How to make LinkedIn your job search partner

How to make LinkedIn your job search partnerThe best approach is to be authentic A reader emailed me the following question: I was an exec at a small oil exploration services company. We closed our doors due to the economy in 2020, and I’ve been trying to pivot since then. I’ve never been on LinkedIn as I was employed for over 30…

Job search tips for today’s business environment

Job search tips for today’s business environmentKeep in mind that today’s businesses are paring down to business-critical functions only M. DeFalco of Winnipeg, MB, emailed me this question: How would you start searching for a job today? Many factors influence a job search, such as the job seeker’s age, location, profession, level of experience, digital footprint, expected starting salary, and if…

More questions that will impress your job interviewer

More questions that will impress your job interviewerBy asking the right questions, you create opportunities to explain why you’re the right candidate This column is the second of a two-part series on asking your interviewer questions that’ll impress them, thus setting you apart from your competition. In my last column, I advised job seekers to ask their interviewer my favourite question: How…

How to impress your interviewer with your questions

How to impress your interviewer with your questionsAsk questions that show you’re serious about joining the company This column is the first of a 2-part series on asking your interviewer questions that’ll impress them, thus setting you apart from your competition. Job hunting is a sales process. Critical to the sale process is asking questions. Sales professionals understand the importance of asking…

Four job search strategies rarely recommended

Four job search strategies rarely recommendedBut which will give you a competitive advantage and likely shorten your job search There’s a lot of job search advice out there, but most of it is cookie-cutter advice from self-proclaimed experts. You know the advice: “Pursue your passion.” (I’m torn about this advice. My thoughts oscillate between the realities of pursuing a passion…

After being rejected stay connected

After being rejected stay connectedKeeping in touch with the hiring manager who passed on you can pay off “It ain’t over till it’s over.” - Yogi Berra In other words, you don’t fail until you give up. Job searching in one sentence: Presenting yourself to employers so they can decide whether you’re worthy of being on their payroll. Hence,…

What is your job search end goal?

It shouldn't only be about making money

What is your job search end goal?All jobs are a means to an end, which is why all jobs have one thing in common – they come with a paycheque. Suppose I’m hungry and want a cheeseburger and onion rings. To achieve my goal, I drive to Harvey’s and order their Angus burger with cheese and bacon and a side order…

Job searches are full of uncontrollable factors

Identify what you have control over and that “Yes” you’re after isn’t far off

Job searches are full of uncontrollable factors“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Serenity Prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr. The following scenario is probably familiar to you. Several years ago, I interviewed for what I believed was my dream job, overseeing a…