Tag Archives: what not to do in a job search

Top Career Torpedoes You Need To Avoid

Traveling along on our respective career paths, everyone should be aware of what potential landmines exist along the way that could prove to be obstacles to building a stellar reputation. From working with literally 1,000+ clients over the past few years, here are some things I have observed that are the biggest problems that could torpedo your career right off the bat:  “Shoulder-Lookers”: There are the genuine networkers, and then there are the people we meet at events that are always looking above our shoulder to see if they can spot someone ‘better’ in the crowd to go talk to…. Read »

How Your Email Address Can Torpedo A Job Search

Have you done an audit on your email address lately? I don’t mean opening up your account and looking for messages.  I mean taking a closer look at the actual email address that you are using. I have received a number of emails from some very interesting address names lately.  That being said, if you were to ask me if these names sounded professional, I would have to say absolutely not! Sometimes, we get so acclimated to that personal address that we simply forget about how others might perceive it. Add in the close scrutiny of a prospective employer, and… Read »

“Massaging” Your Job Titles Can Be Hazardous To Your Career Health

Client rĂ©sumĂ©s flow into my office all the time, and some of the most interesting things come to light once a project gets started. One particularly startling fact keeps rearing its ugly head: People take exceptional liberties regarding previous job titles they’ve held when listing them on their rĂ©sumĂ©. Uh Oh. Cue the “Dum
 da dum dum” music. Are you feeling remotely uncomfortable yet? Most human resource and hiring managers see “Job Title Massaging” as actually a deceptive practice. To them, it doesn’t matter that the work you did doesn’t match the job title. And it doesn’t matter that you… Read »

Turn Your Job Search Upside Down in 2011: 6 New Year’s UN-Resolutions

Ah, New Year’s Eve. A time of noble resolution-making, yet so many get broken while they are still brand-spanking new. So for 2011, I have a radical idea. Job seekers should decide to make some New Year’s un-resolutions. I mean, we can all make very positive career resolutions that are extremely productive, but shouldn’t we also not resolve to do some of the bad stuff, too? Un-resolutions are actually the things we wouldn’t consciously do because they just don’t make sense, but a lot of us do them anyway for a lot of reasons, including force of habit, being shy,… Read »