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Can’t Keep a Job? Here’s Why

Every week, I get a ton of emails from blog readers with career questions they want me to answer. Typically, I don’t provide career advice via email—that’s why we have the monthly Q&A (“Ask the Career Coach”) video sessions. Members of the Free Career Resource Library can attend for free and...

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Is Technology Hurting Your Job Search?

What you don't know could hurt you! Perfect example: Many job seekers have no idea that resumes submitted online are typically filtered through a software system before a human being ever sees them. That means if your resume isn't formatted correctly, it could be kicked out before any real person...

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4 Social Resume Strategies to Help You Get Seen and Get Hired

If you’ve heard the term “social resume” floating around recently and wondered what it’s all about, you’re in the right place. A social resume is not so much an actual thing; rather it’s a variety of things. Essentially the term refers to the use of online tools to gain visibility, position...

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Cover Letters: Why Bother?

A lot of people think cover letters are relics of the past. But truth be told, they're still a crucial part of the job search process. Of course, that doesn't mean you should just throw one together and check the box. You want to use the cover letter as an opportunity to differentiate yourself...

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5 Questions to Ask Before Recommending Someone for a Job

Your “stamp of approval” is precious. When you recommend someone for a job—whether a friend, family member, colleague or anyone else—your professional reputation is on the line. Your contacts trust you and you’re essentially asking them to transfer that trust to another person. If that person...

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Understanding the New Social Resume

Perhaps you've heard the term "social resume" floating around. Well, I addressed this very topic in my recent interview on Fox 31 Denver's Good Day Colorado. Watch the video below and learn how to use online tools to raise your visibility, expand your network, and establish yourself as a expert in...

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How to Stay Focused When Between Jobs

If you're used to going into an office from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening, and you suddenly find yourself between jobs, you've got a whole new set of distractions to contend with! How do you stay focused on your job search and keep your spirits up? I address this question specifically in...

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How to Stop Job Hopping Once and For All

I’ve written in the past about the pros and cons of job hopping. Yes, it’s true; you can spin it any way you want. But let’s be real: job hopping is no fun. Whether it’s a “good thing” or a “bad thing,” for your career might be debatable in theory. But, in reality, it’s a serious pain. When you...

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A Must-Listen Interview for Job Hunters

No matter who you are or what you do, I’m willing to bet you know who Richard "Dick" Bolles is. Maybe the name itself doesn’t ring a bell, but the title of his book most certainly will: What Color Is Your Parachute? Sound familiar? Dubbed the “Job Hunter’s Bible”, this book is considered the gold...

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How Your Weaknesses Can Make You Strong

Let’s talk about your weaknesses, shall we? Yes, I’m looking at you. Take a seat. Get comfortable. I know it hurts to hear, but you’re not perfect. Don’t worry. No one expects you to be. We all have weaknesses because (surprise!) we’re human. Knowing them—and effectively addressing them—can be a...

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The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping

Out of everyone in my group of college friends, I was the only one who still had the same job two years after graduation. Everyone else had changed jobs once, twice, even three times. So, I felt somewhat smug—as if I knew something they didn’t. It wasn’t until many years later that I understood...

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