Who You Talk With At Your Job Is Actually Important

There are many ways to describe how you contribute to your company. Yes, your specific job duties can be stated in a formal job description, but a role defines where you are in the company’s structure. What do you actually do? Who do you talk with?  WHAT IS YOUR JOB AND YOUR ROLE?  Sometimes, perspective … Continued

You Can Work with a Product, a Service, or Both

Sometimes, it is hard to decide why you do or do not like a job. To nail it down, first think about your company. What does it do and what is your role? Consider this context:    Products   <   Combination   >   Services Products Some people like dealing with tangibles. When a … Continued

Writing Your Own Job Description to Get an Offer

I cannot overstate the importance of written job descriptions. They are necessary to set clear expectations for both you and a company considering hiring you. Believe it or not, sometimes taking the initiative to write your own job description can lead to an offer.  THE OPPORTUNITY A woman once came to me because she had … Continued

There is No Such Thing as a “Practice” Interview

Practice interview

I have coached people on interview skills for almost 20 years and know that everyone is nervous for one reason or another. When I landed an interview with Robert Half, where I was eventually hired as a recruiter, it was the first I’d had in 17 years. I was super nervous! Some other reasons to … Continued

Using the 80/20 Rule for Your Job Search

WHAT IS THE 80/20 RULE? The 80/20 rule is a mathematical concept created by an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto. In 1896, he observed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population.  Well, it turns out that the 80/20 concept is almost like a rule of the universe. It describes … Continued

Be a Good Interviewer by Showing Some Respect

I have heard thousands of stories about good and bad job interviewers for almost 20 years. Why is it that, when someone becomes a hiring manager, they suddenly forget what it was like to actually be interviewed? Why is there a disconnect?  EXAMPLE OF DISRESPECT One of my clients who wanted to move from Tampa … Continued

Slowly Transitioning from One Career to Another

I once had a client who was a CPA and enjoyed her work. While she wanted to continue as a CPA, she was also a very creative designer of beautiful high-end jewelry. She wanted to explore the possibilities of this new career but wasn’t sure how to make a living just as a jeweler. We … Continued

Look for an “Adjacent” Industry

My husband and I had a fire in our house last year. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the house is still standing! During the house restoration, I had the opportunity to see many skilled tradespeople at work, many of them working in adjacent industries. An adjacent industry is one that touches another industry in … Continued

When a Cup is More Than Just a Cup

As a career coach, I have heard thousands of stories about people being angry about how they were treated when they left a company.  One time, a woman came into my office because she couldn’t land a single interview, let alone a job. I asked her what happened. Boy, did I get an earful! She … Continued

Do You Have the Right Personality for Your Job?

As a resume writer and career coach, I run into many clients who dislike their job, but don’t know why. Sometimes it all has to do with personality.  When Someone’s Personality is Not a Good Fit for the Job I could not do a job that required me to be calm, cool, and collected. I … Continued