CAREER HACK #38 – COVER LETTERS, THE BIG LIE

big-lie

In my last article I wrote about how writing a cover letter actually increases risk and… it kind of upset a few people. But as Seth Godin says, “if you aren’t making people uncomfortable, your idea isn’t worth pursuing.” A couple of LinkedIn groups got a hold of my article and thankfully a few HR…

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CAREER HACK #37 – THE GOLF PRINCIPLE

Happy Gilmore

As a Career Coach I’ve worked with some really amazing and passionate people who have gotten really bad or in-congruent career advice over the years. Let me use a personal experience as an example. It’s about golf… don’t worry it’ll circle back to career advice, I promise. I am a horrible golfer! I generally golf with…

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CAREER HACK #36 – COVER LETTER MYTH

Cover Letter

I had a number of people on the Skills to Achieve Facebook page ask me to write an article on writing a Cover Letter. So here I go. The first thing you have to remember when writing a cover letter is… if they are ever read (which is less than 10% of the time) cover…

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CAREER HACK#35 – STOP BRINGING YOU WITH YOU…

You with you

I hate the term “dream job.” My dream job is to be a leading man in Hollywood – no amount of career coaching will help me get there! To me it’s all about finding your ideal job, the job you deserve, the job that lets you live the life you want. Confusing isn’t it? Here…

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CAREER HACK #34 – MONKEY TRAP/CAREER CHANGE.

monkey trap

Definition – Monkey Trap A cage containing some nuts with a hole large enough for a monkey’s hand to fit in, but not large enough for a monkey’s fist (clutching the nuts) to come out. Used to “catch” monkeys that lack the intellect to let go of the nuts and run away. Definition – Career…

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CAREER HACK #33 – SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES

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This is a quote from Jim Rohn that was introduced to me by Tony Robbins. Tony talked about it in terms of “success” and that made me think that this absolutely applies in my world as a professional career coach. Mr. Rohn actually goes on to say, “So does failure.” He recommends that you study…

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CAREER HACK #32 – JOB JUMPER?

job jumper

Last week we had a great conversation on the Skills to Achieve Facebook page about “Job Jumping.” I asked the question, “Are you a Job Jumper and whose problem is it if you are, yours or the employers? Several people commented (which was awesome) about being a job jumper and there was a real variety…

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CAREER HACK #31 – PLAYING SAFE

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The riskiest thing you can do in your job search is “play safe.” That begs the question, what is “playing safe” in your job search? Playing safe is looking the same as everyone else online, on paper and in-person. Playing safe is using the same widespread techniques with the promise of making you stand out without questioning,…

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CAREER HACK #30 – SOCIAL NETWORKING

social media

I get asked about it all the time about “personal branding” and social networking.  I hate to tell you this, but personal branding and social networking is more about getting you eliminated that hired. Social networking is HUGE! You have to have a website, LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed, all the bells and whistles.  I have…

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CAREER HACK #29 – RESUME WRITING 1.3 – WITH OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE…

No chance

If you are jumping in to my resume writing philosophy midstream, you should go back and read the previous articles to get caught up to speed. CAREER HACK #27 – Resume Writing 1.1 CAREER HACK #28 – RESUME WRITING 1.2. THE DOUBLE DOWN! This article isn’t about how to gamble with your chances of getting…

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