Career Planning

In today’s economy there are way more applicants than available jobs, so it’s really a shame when candidates knock themselves out of contention with dumb mistakes on their resumes.  The direct result of resumes I’ve reviewed and interviews I’ve conducted during the last several months, here are several goofs you need to be certain you […]

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Kevin on October 12th, 2009

As I write this on Sunday morning, it’s difficult to believe that I was playing in a golf tournament a week ago.  It snowed Friday night in The Middle of Nowhere, and this morning the temperature is 27°F. As a result, the weekend has been devoted to cooking (pulled pork, Cajun seafood over linguine, corn […]

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If you’re looking for a job in this market, you need to make sure you cover all the basics when interviewing and following up with the hiring manager after the interview. Make a wrong move, fail to prepare properly, or forget to do something that every other candidate you’re competing with does, and you may ruin your chances of getting the job.

The good news? None of this is particularly difficult. It just requires some thought and yes, work.

Even better? Make these basic things part of your job interview routine, and you’ll be more confident and better prepared as you approach each interview…

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I’ve interviewed executive level candidates who’ve done little more than spend a few minutes on our website prior to their interview. To me, that conveys that they don’t care about the job, they’re lazy or complacent, and aren’t the kind of people I want to have working at our company. If they don’t care enough to do a thorough job of prepping for an interview, how will they approach their job?

The very same principle applies to you, even if you’re applying for your first or second job.

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In late August of 2008 I first wrote about my “90 day ‘Action Plan’” and made a simple, bare bones version available to readers.   If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a great “seal the deal” tool to bring with you to a second interview:  an outline of how you plan to approach your first […]

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A few days ago Practical Hacks reader Tracy wrote in to report that she’d landed a job the same day she interviewed, thanks in part to her use of the “90 Day Action Plan” template which is available via my FREE Downloads page. Congratulations, Tracy – best of luck in your new position! If you’ve […]

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Kevin on February 9th, 2009

David Segal wrote in the New York Times on Saturday of how the recession (“our economy went kerflooey”) has skewered peoples’ notions of what’s possible for their futures.  Now replacing Plan B (retiring to the south, a vacation home, early retirement, etc.)  is “the new Plan B:” making best with what’s left, the “deal you […]

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