We Are All in Career Transition. Always.

Guest post by JoAnne Funch Whether you are an employee or a self-employed entrepreneur, career transitions happen. As an entrepreneur, I started my first business in 1993 as a manufacturer sales rep company which I started with a partner.  We had years of experience, some great contacts and a boat load of determination to make [...]

Your Job Search: Know Yourself Before you Show Yourself!

by Jeff Wuenker jw@thebaukegroup.com One of the most common mistakes people make in a job search or any kind of career exploration is taking action before doing the preparation, if they ever do any preparation at all. While it is true that the large majority of people find their next job through some kind of [...]

What Are Your Weaknesses? Gulp.

Yep, this is one of those questions we love to hate, we cross our fingers and hope it’s not asked. In my humble opinion, it’s a bad question. My definition of a bad interview question is one that does not typically yield insightful information (but this may be due to a lack of skill on [...]

The 5 Things You Should Never Do In A Phone Interview

Yes, I know, there are no absolutes in this crazy world of jobs and careers. However, there some things that are "righter" than others. And in my experience in HR and  career management, I think I have seen it all (probably not).  Here are some of my favorites that anyone with an ounce of common sense [...]

Sweat The Details, Get the Job!

When is the "small stuff" not so small? I can think of a lot of times, but job search is on my mind today. It never ceases to amaze me the seemingly zillions of ways people screw up their job searches. Know this: When there are several seemingly qualified candidates for a job, the hiring manager or [...]

Three Ways You Are Screwing Up Your Phone Interview

Yes, I'm talking to you, presumably capable and qualified job seeker. You submitted a resume for a position for which you are at a fit. You were contacted for a phone interview. (yay!) The phone interview is scheduled. Just a formality, right? You are already wondering whether you should take your suit for a run through the dry cleaner. You [...]

Got Strengths? Say ‘Em Loud and Proud!

While visiting a friend in Santa Monica last year, I found myself having to maneuver into parallel parking spaces apparently made for Matchbox cars. Each time, I whipped my trusty rental car into the mini-spot on the first try. Now you have to understand that I once backed my car out of the garage with the [...]

You Have a Job. Keep it or Move On?

You're getting that itch to move on and find a new job, but all you hear is "Stay where you are! Be glad you have a job! It's horrible out there!" You put your head down and keep working. And maybe you are not wildly unhappy, but still, that itch seems to need some scratchin'. How do you [...]

Now, Refine that Career Reputation!

Julie commented in her last post, “reputation matters in all parts of our lives.”  I can see you nodding your head in agreement.  Let me ask you, how are you leveraging your reputation to uncover opportunities and add to your career happiness? The process of crafting your branding philosophy can be joyful when you consider [...]