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Perseverance pays off. Ask Mark.

From time to time I anoint a “new favorite person.” It’s time once again. Please read this email from Mark (name changed). With the exception of changing some details to preserve anonymity, this is verbatim. First, a quick aside: some of my articles...

What are the two most important letters?

This is no trick question. Linguists might say E, T, or A – the most oft-used letters in English; egotists will choose I or their initials; and philosophers will insist on A and Z, alpha and omega. But your career coach – yours truly – says your two...

Be careful when you take advice

It’s amazing what passes for advice sometimes. And it’s sad that so much of it is accepted without any further thought or challenge. Before I give you examples, let me be crystal clear about something. I don’t claim that everything I’ve ever said...

Start your networking affiliations while you’re young

Perhaps the most agreed upon concept in the whole world of job searching and career management is that networking is the most effective, far reaching, and long lasting of all approaches. In fact, I know of no one who disagrees. There is still far...

Career fair this week. What about it?

Often – very often, in fact – I am asked about career fairs. Are they important? Should I go? Should I spend all that time? Do people really get jobs by going to career fairs? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! And if you come up with any more reasonable...