To Act On True Callings Requires Courage & Faith In Yourself

I’ve been skimming through a book called Callings: Finding and following an authentic Life by Gregg Levoy. It’s about vocational callings. The dictionary definition says that a vocation is “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation.” Being “called,” as Levoy puts it, is to be summoned away…

7 Things You Need to Know to Work Well With Third-Party Recruiters

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How do you work with third-party recruiters to get optimal consideration for positions with their clients? Here are my seven best tips on working with recruiters: 1. Using more than one recruiter at a time depends on the size of the market and if they do regional or national searches. Don’t sign up with everybody…

Attitude Strategies – because “Attitude is everything!”

Staying upbeat and positive during your job search or a career change can be extremely challenging. Doubts can creep in at every turn. It all seems like a series of rejections and actions without results. Yesterday, my friend and fellow career expert, Regina Moser observed that her clients who have a positive attitude, a “it’s going to happen no matter what” belief, seem to be doing much better in this employer’s job market…

The Basics of Blogging, An Advanced Job Search Strategy

If you enjoy “talking” shop about your field or craft and if you’re a pretty decent writer, then you might want to give blogging a try. It’s a great strategy for career development in general, and it could be an excellent strategy to increase your online presence during your career transition. My favorite blogger who has combined his passion for his profession with his observations about…

Age Discrimination: Job Search Advice For Those At Age 60+

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There is a growing segment of those at age 60+ who are making the concept of retirement outdated. They either have no desire to stop working or they don’t have the luxury of retiring because they tied up their retirement money in 401Ks that went south with the stock market during the recession. Among the key issues that seem to be challenging this group include: worries about age discrimination; concerns about privacy in building an online presence…

Job Interview: 9 Etiquette Tips For A Great 1st Impression Handshake

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This is basic stuff, but sometimes it’s the basic things that will make or break you. So, if you already know these things, great! Consider this a review! 1. Make sure your hands are clean and your nails are well-clipped and manicured. 2. You don’t want to offer a cold hand, so be sure…

Avoid Becoming A Stalker and Other Useful Networking Tips

A client is using LinkedIn for her online networking, and she is doing a lot of in-person networking as well. She says she is having a “heck of a time” keeping track of all the people she is networking with and hoping to network with. She also wants to be sure she is following up without bugging them, especially when they haven’t responded to her initial outreach. Does this sound familiar? Are you feeling overwhelmed by…

The Value of Seizing the Moment

Carol Gibson was just trying to get back home to Austin after the Christmas holidays. Hanging out during a layover at the airport, she wasn’t focused on trying to find a job, but, somehow, a job found her. Here’s her story. It involves crazy weather, Twitter, the media, an inspired moment and serendipity…