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It’s not over until it’s over

There are many phases in the job search process, all of which are a time-consuming emotional roller coaster ride for many. The problem is that many people get excited that they’ve been called for an interview, a second interview, even a reference check, and presume that means they’ve got the job, only to find that … Continue reading

The Job Board-Linkedin Mashup

I heavily emphasize Linkedin in all my advice to job seekers, but there are limits on what it can do. At this point, it’s not that awesome as a job board. You can, in fact, use Linkedin as a job board by looking under “Jobs” and also looking for Jobs conversations/postings in the groups you … Continue reading

Cover Letter Concepts

There is a lot of confusion about cover letters. Cover letters are not: * An opportunity to write about your life story and life philosophy * A chance to write about tell your entire career history * A place to explain why you left each of your past employers or to focus in detail about … Continue reading

Stress-based interviews: the Brain Teaser

The Brainteaser Interview question As I mentioned in my last post, there are three types of stress-based interviews. The third type of stressful interview question is the brainteaser. This is an unanswerable Zen-Koan type question that has no easy answer and is designed to test whether you are going to drop dead when faced with … Continue reading

Looking for Jobs in all the Wrong Places

Most people think job seeking starts and ends with searching through job boards, like Monster, HotJobs, Craigslist and so on. These boards absolutely have their place, and even boutique boards like,,, etc., are essential for the job search. But are these the best places to spend your time while job seeking? I’ve … 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

Handling Disability in the Job Search

I became disabled and have been out of work for 8 months… I will now need to find a new job.  How can I not have this held against me in the job search? Before I start this post, I should say I’m not a certified vocational rehabilitation specialist. I would recommend seeking one out … Continue reading

Freelance Vs. Full Time

Q: I’m switching from full-time nonprofit development and communications work to freelance writing and editing, and I’ve been told that I should use a concise one-pager to promote myself … something that summarizes my key strengths and work experience. Do you agree with this advice, and how would you say branding myself as a consultant … Continue reading