Great Job Search Articles Thursday!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out:


1. How to Get on a Recruiter’s Radar

2. Council bill would bar employers from seeking salary history

3. Will Your Social Media Posts Keep You From Getting a Security Clearance?


If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out:

 1. DC May Become the Second Place to Ban Employers from Asking About Salary History

2.  Applying Disruption Theory to FutureProof Your Career

3. Manpower Employment Outlooks Survey: Jobs Outlook by State


If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday!- Entrepreneur Edition!

Great Job Search Articles Thursday

Welcome to a new regular blog feature: Great Career and Job Search Articles Thursday. Each week I will share a few items I’ve found and recommend you check out. This week is all for solo-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be!

1. Referrals Take the Burden Off You

2.  Deciding How to Grow: Investing in “The Next Most Important Thing”

3.  11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About

If you see a career or job-search article you enjoy, please let me know! It might join my recommended list next week!

Recap: Turning Your Passion Into a Successful, Sustainable Business (with Balance)!

This was quite fun, I got to speak at the local Women’s Business Forum on “Turning Your Passion Into a Successful, Sustainable Business (with Balance)!”

Here is a synopsis of the program:


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How Vital Are You?

This is a great exercise, and another way to look at at that interview question, “So, why should I hire you?”

How “VITAL” are you to an organization?

V – What makes you valuable?

I – What makes you difficult to imitate?

T – Are you transparent? i.e. do people know how you think and make decisions?

A – Adaptable – how do you stay ahead of the curve and adapt to new technologies/environments/projects?

L – Leveraged – how are you leveraging your network?


Publishing on LinkedIn

Since it has been quite a while since I’ve written about LinkedIn, I thought it might be a great time to share again! Today I want to focus on “Publishing” on LinkedIn.

If you have already mastered LinkedIn and developed your career brand, publishing on LinkedIn is a great way to build and publicly share that brand professionally. Publishing is about building a following and expanding your influence beyond your normal network!


Here are a few examples of articles I’ve published on LinkedIn:

Job Search Getting Snowed Under?

It’s Okay to Have a Personality in a Job Search!

The Power of Gratitude


Try writing your own!  Here are a few articles with great tips:

Why LinkedIn is the Best Place to Publish

Writing and Sharing on LinkedIn Just Got Easier

Everything You Need to Know About Publishing on LinkedIn

How to Create a Well-Balanced Blog: Nourish Your Audience with Nutrient-Rich Content

And here is an infographic that I love from Top Dog Social Media!


Using LinkedIn to Build Your Brand

Once you have a strong and robust profile, and know how to use LinkedIn to generate networking and research, you might want to move to a more high-level use of LinkedIn: Branding.

Your Brand is what you what you are known as and known for. If you were a product that you were selling, how would you describe that product to a potential buyer? (Isn’t that what the job search process really is?)

Your brand is your your total persona: your authentic and unique self in its most inspired (and inspiring) and motivated state; pertinent to the situation at hand. If someone was going to replicate you and sell quantities of you to the mass market, your brand would encapsulate and include all those traits as part of its makeup.

Here are some great questions to help you develop your own branding concept:

  • What problems do you solve?
  • Who do you help?
  • Why should that someone come to you to solve that problem?
  • What do you bring to the table that others don’t? What sets you apart?

It’s what others see as the real you. What it’s like to work with you not only on special occasions, but day after day after day. Its your “corridor reputation” – what people say when they talk about you in the hallways.

  • What are you known for?
  • What value do you bring to the table?
  • If someone were to introduce you, how would they do it? What would they say?

What does this mean in terms of LinkedIn? Having a strong branding message allows you add to your brand that you are well-known as an expert in your field, well-liked among your colleagues and peers, and well-trusted to get the job done and done well. You become their first-stop when expertise is needed, and you become a Subject Matter Expert in your field.

Use Everything!! Not only your LinkedIn profile, but ALL of your activity should coordinate with your brand. Your status updates can even help you. Your LinkedIn presence should be built around providing value to your target audience through a constant stream of rich and insightful content. This will help you build engagement and develop a relationship of trust with your target market.

New Year! New Start to Your Job Search! (repost)

(This is a re-posting of an article originally shared December 2014.)


January is here! Are you freaking out?

Chances are, if you took December off from your job search, you just might be. It’s always hard to get the ball rolling if you’ve let it stop. (That’s just Newton’s law of inertia: “An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.” Never thought I’d be quoting science principles as a Career Coach!)

