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The Only Resource on Negotiating Salary You Will Ever Need

'Six out of ten job applicants fail to negotiate their compensation package.  Unbelievable isn't it? That's a lot of money left on the table. What's even more unbelievable is that companies respect those who negotiate.  Strong salary negotiation skills are a highly...

Get a Better Paying Job Now and Love Your Life

Do you love your life?  Are you stress-free or at least keeping stress at bay? If you're in a job that you love that is paying you well for your contributions, consider yourself lucky.  On the other hand, if stress is eating you up because you are underpaid and...

Is Your Elevator Pitch Going Up? If Not, Fix It.

"Welcome to the job fair Jill, I'm Bob with XYZ company." "Hi Bob, nice to meet you." "What do you do Jill?" Uh oh! What do you say next?  Think hard because what you say in these next 15 -30 seconds may make all the difference between landing an interview and not...

Networking Strategies that Work: Part II

As I mentioned in last week's post, I always hated networking. I'm not kidding, going to the dentist to have a tooth drilled was less stressful for me. I wouldn't call myself an introvert, but it was still hard for me. Why? Because no one ever taught me how to do it....

Networking Strategies that Work: Part I

I always hated networking. I rarely signed up for pre-conference cocktail parties and when I did go, I just wanted to hide.  If I was attending with someone I knew, I was ok until they abandoned me. The thought of joining a group of unknowns and participating in their...

Job Interview Mastery: Crush the Interview

Do you break out in a sweat when you think about a job interview? Most of us do. Want to know how to sweat less? Be prepared. Not only will this help reduce the stress that goes along with interviewing, more importantly, you’ll turn the odds of crushing the interview...

Resume Keywords: Beating the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Want to know a dirty little secret? Companies don’t read your resumes, they read your resume keywords. That’s right. Computers are used to conduct resume keyword searches on 90% of all resumes. Simply putting, if you are not optimizing your resume with resume...

At Last! The Smart Strategy for becoming a Digital Nomad

Want to travel the world? Meet new people and live the life of a minimalist? If so, then you may be the perfect candidate for the digital nomadic lifestyle. Chances are excellent that you know someone who is doing this and you may have heard it's easy or you may have...

What is the Toughest Interview Question You Will Ever Be Asked?

Scared to death of interviews? Who isn't? Those who've adequately prepared and practiced a few times. Knowing how to answer the toughest interview questions before your interview is the secret to gaining job interview confidence. And guess what. The answers to these...

It’s Raining Jobs: And You Want to Get Wet in this Job Market

The job market is on fire! If you've been considering looking for a new job, think about it no more. There's never been a better time to change jobs. The market is red hot and you're in demand. With the changes to the corporate tax laws, this isn't likely to change...

Ditch the Commute: Make your case for teleworking

Do you envy others whose quality of life and work-life balance are amazing because they don't have that miserable commute every morning? Do you prefer your own Keurig coffee maker and having CNN running in the background while you concentrate? Would you like just a...

Get your Resume Read: 7 Secrets to Get Noticed!

LinkedIn profiles and resumes go together like peas and carrots. I think Tom Hanks might have said that.  Well, maybe not in that context but even he should know that a LinkedIn profile should lead the recruiter right to a box of chocolates, your resume. Corny? ...

“Get Noticed” on LinkedIn: A CEO’s Sample Profile

Up until about a week ago, my LinkedIn profile was pathetic. In fact, it violated nearly every recommendation I’ve been telling you about for the last three months. I retired from the workforce about nine months ago. And until recently, I wasn’t in any hurry to go...

Your New Website: LinkedIn

Want to be far more visible and noticed by prospective employers? Do you want to gain a competitive advantage over your peers? Would you like recruiters to seek you out and make you aware of amazing opportunities? Of course, you do. And how do you do this? You look at...

What is your LinkedIn “Poachability” Index?

You have a great job BUT secretly you have always wanted to be a Disney princess or a sports announcer for ESPN. When Disney and ESPN are looking through thousands of LinkedIn profiles for their next perfect hire will they find you? If your LinkedIn profile is out of...

“You.Inc” – Your next career move?

The good news about entrepreneurship is that your fate is in your hands. The bad news is that your fate is in your hands! - Guy Kawasaki Entrepreneurship: Lesson Learned #1 10 years ago, I almost bought a franchise. I still wonder what life would have been if I had....

Who Has Your Back: Creating a Career Support Team

Life is not a solo act. It's a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife. - Tim Gunn As I transitioned from being a CIO to a CEO there were many days where I felt like an imposter. Was I...

What’s a life coach and do you need one?

“Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.” - Moby A life coach is a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. No doubt you have heard about life coaches and...

Is Your Career Killing You?

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not - Valerie Bertinelli Stress—just the word may be enough to set your nerves on edge. Everyone feels stressed from time...

Constructing the Career Escape Plan

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin A recent study by the American Institute of Economic Research, an independent research firm in Great Barrington, Mass., had some good news for would-be career changers in midcareer and beyond. 1...

Gaining Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step." —Lao Tzu The Hustle There is a daily newsletter I absolutely love to read, it’s called, "The Hustle."  Recently, they reached out to their older readers for career advice. You can read the entire article...

Career Assessment Tools

So does it make sense to leave one career for another to only find out that this new career may not be the right one either? How can you prevent this from happening? Career assessment tools will provide a deeper understanding of yourself and prevent "career hopping."...

Do you need a career do-over?

Do you get up every day dreading work? Have you considered changing careers? What if the problem is the job you are in and not your chosen career? Would a different job in the same career make you happy? How can you know for sure? Who am I My name is Bob Baird, and I...

WANT TO JUMPSTART YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE?

In "Get Noticed", you'll learn 8 great LinkedIn hacks in order to:
  • Dramatically improve your LinkedIn profile today
  • Make it easy for recruiters and companies to notice you.
  • Find the job of your dreams.