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  • What Employers Want: the Movie You Should Know Inside and Out

    As many of you well know, real life often serves as the basis for the articles and blog posts that I write. And that is once again the case with this blog post. However, the real-life situation on which it is based doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the...

  • The Dangers of “Ghosting” on Your Job Offer

    It’s November, so Halloween is but a memory. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t address the subject of “ghosting” at The VET Recruiter. What is “ghosting,” you may ask? The best way to illustrate this is with a story, more specifically, with a case study . . ....

  • Why and How to Make a Quick Decision Regarding Your Job Offer

    We’re starting this article with good news! As you can see by the title, we’re discussing a situation in which an organization has made an offer of employment to you. As we’ve discussed on many occasions, an offer of employment is the #1 objective of being in the...

  • Why Not Being Able to Relocate may be a Career-Limiting Move

    I once had a candidate tell me that they wanted to take the next step in their career. In their next breath, however, they said that they only wanted to work in the Topeka, Kansas area. Using that example, let’s think about a couple of questions for just a minute. If...

  • Why It Is Okay to Changes Jobs More Frequently These Days

    I’ve written about this topic recently, and the title of this article explains why. The title of another recent article also tells the tale: “It’s Official: Being a ‘Job Hopper’ is GOOD for Your Career!” For quite a while, there was a certain stigma associated with...

  • Feedback Following the Interview is a Gift, NOT a Personal Attack

    There is no doubt that people are emotionally invested in their career. How could they not be? A person’s career is one of the most important aspects of their life. However, sometimes people allow the degree of their emotional investment to impede the growth of their...

  • You’re “Too Big” for the Position? Think Again!

    Candidates say and do all sorts of things during the hiring process. Many of those things occur during the face-to-face interview, one of the most crucial phases of the process. Unfortunately, sometimes what is said and done does NOT help the candidate receive an...

  • How Job Boards Can Actually HURT Your Career Growth

    It’s probably safe to say that everybody wants a great job. And if that’s the case, everybody wants every edge they can get in their quest to land that job. Not everybody approaches their job search in a way that leads to such an outcome. One of the reasons for this...

  • What the Skills Gap Means in Today’s Employment Marketplace

    Nine years later, the Great Recession seems like a distant memory for many people. One of the best illustrations of this is that job openings in the United States recently hit an all-time high. According to data released by the Department of Labor, there were 6...

  • How to Have More Confidence in Your Job Search and Career

    As a professional in the animal health and/or veterinary field, you’re more than likely looking for any edge or advantage that you can get in your career. That makes sense, since most people want to maximize their career and reach their full potential. However,...

  • The Mysterious Case of the Missing Candidate

    Some of you reading this might not be old enough to remember the Hardy Boys or the Nancy Drew book series. (Although you might remember the Nancy Drew movie starring Emma Roberts from 2007). For those of you who don’t know, the Hardy brothers and Nancy Drew were...

  • THIS is the Person Who Cares the Most About Your Career

    It’s not often that I reference an article for hiring managers within a blog post for job seekers and candidates, but this is an appropriate time to do so. The article I want to reference is, “Presenting the ‘X Factor’ for Hiring Superstar Candidates.”The reason that...

  • THIS is Why You Might Not Know About Some Career Opportunities

    No matter what you do, being successful is all about opportunities. That’s because you can’t become successful until you have the opportunity to become successful. Makes sense, right? Not only does it make sense, but it also sounds simple. Unfortunately, things that...

  • How Getting Ahead in the Workplace Helps Grow Your Career

    I’ve written many articles and conducted quite a few webinars about growing your career. In those articles and during those webinars, I’ve stated repeatedly that there are two ways in which professionals can grow their careers: You can grow your career with your...

  • The Dangers of Assumptions in Your Career and Job Search

    You’ve probably heard the old saying about assuming things. (If you haven’t, then I recommend Googling the phrase, “old saying about assuming.” That saying is often used because it is often correct. Making assumptions is a dangerous proposition. That applies to not...

