Resources for executives in career transition, recent graduates, and for anyone looking to reenter the job market after a long hiatus . . .

We all know how challenging the job market has been since the 2008 Great Recession began, and the “jobless recovery” that followed has been picking up steam since 2012, although at a slower pace than expected. I get a lot of calls from executives in transition, newly minted grads, and people who are looking to reenter the workforce after having raised a family. This section of our the website is dedicated to helping you all put your best foot forward — not only in terms of writing your resume effectively and interviewing well — but in researching the hidden job market out there and identifying the dominant and growth-oriented companies where you’ll stand the greatest chance of landing a secure and well-paying position. So please feel free to join us as we explore opportunities to keep you ahead of the pack in terms of your candidacy and to maximize the chances of landing your next position that much faster!

Interviewing the Boss: 12 Intelligent Questions to Ask to Politely Assess Your Next Manager

August 4, 2018
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When it comes to hiring new department heads and team supervisors, companies typically opt for one of two approaches: Senior leadership either hires an external candidate without team feedback or invites staff members to meet with finalists and share input. Lower-level staff aren’t typically asked whether the candidate should be hired, since that authority rests […]

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5 Simple Grammar Tips for Better Business Writing

March 5, 2017
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I’m an HR practitioner with a penchant for writing.  With a master’s degree in literature and nine published books behind me, I can’t quite close a blind eye to some very common errors that are pervasive at all levels of management.  And I think it’s fair to say that I’m not alone in noticing these […]

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Attention Graduates: Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls That May Derail Your (Early) Career!

October 25, 2015
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“I wish someone had told me . . .” isn’t the line you want to use to end your first job out of high school or college. However, many unsuspecting and fairly naive recently-minted graduates have a serious misunderstanding about how companies treat certain policy and conduct infractions in the workplace. 

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How to Make the Most of Your Relationship with Your Outplacement Service Provider

July 27, 2015

If your company is experiencing a reduction in force (a.k.a. layoff) and you’re providing employees with outplacement services, then you’ve done so for a number of very healthy and caring reasons. But how do you ensure that you’re getting the most out of your outplacement firm’s offerings? And what should you report back to your […]

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5 Critical Job Search Strategies for Executives in Career Transition

July 26, 2014
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Executives in career transition face many challenges in this daunting job market, but there are a number of options that they can actively pursue thanks to their strong track records, technical skills, and education.  The five search strategies below will be a good place to start.

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Researching Publicly Traded, Privately Held, and Non-Profit Companies Prior to Your Interview

May 25, 2014
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Job search candidates at all levels realize that it’s important to research an organization where they have an upcoming interview, but outside of looking up the company’s website, they’re not quite sure where to look and what to look for. If you’ve got an upcoming interview and want to impress upon an employer that you’ve […]

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Investing in Your 401(k) in Your 20s

January 18, 2014
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You may not realize it, but your 20’s is the most important investment decade of your life! I’m not a financial planner—I’m a human resources practitioner—but I’m writing this article for my children and their friends as they make their way through college and into the “adult” world.

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Creating a Vanity URL on LinkedIn in 5 Easy Steps

December 5, 2013
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There’s a common question in resume writing about including your LinkedIn address at the very top of the page under your phone number and email address. While there’s no general rule that says you should or shouldn’t include your LinkedIn address, it’s becoming more common to display it these days because of LinkedIn’s growing popularity.

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College Grads: Here’s a Crystal Ball to Your Future Career

October 6, 2013
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[quote style=”1″](Hint: Choosing the Right Industry Has Never Been More Important in Launching Your Career!)[/quote] If you’re a recent college grad, the first questions you’ll be asked after graduation will focus on your (1) job, (2) company, and (3) industry. It’s time to reverse that order, though—never before has the industry that you select played […]

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Tapping the Hidden Job Market: A Business Research Directory to Help You Identify the Dominant and Growth-Oriented Companies in Your Field

October 2, 2013

[quote style=”1″]Utilize this smart, strategic and proactive way to approach a job search, and you’ll really stand out among your peers because very few job candidates have the wisdom to present themselves in such a favorable light.[/quote] Identifying the dominant and growth-oriented companies in America (AKA the “Hidden Job Market”) isn’t as hard as you […]

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