syndrome or you simply have a great business idea to put to market, realize that you are in an exciting position!  Yes, you are.

This can be the beginning of what will become your Great Story.  I can imagine that you may feel petrified about starting this process and overwhelmed about where or how to start. Don’t worry. It is this uncertainty that holds all the promise and possibility that lies before you. Embrace it and don’t fight it. Don’t believe me? Need proof?Continue Reading…

What Job Seekers can learn from The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Lisa Rangel Chameleon Resumes
Mike Michalowicz and Lisa Rangel

In July 2011 I attended the B.I.G. Summer Summit, where Mike Michalowicz, author, entrepreneur & marketing expert, was the engaging keynote speaker. He graciously gave the attendees a copy of his book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur: the-tell-it-like-it-is guide to cleaning up in business, even if you are at the end of your roll, under the premise that we all pay it forward investing the cost of the book with someone or an entity that needs it. I was already intrigued.

While I already donated my $20 to a worthy cause, I am eager to continue the good karma put forth by Mike by telling you how this book can help the job seeker.  (Hey Mike—I am feeling the birth of the Toilet Paper Job Seeker Book initiative—as least I think that is what I am feeling).

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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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41 Mistakes that Job Seekers Make which Kill Their Career Prospects and Sabotage Their Job Search

Struggling with your job search? Not seeing results that you want, but not sure why? Review this list and if you 10 or more of these reasons resonate with you, then we need to chat about what you can fix to get results (you can sign up for a call on the right):

(1) Go into a new field without major research
(2) Send the same thank you note to all interviewers
(3) Think they have to have 100% clarity as to what they want before they start to look
(4) Only submit to job postings and never reach out to people at companies directly
(5) Assume the tactics that worked for their job search three years ago will work for them nowContinue Reading…

Three Things You Can Do TODAY To Move Your Passive Job Search Forward

Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

Feeling like you want to see what opportunity is out there in the marketplace? Not sure what to do to get it going or if you even want to look for a job? Well, start your own research tour. Learn about what you think you may want to do next. You do not need to start with your resume, if you do not know where you want to go yet. To help you get that direction, here are three things you can do today to begin assembling information to help you:Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Help People Help You

How toHelp PeopleHelp You

Recent work with my clients made me realize that very competent people often have trouble asking for help or they do not know how to ask for help effectively. I have outlined 3 ways you can clearly articulate what you are looking for in a position when networking with trusted sources.

Here are the ways you can get others to help you more effectively: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…