Sunday, July 30, 2017


Did you know that having a short and well prepared "elevator speech" could be the key to your future career?  Like most people looking for work,  you come in contact with people daily when personally dropping off your resume or going for an interview. One of these new networking opportunities could be the link to an interview or a new position.
Called by many names over the years, the elevator speech is a job seeker's brief (around 30 seconds) prepared personal introduction encompassing their relevant experience and employment goals.  To add to the impact, having a personal introductory business card with your name, position goal, email address and other information can speed up the process. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Are you shooting yourself in the foot during the interview?


When interviewing, too many people think they have to give detailed answers to an interviewer's questions when a very simple short answer would have done the trick.  That doesn't mean just giving a "yes" or "no" answer but does mean giving short succinct sentences that specifically apply to the interviewer's question.

Are you suffering from digital overload?


Are you up at 4:30 am and find yourself checking Facebook and Twitter to see if anyone has an update or liked your clever comment or picture. and finding no one liked them immediate turn your semi-depressed mind to your text messages and email? Then you're off to shower and after-the-shower toast and coffee while curiosity forces you on to determinedly check other websites to ensure you are up-to-date before you go into the office.

Once you arrive at your workplace, do you head into the office break room to have a Starbucks and
donut while discussing with your co-workers all of your now up-to-date info? Then, once you have  downed your coffee and second chocolate donut, do you head back to your desk to begin checking and answering your work email, monitoring the internet for any updates you may have missed earlier and then move on respond to phone messages while asking yourself while looking at the clock..."Where did the morning go?" 

You are suffering from digital overload. While a somewhat serious and contagious condition, it can be cured!  How?  Take some time to take a few steps back and breathe! 

Monday, July 4, 2016

What your digital presence says to an employer...

You have been searching for the right position and you have done everything you should do-updated your resume/CV and LinkedIn profile - so why aren't you getting interviews?
It could be your social media presence. Today's savvy employers want to know who they are asking in for an interview or hiring.  With social media at an all time high in usage, it isn't very hard for you to get known pretty quickly through your online presence. 

Today, Facebook and other sites are an employers' window to who you are.  Even if you have set your privacy settings on  high, a lot of personal information can still be garnered by a potential employer - including who you are connected to, your interests and passions, your affiliations and political ideals, your religious beliefs and other information can be pretty easy to get to. 

Here are a few things a potential employer might look at:

Multiple profiles.  Do you have multiple profiles on multiple media sites?  Perhaps creating multiple profiles has a meaning to you but, to an employer, the first thing brought to mind might be "why?".

Your pictures. Is your profile picture seductive, silly or a graphic?  Yes, your personal life is your business but these are immediate turnoffs to a recruiter or potential employer.  Pictures posted by your "friends" or connections or your Likes or Emoji's may also affect the way your persona is viewed. 

Your grammar and spelling.  What do your posts reveal about you?  Many employers probably would be hesitant to hire someone as an Administrative/Executive Assistant who posted "Cease the day" rather than "Seize the day" to represent their company.

Your statements.  Do you make political statements (or statements of any kind), post lewd or weird pictures and nonsense (the list is pretty long but the point is to be very selective)?  During your career hunt, this information should probably be put in "hold" status.

There are many other factors that may sway an employer from calling you in for an interview or hiring you. However, making a few changes to how and what you put in your online information just might improve your chances. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Technical & Military Acronyms Can Hurt You!

When preparing your resume for submission - be sure to review it to see if you are using technical and military acronyms in your resume.  If you are, remember that the resume viewer may not be familiar with the acronyms you use naturally every day in your current or previous military position. To get that first interview, your resume should be easy for anyone to read - from the lay person to a technical/military expert.