Category: Blog

Underestimating the Power of a Reference

How often do you think about what the people you list as a reference say about you?  I am guessing not often.  For many of us, we think about our references only when we are looking for a new job.  And even then, we quickly mentally scan our friends and colleagues list in our heads… Read more »

Hiring and the Formerly Incarcerated Job Candidate: Listen, Listen, Listen

I am going to say some words that put together terrify many employers.  Here we go: Formerly incarcerated people need employment. I know by starting off with those words I have already lost some of you.  But don’t go. Hear me out. I had an opportunity last week to participate with other HR and business… Read more »

What’s Your Vert? Introvert, Extrovert, or Ambivert?

As part of a leadership program, I had to introduce myself to someone I did not know.  During the conversation with my partner, I began describing myself to her.  At the end, she said “So you are an ambivert.” Ambivert?  I had never heard the word.  She told me that an ambivert is a third… Read more »

Hiring Process: Make More than a Good First Impression

7 seconds. That’s how much time you get to make a first impression. And we are often reminded to make great first impressions, especially in certain situations – job interviews, meeting future in-laws, networking events, etc..  But what about our second, third, fourth, and subsequent impressions?  Shouldn’t these be “good” as well? The answer is… Read more »

Accounting for Your Accomplishments

When I work with job search clients, I ask them to talk about their career or personal accomplishments.  Many start telling me about what they did wrong instead of what they did right. Some quickly respond “I can’t think of any.”  Or they just stare.  At this point, I ask them to spend time working… Read more »

How to Set Your Own Personal Development Goals

“Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” – Paul J. Meyer, businessman & author Do you check in with yourself to see if your personal development is on the right track? Do you have goals guiding you on this track?  If no, then you may be missing out some key areas of your… Read more »

4 Ways Out of Your Personal Growth Comfort Zone

NOTE:  As I told my newsletter subscribers, I decided to focus my blogs and social media in August on personal growth since it has been my topic du jour this summer.  Are you comfortable?  Hopefully the answer is YES if you are curled up on the couch reading a good book.  But if you are… Read more »

The Power of the Follow Up

No matter what size your organization, how you manage your hiring process plays an important role filling open positions.  Included in this should be how your organization handles communication and follow up with job candidates.  With low unemployment and lots of open positions, one would think that the keeping job candidates in the loop on… Read more »

Even in today’s job market, doing these 4 things will still not get you hired

It’s a tough job market out there for employers. Full employment.  Lack of skilled candidates.  Socioeconomic factors starting to keep potential job seekers in their current role.  Finding the right candidate can be tough. To make it worse, many potential job candidates enter the mayhem of hiring unprepared, unpracticed, or unable to handle the basics of… Read more »

We All Have Balloons and Suitcases in the Workplace

Have you heard the expression that everyone has baggage?  While we cannot see people’s baggage, we know that their past experiences and current situations fill these suitcases and impact how they act or respond to situations.  Usually the “contents” of these suitcases are negative experiences that are heavy.  And on some days, they suitcases have… Read more »