  • How to Tell if YOU Are Taking 100% Responsibility for Your Career

    I am an advocate of a great many things in regards to one’s career. One of those things is continuous learning. That can include a wide range of activities, including attending webinars and conferences and earning industry-specific certifications. It also includes...

  • It’s Official: Being a “Job Hopper” is GOOD for Your Career!

    A LOT has changed in the employment marketplace since I first became a recruiter. One of the things that has changed most dramatically is how “job hoppers” are viewed by employers. I’ve touched upon this subject before, but it bears repeating and emphasizing. That’s...

  • The Soft Skills That Really Make You a More Attractive Candidate

    Fact: the employment market is solid right now and employers are looking to hire within almost all levels of their organization. Fact: a tremendous amount of competition still exists for most open positions within companies, especially those at the highest levels....

  • Why Won’t My Recruiter Tell Me Who the Company Is?

    The question above is one sometimes asked by job seekers and candidates. It’s a question they ask themselves during the search process, and sometimes they even ask a variation of it to their recruiter: “Why won’t you tell me who the company is?” As a recruiter, I can...

  • 4 Ways to Proactively Take Control of Your Career

    I’ve addressed the subject of fear on many occasions in this blog. In fact, for those of you who have read my articles, you probably already know the acronym I use regarding fear. That acronym is: Fear = False Evidence Appearing Real Fear holds people back in their...

  • Why the Comfort Zone Holds You Back from Moving Your Career Forward

    Last month, I wrote one of the most important articles for candidates that I’ve ever written. The title of that article was, “I am NOT Open to Opportunity!” The reason that it’s so important is that it illustrates how people essentially sabotage themselves and their...

  • How to Manage Your Social Media Accounts When Changing Jobs

    Social media and employment are indelibly intertwined these days, there is no doubt about it. In fact, they seem to become more intertwined on a daily basis. It used to be that a person was concerned about what was on their social media accounts during their job...

  • “I Am NOT Open to Opportunity!”

    In 2017, I will start my 21st year in executive search. In my more than two decades of working as a search consultant “in the trenches,” I have literally spoken with thousands of professionals. As you might expect, I have learned quite a few things during that time....

  • 5 Career Myths You MUST Stop Believing!

    Everybody wants to enjoy a great career. However, as you are probably well aware, not everybody enjoys one. There is a wide array of reasons this is the case, and some of those reasons are out of the control of the people involved. However, what many people do not...

  • A Blueprint for the RIGHT Way to Leave Your Job

    Chances are good that you’re going to hold more than one job during your career. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ve already held more than one job. That means you’ve already encountered the potentially prickly situation of leaving your job for another one. As...

  • 6 Things to Look for in a Job Offer

    The job offer is what every candidate in the interview process with an employer wants to see. That’s the ultimate stage they want to reach. However, what should you be looking for once you reach that stage? There is a certain amount of excitement that exists when an...

  • Assessing your Career at the End of the Year

    The end of the year is upon us. However, with the passing of one year we have the beginning of a brand-new one. This is a great opportunity to take inventory of your professional life and your career, and you can start with the following questions: Are you satisfied...

  • Your Resume: the Launching Pad for Your Career Growth

    There is a certain ebb and flow to the hiring process. One stage of the process begets another stage, which begets another stage. That process can be summed up as follows: The resume helps secure a telephone interview. The telephone interview helps secure a...

  • A Primer for Answering and Asking Interview Questions

    As we’ve discussed numerous times before in our blog and in our newsletter, the interview is one of the most important parts of the hiring process (along with the offer stage, of course). That’s why we’ve addressed it on more than one occasion and why we’re addressing...

  • How (and Why) to Get on a Search Consultant’s Radar

    Approximately 64% of all executive-level positions are filled through search consultants. That statistic alone illustrates why it’s important for you to have a relationship with a search professional. It’s truly one of the most important and rewarding...

  • Best Practices for Starting a New Job the Right Way

    Landing a new job is an exciting time. You’ve probably accepted a position that will reward you with more responsibility, a better title, and possibly increased pay and compensation. You’ll also be working with new colleagues and tackling challenging projects....

