If you have a career of any kind, you need an elevator pitch (some call it an elevator speech or a value proposition).
An elevator pitch is a roughly 30-second sound bite - a response to the question, 'Tell me about yourself' or 'What do you do?'
Has anyone ever actually used the elevator pitch in an elevator?
While I doubt you will actually use it in an elevator, you will most definitely use it at BBQ's, conferen...
When a frustrated client who is in a job search tells me something like, “I have submitted my resume to over 300 job postings and I have only received one interview,” I want to scream:
“Joel, get off the job boards!” a-la-Risky Business - where Joel’s mom tells him to get off the babysitter with the house surrounded by police.
Seriously, get off the job boards.
Stop spending all of your t...
When my son was a toddler, I recall a time when he was coloring with a box of many crayons on a large white piece of construction paper - like one of those 128-crayon boxes.
These expansive boxes of crayons made me giddy as a kid (I digress).
There he was... Scribbling and drawing, creating his next refrigerator-bound masterpiece, when he looks up and says to me, 'Needs batteries' while holding up the white crayon.
Marshmallow fluff is a pretty delectable treat. Simply sweet and adds height and volume to a scrumptious ice cream sundae… However, you do not want fluff in your resume. Keep it strictly for your ice cream sundaes. How do you know if you have fluff in your resume?
To start, if you are listing tasks, initiatives or areas of responsibility on your resume, but you do not have accomplishments corresponding to the...
One of our recent interview coaching clients expressed to us how she believes ageism was preventing her from landing a job.
So, she hired us to help her beat ageism in her interviews.
She wanted to outshine the millennials (aka beat the kids).
Okay! I'm game....
We learned that she was reaching out to her vast network, all on her own, to find people at companies where she wanted to work.
She had been landing...
We all have a to-do list.
To-do lists take all kinds of forms: written lists in notebooks, notepads, organizers, napkins, task functions on phones, Evernote, etc…
You name it and you can probably put a to do list item on it, right?
Me? I have a short term to do list I keep on post-its, these being the items I need to get done that day. I also have a running to-do list with long term items that can be done as ti...
Resume faux pas can really cost an executive the interview. Simply put, at this stage in the game you should know how to write a killer resume, but there’s so much confusion out there that even the most experienced professionals fumble.
Avoid the following executive resume mistakes and you’ll be way ahead of the game.
Using a photo.
There are only two kinds of positions that traditionally require photos on...
I am a huge advocate of networking with new contacts and existing connections to land your next job.
Studies from CareerXRoads, JobVite and SHRM and others show networking to be the most effective way to get hired.
However, that does not mean a job seeker should ignore job boards in conducting their job search.
There is a right way – actually I’ve listed six right ways, and one wrong way to use job boards,...
This 1 #SMH mistake does not discriminate.
Executives. Professionals. Entry-level. Corporate.
Marketing. Finance. Scientific. Law. IT.
This 1 #SMH mistake is committed by everyone at all levels from all walks of life every day.
I see this error daily.
All. The. Time.
Fact: I used to despise networking.
A sense of dread would come over me.
I would do it, but I hated it.
I established routines to network regularly, but I would fall off the wagon and have to start over again.
I dreaded starting over even more, but I would do it.
I have come to learn this is a common vibe among a lot of us.
Regardless of the need to network – need a new job, drum up business, update ski...