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 [...]


The healthiest way to look at jobs unfilled

Needlessly unfilled jobs get me mad. They keep you out of a job. They lower profits at the companies that desperately need the right person.

This article calls the over qualification of a job opening “zombie thinking”. I like the solution Lou gives to solving the problem. Unfortunately it has to be solved by the [...]


What will happen in this summer’s recession

I expect there to be a minor recession this summer. We will be out of it before the year ends.

Three things will surely happen to companies in the next recession:

Companies will have layoffs and close. A lot of people will retire. Musical chairs will become the biggest game in corporate America.

In a [...]


Free career intelligence 5 ways

Here are 5 ways to get free career intelligence. This can help you find and land a job.

1. Every day I give away useful business intelligence. I am an expert in a few job markets. I’m a recruiter. Every time you talk to a recruiter, grill them. If a recruiter calls you out of [...]


Quitting for more money is new?

America believes in education: the average professor earns more in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week. (Evan Esar)

News Flash from the Wall Street Journal:

People are changing jobs to get more money!

Even worse, the best employees, the most valued workers, are the ones most likely to quit for [...]


Signing bonuses are returning – yes the economy is better

The return of signing bonuses and paid relocation are strong signs of the strength of the job market.

This article goes beyond our local experience. We are seeing the same thing. There is a greater tendency to offer a relocation package and/or a signing bonus when a skilled employee takes a job. Our strength is [...]


Why the best people have the hardest time finding jobs when laid off

The best people have the hardest time finding jobs when they are laid off. It is a fact. It is not for the reason you are thinking.

This is my experience.

I was the only person out of 300 that knew for sure that layoffs were coming. I had a mole in the headquarters in [...]


Give up and go elsewhere when things are bad

I found a great job for someone and was told”

“If I leave, deliveries will stop, sales will stop, and a lot of people will be out of work. I’m going to have to turn down this job. I owe it to my boss and coworkers to see them through these hard times.”

Is [...]


Give up and go elsewhere when things are good

(Before you lynch me, read tomorrow’s column about giving up when times are bad.)

Most revolutions happen as things are getting better. That happened in the Marxist revolutions and the revolts against the Communists. It happened in the American revolution. Things were getting better and people rebelled.

People seriously think of quitting their jobs [...]


How you create your future with your passion

“The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.” (Leonard Sweet)

I have worked for more than 30 companies. Each one could have been a new career. Okay, so I was 12 when I got my first newspaper delivery job, but I could have kept at it. I could have [...]