The Skype Interview Game: Five Ways to Raise the Level of Your Play

The practice of job seeking has changed in recent years, with Skype interviews growing ever more common. This is due to the growth in remote workers, as well as reporting relationships across multiple offices. Since odds are you’ll be asked to play the game of Skype interviewing at some point, how do you “win”? You know the rules for in-person interviewing, but this is an entirely different ballgame. Skype interviews differ from a traditional job interview in the following ways: 1.Equipment. An in-person interview requires no knowledge of specific equipment, but a Skype interview calls for much of it. Be sure to download and test the Skype software, as well as your computer’s microphone and camera, ahead of time. You may even want to consider upgrading your microphone for a more precise sound. Should an equipment glitch occur during your interview, be sure to “come clean” to the interviewer and deal with the malfunction immediately. If you just continue with the interview as … [Read more...]

Starting Off on the Wrong Foot: 5 Career Change Blunders and How to Fix Them

Changing careers can be a complicated maneuver –and a mistake can set you on a course in the wrong direction. Read below about five common career change blunders and how to fix them. 1. Running from your career because you're burnt out If you're been struggling in your current position for a long time, you’ve most likely grown to hate your job and you want to run as far away from it as possible.  Take this example from one of my clients: Mary couldn’t stand her profession, so she ran to a new field: marriage and family therapy.  Living the professional identity of a therapist – and dealing with the dark side of human experience – was not what she wanted.  Mary needed a second reinvention to find what truly worked for her. The way out of the blunder: Don’t wait until you are desperately unhappy in your current situation to make a change. Wherever you are today, reclaim your power in it.  Make your situation better by building more respect, finding your voice, growing your … [Read more...]

Looking to Elevate Your Personal Brand? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Quit Now

Often career experts talk about what I call the rainbows and butterflies version of having a successful career, but this doesn’t show the complete picture. What usually happens is that the emotional challenges that come with change are treated like a movie extra when in fact it plays a lead role. While I’m all for the “you can do it approach,” I also think we need to address the importance of having the right mindset when it comes to making a career move. You can do everything right on paper but still not make any progress because mental roadblocks are holding you back. Here are some things you must quit if you want to move forward and elevate your personal brand. 1. Ignoring Your Personal Brand   Most people don’t set out to build their personal brand because it’s a fun wishlist item. It’s usually because they want more of something they’re currently not getting enough of—be it money, opportunities, or freedom. Whether you openly accept this fact or begrudge the thought … [Read more...]

8 Nifty Ways to Get a Career Boost from the Summer

When summer hits, the packed weeks of spring slide into long, lazy days, and it’s tempting to grow a little lazy about work and your career, too. Yet the summer months allow you extra time, which can be an opportunity for a solid career bounce. What steps can you take to further your career during the summer? Network. Many professional associations or organizations plan fun seasonal get-togethers that — bonus! — are held outside. Take advantage of these events not only to enjoy yourself by the pool, but also to expand your contact pool. You never know who you’ll meet at the bar.  Join a Professional Association. If you are not already a member of an association, now’s the time to join. By doing so, you’ll already be familiar with the group’s routines come fall. If their Fall event’s schedule is posted, check it out and plan ahead for your Fall networking opportunities.   Volunteer for a New Project. Take advantage of others’ vacations to let your star shine. You may … [Read more...]

Does Your LinkedIn Profile Pass the Seven Second Rule?

You may already know it takes about seven seconds to make a good first impression, but are you considering this rule when it comes to your digital brand? LinkedIn is further putting this to the test with its new design. In case you haven’t noticed, LinkedIn has switched things up again. But this time it’s not just a matter of playing hide-and-go-seek with common features. You may also need to update your profile. A noticeable change impacts the way your Summary displays (or should I say, does not display). Now, anyone who visits your profile will only see a teaser of your Summary. To see your full Summary, your audience will have to click “See more." Otherwise, approximately 90 to 200 characters will show depending on whether your profile is viewed on a mobile application or desktop. Although this concept is new to LinkedIn, it’s used for other platforms. For example, on Forbes, an author's bio is a one-liner, and you have to click a link to read the full bio. (You can see … [Read more...]