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Create a Failure Resume

The other day, I picked up Daniel Pink’s new book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. I’ve not finished it yet, but already I have gleaned valuable insights into how acknowledging our regrets—something most people never do—can lead to a

What To Look For In A Job Offer

I know of a person who was made a verbal job offer in the morning, only to have it withdrawn that same evening. Unfortunately, in the interim, he resigned from his current job. When he asked for his old job back, his employer refused.

The Best Resumes Have These 5 Features

I have read a lot of resumes over the years. Several were nothing more than a few poorly-constructed paragraphs. The longest was 76 pages! I didn’t quite get through that one. I’ve said many times that strong candidates often get overlooked because they haven’t

Do Fears Prevent You From Reaching Your Career Potential?

I encounter many people who lead a “fear-based career.” By this, I mean that some underlying fear influences their career decisions and prevents them from achieving their full potential. Here are a few examples. Jim A marine biologist, Jim has an irrational fear of

Simple Questions to Help You Better Prepare for the Interview

When searching for a new job, you may encounter a variety of interview formats ranging from completely unstructured interviews—which end up being causal conversations over coffee—to highly-structured ones—where the interviewer asks pre-planned questions in an organized way. For some candidates, the latter style feels

Decline the Offer Without Burning Bridges

There are plenty of reasons why you might turn down a job offer even after you’ve been through a series of interviews, meetings, and testing. However it can be awkward, especially if you’ve been indicating your interest in the job all along by continuing

How to Overcome a Less-Than-Stellar Performance Review

A disappointing performance review can be devastating, especially one that caught you off guard. You may experience a range of emotions like anger, embarrassment, denial, failure, confusion, or shock. You might even be worried that your job is in jeopardy. For sure, it will

It’s Time to Update Your Resume

The new year is a time of excitement and renewal for many people with pledges to get fit, volunteer more, and generally incorporate positive habits into their life. If one of your goals this year is to pursue a new career, the first place

How To Make Your Boss Take Notice

Have you been passed over for a promotion and not understood why? Instead of doing what most people do—blame the boss—why not take an honest look at yourself and ask this question: Does my boss even know who I am and what I can
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