We’re already half way through January. Have any of your resolutions already fallen by the wayside? Or maybe you haven’t even started that one thing you promised yourself THIS was the year to achieve. If one of your resolutions for the year is to seek opportunities outside of your current company,...

Imagine you are hiring a communications leader to implement a new internal communications strategy for your organization. Executive leadership wants a trail blazer who can push the envelope and engage employees using the latest and greatest technology tools. There’s a definite expectation of what this candidate’s skills and experience will...

Why this job? Why this company? Your answers to these questions during an interview are more important than you may think. On more than one occasion, hiring leaders have shared their surprise when candidates answered the “why” questions in ways that ranged from flippant to unprepared. These poor responses made them...

The July issue of the International Association of Business Communicators CW Magazine features an article written by Angee Linsey. "Take it to the Top" gives a readers some helpful reminders for those communications leaders looking to gain a seat at the executive table. Communicators are taking their seat at the executive...

If I could come up with a new word for networking, I’m sure I’d be rich … or famous… or both. I say that because whenever I start talking about how important it is for candidates to use their network during their job search, I can see them wince...

This week I was reminded of a line that morphed from Sex in the City dialogue to a self-help book and movie of the same name: “He’s just not that into you.” Examples of saying one thing but doing another—besides the dating behavior that spawned the original, or course —include...

As published in ERE's The Fordyce Letter “Desperate times require desperate measures.” I’ve quoted that repeatedly when asked how I started my career. Luckily I wasn’t truly desperate, but my 17-year-old self certainly felt that way. I desperately wanted to explore the world, not stay trapped in small-town Iowa. And I didn’t...

This week I had the great pleasure of attending the IABC World Conference in San Diego and I must confess I feel completely energized! I had lunch with my former University of Missouri journalism school advisor, Dr. Don Ranly (who I had not seen in – dare I admit – a...

I speak with candidates daily about their careers. We talk about the skills and experiences they bring and the types of roles they would be interested in hearing about in the future. And then I ask about money. Sometimes the silence on the other end of the phone can be...

As communicators, interviewing for a new role would seem like a walk in the park, using one of your best skills to land that next great opportunity. Unfortunately, the many lessons often taught by communicators, are not put into practice during an interview. When preparing for an interview, these four steps will ensure you are ready to share valuable and relevant information, using tools

I’ve been recruiting for about 15 years now. What fascinates me about the world of work is how the job search so closely mirrors the world of dating and the search for that perfect mate. Let’s start with how we find job opportunities. There’s networking – having a friend, co-worker or family member introduce you to that person who is looking for someone just like you. Then there is the all familiar approach of advertising – newspaper ads, internet ads -- you’ve seen