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

Promotion, a raise and new opportunities if you master this one skill.

Be Promotable, Get a Higer Salary and Be in Demand

There is one single function you can perform to insure your promotability, increase your compensation and endear yourself to the Board of Directors. Skeptical? Don’t be. Continue reading

Five reasons why accepting a counter offer can kill your career


rock and hard place
How long before the ‘win’ euphoria is replaced with stark reality? Nothing has changed.

Nick Corcodilos, a headhunter and job search maven I respect, tells readers using a new job offer to generate a counter offer puts the employer between a rock and a hard place. He goes on to list several reasons counter offers may result in career setbacks and starts from the beginning. The employer knows this is not a good time to lose you. Maybe in a month or two when they can prepare for the loss. Read the article for his guidance.

For years, I advised clients to refrain from accepting, even considering, a counter offer. These ransom demands may result in more money, but since that is rarely the reason you wanted to leave, it is not the solution. It is rather like offering a starving man a glass of water. The point Nick makes, which I have never considered, is that when they offer you more money, the funds typically come from the same budget where raises live. When it is time for a raise, often employees who accept counter offers come up with nothing. Net/net? No gain in compensation. Continue reading

Job security made simple

Building job security is simple but it sure isn’t easy.

“Are you adding real value or merely passing information along? How do you add value? By continually looking for ways to make things better. …Every hour of your day should be spent increasing the output or value of the output of the people for whom you are responsible.” Andy Grove on job security.

Why do  some people appear to be bullet-proof when lay offs and bad economic times force many very talented executives onto the unemployment lines? Your value to the company is based on many attributes, but the bottom line IS the bottom line. As the CEO of your career, how you contribute and how you invest in the contributions of your team are critical factors for career stability. 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