Tag Archives | job search

The Question of Age: Part One

The question of age—I get asked about it all the time. It comes in several forms from people in their 40s, 50s and 60s: How do I deal with my age when looking for a job? What is your take on ageism in the career search process? And other related questions. It is a touchy subject, for sure. Yes, age is an issue in the job search/career transition process, though not as much as people think. Here are some thoughts on how to deal with it: Drop all but the last 10 years of experience off your…

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Help! How do I Reinvent my Career Now?

Are you struggling to re-invent your career…or do you know someone who is? I’m happy to announce that on Monday, April 24, 2017, I’ll be conducting a half-day workshop for a wonderful organization, ReBoot Career Accelerator for Women. ReBoot offers a unique set of programs designed by women for women to help them re-enter the workforce after a break in employment to raise children. Their programs help you prepare to compete in today’s connected world, landing a job that makes you feel fulfilled and impactful professionally. I recently conducted this workshop for them and it was so well-received that they have asked…

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Does Your LinkedIn Photo Help or Hurt You?

My team and I spend a lot of time working in LinkedIn, helping clients optimize how they position themselves to get what they want professionally. AND, I’m always surprised by the opportunity people miss to bring their best foot forward on that platform: their photo. Many people either don’t want to put a photo up  or they put one up that isn’t doing them any favors. If you don’t have a photo on LinkedIn, you might as well not have a profile. When people view your profile and there is no photo, it appears that you are…

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The Secret to a Great Resume

The number one problem with resumes is they focus on a person’s past instead of their future. This may sound counterintuitive—isn’t a resume supposed to describe what you’ve done? Yes, and no. Yes, you need to describe what you’ve accomplished, but ONLY in the context of what you want to do next in your career. In other words, you must identify and highlight the projects you have worked on that you enjoyed, and leave off (as much as possible) the work that drained you. In my view, a resume’s true purpose is to convey a clear picture of…

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Fast Track to a New Career

Can you believe we are more than halfway through summer? You probably don’t want to get out of the summer state-of-mind, yet (just one more beach read and umbrella drink, please), but now is a great time to start thinking about making a career change or polishing up your professional goals. It’s never too soon to make a change that will get you to where you want to go—both in life and in your career—and having a strategy, and creating priorities, makes all the difference in reaching your goals.Many professionals—whether career changers or business owners—step up their…

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Chat with Mer: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Interviewing For a Job

Do you want to navigate job interviews with confidence and ease? Are you ready to learn the 5 pitfalls to avoid when interviewing for a job? If yes, consider joining me for my interview with Recruiter Celia Stern on Wednesday, 5/13 @ 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET Learn more and RSVP to listen in here. Having screened scores of candidates, Celia knows what a top-notch interview looks and sounds like, and how to impress the decision-makers at a company. This presentation is an insider’s look at how to avoid the typical blunders job candidates make during the interview process. You’ll learn: How to share the right…

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You Had Me at Hello

Did you ever see that movie Jerry Maguire? It made Renee Zellweger’s career. There’s a great scene where Tom Cruise’s character pleads to Renee’s character to take him back, that he loves her and wants to be with her. He goes on and on with his speech, trying to convince her to take him back, and at some point she interrupts him and says, “Shut up! You had me at hello.” Lately, I have been thinking about this scene as I’ve helped some clients with their interviewing and presentation skills. It is so easy—especially when we are…

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How to Know When it’s Time to Quit Your Job

Have you been craving a change in your professional life? If so, sometimes the best way is to take a drastic step…and resign from your job. But how do you know when it’s time? The answer is different for everyone, certainly, and it depends on your personal situation. For financial or other reasons, you may need to secure a new position before tendering your resignation. And, there are some common themes that can indicate that it is time to dust off that résumé , pack up, and move on. A clue as to where to start: look at…

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Readying the Soil for Planting

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the raised garden bed in my backyard, lying fallow as we ready for the planting season. I am thinking about blending in the rich, loamy compost to bring nutrients to the soil and ultimately to the tender, young seedlings. Then, a deep watering or two to bring moisture back into the sun-baked earth. Both these components are an essential precursor to planting new flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Without these ingredients, plus the consistent care of us gardeners, the plants will not thrive—or even survive. Like the readying of the garden…

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A Strong Foundation

When my husband and I purchased our home seventeen years ago, it was just a patch of brown dirt. Slowly, over several months, we observed as the home was constructed, visiting on weekends with our picnic lunch, lawn chairs, and the newspaper to witness the transformation of the bare ground into a lovely two-story house. It was an amazing, empowering experience. We took pictures all along the way. I remember when they poured the foundation, carefully framing it up, placing the rebar, and pouring the cement. They then made sure that the concrete dried flat, so that…

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