  • Why You Should be Honest and Upfront with Your Recruiter

    Working with a recruiter does NOT have to be difficult. However, some candidates make it more difficult than it has to be. There are a number of reasons for this. They include inattention to detail, a lack of foresight, a lack of preparation, and miscommunication....

  • Why More People Are Changing Jobs (and it’s a GOOD Thing)

    If you’re less than 32 years old, then you’re likely to change jobs at least four times before you reach that age. If you’re older than 32, then you’re likely to change jobs more frequently in the future than you did earlier in your career. Those are two of the...

  • Why and How to Make a Great First Impression During Your Interview

    Some people believe that the job interview is about how much experience they have. Some believe that the interview is about the specific skills they have. Some even believe that it’s about how smart they are. All of those people are wrong. What’s most important is how...

  • 2 Things You MUST Know Before Starting Your Job Search

    People think of all sorts of things to do before looking for a new job: search online, research companies, network with their peers, spruce up their resume, etc. However, they often overlook the most important aspects of their job search. Those aspects are as follows:...

  • Being Late Will Cost You (and 4 Other Interview Mistakes)

    It doesn’t matter how impressive your resume is. It doesn’t matter how qualified you believe you are for a certain position. There are mistakes you can NOT make prior to the face-to-face interview, during the interview, or after the interview. As is often the case in...

  • Are You Taking a Risk . . . or an Opportunity?

    Being more successful in your profession—and in life—can be as simple as how you view the world around you. You might not think it’s as easy as that, but in my many years as a professional search consultant, I’ve witnessed thousands of situations. I’ve seen the way...

  • 5 Things That Can Help Get Your Career Back on Track

    You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you feel like something is wrong—with your career, that is. Once upon a time, you had an idea of how your career would progress—what steps you would take, the challenges you would meet, and the opportunities that would...

  • Case Study: Why You Should Always Consider Other Opportunities

    Over the years, we’ve included case studies in our monthly newsletter articles. These case studies are designed to serve as an example—both of what to do and what not to do in specific situations. And we have another case study this month. This case study underscores...

  • Irrefutable Proof That You MUST Proofread Your Resume!

    You’ve heard it hundreds of times: always proofread your resume. Read it twice, three times, four times . . . let other people read it. Make sure that the resume contains no errors and is basically “bulletproof.” However, at least once you’ve thought to...

  • What Hiring Managers Like (and Don’t Like) About Candidates

    At the beginning of the year, The VET Recruiter® conducted a survey of hiring managers in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. As part of that survey, we asked a series of questions, many of which dealt directly with candidates and the hiring process....

  • How to Increase Your Value and Grow Your Career

    When you interview with another company, one of the things that the hiring manager is attempting to ascertain is how much value you might bring to the company. At the same time, you’re trying to figure out how valuable it would be for you and your career to work for...

  • Hiring Managers Identify the 4 Biggest Interview Mistakes

    When you’re conducting a job search, the last thing you want to do is mess up the face-to-face interview. That’s the point of the hiring process that is the most crucial. The interview is where you can make the biggest impact. However, that impact has the potential to...

  • 5 Ways to Get Noticed by a Recruiter in Your Niche

    We’ve addressed the topic of why you should work with an executive recruiter before (“6 Good Reasons to Work with a Recruiter on a Confidential Basis”). So the value of working with a recruiter has been well documented. However, what about getting to the point where...

  • Case Study: Why You Need to “Dig Your Well” Now!

    I’ve been an executive recruiter for the better part of two decades. I strive to use the experience that I’ve accumulated to help candidates reach their professional goals and grow their careers. As a recruiter, it’s part of my job to make people aware of great...

  • Candidate Etiquette: Asking About the Name of the Client

    Whenever a recruiter approaches you about a new employment opportunity, you more than likely are curious as to the name of the client with the job opening. That’s a natural curiosity. However, there’s a time and place during the interview process for that question,...

  • You Need THIS for Your Career, Not Another Resolution

    Are you “so over” New Year’s Resolutions? If so, who could blame you? After all, less than 10% of the people who make resolutions actually stick to them throughout the entire year. Not only that, but almost half of the people who make them have failed before the month...

  • The Best Way to Get a Recruiter’s Attention is . . .

