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...]

Want A New Career But Unsure What? Do This First

I have made a lot of career moves myself – classical piano to banking to executive search to acting to media to entrepreneurship. So when I became a career coach eight years ago, I attracted a lot of aspiring career changers who also wanted to make a radical career move but didn’t know how to get … [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...]

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...]

Are You Stuck Due To Limiting Beliefs Or A Legitimate Deal-Breaker?

I have written before about limiting beliefs that hinder career success. These are negative stories we tell ourselves that dilute our confidence and take us out of the running before we give our full effort. Lately, the issue of limitations has popped up again in multiple reader questions: can I … [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...]

The Employment Numbers That Really Matter to Job Seekers

In my latest job search advice post for and, I write about the employment numbers that matter, and they're not from the Bureau of Labor! Here is the unedited version: I was recently asked to comment on what the latest employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics mean … [Read more...]