A Great Thank You Note


I recently heard about a candidate who had great qualifications for the position, but made what might have been a near-fatal mistake. She interviewed well, but she didn’t send a thank you note after the meeting. The hiring manager confessed that it almost cost her the offer. It made me think it was time for … Continue reading A Great Thank You Note

Your Picture is Worth 1,000 Words


(A version of this post appeared previously in my Jacksonville Business Journal column The Careerist.) Your LinkedIn photo takes up just a square inch or so of your profile, but it can have a big impact on how people connect with you. Knowing how others in your industry present themselves may help you stand out … Continue reading Your Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

3 Upgrades for New Graduates


Graduating from college or high school and beginning your first serious job search means you need some upgrades. Here are three improvements new graduates can spend some of their cash and time on before starting to schedule interviews. Upgrading your wardrobe is essential if you want to be taken seriously as a professional. Invest in … Continue reading 3 Upgrades for New Graduates

5 Steps to Help you Bounce Back from a Layoff


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits during the last week of March this year, a new record. The global pandemic has placed the working class in impossible financial positions, with many dreading the start of any month, when their bills come due. Losing your job is … Continue reading 5 Steps to Help you Bounce Back from a Layoff

A Fresh Start for Your Job Search


States are opening up, and companies are retooling their workforce. Some workers might not be returning after the pandemic, for health reasons or simply because their priorities have changed. You’ve probably put your traditional job search on hold during the time you spent socially distancing at home. If you’re feeling ready, it’s time to get … Continue reading A Fresh Start for Your Job Search

Start your Job Search Now


Everything feels strange right now, and the future is almost impossible to predict. If you’ve been furloughed or laid off, you may be feeling like there’s no hope of finding a new opportunity until the pandemic is under control. It’s true that the New Normal won’t look like 2019, but job seekers who get a … Continue reading Start your Job Search Now

Sleeping Better, Even Now


If you’re like me, the current situation has made a good night’s sleep less and less likely. I wake up several times a night, and my brain kicks right into worry mode. I’m worried about everything, as are most of you right now. Once my brain wakes up, I lose at least an hour – … Continue reading Sleeping Better, Even Now

FlexJobs Warns of 12 Common Work-at-Home Job Scams and Offers Job Seekers Key Tips to Stay Safe


From our friends at FlexJobs.com: An increased threat of online job search scams amid rising unemployment Work-at-home jobs have always been a target of scammers.  However, as the BBB warns, these types of employment scams are likely to rise as the number of unemployed Americans increases due to the coronavirus pandemic. Knowing how to differentiate legitimate work … Continue reading FlexJobs Warns of 12 Common Work-at-Home Job Scams and Offers Job Seekers Key Tips to Stay Safe

Five Things to Do Every Day While You’re Out of Work


I posted this in January, never imagining how relevant it would be in March (with some updates.)  I hope you’re taking care of yourself during this crazy time.   You’ll need to keep up your energy and spirits so you can be ready for the next great opportunity, when all of this craziness has passed.  … Continue reading Five Things to Do Every Day While You’re Out of Work

Guest Post: Choosing a Resume Format


(Guest post by Resume Genius) Before you write your resume, you need to pick an appropriate resume format. The best format for you personally will depend on your work experience, relevant skill set, and target industry. There are three main resume formats for you to choose from, and they are the:  Chronological format  Functional format … Continue reading Guest Post: Choosing a Resume Format