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    Pursuing Jobs Where You Are Not A Good Fit

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    Pursuing jobs where you are not a good fit…

    My client was approached about a job where she was not necessarily a good fit. She asked me if she should pursue the position.

    My response was yes! They approached her. Talk is cheap. Plus, it was good practice on multiple levels.

    Resume

    This is a …

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    Perfect Fit for the Position? Expect to Lose!

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    I was a Perfect Fit for the Position!

    I have heard it over and over about how you are a perfect fit for the position.

    I hate to tell you that, if you are really a perfect fit for the position, you will almost always lose!

    WHAT???

    Let’s start at the beginning of the hiring …

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    Conferences and Your Career

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    Conferences and Your Career

    I recently had a client receive free passes to a coveted industry conference. She was not sure how to prepare to get most out of the day.

    Business Cards

    You should always have business cards. There are two different kinds; personal and business. Which do you take?

    Depends on who is …

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    Anatomy of a Winning LinkedIn Publisher Post

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    Winning LinkedIn Publisher Post

    LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Publisher earlier this year. Every LinkedIn user now has access to a publishing platform to establish their credibility.

    I have used LinkedIn Publisher as a vehicle to republish successful blog posts to a much larger audience. Starting in the middle of June, the first post was published with …

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    How Long Will My Job Search Take?

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    I am often asked, “How long will my job search take?”

    My answer is almost always, “It depends.”

    I work, primarily, with experienced professionals—which is code for those over 50 years of age.

    I tell them that a really short job search is three months. It takes almost three months for a company to decide …

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    Interviewing with an Uneducated Interviewer

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    The Uneducated Interviewer

    You have likely encountered the uneducated interviewer! It is my claim that most hiring managers have never been trained to interview candidates.

    I just finished reading Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. This book is the bible on how to interview for A players.

    They chronicle ten different interview styles of …

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    References from Beyond Your Reference List

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    References are a key component in getting a job. Who can verify that you know your stuff?

    Traditionally, references are supplied when an employer is getting ready to make an offer. Recently, I have had two clients who had very different experiences as it relates to references.

    Asking for References after a Phone Interview

    I …

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    Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Position?

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    The dreaded question – Why do you want to leave your current position?

    The one question most candidates dread is, “Why do you want to leave your current position?”

    You cannot say “My boss is a jerk,” or “The work environment is toxic.” If you do, the interviewer will likely think, “Next candidate please!”

    When …

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    Are You a Generalist or Specialist

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    Generalist or Specialist?

    How you manage your career depends on whether you are a generalist or specialist.

    When I started my career in the 1970s, large corporations valued generalists. In my 22 years of working for IBM, they let me take a variety of career paths. It also suited my personality, because I have a …

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    Grab and Grow – A Plan for Career Success

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    Grab and Grow!

    I have a client who just started a new business analyst position for a Fortune 500 company. I am using the system defined in the book The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter to assist him in getting up to speed.

    He was explaining some …

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