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

Does Your Career Align with Your Life?

  Think About It: Does Your Career Align with Your Life? “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.‘ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~ Steve Jobs Photo by Laurenz Read More

Teaching to Establish Your Expertise – Trainer Tips

Training Tips for Non-Teacher Types Congrats!  You’ve been recognized as an expert in your line of work, and asked to give a training, presentation, or teach the new hires all your best practices.  Or you’ve decided to build your digital work portfolio (and/or income streams) by creating and offering an online course. Awesome!  These are all great opportunities to expand your career skills and reputation! But, perhaps the idea of teaching bores or confuses you, or, you just don’t know how to teach others in a way that won’t bore or confuse THEM. Never fear! As someone with a corporate trainer background that Read More

Getting Your Resume to the Top of the “Yes” Pile

  When I was on hiring teams sorting resumes, I had 3 piles – immediate no’s (aka recycling bin), maybes (which hardly ever get tapped) and the YES’s – the smallest pile. When I do workshops and classes on resume writing, this is what I tell people they need to do with their resume – get sorted into the short stack of “to call for an interview” – the “yes pile” out of the hundreds of resumes each hiring manager receives.   Yes.  HUNDREDS.   Here are some commonly asked questions (and links to the answers) about how to get your resume 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