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When change happens, what do you do?

My German Shepherd, Teddy, has had long time love of his orange deflated basketball. He has hauled it all over the house and knows who is likely to play with him. He loves to have people kick the ball to him. One of my sons’ friends even developed the habit of coming over to playContinue Reading

Is there a dinosaur hiding in your resume?

Two of the most dreaded words that resume writers hate to see in your resume are: RESPONSIBLE FOR… When I look at someone’s resume or LinkedIn profile and see those words, I cringe, much like the sound of fingernails on a blackboard. Resumes and the related LinkedIn profile and other bios on social media shouldContinue Reading

Are you Deadline-Driven?

Think in resume-speak Perhaps after 20+ years in the resume writing and career industry, I have come to think in resume-speak more often than not. I make my to-do lists using action verbs: create, write, prepare, or review. I haven’t found ways to weave ignite, rejuvenate, revitalize, spearhead, or champion into my to-do list. IContinue Reading

7 Resources for Bloggers

I already posted today but I have been noticing things on my wanderings on the web. If you are a blogger or a wanna-be blogger, there are lots of resources on the web for great advice. This post is just my personal advice list and a bit of a rant. I know some really greatContinue Reading

Stop Stumbling through your Job Search

As I work with job seekers, I find that some of them are still stuck on the myths of job search taught in school by educators who didn’t expand their research beyond tired old business or English manuals. Fortunately, my clients know that all they have to do is ask me and I will findContinue Reading

Dumbing Down Your Resume

A few weeks ago, I had a coffee catch-up meeting with a long-time client. He was downsized last fall for the first time in his career and I invited him to coffee to find out how his search was going. As the barista made our lattes, he said he had taken his MBA off hisContinue Reading

Don’t sabotage yourself

Sometimes we make decisions for what seems to be well-thought out reasons but we failed to factor in everything. In the end, our good reasons may really be very bad ones. As my regular readers know, I spent a good part of my career as a career professional diverting and diluting my energy from theContinue Reading

The littlest blue jay

One day last week, this little blue jay flew over to my window and perched for a few minutes on my screen. I’ve never seen a baby blue jay before. I believe he was in the middle of flying lessons from his parents and made a wrong turn. Since then, I have seen his brotherContinue Reading

Do your fears get in the way of your dreams?

Jason Alba, from JibberJobber,  has a tendency to make me think. His thought-provoking blog posts are what got me started reading blogs years ago. I’ve also always be introspective and many of his topics make me think about my own choices. Jason’s recent post “Paul Buchheit on Wealth, Jobs, and Dreams” made me think again.Continue Reading

Unleash the power of home office marketability in your resume

Home offices are more the norm than not but many people try to hide their home office experience on their resume as if it makes them less marketable. As a career marketing expert, I work with insurance and industrial sales representatives, sales managers, industrial engineers, accountants, court reporters, lawyers, general contractors, and real estate brokersContinue Reading