In a job search it feel like “It’s a blizzard! There’s nothing I can do.”

The most important step in winning is to show up.

If you are looking for a job, it always seems there is a blizzard going on. You are stuck at home and nothing is happening because of the snow and cold. You send out a hundred resumes and get no calls back. Recruiters won’t help [...]


Giving your way into a job.

Do you know how hard it is to get an administrative job with a symphony orchestra?

A symphony administrator told me how to do it. A woman called him and asked for a job. He said, “I can’t hire you, there is no budget.”

That’s not the end of the story. She said, “I’ll work [...]


I Really Saw A Crab Do What People Do

Our family had stopped for lunch on a pretty little beach in Hawaii. A family was there fishing. The father was throwing a net and had some crab pots out. The kids were fishing with a stick and a hook. They invited us to join them.

Eventually the crab pots were brought in. There were [...]


How to get $50,000 more than your coworker

I talked to a network technician who is supervising a few others. He is earning just over $100,000 in salary. The techs under him are stuck at $50,000 to $65,000 in salary.

So what’s the difference? He knows what is valuable to his company. Every week his job reviews always include a list of the [...]


Your Most Valuable Assets

This true story directly applies to your job search. The heir apparent of a large family company was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Africa by his brothers. As a slave he rose to be the president of a large privately owned company. Then, falsely accused of a crime he was imprisoned. In prison he [...]


What can I do to double my income?

Here is the truth no politician, few economists, few teachers want to tell people, and that few people want to hear: certain jobs are only worth a certain, maximum number of dollars per hour, whether you’ve been there doing it for one year, ten years, or thirty years. Longevity does not necessarily merit more money [...]


Can you outlive a job at an evil company?

Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards. (Lois McMaster Bujold)

I know two accountants who were in leading positions when something went wrong: fraud. Both did exactly the right thing. Both had to pay a price. Both will recover. The folks who were actually at fault are ruined.



Beat the job boards – 4 ways to get a call

How do you get people to pay attention to your resume when there are 100 others just like it?

You can’t. You have to be different.

The best way to be different is to be obviously well qualified. Another great way is to prove, not just say, that you have a great attitude. You [...]


How to deal with absolute idiots, bosses, and 6 year olds

Into everyone’s life comes people who just don’t get it. There is even a chance that you will be that person for someone else at some time. The fact is, no one sets out to be an idiot. They are always well intentioned, they just don’t get it. So how do you deal with an [...]


Proof you are really good at getting the job

When you don’t get a particular job, sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and think about past successes.

Very few jobs are awarded to the only candidate considered. In most situations, even internal promotions, at least 3 candidates are considered. For the majority of outside hires more than 10 resumes [...]