    There are a lot of ways to get the attention of a recruiter. Unfortunately, some of these ways are negative, and I have borne witness to them over the years. However, for the purposes of this article, we’re only going to focus on the positive ways that you can get the...

  • THIS is Why You Should Consider Disclosing Your Compensation

    I’ve been an executive recruiter for more than 18 years now, and I’ve seen just about everything in terms of the interview and hiring process. And that includes discussions that involve compensation. Now, I know that there are numerous sources on the Internet (and...

  • 2 Critical Mistakes Not to Make During the Interview

    It’s a good bet that you’ve seen and read countless articles and blog posts about mistakes you should not make during the face-to-face interview. However, there are probably some mistakes of which you are not aware. While these mistakes might not be as common, they...

  • Is Fear Holding YOU Back From the Things You Deserve?

    During my many years as an executive recruiter, I have seen what fear can do to people. It can (figuratively) paralyze them. It can cause them to believe things that are not true. It can cause them to act in irrational ways. And I’ve seen it hold them back from going...

  • Why There is NO Such Thing as a “Rubber Stamp Interview”

    Have you ever “relaxed” or taken a part of the interview process for granted, and it’s come back to “bite you”? If so, then you understand the title of this blog post all too well. If not, then you need to pay heed to the information contained within it. Have you ever...

  • The 3 Main Reasons a Company Would Want to Hire You

    Human beings, by their very nature, tend to complicate things. This is certainly applicable to the process by which people get hired by organizations. While the interviewing and hiring process can appear complicated, it really is not as complicated as people believe....

  • Yes, the Job Application is a BIG Part of the Hiring Process

    Okay, so you consider yourself a top candidate for a company’s open position. That’s all fine and good, but that doesn’t mean you have the freedom and flexibility to circumvent the hiring process. As I’ve written before in our monthly newsletter, you’re being...

  • THIS is the #1 Reason Why People Change Their Job

    People change jobs every day. In fact, somebody probably just made a decision to change their job right now, while you were reading this sentence. But why do people make that decision? What’s behind their decision? Is it money? Benefits? Better health insurance? More...

  • The Protocol for Accepting an Offer and Keeping Your Word

    As we’ve stated in the past, some of our most popular and frequently read blog posts and newsletter articles are based on real-life examples of things that have actually happened, case studies involving people who have attempted to improve their careers. One of those...

  • 5 Benefits of Staying in Touch with Your Recruiter

    If you’ve worked with an executive recruiter before, you’re probably familiar with the value and the benefits that such a relationship provides. However, what are the benefits of staying in touch with your recruiter and maintaining that relationship over time? I can...

  • 3 Tips for Navigating Money During the Interview

    Job offer negotiations, especially negotiations that relate to money, can be stressful.  They can also be particularly tricky, if you’re not experienced about the process and you don’t know what to do. Almost anything can go wrong if you’re not prepared to navigate...

  • 5 Reasons to Use a Top Recruiter as the Talent Agent for Your Career

    People spend long years and invest a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort into their career.  When they’ve invested that much, it only makes sense that they want to “protect” their career and take as much control of it as they can. That is why it makes sense...

  • 2 Things That Will Turn Off a Recruiter (and Why)

    There’s no doubt that an experienced executive recruiter can not only help you to find a premium employment opportunity, but they can also help you land that great job and grow your career. However, some candidates do not treat the relationship they have with a...

  • Why It’s Crucial to Do THIS Following Your Interview

    We all know how important the face-to-face interview is in relation to the hiring process.  If you perform well, you’ll increase the likelihood of receiving an offer of employment from the company. But what you do after the interview is just as important as what you...

  • Why You Should Always Be Looking for a Better Job

    People approach their careers in different ways, which makes sense because everybody is different. Some people are deliberate, while others “fly by the seat of their pants,” so to speak. Some feel at ease taking risks, while others are afraid of risks and are more...

  • 2 Real-Life Examples of the Benefits of Working with a Recruiter

    In this newsletter, we strive to provide case studies regarding actual events in the marketplace.  We believe this is one of the best ways to address issues that are happening right now and affect people just like you. We have two more case studies this month, and...

