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...]

Seven Steps To Writing Cover Letters Quickly And Effectively

Now that the job market is heating up, you may be tempted to start looking around and gauging your market value. Then the thought of having to send out your information, complete with an introductory cover letter, dampens the excitement. The best cover letters are tailored to the job that you want, … [Read more...]

10 Marketing Tools For Job Seekers (Other Than The Resume)

This career advice piece on marketing tools for job seekers originally appears in my career column for Money and Time. This is the unedited version: The start of the new year is traditionally a good time for hiring. Yes, this means that job seekers should refine their resume. But a resume is just … [Read more...]

So You Didn’t Get A Promotion, So What

My recent Forbes column was titled You Didn’t Get Promoted, Now What and covered how to get a promotion when you didn’t: 5 strategies to get back on track for the next promotion cycle. I just as well could have written, “you didn’t get promoted, SO WHAT” because that so-what, shrug-it-off feeling is … [Read more...]

Jobvite Confirms It: Social Media For Job Search Is Critical

This post on social media for job search originally appears in my career column for and Here is the unedited version: Jobvite is an online recruiting platform and surveys recruiters on their hiring strategies. Jobvite’s annual Social Recruiting Survey was conducted in August … [Read more...]

Job Search Turnaround: A Real-Life Client Success Story

An attendee at a recent workshop sent this update about her job search turnaround:  I wanted to thank you for sharing your insights on "Ace the Interview" webinar through Columbia's Center for Career Education a few weeks ago. I used your insights immediately after that webinar, during a phone … [Read more...]

When A Recruiter Calls, Part 2: Surviving The 10-Minute Phone Interview

This post on optimizing your next phone interview was originally published in my career column on and This is the unedited version: I have written about how to maximize that unexpected call from a recruiter and put yourself in the best light, regardless of whether or not … [Read more...]

Lucky Career Breaks: Increase Your Odds – Life Reimagined

In my latest career advice column for Life Reimagined, I talk about the role of luck in job search, career planning and business-building. Luck does matter, but you can make yourself luckier by staying open and observant: Pouncing on serendipity can be a game changer for your career. … [Read more...]

The Job that Got Away – Life Reimagined

In my latest entrepreneur advice column for Life Reimagined, I share some of the lessons I learned firsthand from losing out on a project I wanted. These hard won lessons apply whether you're a fellow small business owner or a traditional employee angling for a promotion, career change, or new … [Read more...]

10 Easy Ways to Make Yourself More Hireable – and

This post originally appears in my weekly career column for and In today’s competitive job market, it is not enough to promise you’ll get the job done. You need to already have a track record of accomplishment. With smaller headcount, employers are gun-shy; they’re wary of … [Read more...]