Category Archives for Job Search

Peers And Partners

Learn who your silent evaluators are. Find out quickly which internal candidates were passed over in choosing you for the job you have just gotten.  These are not necessarily rivals ready to help you fail.  Remember, they know the ropes and have far more internal knowledge of the organization than you do.  If they have […]

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Moonlighting: The Wisdom of Having a Second Skill

In turbulent times and in an era where job and career changes are so prevalent, it pays to have multiple personal skills.  It used to be that a person simply stuck to a single professional profile.  Not any longer. This patter is abundantly clear in the world of professional sports.  Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, […]

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Pickiness Pays | Best Business Book | Best Sales Book

Ron Kaufman, a friend and writer with whom I have shared a podium on occasion, provided some sage advice on what to look for in hiring.  “If you want aggressive sales results, hire those with an energized ‘can-do’ approach.  If you want to give great customer service, only hire people who will run the extra mile.” […]

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Fine Tune Your Job Description Without Being Asked

“Living in fear of loss of job and income,” management guru Peter Drucker once wrote, “is incompatible with taking responsibility for job and work group, for output and performance.” When Drucker wrote this he was chiefly talking about the safety nets of unemployment compensation and severance pay, but also added: “Wherever a business has provided real […]

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The Continuity Of Contrarians | Best Business Book

You’re smart, or they wouldn’t have hired you.  You’ve read the tea leaves about job and career changes, and you know how frequently they happen.  The head-office people figure you’re probably good for five years.  Then you’ll either bolt…or could be they’ll stretch you out on the chopping block during the next downsizing “harvest.” Almost […]

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Should You Go Under The Knife After You Get The Ax?

A 2009 article in the Chicago Tribune says, “People who lost stable jobs in 1982 suffered from an immediate 30 percent drop in their earnings, according to Social Security and other government records.  As a group, they never recovered…A decade later, their earnings were down 20 percent compared with workers with similar profiles who avoided […]

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Danger Signals! Signs That Say You May Soon Be Out Of A Job

It’s not your breath keeping you on the outskirts. Suddenly your boss invites your second-in-command to meetings that you usually attend…but forgets to ask you.  Or your office is abruptly relocated two floors away from the C-suite or your department’s power alley.  Or you are transferred to Novosibirsk  or Chisinau, Moldova, with a glorious opportunity to build […]

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Being Your Best With Things At Their Worst

If at first you don’t succeed…you’re doing about average.  Rebounding from rejection is an essential skill to acquire, especially in job hunting  Here are three tips for beating rejection: Ten setbacks are the going price for any worthwhile win. If you look at the major league baseball standings at the end of any season, you’ll […]

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The Stretch Marks Of Experience

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions,” said Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.- one of history’s most distinguished members of the Supreme Court. Reflect for a moment on Holme’s wisdom: “A mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Every time you search […]

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Adjust to What You Aren’t – Resume Fine Tuning After Setbacks

When you’re at a job interview, pay particular attention to how your resume is read and physically handled by an interviewer. If the description of a particular phase of your career or some other section of your resume is constantly being questioned, you almost certainly need to improve that statement.  Listen carefully.  It’s not enough […]

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