By Gerald Walsh ©
As we get ready to move into 2019, here’s a quick look back at my top five blog posts of 2018. I look forward to sending you weekly posts in the coming year.
1. The Best Questions To Ask At The End Of Each Interview
Whenever I ask a job candidate “Do you have any questions for me?” and they say they don’t, I am always disappointed. That’s because they’ve lost a good opportunity to sell themselves a little further. They’ve also lost the chance to find out more about the job and to determine if it is the right fit for them. Read more
2. 21 Simple Things That Can Make Or Break Your Interview
Small, seemingly-minor things can sometimes cause big problems. For example, last week I sat with a search committee of a community-based organization while they interviewed candidates for an executive director position. One of the committee members was a former English teacher who had low tolerance for spelling errors and poor use of grammar. Read more
3. All Jobs Are Important
Honestly, I had never heard of the term “job shaming” until a few weeks ago. That’s when photos of Geoffrey Owens went viral. Owens, in case you don’t know, is a former actor on The Cosby Show sitcom from 1985 to 1992. Like many actors, his fortunes have risen and fallen, and he now works at the grocery store chain, Trader Joe’s, to “put food on the table.” Read more
4. ‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Awful Career Advice
I just finished reading an excellent book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport in which he discredits the firmly-held belief that ‘follow your passion’ is good career advice. This book is a great read and I highly recommend it if you’re feeling stuck in your career. Read more
5. Don’t Let Your Eulogy Say You Played It Safe
A friend of mine, Peter, who I hadn’t seen in a while, approached me at an event recently. I put out my right hand to shake hands with him but as I did, he awkwardly extended his left hand instead. I hadn’t noticed that his right arm was in a sling, held tight to his body. Read more
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career.” You can follow Gerry on Twitter @Gerald_Walsh