What Should I Wear To a Job Interview? [2018] by BambooHR

Great guidelines and examples. Takeaways: If the employer/recruiter doesn't communicate dress expectations, ask. Hygiene is important. Be comfortable and true to yourself. Slightly over dressed, shows you care . Avoid anything that distracts focus from you.

I've Lost My Job. What Do I Do Now? A 30,60,90 Day Plan by Jean Spahr and Krista Redlinger Part 1 of 3

Whether you saw it coming or it caught you by surprise, job loss is a difficult and stressful experience. However, often positive comes from negative -- you may eventually view the job loss as a blessing in disguise. Finding a new job will take effort and organization. Remember to reflect on your skills and goals, breathe, and visualize success. Avoid ruminating on the past or fearing the… Read More

Work It Daily - How to Answer Any Behavioral Question

Career Coach Joe Murphy uses the CAR method: Challenge, Action, Result

There are also the SOAR and STAR Methods.

Work It Daily Recommends the Experience + Learn = Grow Model

Tips to Land Your Dream Job and Gain Career Confidence Part 2 by Jean Spahr

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” ~ Winnie-the-Pooh

In our previous blog, we discussed tips to land your dream job. In this section, we will discuss ways to increase confidence.

Gain Career Confidence

One:  Stand Out From the Competition

The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven't met yet by Tanya Menon

We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon offers ten strategies on how to be more intentional and expand our social universes -- and how it can lead to new ideas and opportunities.

Tips to Land Your Dream Job and Gain Career Confidence Part 1 by Jean Spahr

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney  

In Part One of this two part series, we will list tips to landing your dream job.  Part Two will review ways to gain career confidence.

Secrets to Career Happiness

One:  Do Some Soul Searching

Raise the bar in your job search - Tips for Entry Level and Trades Job Seekers


Research using word of mouth, company websites, your school career center, volunteer activities, sports teams, and other interest groups. Know your skill set.


SCAM ALERT! by Geoffrey Wiese via Linkedin

For years we have encouraged job seekers to always directly apply on the employers' websites for a variety of reasons. Please be sure to also check the website URL for an exact match, because scammers are using more sophisticated approaches to steal your identity and money as described in detail in the following article.          https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/scam-alert-geoffrey-wiese/?… Read More

Finding a Job Using the Hidden Job Market by Jean Spahr

Finding a Job Using the Hidden Job Market

Looking for a job is rarely easy -- It may feel like you’re fighting your way through a dense fog. Many job seekers spend most of their time applying for posted positions. Experts report that 60-80% of job opportunities are never advertised so it makes sense to spend a substantial amount of time networking and discovering opportunities. Remember… Read More

Get 2018 Off To A Good Start

Five Ways to Start 2018 Off Right by Krista Redlinger

1. Reflect on 2017 - What worked? What didn't? The majority of our job seekers struggle in the following areas: applying to appropriate jobs, creating a successful targeted resume, organization/record keeping and follow-up, relationships and networking, interviewing, and staying motivated while experiencing rejection. Build on your… Read More

Why Jobs of the future won't feel like work by David Lee

If you fear the loss of your job to technology watch this inspiring video.  According to David Lee computers and robots can't compete with humans at combining capability with creativity to solve problems and innovate.

Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation by Celeste Headlee

Forget about old advice.  Try these tips instead:  Focus all your attention on the conversation,  avoid a dogmatic approach,  use questions, ignore your own thoughts, if you don't know admit it...

Volunteer Work and Your Job Search by Jean Spahr

“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Marian Wright Edleman - founder, Children’s Defense Fund


“When you serve your community and the world around you your life will take on a fulfillment and a deeper meaning that you can’t obtain any other way.”

Jodi Hannah - film and television… Read More

Five Ways To Listen Better by Julian Treasure

Use the Receive Appreciate Summarize Ask technique to connect  with and understand  others in your personal and professional life.

Good Reads by Jean Spahr

It is often said that finding a job is a job... for good reason.  Securing a new position often involves self-discovery, rebranding, developing an effective elevator speech, and networking extensively.  Successful job seekers respond to ads and explore the hidden job market.  Then there is resume writing, covers letters, polishing up a LinkedIn page, and more. Quintessential Careers has… Read More

What I learned from 100 days of rejection by Jia Jiang

Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a "burger refill" at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to… Read More

Build Your Career During Break by Jean Spahr

Work a paid, supervised, credit-based internship.  Unpaid or non-academic internships are worthwhile if you have valid learning goals and are mentored.  A part-time job can supplement an unpaid internship experience. Obtain a job in your future field or a related field. Some positions are more beneficial than others in terms of developing skills, but most jobs are learning experiences and may… Read More

Know Your Worth: Casey Brown

Your boss probably isn't paying you what you're worth -- instead, they're paying you what they think you're worth. Take the time to learn how to shape their thinking. Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares helpful stories and learnings that can help you better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence.