Holly Jolly Holiday Networking

 (This is a repost I freshen up like the chip bowl every year …. people seem to like it as much as the spiked punch, so here you go, a tad early for Christmas but in time for Thanksgiving weekend soirees ….) Happy holidays, one and all! ‘Tis the season of festiveness — for  twinkly lights, favorite sweets, Aunt Jule’s Famous egg nog, and the holiday parties that go with them. Yes, yes, it’s mostly about merry-making, but it’s also about reconnection. It’s a time when we review our year, celebrate our gains and blessings as the true gifts of the Read More

Resume Reader Pet Peeves – and WT..? Stories

  “We ought to be able to learn some thing second hand.   There is not enough time for us to make all of the mistakes ourselves.”  – Harriet Hall Just for fun (but also, some education, perhaps…) here’s just a sampling of some real life, straight from employers/recruiters (and one of my own memorable client experiences, too!)  I give to you the Real Resume Reader Pet Peeves & “Oh, Please Don’t Do This” stories… It’s the job search version of “What Not to Wear” – the don’t do’s, turn-offs and professional faux pas. Remember two things: 1) We can Read More

Please and Thank You (+ Sample Letter – You’re Welcome!)

  Say your “please’s” and “thank you’s”, please! My momma raised me to send thank you letters, whether it was for the gifts I’d received as a child all the way up to making sure I followed up promptly after my first job interviews in high school.  And I still do this, all the time as seems appropriate. I saw a colleague post on my LinkedIn page about this. She was in the job search industry as well, and wondered in a post:  is it common, or expected, anymore, to send a thank you note after a job interview? After a networking Read More

Evaluating a Job Offer – Know Your Personal Bottom Lines

Beyond Salary & Benefits   The long awaited job offer has come – and now you have to decide – to take it, or, keep looking. It can be difficult to turn down any offer while job searching, especially if you have family and/or financial pressure. However, I want to encourage you to learn how to evaluate every offer (link to related post) according to your highest needs and desires in your career, and personal life (we know how they inevitably intertwine!) The how & why you might turn down a job offer, even when you really need one can be a Read More

Re-entering the Workforce After an Extended Absence

  As Oprah has said, when done well, being a mother is THE most important job there is.  And I know all the moms that are my clients and fans live that truth. Many a great mom also needs another job, out there in the career world. If you are a woman returning to the workforce after years at home, after a divorce, or a new mom that needs a new job that better fits her dual job description as mom/career woman, there are some tips this month for you. Your Second Full-Time Job:  Mom’s in the Workforce I know when my mom re-entered Read More