  • What Do Recruiters and Hiring Managers Consider a ‘Hot Candidate’?

    There is often a disconnect between what candidates believe they have to offer in the marketplace . . . and what companies believe those candidates have to offer. Of course, the more that a particular candidate and a company looking to hire are on the same page, the...

  • How Following Business Etiquette Helps Build Career Relationships

    There are many things that candidates can do to help grow their careers.  Some of these things they should be doing all of the time. One of the “all of the time” things is business etiquette. What do I mean by that?  Well, I happen to have a case study that...

  • 6 Ways to Help Make Yourself the BEST Candidate for the Job

    As you might imagine, some candidates and job seekers don’t do themselves any favors during the hiring process.  They make mistakes that are very much avoidable, and those mistakes often eliminate them from serious consideration for better employment opportunities. Of...

  • 5 Things on Your Resume That Are Outdated

    There’s no question that your resume is one of the most important tools of your job search.  It’s quite possibly what gets “your foot in the door” at a company that’s looking to fill an important position. As such, there’s a good chance that you’ve taken meticulous...

  • 3 Reasons to Always Have Your Resume Ready

    There’s no doubt that you’re busy, and there’s probably a rather good chance that you believe you’re too busy to give the proper amount of attention to your resume. “Why bother?” you might be saying.  “My job is secure.  There’s no reason to update my resume.” As we...

  • What a Recruiter Loves to Hear: ‘Thank You For Changing My Life’

    Recruiting is not the easiest job in the world.  However, it can very rewarding, especially when you receive an email like the one I recently received. That email was sent to me by somebody who I’ve placed in two positions so far in their career.  The email contained...

  • 4 Things Your Employer Might Do When You Resign

    Accepting an offer of employment from another company and starting down the path of a great new career opportunity is certainly exciting.  However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. After all, you have to resign from your current employer. To be sure, this situation...

  • The Perils of ‘Renegotiating’ Your Current Employment Situation

    Quite often in our newsletters and blog posts we share real-life stories that illustrate what to do and what not to do during the interviewing and hiring process.  These case studies serve as excellent examples of how to brand yourself within the industry and position...

  • The Best Candidates Want These 4 Things, NOT Money

    We’ve discussed on more than one occasion (in both our newsletter and our blog) the importance of treating passive candidates differently from active job seekers.  That’s because what motivates one group does NOT motivate the other group. The most important...

  • 4 Questions to Ask Yourself This Summer

    Believe it or not, the year is already halfway over.  (That happened quickly, didn’t it?)  While summer is here and it’s certainly time to take vacation, enjoy yourself, and attempt to strike some sort of “work-life balance,” this is also a great time to ask a few...

  • The Employment Application: Why Attention to Detail Matters

    In today’s employment and hiring environment, nothing can be taken for granted. If you’re seeking a better opportunity, one that could lead to greater career advancement and satisfaction, then you need to make sure that “your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed” ....

  • Your ‘Brother’s Meth Lab’ and 4 Other Major Interview Mistakes

    It’s common knowledge that the face-to-face interview is one of the most important parts of the hiring process.  Doing well during the interview is a prerequisite for receiving an offer of employment. You might not know that, though, judging by the behavior of some...

  • 4 Healthy Questions to Ask About Your Employer

    No matter how satisfied you are with your current employment situation, it’s always a good idea to “audit” your employer. That sounds serious, but what exactly does that mean? It’s not as serious as it sounds.  However, when taken into the larger context of your...

  • 3 Important Questions to Ask About Your Job Search

    Everybody wants a job that’s fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding.  Not only that, but everybody believes (or hopes) that they’re doing everything in their power to achieve that goal. However, for those who are currently yearning for more career satisfaction by...

  • Will 2014 Be the ‘Year of the Raise’ . . . for YOU?

    There’s a good chance that you’re expecting to receive a raise this year.  However, the question probably weighing on your mind is this one: just how big is that raise going to be? According to a recent article in USA Today, 2014 could very well be the “Year of the...

