Rookie Errors: The Job Search

Rookie Error: a mistake made due to inexperience ~ macmillandictionary.com  Recently House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called out President Trump for committing "a rookie’s error” in his attempt to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act on the seventh anniversary of its being signed into law. And former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard said of her campaign tactics several … Continue reading Rookie Errors: The Job Search

What Are Leadership Skills? And What Is a “Leader”?

"In 1938... the year's #1 newsmaker was not FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. Nor was it Lou Gehrig or Clark Gable. The subject of the most newspaper column inches in 1938 wasn't even a person. It was an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse named Seabiscuit." ~ Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend For some the term, "leadership" raises anxiety and for others it … Continue reading What Are Leadership Skills? And What Is a “Leader”?

Veterans – Military to Civilian Careers

 How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate
our heroes and she-roes!” ~ Maya Angelou

Guest Post by Lyn Nelson

As we honor our nation's Armed Forces heroes this Veterans Day, I'd like to use this space to discuss some of the difficulties our returning veterans undergo in transitioning back to the workforce. Veterans possess a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives to contribute to future jobs, and yet its members still face significant trouble getting hired. From my experience working with veteran clients, I'd like to share a few insights:

Job Search Series – Memo To Employers – ACE Your Talent Search (And Avoid Damaging Your Reputation)

Your Brand Name Is Only As Good As Your Reputation
~ Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group Ltd

Companies devote precious time and resources to marketing their brands to clients, prospects, consumers, shareholders, investors, underwriters and other important audiences. They target colleges and universities and other audiences for talent acquisition. Yet employers consistently overlook another very formidable audience: job applicants and candidates. How employers treat this audience during the recruitment process is crucial to their success not only in attracting talent but in enhancing their reputations across all audiences in the present as well as in the future.

Job Search Series – Negotiating after the Job Offer – Part 4 – Practice Makes Perfect

Negotiation Practice Makes Perfect 

When you are not practicing,
remember, someone somewhere is practicing,
and when you meet him he will win.”
~ Ed Macauley, Hall of Fame Basketball Player

Employers have had a lot of practice in the craft of salary negotiation. So when you approach job-offer negotiations, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, keep in mind the time-honored phrase, “practice makes perfect.” Just as you practiced your interview answers, questions, strategies and techniques, practicing your negotiation scenarios will help you to perfect your performance and showcase your presence and poise at the negotiation table. In turn, your negotiation style will provide your potential employer with a preview of your business savvy.

Job Search Series – Negotiating after the Job Offer – Part 3 – Non-Salary Items

Negotiating Non-Salary Items

“Don’t bargain yourself down before you get to the table.”
~ Carol Frohlinger

My last two blog entries focused on salary negotiation (Step Up To The Salary Negotiation and Women and Salary Negotiation). This week's entry concentrates on non-salary items that typically are included in an Offer Package (AKA Benefits Package). It's important to review all items carefully to determine if they are adequate for your needs and competitive with other similar companies.  

Job Search Series – Negotiating after the Job Offer – Part 1 – Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Step Up to the Salary Negotiation

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

“Don’t leave money on the table,” is the advice of negotiators, and applies whether you're investing, navigating a business deal, applying for financial aid, making an offer on a house, wrangling over the sticker price on a new or used car, haggling with a market vendor, bartering over your allowance or negotiating your starting salary, benefits, perks and other fine points of your newly-minted job offer.

Job Search Series – Nailing the Interview – Part 11 – Follow Up

The Post-Interview Follow Up

“If you hesitate,
some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.
~ P.T. Barnum

Your interview is over. It’s time to walk the fine line of finesse and assertiveness. You should continue to express interest in the position, while avoiding the appearance of being a pest. Always be positive and appreciative, never arrogant or negative.

Therefore, before you leave the interview and send your written thank you(s), ask for the expected timeframe to make the hiring decision. This information will help you to plan your follow-up strategy.