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Interviewing the Interviewer Helps Get the Job


March 15, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment interview, Interviews

Interviewing the interviewer? Are you serious? Yes. It’s a pretty well-known fact that every candidate should bring in questions to the interview to look smart and invested in the outcome of the discussion. But interviewing the interviewer, too? Let’s put it this way: despite the perception that the employer “has all the power” in the interview, and no matter how badly you want the position, there’s one more variable: Do you even want to work there? Key clues happen during interviews that can help you understand what it might be like to work at that company. And even more importantly,… Read »


Career Ladder Exploration Has Many Different Facets


March 1, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Career ladder exploration isn’t sometimes what you think. Most people immediately start thinking that this concept means moving up and moving out. But sometimes, career ladder exploration can go laterally, versus vertically. That is also part of the process. So let’s look at career ladder exploration from the upward-mobility perspective for a moment. Moving up means added responsibility, career growth, an increase in pay (usually), and personal knowledge gain through new learning experiences. But if you really want to be good at it, you should be aware that getting some formal training is in your vested career interest. Most of… Read »


Age Discrimination – Ultimate Fight-Back Guide


February 24, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Age discrimination quick test:  What do these words all have in common? “Fit, vibrant, energetic, stamina, enthusiastic, ambitious, progressive, forward-thinking, adopter of new technology, recent graduate, passionate, motivated, growth, willing to learn, dynamic, adaptable, fresh, inspired, quick-reacting, ability to think on feet, bring a new rejuvenation…” Hint: For more mature workers, it’s meant to not describe you. In essence, this is just a sample of random “code words” used by employers in job announcements to try and deter more mature professionals from applying by using terms usually reserved to describe younger workers. Read between the lines, and these jobs are… Read »


Your Reason for Leaving


February 14, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Your reason for leaving a company can be one of only three things: You left because you wanted to leave. You left because the employer wanted you to leave. You left because both you and the employer wanted you to leave. Discussing your reason for leaving can be tricky, especially when you didn’t really have a say in the matter. Unfortunately, a lot of online applications force you to discuss this point without really giving you an opportunity to fully explain why you left. Here is a glossary of terms you might consider using in order to spin your reason… Read »


Exploring the Career Ladder


February 6, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment

Career ladders are gateways to opportunity. Every company has different career opportunities- whether it means moving up or making lateral transfers. Understanding what your next move might be at a company is critical to your career. So knowing what is available can help you develop a targeted plan on whether you will stay at the company with a specific career move in mind, or if it is time to look beyond your current employer. Assessing the landscape to know what your company’s career ladder puts you within reach of your desired targets means that you need to start paying attention… Read »


The Secret to Phenomenal Career Growth


January 23, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment In The Workplace, Job Search

Career growth is something that frequently gets derailed and stagnated. Oftentimes, we get stuck in jobs because the work we are doing demands a rigorous routine and our complete focus. Being consumed by our work means that it consumes our attention away from our career. If you are feeling like you are in a rut and uninspired, the best place to start is this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: Do one thing a day that scares you. This doesn’t mean radical things. The things that scare you are ones that push your envelope. Simply put: this means trying something new. Routines… Read »


Build Up Skills: Career Planning 101


January 10, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment In The Workplace, Job Search

Taking the time to build up skills is an excellent idea. Case in point: Recently, an overseas client contacted me who was in the planning stages of moving back to the U.S. Specifically, he was wondering about how to make the transition back to the American job market. I suggested that he start reviewing U.S.-based job openings to get a sense of what the requirements are, and then take the time to sign up for online courses or attend conferences (if possible) in order to build up skills. By reviewing what employers are looking for and then taking the time… Read »


You Need to Know Where to Look To Find a Great Job


October 20, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment

This week, we are excited to have a guest post provided by Mac Prichard, of the highly-esteemed Macs List in Portland, OR. Mac’s passion is to help job seekers, and he offers this advice to find a great job: Most job seekers make the same simple mistake–one that makes their job search longer and more frustrating than it needs to be. It’s not an ugly resume, a typo in their cover letter, or a faux-pas in an interview. Their fatal flaw is even more basic than that. So what is this huge, no-good, slap-yourself-in-the-forehead mistake? They rely, almost entirely, on… Read »


Promises, Promises… Knowing the Ones Employers Don’t Plan to Keep


October 11, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment In The Workplace, Job Search

Promises. Things we are handed and that which we hold on to with trust in our eyes. The band Naked Eyes had a great song back in the 1980s reflecting on promises. In particular, here’s one salient stanza that many people working can relate to: “You made me promises promises Knowing I’d believe Promises promises You knew you’d never keep” So what happens when an employer strings you along with promises of: A promotion. Better pay. More benefits. More job growth. More opportunity. More responsibility. New direction. Training. Mentoring. Getting rid of a disruptive staff member. Well, that’s a start,… Read »


Unrealistic Job Search: The Reality Check You Need to Make


September 10, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search, Networking

An unrealistic job search can be one of the most devastating and detrimental career moves. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge proponent of chasing one’s dreams. As someone who is constantly coming up with big new ideas, it’s fun to see whether they will pan out or not. You’ve got to dream big to make big things happen. But at some point, an unrealistic job search if you are looking for work (big ideas or not) is going to set you down the wrong path and the one guaranteed, sure thing you will walk away with is a giant… Read »


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