This year, give a loved one a gift that just might change the way they look at their career/life. Read more
The holiday season is officially here, and that means professional activities, like hiring, start to slow down. That fact leads a lot of job seekers to put their prospecting activities on hold until the tryptophan has worn off and the trees have come down. And that is just one reason why you should not let up on your job search during the holidays: Read more
Q. I am completely open to moving for the right job. How do I say that I am willing to relocate? Read more
Phone screening interviews can be a little confusing… Here are three tips for acing them. Read more
Towards the end of the year, I always like to lend some blog space to the importance of empowering others and creating a world where everyone has a chance to succeed. Also at this time of year, I like to roll out a promotion that – in addition to giving something extra to clients – also serves to help those in need. Read more
I see a lot of bad advice when it comes to resume writing and job search strategies. Often times, this is the result of long-held but outdated ideas that get amplified in the cyber-echo-chamber. However, sometimes this advice contradicts commonly agreed upon best practices as a way to differentiate a service, propagate fear and cash-in on people’s general confusion about the often maddening resume writing process. This is what I call Bad Advice™. Read more
I’ve long held that creative resumes are generally a bad idea, even for individuals in creative roles. However, there are always exceptions to the “rule.” But before you ask “Am I the exception?” let me share this; if you are the exception, you won’t need to ask.
If a highly creative resume is appropriate for you, you will know. And you’ll know because it will be so natural an extension of the highly creative work you do that you simply wouldn’t consider something else. You would also not think to ask for someone else to create it, because – again – it would be a direct representation of your talent and expertise.
So if you are asking, “should I do a really creative resume?” the answer is probably no.
Now, even if you are in the (very) small percentage of individuals for whom a highly creative resume makes sense, you will likely still need a standard resume. You may also need help with content. In either case, reach out.
Q. What is the protocol for applying to a job via email? Do I use my cover letter as the body of the email? What do I put in the subject line? Read more
Last week I wrote about performance review shock and discussed where the blame might lie when you are blindsided by a performance appraisal. Of those three areas – you, your manager or your organization – only one is easy to change. You
You’ve got to take full control of your own performance.
You might be saying “of course!” right about now. “Everyone knows they are responsible for their own performance.” But here’s the thing… It’s not rare for a client to be completely stumped when I ask them to provide quantifiable achievements for each of their recent roles. As we work together to uncover high impact accomplishments, I can see that the self-evaluation process is a new concept.
So be really honest; if I asked you to tell me three quantifiable ways in which you made a positive impact on your organization, could you do it? If you stalled, you’ve got some (very empowering) work to do.
If you are not in the habit of constantly evaluating your own performance, how are you going to steer a performance review? Or position yourself for a promotion? Or defend yourself when an unfair appraisal gets thrown down on the table?
It’s time to be your own champion and take full control of your performance.
GOOD NEWS! I am extending September’s promotion.
The process of developing a powerful new resume can change the way you view yourself and provide you with a framework for on-going success. To make the decision to move forward with a new resume even easier, I am continuing to offer all new clients $25 off Tandem’s Essentials or Tandem’s Toolkit throughout October.
Have a great week!