The Job Hunt

Using Competitive Intelligence (CI) to Land a Job, as Told by a Former Insider within the CI Unit for a Fortune 500 Firm

Competitive intelligence spend is increasing among organizations on the rise. It’s proven to gain an edge on competitors, but it is not just for Fortune 500 firms. I’ve prepared career-coaching clients for arduous interview processes with principles I used while working in a Fortune 500 financial-services firm early in my career. This has led my…

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Job Hunter Tips: Accelerating Hiring Timelines

As a career coach to career changers, I’ve noticed that often when it rains it pours during a job hunt. For instance, you may be confronted with one job offer and have another decision pending. When I set out to secure my first job, I had to accelerate an interview with Reuters America because my…

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The Mommy Shift: A Reentry Strategy (Brief Edition)

As a working mom myself,  most of my personal relationships with other moms are now virtual. Yet, even though my mommy conversations consist of chats and texts, I have gained substantive insights into the biggest issues we face in terms of our careers. There are 3 considerations that come up regularly and are applicable to…

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48 Hours After a Job Rejection

The 48 hours after a job rejection are critical. They sting even when you really did not want the job. You spent a great deal of time convincing yourself that you were the best candidate but apparently the interviewer disagreed. Your ego is scarred and you must start all over. Within those 48 hours, you…

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Stop Depreciating in Value

Job hunters are like houses waiting to be sold; the longer they are on the market, the harder it is to sell them. In the case of houses, real estate agents change their strategy or update a property’s details (e.g. price, curb appeal, etc.) to generate leads. Similarly, you should make changes to garner a…

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Write Evidence-based Cover Letters Not Fluff

Generic cover letters or fluff-filled ones are as bad as showing up to an interview with a grossly stained outfit. Yes, you wore the suit but you did not show care by having it dry-cleaned and as a result you look sloppy…the same can be said of a fluff-filled cover letter…it’s just plain sloppy.

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What Cultural Nuances Energize YOU?

Company Culture Elements mind map

When I read Bill Barnett’s Harvard Business Review blog entry, “Investigate Culture, Ask the Right Questions,” I shook my head in agreement. A firm’s culture is difficult to articulate. Yet, cultural nuances such as the behaviors that are supported within a work environment as well as the conditions that exist internally are easier to put…

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Writing a Résumé Should Hurt

A résumé enables you to put your best foot forward so be painfully thoughtful about its content. It must showcase only your MOST impressive accomplishments and selecting those requires four things: 1) discipline, 2) a delete button, 3) a job description, and 4) my secret sauce when the stakes are highest. 

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