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November 16, 2022

The Power of Connection

It’s really common for people to neglect their network when everything is going smoothly. You may not want to “bother” someone just to catch up. Or maybe it’s just been too long since you connected, so it feels weird. But…
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September 9, 2021

Be Like Dana: Principles for Success

Like many people during the last year, I did a little home remodeling that just got finished a few weeks ago. The project ended up being a great experience because of Dana, the contractor I hired to do the job.…
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August 3, 2021

Going Back to “Peopling”

With our work and social life increasingly taking place in person, many of us are noticing that it takes a lot more energy to be around people than it used to, even for the extroverts among us. (Ahem — me.) …
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July 21, 2021

Navigating the Choppy Waters Ahead

“The Great Resignation” is everywhere. My LinkedIn and news feeds are full of stories about it. And no wonder. A record 4 million people left their jobs in April, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It’s a big deal. If…
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June 23, 2021

It’s yours to win or lose

There are things you can control and things you cannot control. When in job search, understanding this concept is more important than ever if you want to keep your head in the game and focus on what you can do…
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May 26, 2021

Show Me the Data

One of my favorite things about good marketers is their ease with numbers. It’s a regular part of a marketer’s job to report on the success of campaigns and programs. They know business targets, and they measure the number of…
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May 14, 2021

LinkedIn – It’s not just for job search

For the third time this week, I heard: “I haven’t updated my LinkedIn profile in a long time because I am not looking for a new job.” My first thought is how interesting it is that people think LinkedIn is…
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April 28, 2021

What success should look like

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about what they should do when it comes to their career. Sometimes it’s regret, “I should be a communications director by now.” And sometimes it’s when trying to make a decision, “I should…
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April 16, 2021

Climbing Out of Your Funk

  This week, I witnessed four different job candidates go into a complete tailspin as they tried to figure out how their interviews were going. There was self-doubt, frustration, disappointment. There were tears. So many of you are in this situation.…
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March 31, 2021

Patience to a Point, Not to a Fault

So often, people assume that if they just work hard, someone will notice and that promotion will come. Unfortunately, more often than not, that belief turns to frustration when the opportunities don’t materialize, or, when they do, they won’t take you…
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March 17, 2021

Talented Peers Make you Better

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I ask this question in every podcast interview and the answers are always SO good! In my upcoming podcast with Travis Parman, Chief Communications Officer of AppHarvest, he shared the advice that shaped…
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March 10, 2021

Think Your Boss Should Write Your Review? Think Again.

When I was in the Navy Reserve, one of my early FITREPs (the Navy's version of a performance evaluation) was nearly a disaster. In my latest blog post, read how, with the stern advice of my captain, I salvaged my…
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June 24, 2020

Job Search Mythbusting with Angee & Linda

Job Search Mythbuster: There are no jobs For someone in job search during Covid-19, this feels true. But it's not true. Companies are still hiring - just not as much and it's taking longer to get through the process. Former…
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June 24, 2018

Career Conversations with Your Boss

I get it. It can be tough to have the courage to talk to your boss about what you need when it comes to career growth. But whether you seek money, higher status, increased visibility, additional resources or more time…
June 24, 2018

The email I wanted to send

I recently had a candidate cancel a call with me because he decided the position wasn’t right, even before we had a chance to discuss it. We’ve all heard the adage of what happens when you assume, and this is…
June 24, 2018

Getting Away to Get it Done

This is a story about sticking my toes in the sand and kicking myself in the pants. Both activities helped me accomplish something major in my professional life while inspiring me to be my best self in my personal life.…
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April 9, 2018

Video: What happens in our workshops?

With the launch of Dare to be Deliberate, we peeked into one of Angee’s workshops at the University of Washington’s Communications Leadership Master’s program. Learn more about what you’ll experience when attending one of her session. Workshop details can be…
February 25, 2018

Don’t let title get in the way

Let’s face it, when being deliberate in your career, you are often thinking about that next step UP on the job title chain. As much as I’d love to tell you that title doesn’t matter, we all know it can…
January 23, 2018

Connections, Community and Being Deliberate in your Career

I’m welcoming in the New Year with a little theme -- connections, community and being deliberate in your career. Creating connections is my life’s work. Not a day goes by that I’m not making meaningful matches between companies and individuals looking…
November 8, 2017

