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Age Discrimination – Ultimate Fight-Back Guide

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

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 »




Unrealistic Job Search: The Reality Check You Need to Make

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 »




Career Blueprint to Your Success

A career blueprint secret to your own success already exists. You just have to take the time to discover, develop, and then deploy it. When it comes down to where you want to go and what you need to do to get there, a career blueprint is needed to help provide actionable steps leading the way. If you are not clear on what it is you are pursuing, it will be easy to be distracted and get lost along the way. Creating a career blueprint isn’t easy. But they are easily discoverable. Where the heavy lifting really comes in is… Read »




2016 Job Search: What Every Job Seeker Needs To Know

2016 Job Search: The new year is just around the corner, and a lot of people are making forecasts about hiring trends. There are a few people that I trust on their predictions, and Laurie Ruettimann, a well-respected and leading-edge thinker, speaker, writer, and consultant within the human resources space, is one of them. She recently prognosticated the top recruiting trends for 2016. You can read about them here: http://laurieruettimann.com/2016-recruiting-trends/ What she predicts is exactly what I have been seeing on my end when working with job seekers. As employers have been gradually adding jobs or loosening hiring freezes, it’s… Read »




Successful People: Their Top 2 Career Secrets

There are a lot of formulas out there that point towards how to plan and execute a successful career. But if you talk to people who have been able to achieve career advancement and increase their earnings, there are two career secrets that successful people know that help them get ahead. Remember these tips, and think about how you can implement them to advance your own goals: Metrics. Whether you get an annual performance review or not, everyone (yes, EVERYONE) should create their own job performance benchmarks. Only you know, at the micro-level, all of the various ways you have… Read »




Exiting a Job… with Class

As most people know, your career reputation follows you everywhere. How you conduct yourself on and off the job matters, but one area that is especially tricky is when you are leaving the company. Whether you are moving on to your dream job, or if you suddenly got handed a pink slip, you need to conduct yourself by leaving on a high note, no matter what the reason is for exiting a job. Why? Well, if you always do right, then you never have to worry about explaining a potentially awkward or uncomfortable situation in future career discussions. You also… Read »




Winning Interviews: The Secret “Sauce” You Need To Know

On the job hunt and want to know the secret to winning interviews?  Don’t just go in only with a copy of the résumé you used in application and your references. You need more tools than that. What it takes to get really noticed is innovation and differentiating yourself from the competition to be on the side of winning interviews. Sometimes, this can require being gutsy, and always require a good sensitivity to the appropriateness of your tactics. But when you pull out the stops and create a truly positive and memorable interview experience, employers remember that and more importantly,… Read »




What You Read Shapes Your Career

Like many people, I am ashamed to admit that I have become a “skimmer,” which is a far cry from the voracious reader that I used to be in earlier years. In fact, as a kid, it was more common than not that I would be in the middle of a 500-page book. (Color me nerdy.) But today, skimming is a real problem. We are only touching the surface of an idea. We truly aren’t getting into the deeper and finer points of the content. Just get to the point, you say. What’s the baseline so I can understand what… Read »




Top Thing You Should Never Do in a Job Search

The top thing you should never do in a job search isn’t a secret.  But many people do it anyway. It something that is so alluring that it’s almost irresistible.  It preys upon our hope… and our fears at the same time. What is the top thing you should never do in a job search? It’s to stop looking once you have a tangible prospect in the pipeline during your job search. You know you’ve done it. We rationalize the sequence of events should we receive multiple job offers. Things look so promising with the current prospect that it seems… Read »





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