So, I was working with a candidate the other day and he mentioned spring break. He is taking a ten day trip and he wondered. Should I even be doing this right now? In some ways I get it. Spring Break and the holidays are some of the busiest times of the year. I spent the last week getting ready to leave and today I even thought to myself. Is this worth it? I’m sure that I’ll have a great time next week but seriously, between fighting with my wife and dealing with the stress there have been some times.Read More
One of the best changes I’ve seen in the job market the last couple of years is the inclusion of soft benefits. A lot of companies have really changed their tune when it comes to this. It costs the company virtually nothing and the company gets to act like they really care about their employees.Examples of soft benefits include:Read More
So I’m really excited! I just placed a producer with an awesome client. It was a ten month search and we had been going back and forth since November. I’m both thankful and relieved that we finally got this done. However, looking back there were some really great things that happened that you should remember to cover when you are closing on a new job!Read More
So we’ve all been there. You are in an interview and the hiring manager asks a question that has an embarrassing answer. You, being unprepared, answer awkwardly making everyone feel uncomfortable. You don’t get the job. How do you stop this endless cycle of misery? It’s actually really easy – prepare for your interview and anticipate the hard questions.Read More
I recently worked with a great candidate who found himself in an awful interview situation. His search was entering its fifth month. To date he had interviewed with an insurance agency five times, had discussed an offer and was working on relocation. There was one problem though – the company never created a formal offer. As you can imagine, it’s kind of tough to sign off on moving expenses and resign unless you have that. They kept making excuses like, “Well, you just showed up a little sooner than we thought we’d find someone.” In fact, the agency hadn’t even let go of the person he was supposed to replace. I worked with him in this process and grew equally as frustrated. In retrospect, we should have cut and run a long time ago.Read More
One of the most frequent questions I receive is about resume length. How long should a resume be? Unfortunately, it isn’t a simple answer as your resume should be as long as it needs to be. In the past when people actually sent paper resumes – in the mail – it was pretty set that your resume should only be one page. However, we now live in a digital world and I think that his affords you a little more freedom. However, this doesn’t change the purpose of your resume – it is an advertisement to get someone to call you and ask for more information. This is the key concept that you need to remember. Again, I’ll repeat, your resume is an advertisement to make someone want to learn more and is not your life story. So, how do you decide what is important?Read More
So it happened! You have decided that you want to leave your agency. Congratulations – you just decided to enter the murky world of non-competes! What should you do first? Where should you look? Below are some answers to your burning questions!
Scan your environmentRead More
You’ve landed interviews with multiple companies. Congratulations! You need volume to accomplish your goal of finding your next great career opportunity. The drawback is keeping everything organized. It's not just your schedule but all 1, 2, or 5 hiring managers all trying to line up on the same day and time.
Take a deep breath and remember my advice:
It is that time of year again. You know, the scary, spooky job search time. One of the biggest questions we hear here is asking about job interview questions. Finding a job can be scary and that big interviewe is even scarier. How do you prepare for a job interview? By reviewing these the scariest questions I have put together for you. Plus answers!Read More
Counteroffers: An All Too Common Story
A recent candidate who I had helped secure a new job was really excited about their new company and was going to be starting in a week. Five days before their first day their former boss reached out and and offered:
One of my candidates recently shared a story with me about his last job. A very successful and qualified professional, he received a bad offer from an insurance agency. What was his response? To laugh at the hiring manager, act insulted and tell them that they would have to come up with something better to get him. After all…he is unique and highly skilled.
Would you handle the situation similarly? I'm guessing you would say no, but if that was everyone's answer these examples wouldn't exist. From time to time, emotions get the best of us. When you're invested in a job search, this situation plays out more often than you think.Read More
Social Media impacts your career.
Oftentimes we hear about how it impacts your career negatively; however, if you take control of your social media and use it to your advantage...it can help you get ahead!
Here are 5 tips on using social media to enhance your career:
I recently had a candidate resign from a job and it was a less than pleasant experience. After talking to the individual it got me thinking about how unprepared so many of us are for this act. Compared to all of the other activities involved in a job search, the resignation is almost an afterthought.Read More
I recently read a good article about connecting with others. It was called 11 Surefire Ways to Instantly Connect with Anyone – it’s a great read and you definitely should have a look. The article got me thinking about how it applies to interviewing.Read More
I recently read a great article from Sam Becker that talks about the Hloom project. Essentially, the Hloom project surveyed 2,000 hiring managers and employees about lying on your resume and how serious of a problem it is. The response? It's a big deal! Below are the links to both of them: Read More