Should I Go Back to My Old Company?

One of my clients, frustrated with the job search process, recently asked me about the pros and cons of going back to their old company. Deciding to return to a former company is a pretty individualized question, and there are many factors to consider when making that decision. Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself and some tips … Read more…

Answering Strengths and Weaknesses

What is your biggest strength?  Tell me your greatest weakness?  Answering the strengths and weaknesses questions in an interview can be difficult, especially when they catch you off guard.  I am not convinced about the value of these questions in job interviews, but since my responsibility is to help people prepare for interviews, this is often one of the areas … Read more…

Phone Screen Tips

Getting Past the Phone Screen It’s Tuesday morning; you are driving to work and your phone rings.   “Hi, it’s Mary from ‘Your Dream Company,’ do you have a few minutes?”  Oh, the dreaded phone screen!  It’s great news that they’re calling, but it’s been a few weeks since you applied, and you’ve been caught completely off guard.  So, now what? Make sure … Read more…

Job Search Tips: Networking 101

Job Search Tips: Networking 101 Searching for a new job can be intimidating, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve been in the market. I often hear about how overwhelming it can be, and it is hard to know where to even begin!  One approach the job search like any other internet search – type some keywords into Indeed or … Read more…

Setting Career Goals

New Year, New Career Goals January is a big month for setting career goals, personal goals, and New Years Resolutions.  As we move towards new beginnings, people are inspired to set new goals for the year, both personally and professionally.  Unfortunately, a lot of times these ambitions and resolutions don’t last.  Take the gym for example.  January is hands down, the … Read more…

Summer Internships

Summer Internships Dear college students welcome back to class.  Hopefully, you’re finally unpacked, getting into a rhythm and hitting the books.  Oh, and by the way, have you started thinking about your summer internships yet?  I know, it feels like you just got back and finally settled in.  You might not even be sure which classes you’re taking next quarter, … Read more…

Interview Questions to Ask

The Worst Interview Questions to Ask Imagine you’re on a first date, and things are going pretty well. You feel the chemistry and are getting excited about a second date. Your partner stares deep into your eyes and asks, “Do you have any concerns about me that I can address?” or better yet, “How do I measure up against the other people … Read more…

Getting into Management

Top 10 Tips: Getting into Management Have you thought about where you’d like to see your career go in the next five years?  A lot of people I work with tell me they want to be a manager in the future, but they’re not quite sure how to get there.  If you have your sights set on getting into management,  … Read more…

Traditional Interview Questions

The Seven Most Common Interview Questions How nice would it be to go into an interview already knowing all of the questions you were going to be asked?  Unfortunately, most employers won’t give you the interview questions in advance.  Today we’re going to break down seven of the most common interview questions that hiring managers ask. Now, here’s the deal, we … Read more…

Salary History

How To: Answering Salary History Questions The hardest questions for applicants are around salary history and expectations.   More often, this question is coming up early in the screening process.  At this point in the process, recruiters are checking that your expectations are within the range that they’re able to pay.  Give a number too high, and you disqualify yourself, … Read more…