References make a difference in a job search

References make a difference in a job search

In today’s competitive job market, a good reference is more valuable than ever. But preparing a reference list needs to be done right, or you could end up hurting your chances of landing the job, rather than helping. Choose a variety of references. In general,...
Ask the right questions in your interview

Ask the right questions in your interview

When people in career transition are preparing for an interview, they tend to spend a lot of time practicing their answers to the questions that they think they’ll be asked. This is wise. You can almost guarantee you’ll be asked some form of the questions “Why are you...
Can’t find any job openings? Write a marketing letter.

Can’t find any job openings? Write a marketing letter.

A lot of people looking for the next step in their career rely heavily on advertised openings and recruiters, but many jobs on the market are never made public. You lose a lot of the market if you wait to see what becomes available. Sending a marketing letter to the...
When it comes to cover letters and resumes, one size does not fit all

When it comes to cover letters and resumes, one size does not fit all

Last month, I discussed the importance of increasing your activity and setting reasonable stretch goals to get the results you want in your career transition journey. One of the essential activities of someone who is looking for the next step in their career is...
More activity, more results

More activity, more results

The old sales adage can be applied to career transition as well—activity equals results.  Yet, this is where so many people fail. They don’t buy into this equation, limit their activity, and consequently limit their results.  By focusing on those activities that you...