How To Deal With Bad References That Cannot Be Avoided

The best way to protect yourself from a bad reference

What can you do if you know a reference check is going to kill you? Here is what happened to a candidate I placed.

He told me, “I only have 3 references from my previous job. That’s all the guys who worked there. My […]

Your New Career Is Only 3 or 4 Steps Away

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. (Powell)

Gary, a client of mine, decided the world needed a better way to pay insurance claims in 1996. He made a plan and took a step. It didn’t go quite like he expected. Then he planned […]

The best resume focusing exercise in the world

This exercise is to keep you from using the following idea in your resume: “If you can’t beguile them with brilliance, baffle them with bulls**t.” […]

How to heal a project or job search before it breaks: Dr. No

Doctor No can heal a case of pebbles. It can fix a project or job search before it breaks. How? You make the people giving you a pebble, one more little thing to do, fix the problem they create. They become Dr. No.

Is your to-do list impossibly tall?

The team leader I disliked […]

Great ideas are…

It was a great idea. One I was approached with literally every day by phone or email. And many people made their fortune doing it. I just needed someone … […]

5 Weeks – How to find a job in 5 weeks

One guy is out of work for less than a month, and he gets a job offer with a raise. It takes 6 months to get a job for the guy who sat next to him. This poor guy was doing exactly the same job, got better performance ratings, and would get rehired first if the job was re-opened. […]

Guerilla job search, job performance, and gardening

Can’t get a reply on your resume? Why not come up with a guerilla campaign. A series of things you can do to get a job. Something more than just sending a resume. […]

Making milk and getting the raise you deserve

Is there something you do that is critical? How many are there? Do you get credit for them? A raise? When the kids were all home, I wrote this.

I make the milk

With up to 9 kids (we have 10) and 2 adults at home, we drink a lot of milk. There isn’t enough […]

Get a job by being like the guy who invented running

Experts are hired quickly. They rarely look for a job very long. An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions. You can become an expert, just like Jim Fixx.

The guy who invented running died

Runners were either late to an interview or just weird before Jim Fixx.

Jim […]

The trick to working less hours and getting promoted

You don’t double your productivity by doubling your hours. Working lots and lots of hours may get you a promotion and a raise. It may also get you burned out and fired.

A coupla months in the laboratory can save a coupla hours in the library. (Westheimer’s Discovery)

What you really need to do is […]