How to Get Noticed When You Apply for a Job Online
Jan30

How to Get Noticed When You Apply for a Job Online

Searching for a job is scary. Especially when you’re looking for your first job straight out of college. You have a diploma with your name written in fancy calligraphy that proves that you’re properly educated. You just need your shot. The good news is that sites like Zip Recruiter, Monster, Indeed, and Career Builder make it easy to apply for dozens of jobs with a few key strokes and a mouse click. But there’s a catch. Those...

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How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Land You an Interview
Aug23

How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Land You an Interview

I’ve written before about how to craft your resume so that it contains the information that employers look for most (read that post here). But what about the cover letter that accompanies your resume? What should it contain? Before offering 8 specific tips on how to craft your letter, let me first define what I believe is the goal of a cover letter: To point the employer to your resume where they can see a list of your quantifiable...

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Looking at America through the Eyes of an Immigrant
Sep29

Looking at America through the Eyes of an Immigrant

She reminds me of Veruca Salt from the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. If you’re familiar with the movie, you’ll see what I mean. It was her 16th birthday. During her lunch hour at school, a teacher tapped her on the shoulder. “Step outside. Your Dad has a surprise for you.” The girl squealed. She leapt to her feet and ran outside. Her friends followed close behind. Her Dad was standing in the circle...

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Three Ways You Can Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
Feb13

Three Ways You Can Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

I’ve been thinking lately about stage fright. Mainly because I’ve spent the last several weeks rehearsing and performing in a play at a local professional theatre. It’s the reason why I haven’t written in awhile. When I first began speaking and acting in my early teens I experienced terrific stage fright. Almost crippling. Dry mouth. Sweaty palms. Near panic attacks. Sound familiar? Do you get nervous like that...

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The Legacy of a Mentor: A Guiding Principle that has Shaped My Life
Jan04

The Legacy of a Mentor: A Guiding Principle that has Shaped My Life

For the past 16 years, I’ve worked for an incredible leader. He taught me about business and how to think big. He showed me how to inspire people to come up with solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems and to never give up. He became a mentor to me. Two weeks ago, Greg Anderson retired. I’ll miss our regular conversations. Our brainstorming sessions.  Yet, part of him will remain with me because he has instilled in me a...

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Stop Making Excuses for Always Being Late
Dec14

Stop Making Excuses for Always Being Late

If you are one of those people who consistently arrive late for planned meetings, I have a request on behalf of your family, friends, and co-workers: Stop it. Just stop. I say this as someone who was once the chronically-late guy. I offered the same excuses that you probably use: “Sorry I’m running late…I’ve just got too many balls in the air” or “Traffic was terrible.” Poppycock. I was late because I chose to be late....

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