So, how do you get the ball rolling again?

1. First of all, FILL UP YOUR CALENDAR! Networking events, informational coffees/lunches with contacts, training programs. Get out of the house and get talking to as many people as possible this month!

2. Discover your PASSION. What is it that you can’t help but speak up about? Particular parts (cause, topic, issue) of your job that get you revved up? GOOD! Find ways to channel that passion and use that energy to propel you forward!

3. PRACTICE and STUDY! Stage Fright (freaking out when you’re in the spotlight) is a very real issue. Preparation and practice are pretty much the only ways to build your confidence so you can defeat it. What does this mean? Practicing your intro and interview role play, doing them over and over until your brain bleeds, then visualizing yourself successfully performing!

These are all areas where a Certified Career Coach can help you this month. Contact me now at to get on my calendar! (PS. Getting help from a trusted mentor and accountability are more ways to “force” that inertia far, far away!)


Recruiting Reality

Here are a couple statistics that you should really know:

  • 92% of recruiters use social media during the recruiting process.
  • 76% of recruiters view details about volunteer, professional, and social engagement work positively.
  • Referrals and social networks are the most common sources recruiters use to find talent.

(Click here to read the entire Jobvite report.)

Are you strategizing to really implement this knowledge into your job search?

Wondering what strategy has to do with job search?

This is how I can help you in your journey. Let me help you maximize your LinkedIn experience and help you create a personalized job search plan just for you! Email me at for more info.

DISC-overing Your Leadership Style

from Jane Roqueplot, from ProfilingPro

Which DISC Personal Style is most suited to be a leader?

Not sure?

That’s because this is a trick question!

They all are.

Many people make the assumption that one personal style is better at leading than others; however, great leaders have many different personal styles, which include all of the DISC styles.

People who fall into each of the four DISC personal styles all have the potential to be effective and capable leaders.

Each person will have their own innate and unique leadership style, which will naturally be very different from others. Identifying the special talents that each personal style brings to a leadership role will be the best place to start when searching for the best person for a promotion or when working to bring out your own inner leader.

Why a D Personal Style makes a great leader:

People with a D personal style don’t just like to be in charge, they need to be in charge. They are happiest and most productive when given a leadership role, which makes sense considering their major strengths are making quick decisions, delegating tasks, creating action plans, and seeing the big picture. Since they are tough-minded, driven, demanding and not afraid of confrontation, people with D personal styles are ambitious, forceful, commanding, fearless, and driven leaders. They want results now, which results in a strong and direct leadership style.

D Style leaders command the respect of others through their confident, authoritative style. The demand as much of others as they do themselves. When they give direction, people tend to follow through without debate. Leaders with a D personal style are unflinching in the face of conflict, and are not afraid of dealing with difficult issues head-on.

Why an I Personal Style makes a great leader:

Different than the D personal style leaders who command respect through their direct and demanding personalities, I Style leaders are extroverts who bring people together using their charm, charisma and enthusiasm. Many people like to be around I Style leaders because of their magnetic personalities. I Style leaders create strong and cohesive teams since they are great at communication and enjoy an interactive environment.

I Style leaders have boundless energy, genuinely enjoy the company of others and are able to naturally motivate and inspire the people around them. They are like able, easy to talk to, and are often able to diffuse conflict using their sharp sense of humor. They are also extremely persuasive, and their natural optimism make the people around them believe that anything is possible.

Why an S Personal Style makes a great leader:

S Style leaders are collaborative, considerate and communicative. They create a respectful, positive, mutually beneficial environment because of the value they place on the overall cohesiveness of the group. S Style leaders are very attentive to the needs and well being of others. They are good listeners that are inclusive of other people’s ideas, and are excellent at mediating conflict in a stressful environment.

S Style leaders are calm, patient and relaxed. They tend to put everyone at ease, and are seen by others as dependable and supportive. S Style leaders are great leaders to employ when looking to create a cooperative and harmonious environment.

Why a C Personal Style makes a great leader:

C Style leaders are methodical and organized. They use their natural strengths in analysis and planning to look at problems from all sides, and put a great deal of thought into calculating any course of action. Because they are perfectionists, C Style leaders hold everyone who works for them to high standards of excellence.

C Style leaders are excellent at enforcing deadlines, creating schedules, and are sticklers for accuracy. They demonstrate an example of thoughtful, calculated problem solving, which inspires people around them to think decisions through carefully and to examine problems from all possible angles.