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The Zen of Job Searching

Since time immemorial, or at least since the very beginning of career advice columns (which, it sometimes seems, go back just as far – archeologists are working on that, I think), you have read – over and over again– advice on strategies, tactics, methods, and approaches of job searching.

Do you want a return call – or not?

Two out of every three voice mails I receive could be – and should be – a lot better than they are. One of the three is not clear enough for me to understand the message the first time I listen to it and another one begins in an unprofessional,...

Education, training, and your resume

Dear post-high school student, I am writing this letter to you and 17,487,474 of your closest friends. That’s how many of you are enrolled in institutions of higher learning (public, private, 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional), according to...

When the interviewer behaves badly

As long as I’ve been a career coach, I’ve insisted that interviewing strategies far outweigh interviewing skills. Yet precious few candidates develop clear strategies, and then, despite thinking the interview went well, wonder why they haven’t moved...

COMMENTARY, PART 6: The Four Partners

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” (Albert Einstein, who else?) There are times when small problems grow larger than our capacity to solve them, at least at our current...

COMMENTARY, PART 4: Is loyalty extinct?

My father had one job for 44 years. I’ve had 11 in 45 years (plus summer jobs), including the one I have now – working for myself for 16 years. Some difference! The workplace has changed. In this, the fourth of six commentaries on sweeping changes...

Take the long view.

Remember when you learned to drive a car? The first thing they taught you was to look far ahead of you down the road, not just beyond the hood of the car. Remember? Well, it’s time to apply the same advice to job searching and career planning,...

It’s that damned privacy thing again!

Here’s a pretty interesting question from a reader. It also could be pretty creepy and could drive George Orwell crazy, were he around today. “The new CEO for my parent company wants all employees with office computers and company e-mail accounts to...