Are we there yet? When it’s time to hire a CCO

Companies that reach a certain point in their evolution and are prepared to welcome communications to the C-suite are my kind of companies. Naturally, I enjoy helping organizations at this stage identify and hire the right communications leader. It’s what…
September 16, 2017

Candidate Confidential: Informal Background Inquiries Can Backfire

I recently heard from a candidate who told me a cringe-worthy story where her confidentiality was compromised. She interviewed with the CMO, who later that day talked about the candidate by name in a meeting with colleagues from another organization.…
September 16, 2017

How to Shift Mind-sets to Create High-Performing, Multigenerational Teams

(This article originially appeared in the International Association of Business Communicator's CW Magazine) Just a few decades ago, the norm was to have just two generations in the workforce. The old guys held the top jobs, and the young ones…
September 16, 2017

Clearing the Smoke: When a challenging culture makes it hard to hire

*This post follows up from my previous post Smoke & Mirrors: 3 ways to see a job clearly during the interview process “If we told every candidate what it was really like to work here, no one would accept our offer.”…
August 4, 2017

Smoke & Mirrors: 3 ways to see a job clearly during the interview process

 “If we told every candidate what it was really like to work here, no one would accept our offer.” This is what a director-level candidate recently told me he heard from a leader at the company he left after a…
July 28, 2017

Give and Take: Trust and Working with Recruiters

Let’s be honest, we’ve all heard some serious horror stories from candidates who have had bad experiences with recruiters – maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you’ve had a recruiter misrepresent an opportunity, misrepresent you, or even misrepresent themselves. In…
July 7, 2017

Don’t Call Me… Maybe

Hiring senior marketing and communications leaders can be tough. Posting a generic job description doesn’t work at this level. HR execs, and likely the internal recruiters, typically don’t have the targeted network to rely on strong referrals for every niche.…
July 7, 2017

Your Program Rocked – Now Share Your Experience

Being selected as a speaker is both an honor and a privilege. But before you pick your flights and pack your fabulous footwear, ask yourself, “What value can I bring to this audience?” Last week I wrote about hearing so many…
June 29, 2017

Fair Winds and Following Seas

When you have the great pleasure of working with someone who makes you a better leader, inspires you and is just darn great at their job, it’s hard to say good-bye. But for Linsey Careers, we must do just that…
June 23, 2017

Put Yourself in the Spotlight

For every profession, there are many conferences that provide you the opportunity to learn, meet others in your field, and of course, have a little fun along the way. It can be tough to select which conferences to attend, and…
June 6, 2017

Commit to Connecting: how to make the most of your conference experience

It’s conference season and I’m gearing up for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference. I’ve had the great pleasure of speaking at this conference multiple times and I always enjoy seeing people I’ve only met over the…
May 24, 2017

All this talk about resumes

If you are actively seeking a new role, chances are, you have spent a significant amount of time on your resume. And while it’s an important document, it’s only a small part of how you must effectively tell your story.…
March 28, 2017

When Hiring, Attitude Matters

March Madness had an exciting weekend leading up to the Final Four. Interestingly, the standout interview with the South Carolina head Coach Frank Martin came from none other than Max, a 10-year-old reporter for Sports Illustrator Kids.
March 11, 2017

Curiosity vs. the Pitch

I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately about networking. Did you just cringe at the mention of the word “networking?” So many people do at the thought of having to network as part of their job – or even…
October 28, 2016

Communications Leader Turns Recruiter – Could This Be You?

I believe that recruiting was my calling long before I actually moved into this career. Even at a young age, I always found how to get a job more interesting than actually having the job. When I finally made the…
June 4, 2016

Make or Break – The First 90 Days: New Job, New Role, New Boss

Career transitions happen in a multitude of ways. Maybe you got a new job at a new company, or you’ve been promoted in your current one. Maybe a reorganization has you leading a new team. And even getting a new…
May 2, 2016

Are Portfolios Important?

I’ve been invited to join a panel during this year’s Jumpstart half-day career development conference for aspiring PR professionals put on by the Puget Sound PRSA. This is an excellent annual event geared toward new or newly graduating communicators who…
March 17, 2016

Can politics get in the way of your career?

