How Long Should My Job Search Actually Take?

One of the most common questions I get from job seekers is, “How long should my job search really take?”

It’s a good question: Knowing what’s “normal” can help you determine whether you’re on the right track or in need of a course correction.

Unfortunately, there is no normal when it comes to the job search. Some job offers show up in days, others may take months, and for a few, …

Lessons From the Sea: What Fishing Taught Me About Overcoming an Unsuccessful Job Search

When I moved to Oregon from California a few years ago, I decided to learn how to fish.

I grew up in a family for which fishing wasn’t very popular; I can only remember fishing once in my entire childhood. I don’t recall learning anything aside from putting the worm on the hook.

Back to Oregon: After some trial and error, YouTube videos, and the kind support of friends and local fisherman, I began learning the basics of fishing.

Over time, …

The One Ingredient That Ensures You Will Survive a Professional Crisis:

“Survival” and “predictability” were the primary career standards in the obsolete workplace. In that setting, it wasn’t necessary to adopt a vision beyond getting a job that provided these basic requirements.

Today, this mindset continues to undermine the potential for greater engagement.

But there is also another, more pressing reason why we need to change out personal visions. We need deeply personal and compelling visions to snap out of the “…

Change Is in the Air. Is It Time to Reinvent Yourself?

Are you feeling restless? Does a nagging voice in your head keep saying, “This isn’t what you’re supposed to be doing”? Do you crave more but have trouble figuring out what “more” is?

My 35th high school reunion just passed. I did not attend it. Reflecting on the event, I remembered that I could not escape my hometown fast enough when I was 18 years old. I realized it is okay that I have never gone to a reunion, that I only …

Job Search Anxiety? Everyone Experiences It:

The job search is a grueling process. You pour hours into applications and never hear back. You go through rounds of interviews that lead nowhere.

Looking for a job is both frustrating and disappointing at a bare minimum. It leaves smart, accomplished professionals feeling “less than.” It leaves them wondering, “What’s wrong with me?” Too old? Too young? Wrong college degree?

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Today’s …

Your Future Is in the (Business) Cards

According to a Microsoft study, a goldfish now has a longer attention span than you do.

Hey, over here — there’s more!

Microsoft found that the average human’s attention span is now eight seconds, down from 12 seconds in 2000. The goldfish clocks in at nine seconds.

Why does Microsoft care, and why should you? Because shorter attention spans …

6 Resume Missteps That Can Derail Your Job Application

Your resume is the first impression you’ll make on a hiring manager. As such, its goal should be to capture the recruiter’s interest long enough that they read the document to the end.

Unfortunately, silly mistakes can get in the way. Did you know that hiring managers spend six seconds reading a candidate’s resume before making …

Young Talent: Why Your Professional Network Is as Important as Your Social Network

As the summer months come to an end, many upperclassmen and recent college graduates will be entering the first stages of their professional lives. Whether starting fall-semester internships or joining the workforce full-time, these young professionals face an exciting, pivotal moment that can also bring a little anxiety, uncertainty, and even fear.

It’s natural for young adults who are transitioning from students to the workforce to feel this way. Over the course of my own career, I’ve worked at several different …

Turn Your Internship Into a Full-Time Job

Getting a job is stressful for everyone, unless one of your parents is president of the
United States.

When I graduated college in 2009, it was the worst economic time of my generation. Somehow, I still managed to find a job – by turning an internship into full-time employment, with a 401(k) and everything!

For those of you currently at internships or starting them soon, here are a few tips on how …

5 Common Job Search Fallacies You Need to Reject:

On the hunt for a new job? Avoid falling for these common job search fallacies:

1. ‘The Best Approach to Finding a New Job Is to Apply to as Many as Possible; It’s a Numbers Game.’

In reality, applying to as many jobs as possible is a sure way to make your search longer and less productive.

The “numbers game” approach is usually driven by fear: You worry …