  • 3 Strategies for Boosting Your Career in 2014

    It’s a New Year, one filled with the potential for new possibilities, especially in regards to your career. The fact of the matter is that 2013 was one of the best years for the economy in the past five, and it appears that it’s still in the process of picking up...

  • 4 Reasons to Stay in Touch with Former Co-Workers

    Whenever you accept an offer of employment and explore a new career opportunity, you leave others behind—specifically, your former co-workers. When it comes to networking, some people believe the practice primarily pertains to meeting new people.  However, that’s not...

  • 4 Instances When You Should Contact Your Recruiter

    In numerous articles and blog posts, we’ve addressed the benefits of working with an executive recruiter to help advance your career with exciting new opportunities. If you ARE working with a recruiter, we’d like to discuss instances when you should contact them for...

  • Emphasize THIS to Make Your Resume Stand Out

    Everybody is looking for an edge when it comes to their resume.  They want to set it apart and make it look different, so that it catches the eye of the hiring manager. However, many job seekers and potential candidates focus on the wrong things in their varied...

  • 3 Tips for ‘Hitting a Home Run’ During Your Face-to-Face Interview

    It’s September, which means the Major League Baseball regular season is winding down and the pennant races are heating up.  With that in mind, this is great opportunity to discuss how you can “hit a home run” during your face-to-face interview. We’ve blogged before...

  • 3 Ways to Determine What You’re Worth as an Employee

    People weigh many different factors when they’re deciding whether or not to make a move in their career and pursue another opportunity. Their chances for advancement, the degree to which they’re fulfilled, and their work-life balance are just a few of the factors...

  • The 6 ‘Realities’ of Employee Job Satisfaction

    Due to the uncertain nature of the current economy, some employees might not be giving much thought to their level of job satisfaction.  After all, they should be “happy to have a job,” right? While that may sound like it makes sense, the fact of the matter is that...

  • Be Prepared for These 4 Straightforward Interview Questions

    Hiring and—by extension—interviewing continue to evolve, and those wishing to advance the scope of their careers must evolve right along with them. Companies are constantly compiling different interview questions in their never-ending quest to find and hire the best...

  • 4 Ways to Tell if It’s Time to Launch a Job Search

    The recent economic recession produced many negative consequences in the job market.  Some of them have been obvious (a high unemployment rate, for example), but some of them have been less obvious.   One of the less obvious consequences involves people who are...

  • 3 Ways to Turn ‘Career Regret’ into Career Satisfaction

    It’s possible that everyone, to some degree, suffers from a case of “career regret.”  Specifically, they believe that they “should have” done this or “shouldn’t have” done that in regards to certain decisions during their life. However, no matter how big or small your...

  • 4 Reasons You Should be More Assertive During Your Interview

    There’s a certain myth that exists about face-to-face interviews, and that myth can be summed up as follows: The people conducting the interview are the ones who have the power and the control.  The person being interviewed should take a more subdued and passive...

  • How to Avoid Working for Another Bad Boss at Your New Job

    Let’s face it: one of the reasons that people look to change jobs is because they don’t like their boss, for one reason or another.  Maybe you’re one of these people.  Perhaps you’ve tried to make it work.  You’ve done all the things that a good employee should do,...

  • 2 Important Tips for Finding a Great New Position

    These days, there seems to be never-ending advice for those seeking a new job, but it’s often difficult to decipher which advice is the best. There are many factors to consider, including whether or not the person conducting the search is an active job seeker or a...

  • Don’t Be Afraid to ‘Seize’ the Opportunity of Change in 2013!

    The end of the year brings with it a sense of closure . . . but it also brings with it a sense of excitement, since a New Year filled with new possibilities is just around the corner. Some of those possibilities (especially the ones tied to your career) involve the...

  • Is Your Current Job a Matter of Incentives . . . or Motivation?

    Recently, CNNMoney.com interviewed Harvard business school professor Clayton Christensen, co-author of the book How Will You Measure Your Life? Christensen has faced a myriad of health problems in recent years, suffering a heart attack and being diagnosed with...

