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Leadership Is Not A Bullet Point

There they are again…those clichéd words in ALL their glory. Yep, it’s almost a guarantee…centered somewhere underneath work experience on 80% of the 10,000 resumes you receive per job posting is some version of the keyword "leadership." And on the other side of the resume is someone trying to convince you their fancy title in some [...]

3 Ways to Enhance Your LinkedIn Summary

Most of LinkedIn is easy to set up. You can cut and paste your resume into the Education and Experience sections. You can even attach videos, presentations, documents, and website links to the various settings to further showcase your work beyond mere words. …but when it comes to writing the summary, most people get stuck. I am [...]

10 Ways to Create Happiness in 2018

There is nothing I would like more than for all of us to have the Happiest of 2018.  It seems year in and year out there is much to be discouraged about as we reflect on each year, and the truth is to create a truly Happy New Year, we often have to start with [...]

How to Be a STAR in the Interview

This is the third and last blog in 3-part series titled "Stop Giving Me Answers and Start Telling Me Stories," which discusses storytelling in the interview. The first blog on Tell Me About Yourself can be found here. The second, on "What is Your Greatest Strength/Weakness," is here. As you likely know, Behavioral Questions are interview [...]

Stop Giving Answers and Start Telling Stories Part Two: What is Your Greatest Strength/Weakness

This is a second in 3-part blog series on storytelling in the interview and how telling stories, instead of giving answers, to increase connection between interviewer and interviewee, which could culminate in a greater likelihood of an offer.  To read the first blog, click here.   I love entertainment.  It doesn't matter what kind--movie, theater, TV, [...]

Stop Giving Answers and Start Telling Stories Part One: Tell Me About Yourself

In recent years, there has been more research on storytelling and how it affects our body and our brain. This research found we are more active and engaged, whether we are the storyteller or the listener. As the storyteller, we get to relive the impact a moment, situation, or accomplishment had on our lives, and [...]

The Two Most Dangerous Words in the Job Search

No one said job searching was easy. When we actively look for new opportunities, experts say it can take up to six months to secure a position, ESPECIALLY when we know what we want to do. In fact, people are more likely to get a new job or career when they are not looking (mostly [...]

Leadership is Not a Bullet Point

There they are again…those clichéd words in ALL their glory. Yep, it’s almost a guarantee…centered somewhere underneath work experience on 80% of the 10,000 resumes you receive per job posting is the heading “Leadership Activities.” And on the other side of the resume is someone trying to convince you their fancy title in some student [...]

What’s Your “One of a Kind?”

When I was in high school, my 11th grade English teacher, Ms. Zita Prater, made our class recite the following poem, titled “One of a Kind,” author unknown, out loud in class: I am unique in the world I am capable of learning and growing daily I am a person who appreciates the differences in [...]

The Only 3 Reasons to Put an Objective on Your Resume

I object to Objectives on resumes...and I’m not alone. Most recruiters find the objective brings little value to your resume and can often hinder your chances for an interview, especially when the most important things about you needs to be at the top of your resume. In most cases, your objective is the least important thing about you, [...]