You’re Fired – How to handle interviews after the hammer falls

Fired – Now what do I do?

Ah, the stigma of being fired. It cripples self confidence, generates hours of gossip and in no way changes the fact that your credentials remain exactly as they were ten minutes prior to hearing those devastating words. Continue reading

Executives-Network during the holidays.

HOLIDAY NETWORKING IS THE BEST NETWORKING.

Sounds counter intuitive and goes against accepted wisdom, but holidays are the best time of year for networking. Folks are relaxed, in a giving mood and eager to interact with new people. There is something in the air. Plus, more decision makers are in town and attending events. It’s good PR for them and a break from their routine. So get out there. Shine your shoes and press your suit. Get your business cards ready and commit to at least three events a week. Continue reading

Job security through career planning


Jobs are like busses, if you get on the right one, you arrive at your destination

Abstract: Career planning for job security – Visibility, choosing the right employer, your brand and importance of a Mentor.

Are you in the career you planned when you were in college? Have you had more than one career? Do you know where you want to be in three, five or seven years? Do you know how to decide? Do you know how to make it happen? Continue reading

Are you an impostor? Is that why you didn’t get the job?

Impostors need not apply

“The Imposter Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” Wikipedia

Is your success just luck? Do you feel if people really knew, they’d know you are really a fraud and it is just a matter of time before they are found out?

Are you proving to yourself you are worthless and a victim by avoiding the proper steps towards finding a new job?

Or worse, do you overcompensate for your feelings of inferiority and take every opportunity to tell people you are a thought leader of grand stature and remind them of your accomplishments? Are you sabotaging your job search efforts to prove to yourself you are not who you appear to be? Continue reading

More proof coaching works

The price seems high the rewards, intangible; the value, great. So difficult to make that decision to hire a coach. Last night, I reviewed the statistics for a few of my recent job search coaching clients. Here’s what I found.

Client 1: Granted interviews with every company (10+) to whom he was introduced. Was told his resume was impressive and organized. Of seven options, it was he who declined to go forward with six companies, not the prospective employer. Once he decided on the two companies where he’d most like to work, received offers from both. Negotiations improved the offer of his choice. Continue reading