  • 4 Reasons You Should Be Conducting a Passive Job Search

    Everybody has an idea of what their “dream job” would be.  There are some people who are working their “dream job” . . . but those people are in the minority. You might be currently employed, and you may even like your job, but there’s a good chance it’s not the job...

  • 6 Tips for a Successful Phone Interview

    Many times, candidates put more stock in a face-to-face interview than they do a phone interview. This is a mistake, since you won’t make it to the former without making a favorable impression during the latter. A phone interview is also referred to as a “phone...

  • 3 Tips for Saying Focused During Your Interview

    It goes without saying that if you don’t stay focused during your face-to-face interview, it could cost you a job you really want. Sure, you’re nervous and it’s difficult to concentrate, but it’s crucial that you do so.  With that in mind, below are three tips for...

  • Focus on the Present to Help Ensure Career Success in the Future

    Have you ever noticed how an unrewarding job can quickly translate into an unrewarding career? At least, that’s the way it can feel when you’re at work, thinking about how unfulfilled you are and wondering if you ever will be. While it might seem counter-intuitive,...

  • 5 Tips for Achieving a Better Work-Life Balance

    Summer is more than just a great time to have fun. It’s also a great time to reflect on your career, specifically your work-life balance and what you can do to enhance it. It’s a well-documented fact that Americans work long and hard—in most cases, longer and harder...

  • 10 Questions to Ask During Your Interview

    An employment interview is NOT a one-way street.  Not only should you ask questions of your own, you’re expected to do so.  This shows not only interest on your part in the opportunity, but also initiative—and both could curry favor with those conducting the...

  • 4 Things Companies Want During the Hiring Process

    Being involved in the recruiting and hiring process at a company can be an exciting time, especially if there’s a good chance that the company will extend an offer of employment to you.  It might be even more exciting if you’re part of the hiring process at two or...

  • What It REALLY Means to Accept an Offer of Employment

    Let’s start by identifying what accepting an offer of employment is NOT, which would be the equivalent of saying (and thinking) like the following: “Yes, I accept your offer of employment, unless my current employer or some other company I’m interviewing with offers...

  • Why Your Attitude Could Give You the ‘Interview Edge’

    Today’s job market is one of the most competitive in recent memory.  Job seekers (including passive ones) find themselves fighting to stand out from many other equally skilled and talented individuals.  Consequently, everybody is looking for that certain edge, one...

  • Three Interview Mistakes That Are Easy to Forget

    A face-to-face interview can be very exciting, since candidates are one step closer to perhaps landing the job of their dreams and taking the next step in their career trajectory.  Sometimes, though, they lose track of their behavior in all that excitement. On the one...

  • How to ‘Visualize’ Your Interview Success

    A face-to-face interview can be daunting for anybody, no matter how many interviews they’ve been through or how much success they’ve enjoyed during their career.  In fact, interviews can be downright stressful, and not being able to handle that stress can prove...

  • A Tale of ‘The Offer That Got Away’

    Every candidate involved in the hiring process appreciates feedback during each stage of the process. Feedback lets the candidate know exactly what is going on and where they stand. After all, communication is a cornerstone of any successful endeavor that involves...

  • Do YOU Feel Trapped in Your Current Job?

    The title of this blog post is a fair question to ask—and this is why: According to a recent poll of over 1,000 employees in North America by Right Management, the talent and career management expert within the Manpower Group, workers feel trapped in their jobs and...

  • Here’s One Resolution You SHOULD Make Every Year

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  • The Company’s Role in Your Job Analysis

    We’ve already discussed the fact that passion is probably the number-one factor when it comes to analyzing your current job situation.   But what about the role that your current company plays in your job analysis?  There are two factors that are associated with that...

  • The Role of Passion in Your Job Analysis

    If you’re conducting an analysis of your current job situation, which criteria should you consider?  After all, making the decision to look for a new job is a big step.  It involves a tremendous commitment of time, energy, and effort, and therefore, it shouldn’t be...

  • There’s a Difference Between ‘Satisfied’ and ‘Happy’

    In our previous blog post, we discussed the “hunker down” mode in which many employees have been working during the past two to three years and the fact that they’ve been reluctant to actively search for a new job despite their desire to do so. One of the main reasons...

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