I don’t quite eat-sleep-breathe personal branding, but there are weeks when I come close. AKA last week. On top of working with my (read: incredible) clients, I've been getting active as a Branded.me mentor and pulling together content for the next six months of my column over at the Daily Muse. But hey, spinning plates is
Everyone hates writing cover letters. Everyone. And hiring managers hate reading them. Why? The average cover letter is crap. There, I said it. When most candidates write a cover letter, they convert their resume into paragraphs of lifeless, overly buttoned-up language. In the Twitter age of 140 characters or less, ain’t nobody got time for that.
We’re not all social media mavens. And, shockingly enough (brace yourself), not everyone is aspiring to be. That’s right, there are still people out there that don’t give a diamond encrusted “F” about how many new Instagram followers they have. Take one of my latest and greatest clients, for example: She’s young and knows what’s
The other day, a client approached me for advice on her job search. Extremely frustrated, but still desperate for progress she explained, “I’m doing everything, and nothing seems to be working!” We’ve all been there. At some point or another, everyone toils in vain. I (almost) wish this were a “job search-specific issue,” but it’s
I jumped at the chance to support The Network / La Red. J U M P E D ! I love their mission and everything they stand for. That and I miss Boston. So there you have it. Anyway, you should totally bid on something in their silent auction. It doesn’t have to be my
“I’m better in person.” Untrue. You’re not better in person. Or worse on paper. But I can tell you why you think you are. In school, you wrote about what you studied. You wrote about Macbeth, the periodic table, and the War of 1812. You wrote papers. Nobody was teaching you to write about YOU. In fact, we’re usually
You’ve written a killer summary, weaved in tons of keywords, and crafted accomplishment statements that make you shine brighter than your granny’s Sunday silver. After you’ve spent hours putting together a new resume, it’s easy to think, “This is it! I’m holding the ticket to my next job.” Don’t go there. Not for one minute.
Ah, LinkedIn. When you’re new to the networking game, LinkedIn might look like the starched white shirt of social media platforms —a whole lot of “blah,” zero fun, resume website. The reality: LinkedIn can be the casual Friday happy hour piece of your career strategy; the place where you connect with people who can help
You rocked the interview. You hoop-jumped, donned a shiny smile and gave thoughtful, articulate answers. And then this sailed into your inbox: "Thank you for your interest, but..." Sigh and ugh. That’s a BIG butt (ha)! At this point your impulse will probably be to click "Delete" and move on in your job search. You'd be doing yourself
Get it? Beeing? Okay, sorry about that one. You might think of most people as acting a bit braggy. You’re dead wrong. I spend the better part of my days inviting people to dish about the cool things they’ve accomplished. It’s like pulling teeth using salad tongues :/ As a culture we’re taught to value noble qualities. That