Resumes and Careers: What are you known for?
May 14, 2013
Like many of you, I am revising my resume and wondering if it truly conveys what I have done and what I want to do. According to Greg McKweon, a common issue with many resumes is that everything comes across in equal measure. There is no one stand-out talent or specialty.
There are only 4 jobs in the World
May 8, 2013
According to employment expert, Lou Adler, there are only four jobs in the world: producer, improver, builder and thinker. Each organization contains a particular mix of these roles depending on the maturity of the organization and type of work to be done.
Interview Thank You Cards Without Delay
May 6, 2013
In a recent salary.com article, Rick Gillis shared some great advice on interview thank you notes. He insists that his clients all arrive at interviews with a box of inexpensive but professional 4″ x 5″ thank you cards and envelopes. He advises keeping them handy, preferably in your car or briefcase.
Would You Work for Free?
April 30, 2013
This is a thought provoking post originally published by Brooke Allen of International Family Magazine. According to Brooke, it is sometimes worthwhile to work for free or less than your time is actually worth if there is a chance that you may receive a greater salary or more valuable contract based on your proven performance. It is likely that the goodwill on behalf of the future employer/customer also increases the perceived value of your work as well.
Choosing a Career
February 19, 2013
I have been reviewing resumes and professional bios lately It’s increasingly common to see job changes every two or three years on most resumes. There are pros and cons to being a job changer. The pros include easier access to high level positions, exposure to more careers, developing new skill-sets, apparent ambition and willingness to take risks. The potential cons to career hopping is that employers may view you as lacking focus, competency, committment and relationship skills. Penelope Trunk offers an insightful perspective and some guidelines on career moves based on her experience. Continue reading…>
Job Hunting: Title vs. Salary
January 23, 2013
For most people, there are three primary items to consider when deciding on a job offer:
- Work: Sometimes the perfect job comes along with the right level of responsibility, flexibility, creaitivity – whatever it is your heart desires. If the opportunity is great enough, people will relocate, take a salary cut or change careers altogether.
- Salary: If you have a history of becoming very disgruntled when you do not receive the salary offer or raise you believe you deserve, then I would say you subscribe to the “no money, no mission” philosophy and salary is critical to you.
- Title: For most people, there is a great amount of prestige attached to titles, particularly once you surpass the Senior Manager level and approach Director or higher.
Here are some scenarios beyond the job offer where you will need to reconsider your salary and job title…Read the post>
Job Hunting for a Career?
December 12, 2012
In the last several days, I have reviewed approximately 150 resumes for 11 open positions from a colleague’s recent job fair. The openings varied from technology to construction management to procurement. These are fiscally difficult times and even though the jobs market is slowly recovering , you still want to maximize the return on your professional investment. While this is not my usual responsibility, let me share with you some observations about job seeking and selling “yourbrand”, in an extremely tight market with high unemployment rates.
Job Search Anxiety: It Affects More Than You Know
November 9, 2012
I have advised several people over the past year regarding how to find their next opportunity and deciding if a certain role is the right fit for where they are and where they want to go in their career. For the long-time unemployed, I’m finding that it’s difficult to determine their true wants and objectives because everything is shaded by a certain level of uncertainty and despair.
So part of my role during our sessions are to help them see the potential in their downtime. Brainstorm on what associations they can join, volunteer opportunities they should pursue and skills they can develop. What’s really crucial is staying active and saying connected.
When to Quit Your Job or Change Careers
September 20, 2012
I need to change the way I think about my career. If the industry experts are correct, my approach to managing my career is now outdated. I’ve only held two jobs since college and career advisors are now saying that the trend has moved towards an average of four years per position. This is down from 8 years just 5 years ago. Research is showing a decrease in employer loyalty as a result of constant layoffs, pay freezes and an overall feeling of anxiety and dissatisfaction. As a result, a 2010 Deloitte study concludes that as many as 30% of employees will actively seek new jobs once the economy improves.
