Note: this blog post is a contribution to LiveCareer's 2017 Job Action Day event. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick! (Of course, we’re talking here about Jill as well.) The message of this 19th-century English nursery rhyme is that if you’re energetic and fast on your feet, you can defeat … Continue reading For *Real* Job Security, Hone Your Transferable Skills!
Note: this blog post is a contribution to LiveCareer's 2016 Job Action Day event. Pssst! Want to know a secret? Most of us spend close to 40% of our waking hours either working or commuting, so there's nothing wrong with following your heart when it comes to your career. But Mike Rowe (the star of the Discovery … Continue reading The 6-Fold Path to an Impassioned Career
Content is King! This ubiquitous online marketeers' mantra means that if your online presence doesn't grab your readers' attention, it won't bring you much business in return. The same applies to your résumé, of which you could also say Context is Queen! What exactly is context, you ask? A subset of content, context is a fundamental element of storytelling, … Continue reading Context, Queen of the Résumé!
This morning, a client asked me for a few ideas about a sadly under-utilized jobsearch tactic: dropping in, unannounced, on a prospective employer (say, "AlphaOmega Technologies"). Some may consider this too aggressive (or even rude), but I beg to differ: the surprise drop-in is a brilliant manoeuvre because most of your competitors would prefer to … Continue reading NAIL that Job Search Cold Call!
The business world is changing quickly enough to make your head spin, and we're all getting older. Age-wise, in many cases it seems like 50 (or in some industry sectors, 40) is "the new 65". Are you worried about losing your competitive edge? Do you fear becoming a lumbering Baby Boomer Brontosaurus hemmed in by a … Continue reading 50-plus? Career Wisdom from a Hockey Superstar
The most powerful career management strategies are based on personal branding, which is all about: defining a personal brand that is authentically based on oneself building one's brand online in a variety of places, using (ideally) a rich blend of written, audio, and visual content maintaining the consistency of one's brand so that it thrives despite the … Continue reading For Effective Career Branding, Use a Variety of Social Media
Who remembers Myspace? A pioneering social networking website – focused on the music and video communities, and with a fascinating history – Myspace rocketed to fame in the early 2000s. But then came Facebook (in 2004) and Myspace became a classic example of the folly of building one's entire social media presence in one place. At first, … Continue reading Beware the RMS LinkedIn!