Job Search Checklist: What Factors Employers Use In Hiring Decisions

When I blogged previously about the importance of thank you notes (including five real job seekers whose thank you notes hurt or helped them get a job), I meant to showcase an often-overlooked by powerful job search step. This isn’t to say, however, that for any of the job seekers I showcased the … [Read more...]

How To Take Advantage Of The Best Job Market In Years

The 2015 Regional Hiring Outlook, a report and survey by recruiting firm The Execu|Search Group, shows a much improved job market, where employees may finally have the upper hand. If you’re looking for a job, it’s helpful to know what employers are focusing on so you can target your job search … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Scenes In MBA Recruiting: Six Recruiters Share What Works In Job Search Today

In addition to my talk on career change for the 2015 Asian MBA Conference, I contributed a behind-the-scenes look at the MBA recruiting process. I interview five recruiters on what works and what doesn't work in job search today: Recruiters will never give you the “real” reason why you didn’t get … [Read more...]

Made A Bad Career Move? Five Moves To Help You Recover

The idea for Skimlinks came from the previous business I started, Skimbit.…It failed, but through that process we invented a means of monetizing our site that I realised was the most innovative and exceptional aspect of what I’d built….I pivoted quickly, dumped Skimbit, and launched Skimlinks. – … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Internships for Adults

In my career advice post for and, I cover the pros and cons of internships for adults. It's a good move for Robert de Niro in The Intern, but does it make sense for you? Here's the unedited version of the post: The Intern opens in theatres on September 25, 2015 and tells the … [Read more...]

4 Job Search Tips In Time For The Busy Fall

In my latest career advice post for Money and Time, I share 4 job search tips specific to the busy fall recruiting season. Here is the unedited version: Recruiting picks up in the fall. Employers are back from vacation mode. They see their end-of-year targets and if they are behind, they have to … [Read more...]

Five Career Temptations When Saying No Might Be The Best Response

It’s scary saying No. When it comes to career decisions, second-guessing is rampant: Should I keep looking rather than accept this opportunity? Should I take that meeting just in case? What if I drop this project or client or activity and regret it? Sometimes it feels crazy saying No but it is … [Read more...]

Avoid The Slowdown: Summer Job Search Strategies

In my latest post for I cover strategies specific to the summer job search. Here is the unedited version: It’s a myth that people don’t get hired over the summer. Yes, people are on vacation, so hiring typically slows down as interviews are harder to schedule, but people do get hired. As … [Read more...]

Your Career Questions Answered On Job Search After Time Away, Getting Into Finance, Mentorship and Sponsorship and More – Radio Show

In this episode of the SixFigureStart Career Coaching Radio Show, I answered questions on job search after a 6-year employment gap, job search when you're older, breaking into the finance industry and finding a mentor or sponsor: … [Read more...]

An Overlooked Career Pitfall: Making Assumptions – Video Blog

Inspired by a real-life recruiting experience, today's video is about the danger to your career of making assumptions. Assumptions lead to missed opportunities. In this case, a happily employed freelancer assumed his employer would offer a job if interested and the employer assumed his freelancer … [Read more...]