How do you respond when the interviewer asks, “Tell me about yourself”?

January 23rd, 2014

While there is no standard response that would always be appropriate, here is why you are probably being asked the question with some suggestions to help you create an effective response. More…

How do you acknowledge your weaknesses in an interview?

July 25th, 2013

You are in an interview and the interviewer has asked you about your top skills. You feel great that you described your best ones and told a story that demonstrates your skills. Then you are asked “What are your most significant weaknesses?” The dreaded question! You know you must respond but how do you do it with a positive spin? More…

How to respond when asked about your best skills.

July 23rd, 2013

You can be assured that interviewers are going to ask you to describe your best skills. And if they are looking at your resume when they ask that question, how confident are you that you will say the exact same thing. The result could be a short interview if you don’t get it right. More…

Do You Keep Getting Screened Out for Jobs?

March 22nd, 2012

Are you getting interviews but are being told that another person had skills and experience that more closely matched what the company wanted? Are you sending your resume to companies or recruiters for jobs that you know you can do but are not getting return calls? More…

Re-Assessing Your Career at Mid-Career

August 27th, 2010

It may seem heresy during the depths of a prolonged recession to be thinking about making a career change but if you are feeling drained, bored, or just tired doing what you have been doing, now is the time to re-think your career direction. More…

Five Deadly Interview Mistakes

February 8th, 2010

If you are getting interviews but not getting the job, you may be making one or more of the most common interview mistakes. Here are the top five that interviewers encounter most often. More…

Career Portfolios – Important or a Distraction?

January 13th, 2010

You may be hearing and reading career advice suggesting that job seekers need to prepare a career portfolio and use that in lieu of, in addition to, or as an integral part of their resume. That is standard advice for certain positions and industries where portfolios showcasing your career experience would be expected. However, before you launch into taking a considerable amount of time to create your portfolio, you need to understand whether that is what employers and interviewers want. More…

Networking

November 3rd, 2009

You’re in mid-career and you’ve been told that networking is the best way to find a new job. If you’ve attended events where you are supposed to get up and tell others what you do and what you are looking for, you’ve probably felt uncomfortable and wondered whether that approach is really effective. It can be if the group is targeted at specific functional levels. This type of networking is something that you can do occasionally but it should not be where you spend most of your time networking. More…

Executive Resumes

November 2nd, 2009

Resumes for those in mid-career with several years of work experience, such as at an executive or manager level, should not look like those for younger or less-experienced people. If you don’t understand the difference and how potential employers use resumes, your resume will be a hindrance to helping you find a new job. More…