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What About the “About” Section on Your LinkedIn Profile?

What About the “About” Section on Your LinkedIn Profile?

The "About" section of your LinkedIn profile is really interesting. It is an opportunity to somehow connect the personal part of your life with the professional. It can be as personal or not, depending on what makes you comfortable to share. Also, it can hold up to...

Are You Missing The Obvious When Preparing For An Interview?

Are You Missing The Obvious When Preparing For An Interview?

Have you thought you were prepared for an interview, but you forgot something? Sometimes the most obvious things are not obvious. If you are interviewing with a company that has a product or a service, it is important to personally experience what that is....

Can the Benefits of the Job Be More Important Than the Salary?

Can the Benefits of the Job Be More Important Than the Salary?

What do you really need from a new job?  Are the benefits or the salary the most important? One time I had a client who had been laid off. She was totally stressed about looking for a new job.   Her daughter was a star player on the high school...

What About The Dreaded Employment Gap?

What About The Dreaded Employment Gap?

I once talked with a man who had been a stay-at-home dad for seven years but needed to go back to work.  He had been the Chief Financial Officer at a company. His wife died in childbirth, leaving him with two special-needs twin boys. As he was in a good financial...

The Problems With Ageism

The Problems With Ageism

Have you felt guilty for perpetuating the stereotypes about older workers? I had a client who hired a new employee, but he was totally conflicted about it. He was in his 50s, and his age was a sensitive subject. He was afraid that he would not be hired for a new job,...

Have You Been Interrogated By The FBI? Interview vs. Interrogation

Have You Been Interrogated By The FBI? Interview vs. Interrogation

Have you ever left an interview feeling unsettled because it seemed to be an interrogation rather than an interview? Maybe that actually happened. Here is my story.     I am an interview coach, and my client was retiring from the FBI. He was an expert...

Have You Ever Had A Fire In Your House?

Have You Ever Had A Fire In Your House?

Have you ever had a fire in your house? It can be devastating. I did have such a fire. Luckily no one was hurt, and the house is still here. But when I was standing on the sidewalk, I started to pay attention to the fire trucks. They are very specialized and...

Have You Ever Been Surprised At How Someone Perceives You?

Have You Ever Been Surprised At How Someone Perceives You?

I was a recruiter at Robert Half when 9/11 happened. I was working in a field office. We were like people everywhere – confused, afraid and angry because of what happened at the Twin Towers. All work essentially stopped except what was absolutely required....

How Does A Resume Writer Accept New Clients?

How Does A Resume Writer Accept New Clients?

How will a professional resume writer decide to accept you as a new client? It varies, but no writer can be the best resource for everyone.  We have to decide if we are qualified based on past training and experience. But sometimes, we have to get out of our...

How Did You Choose The Work You Do?

How Did You Choose The Work You Do?

I am always curious about how people come into their current profession. Was it by intent or by serendipity? There is always a story. If you had a degree in criminal justice, but now you are in sales, how did that happen? Why did you move away from your formal...

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