How to Keep Your Job Search Confidential As a career coach, I get this question often: how do I look for a new job without my current boss finding out? Here are some tips: 1. Lock down your LinkedIn profile.If you are connected to any of your co-workers or your boss, and are also aggressively … Continue reading
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Making Big Decisions
When faced with a big decision, like whether to accept a new job, there are many factors to consider. What does the new job entail, in terms of job function? What salary and benefits are offered (including retirement matching, health insurance, dental coverage, commuting assistance, etc.)? What is the work-life balance like? Are there options … Continue reading
How to do a reference check—on your future boss
How to do a reference check—on your future boss When you go through the job search process, it seems every piece of your life is under scrutiny. Your work history, references, credit history, and so on are all fair game for background checks. But have you considered doing a reference check on your future boss? … Continue reading
When offered 3 choices, choose the fourth
The Fourth Option One of my alumni recently had “the good problem”—too many job offers. She had three offers to choose from, each with different job functions, missions, salaries, and benefits. She sent me a note asking for my advice: The first job was in a professional association for the insurance industry—a mission she … Continue reading
When is a $10,000 raise a pay cut?
It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into when accepting a new job. As a mentor of mine once said, “don’t be seduced by the job offer.” It’s very exciting to receive an offer, especially if you’ve been looking for a long time. But if you are choosing between different offers, or have an … Continue reading
Should I ask about advancement?
One of the many questions job seekers ask when they are in a job interview is about opportunities for promotion or advancement. Normally, asking about opportunities for advancement is a good thing because it shows ambition and a desire to stay with the organization–unless there is just no opportunity for that in a teeny tiny … Continue reading
Emotions in the Job Search
It’s a little like dating. You have found your dream job or organization– but will they like you back, enough to hire you? If they reject you, does that make you a bad person or a failure? Putting yourself out there by networking, applying, and interviewing for jobs makes you very vulnerable to rejection, the … Continue reading
Push Me, Pull You: Handling Multiple Offers and Interviews
Timing is everything in the job search. This statement is true when it comes to applying before a job deadline, applying early and often, getting your references to reply quickly, and most of all when dealing with job interviews and offers. If you are lucky enough to have had multiple job interviews, you will likely … Continue reading
Will your future employer work you to death?
Will your future employer work you to death? How to assess workplace culture before accepting a job offer If you have a young family, an important avocation or hobby, or otherwise just want to leave work at 5pm and not work weekends and evenings, it’s important to find a way to investigate the culture of … Continue reading
Did you get a job offer? Or just a nice conversation?
Once in a while, I hear from a job seeker who has a very nice conversation with an employer, and hears something like “When can you start?” or “I think you’ll fit in well here.” These sound like job offers, but they are not necessarily job offers. It is quite dangerous to make an assumption … Continue reading