I Think My Resume Keeps Ending Up In Recycling? Why?

9 Reasons Your Resume Keeps Ending Up on the Bottom of the Pile Sending in application after application can get frustrating quickly, especially if you’re not receiving any requests for an interview. Is it simply that every job opening is ridiculously competitive, or are you doing something wrong? Yes, it’s often the former, but it’s also probably time to go over your materials with a fine-tooth comb. Below are nine common resume mistakes job seekers make that keep them from … Continued

Up Your Professionalism!!

3 Subtle Ways You’re Making Yourself Look Amateur to Other Professionals I help people nail their branding—it’s what I love to do, and I’ve helped hundreds of professionals get their message right. The thing is, it doesn’t matter if I’m chatting with a freshly-hatched graduate or an executive of 20 years: Everybody has a blind spot. An area where they’re not “talking the talk.” And yes, this still matters even if you’re not in the heat of a major career … Continued

Do I Say “Like” Too Much? How Do I Improve My Office Communication Skills?

This One Word’s Killing Your Credibility at Work—Here’s How to Stop Saying It “Hey, can I give you some quick feedback about that meeting?” my co-worker asked. We’d just walked out of a particularly discussion-heavy session, and since I’d made a couple great points, I figured she was about to praise them. “Sure!” I said. “You had some good contributions…” she began, “but you really need to stop saying ‘like.’ It’s totally undermining your credibility.” I sighed. My “like” problem … Continued

Help!! Are There Any Typos In My Resume?

3 Questions to Ask a Friend Editing Your Resume Besides “Are There Any Typos?”  Not only is your resume essentially your career summed up on one page, it’s also your ticket to your next awesome opportunity. So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. With that in mind, it probably doesn’t take too much convincing that it’s a good idea to have an extra set of eyes look over it to make sure it’s in tip-top shape before you use … Continued

I Blew It! My Interview Went South!! Misery Loves Company And Other Stories Of Bad Interviews

64 Job Interview Horror Stories That’ll Remind You it Could Always Be Worse Maybe you went the entire interview with spinach stuck in between your two front teeth. Maybe you showed up 20 minutes late after getting stuck in traffic. Or maybe you just really didn’t mesh well with your hiring manager. No matter what happened, I can promise you that a subpar job interview isn’t the end of the world. It’s also probably not as bad as you’re imagining. … Continued

Help!! I Have A Job Interview And Don’t Know What To Do To Land The Job?!?!

4 Little-Known Facts About the Interview Process—and How to Use Them to Your Benefit You landed the job interview. (High-fives and fist bumps all around, for real.) Now it’s time to prepare. And one of the best ways to do this is to first understand how the game works, and what’s going on behind the scenes through the process. Because once you “get” the game, you’re going to be in the best position to strategize. And, believe me when I … Continued

What To Do When Nothing Is Going Your Way Professionally Or Personally

10 Smart Moves to Make When Nothing’s Going Right in Your Life In the Army, I taught an introductory course on what to do if you became a prisoner of war. I’d start by saying that I hoped this would be the least relevant course the students ever took. That’s my hope here too—although the truth is, things fall apart in people’s lives all the time. Maybe it’s a relationship, a job, a business—something that makes up the bedrock you’re … Continued

Talking About Your Current Job? How To Perfect Your Interview Skills!

3 Mistakes That Are Easy to Make When Describing Your Current Job in an Interview When I was in elementary school, I asked my dad what he did for work. To make it simple for me, he said, “I’m a civil engineer, which means I design roads.” And even though there’s much more to what he does on a daily basis, that basic description made it crystal clear to me. If you’re anything like me, your job is not this … Continued

I Want A Promotion? How Do I Do It?

The 3-Step Plan That’ll Significantly Up Your Chances of Getting a Promotion Do you know someone who has run a marathon? Did you notice how he or she trained? Marathoners are very systematic in their training. They log their mileage, pace, and rests so they can best measure their progress and performance. Without tracking they would have no knowledge of their improvement. They might as well be running in place. Your career’s a marathon, too, but do you track your … Continued

Good At Your Job? How To Manage Your Career Development!

Yes, Being Too Good at Your Job Is a Thing (and Yes, It’s a Problem) You know the term rock star is an annoying, overused hiring cliché. But, lets be real: That’s just the kind of employee you are. Your interviewer told you—on the spot—that you were the perfect candidate. You got the salary and perks you wanted, and your boss has yet to give you a project you couldn’t handle.   And yet, you’ve recently started to notice some … Continued