Archive | May, 2015

Gossip Can Be Career-Derailing

We all want to be seen as the consummate professional, yet it’s almost impossible to stay away from gossip. Sharing it, listening to it or believing it (when it’s negative) all constitute career-derailing gossip. It’s just not professional. And when your hand (or words) gets caught in the “gossip cookie jar,” the only one to […]

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When is Gossip Good for Your Career?

Believe it or not, there are a few occasions when gossip can be good for your career. It might even be a stretch to call it gossip, but what is said and how it’s delivered causes it to look very much like gossip—but in a good way. So when you’re craving to share something, here […]

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Crafting Good Interview Questions for Candidates

Recruiters often ask me what some of my favorite interview questions are. This harkens me back to my days as a human resources manager where much of my time was spent recruiting contractors and managers for a consulting firm. Because the firm had multiple temporary assignments, recruiting was ongoing and needed to produce great results. […]

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Resume Do’s and Don’ts

A simple as this advice may seem, perhaps this topic may be best reserved for the Career Services Office at your local college. However, I decided add a few of my own “Do’s” and “Don’ts” after recently viewing some pretty unique (and scary) resumes from a wide-range of experience levels. “Do” utilize key industry terminology […]

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CV Sample Profile Summary

Yes, you can take a CV beyond the basic turn-of-the-century formatting. Just because a CV is built on traditional methodologies doesn’t mean that it has to be staid in old school ways. This primarily academic and scientific document has evolved over the years to include more resume style elements, such as a profile summary, which […]

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Should You Use a CV Template?

A Curriculum Vitae takes time to prepare and shouldn’t be done overnight. Still, there is a basic formula that may help you get the process started quickly and efficiently. This formula is not a CV template. It’s a baseline guide from which springs a superior document.  The formula is theme, content and order. When you […]

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Key Traits for the C-Suite

Successful leaders are continually evolving. They work with coaches, mentors and trainers to continually hone their skills and bring fresh insights to their vision and mission. Although there are ready methods for remedying knowledge gaps or amending leadership approaches, it’s much harder to change personality traits. Behavioral patterns and interpersonal styles are developed through years […]

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I Just Made a Huge Mistake!

I would love to be perfect. But I’m far from it. I make mistakes everyday. However, I do find it comforting to know that I’m not alone. We are human and all make mistakes from time to time as we grow our careers. When you feel that you’ve made a huge mistake, odds are, you’re […]

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Putting the YOU in Your “Infomercial”

Wherever you go, someone is bound to ask “what do you do?” Savvy job seekers, career professionals, executives, consultants and business owners understand well the success of employing a “30 Second” Infomercial or “Elevator Speech” to describe the benefits they offer a potential employer or client. At every meeting you attend, come prepared to “pitch” […]

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