DON’T ACCEPT THE COUNTER OFFER
August 17, 2012
During this time of employment uncertainty, many of us are making compromises. On the brighter side, many of us are also taking a stand. This is most demonstrated by the demand for a higher salary. For those who have not received pay increases for the last three years due to the economic downturn, yet received increased workload due to peer layoffs, the time of understanding has ended. But be warned, negotiating a higher salary is a complex process riddled with pitfalls.
Figure Out How Much You Should be Paid
July 18, 2012
According to career expert blogger Penelope Trunk, “a bunch of companies have arrived with tricked-out tools for figuring out what you should be getting paid. And what your co-workers should earn as well.” Here is an except from the rest of her timely article covering the most useful sites offering salary information:
Payscale.com is my favorite. In fact, I like them so much that I was mentioning them in all my speeches and then I asked them to do a sponsorship with me. (And they did.) So, anyway, the reason I like Payscale is that they systematically collect data in very specific categories so you can match your situation—years of experience, geography, education—to get your real value in the market. Bonus: These are the people who bring you statistics on the real cost of corporate meetings.
Salary.com is a good one if you are trying to get a raise. Salary.com is not as thorough as Payscale with its data collection. So employers generally favor Payscale. But Salary.com skews higher than Payscale, so if you have to bring a first number to the negotiating process, use Salary.com. Bonus: These are the people who bring you the statistics on how much a housewife is worth.
But really, if companies are smart, the conversation about salary will go quickly. You tell the company how much you’re worth. You bring very good data to back that up, and the company pays it. Then other factors like company culture become much more important.
That’s where Glassdoor comes in. It’s US magazine for the company you are considering—a little gossipy, with first-hand information about companies from the people who suffer in them. Bonus: Glassdoor is a new company and there are not a lot of competing perspectives on the site yet. So if you drop a bomb about the place you work, it’ll hit hard.”
Figure out How Much You Should be Paid (PenelopeTrunk.com)
- Don’t Accept a Job Counter Offer
- Why You Shouldn’t Accept a Job Counter Offer
- Salary Negotiation: When to Get it in Writing
Turn your network into job hunters
In the current job market, I’m sure it’s no surprise when I tell you that I’ve been an unofficial job hunter for several people in my network. My contacts usually reach out to me via email or LinkedIn. The most interesting trend I’ve found is the request for in-person meetings. This typically consists of a conversation over coffee followed by emails and phone conversations over the next few weeks to round back on action items and discuss progress.
Historically this type of networking was reserved for Senior Executives only. In today’s market however, the traditional job search rules do not apply. Old communication barriers are being removed allowing networking to occur across all career levels. Executives are just as desperate to find great talent as professionals are to find the ideal job.
Staying true to this trend, TheLadders.com, known for focusing on $100k+ job postings, recently announced they are expanding their services to include all salary levels. According to them, “the standard way of doing things is too expensive, too time-consuming, and too frustrating..”. This same sentiment has been reiterated by every job hunter I’ve spoken with in the past year.
“He is methodical. He is patient. He is slow.”
Patty Orsini of theLadders.com published an article describing how a salesman turned over 100 members of his network into job hunters.
The salesman, Brian Stinson, wasn’t simply looking for a job, he was looking for a career path. Once he decided to leave his employer, Stinson used a Microsoft Office Excel spreadsheet to compile a list of everyone he knew. He put everyone on the list – friends from Facebook, LinkedIn contacts, neighbors, business partners he had worked with in the past – and it grew very quickly. Stinson then broke the list down into people to call, and people to e-mail, and started contacting them.
Stinson saught a highly covetd job. Hundreds of people were applying for this job, but because he received a personal recommendation from his previous employer, he was favored very highly. He became one of three people short-listed for the job and was ultimately offered the position.
So be creative in pursuing your job opportunities and call or email that executive you’ve always wanted to meet. That cup of coffee just may lead to your dream job. ¶
What’s your recent job search experience? Share your tips with others.