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  • 12 Questions that will Impress Your Interviewer
    by Stacey Lane - September 5, 2019
    You’ve been practicing your answers to the typical questions for your next big interview, but what about the inevitable “Do you have any questions for us?” portion? Asking the right questions gives you not only more information about the company, but it will show that you’re 1) insightful and a critical thinker and 2) eager for the job, a real team player. Basing your questions off of how the inte...
  • Don’t Fall for the Bait—and Don’t Switch!
    by Stacey Lane - July 17, 2019
    Many of us at one time or another have been baited and switched. You know, when you’re applying for one job with a certain job title, description, and salary, and at some point during the hiring process the company will change one or more of those. For example, Jade applies for a marketing manager position that pays $95,000 a year. That’s what the advert says; that’s what she and her interviewer discussed....
  • Finding Your Passion, and What to Do Instead
    by Stacey Lane - May 31, 2019
    “Find your passion.” The phrase conjures up some mixed feelings. On one hand, we imagine Future Me living our best life, one where we’re smiling at work and making real and important change happen. There’s a glossy filter on this fantasy. And on the other hand, we feel a small bubble of panic rise from our stomachs; I haven’t found my passion yet—was is wrong with me? Or I thought I found...
  • Trends I'm Seeing in the Job Market
    by Stacey Lane - April 16, 2019
    People often ask me for insider scoop on what to expect in the coming year when it comes to the job market. While of course the future isn’t entirely predictable, I’ve been noticing some trends that may help you out. Expect a wildly unpredictable hiring timeline (and process). At the beginning of the process, you might apply for a job and the employer sets up an interview within days. You might be asked to...
  • What to Expect When You're Interviewing
    by Stacey Lane - March 26, 2019
    Maybe you get a “normal” interview, full of questions like “What are your strengths?” or “How do you like to unwind?” Maybe you have to come up with a solution to a hypothetical or real problem. But a standard interview isn’t a given anymore. With so many applicants and with money and time on the line, recruiters and hiring managers have more pressure to “hire right”...
  • Self-Care: The Overlooked Job Search Technique - Part 1
    by Stacey Lane - February 8, 2019
    I talk a lot on this blog about specific things to do while job searching. (Have you updated your LinkedIn profile yet??) But there’s another aspect about the job hunt that is less talked about, though it’s getting more attention recently: self-care. If you’re looking for a new job, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are experiencing some changes in your life. Whatever the circumstance is, the challe...
  • Eavesdropped: Brilliant Advice I Gained for Long-Shot Job Seekers
    by Stacey Lane - December 19, 2018
    I love that so many interviews happen at coffee shops. Not only is it wildly entertaining, but it gives me plenty of useful information to share with you. During my most recent eavesdropping session, I got some tips on how to make yourself an appealing candidate, even when you lack experience. A young man showed up wearing jeans and a button-down shirt, carrying a file folder, and looking a little nervous. Let’s ca...
  • 10 Career Change Myths
    by Stacey Lane - August 29, 2018
    If you dream about having a different career, but don’t act on that dream, you may be operating under the assumption of a career myth. In this article, I expose 10 myths, sayings you’ve heard before that simply are not true. Let’s explore them. Career Myth #1: You can’t make a living doing something you really, truly love This is the grand-daddy of career myths, the belief that you can’t...
  • Are Cover Letters Old School?
    by Stacey Lane - July 12, 2018
    At a recent breakfast meeting with HR professionals, as we waited with coffee in hand for the program to start, I asked the recruiters and hiring managers sitting at my table about their perspectives on cover letters. Here’s what I learned: If there’s something that needs to be explained—perhaps a gap in employment or why you’re pursuing a job that you’re underqualified for—they&rs...
  • Everything Old Is New Again
    by Stacey Lane - May 29, 2018
    I’ve been walking several times a week with a friend. We hike through the hills in our neighborhood and at the end of the hour, I’ve easily gotten 90+ flights of stairs and 10,000 steps logged on my Fitbit. We chat the entire hour. We discuss politics, the economy, technology, work, family, new recipes we’ve tried and our weekend plans. We’re both self-employed so we often talk business strategy and...