Today I scrolled through my Linked In feed in hopes of getting caught up on professional updates and snippets of career inspiration from my network. Instead I was bombarded with political commentary from multiple contacts. To the credit of many…
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March 11, 2016

Stepping out with a new look

I must confess, when I decided to create a website that wasn’t like every other search firm site, I was both excited and nervous. Excited because I believe we are a bit different than other recruiting firms, so why not…
March 2, 2016

Do you hire for resilience?

re·sil·ience(rəˈzilyəns)/noun The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness “Given how important resilience is, it's surprising we don't hire for it,” Seth Godin so wisely stated in a recent blog post. And that got me thinking, this isn’t a characteristic…
January 18, 2016

New year new job?

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…
December 4, 2015

‘Tis the season

'Tis the season to be networking. Wait, what? Everyone knows the holidays are a time to take a break from any thoughts of career change. From Thanksgiving to the New Year, no one is hiring. At least that’s what I…
November 10, 2015

America’s Heroes – Celebrate, then Hire

With Veterans Day comes a lot of buzz about how companies are hiring America’s Heroes. These efforts are not only admirable, but essential. Our veterans have served their country and deserve an opportunity to continue their career as a civilian.…
October 30, 2015

CEOs Weigh In — Culture Matters

“Culture is the differentiator for any company.”  That statement by Raj Singh, co-founder of Concur, was reinforced throughout a panel discussion at last week’s CEO Forum “From the CEO’s Perspective,” led by executive coach and author Teri Citterman. Joining Raj on…
October 27, 2015

How to Hire a Unicorn

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…
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June 11, 2015

Communicators: Tacticians or Influencers?

This is the beginning of an important conversation and I want to hear what you think. There is a direct correlation between exceptional communication leadership and an organization’s ability to achieve its business goals. But, as we all know, there…
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January 9, 2015

The Shift

This New Year brings some interesting and challenging opportunities for you as a leader, and for us as a search firm. For the first time since 2001, we have entered a candidate-driven marketplace.  This means that A-Players may be acting…
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December 17, 2014

The “Essentialism” of Hiring

As a hiring leader, it’s a good problem when you can’t decide between two or three fantastic candidates for an essential role on your team. Unfortunately, that “problem” doesn’t happen often enough. What is more likely to occur is to…
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December 5, 2014

Articulating Why

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…
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October 7, 2014

Is this job a perfect match? Don’t be afraid to say it

During nearly two decades of recruiting I’ve seen candidates range from being on the verge of desperation when interviewing for a role, to playing it so cool that the hiring team wasn’t sure if the person really wanted the job…
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September 18, 2014

Admit it: Hiring is easy, Hiring well can be tough

When I ask a group of communications leaders if they’ve ever had a tough time hiring the right person, they typically launch into a diatribe of what went wrong.  Whether it’s frustration with the process, the crazy things candidates say…
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June 21, 2014

Why 30-Minute Interviews are a Bad Idea

How much time do you give yourself to make critical, long term decisions? A week? A few days? An hour? Thirty minutes? More than likely, you give yourself more time, rather than less. So why would you treat a hiring…
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January 22, 2014

How to Attract a Great Job

If you're among the one million people who have just had your unemployment benefits expire, or even someone who is just feeling a little stuck in your job and wanting to make a change, it's time to kick off the…
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July 5, 2013

Take it to the Top

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…
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October 15, 2012

The Evolution of Public Relations Professionals

This article was originally published for the International Association of Business Communicator's CW online. There’s no doubt that the role of a public relations professional has evolved more in the past five years than in the previous several decades. Technology…
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October 15, 2012

What Recruiters Wish You Knew About Job Search

Recently, I received an email from Execunet describing the results when recruiters were asked what they wish executives understood about their hiring process. I confess I agreed with nearly all of their findings, so I thought it may be helpful to…
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February 1, 2012

Leadership, Creativity and Agility: 3 Skills to Help Build Your Career

This article was originally published in IABC's CW Bulletin on Feb. 1, 2012. With a new year underway, there is optimism that it will offer not just more hiring opportunities, but opportunities for career growth as well. Given the complicated…
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November 28, 2011

Getting it Right from the Start for Your New Hire

The window of time from offer acceptance through the first few weeks on the job is a critical time for candidates who have made the decision to leave a position they know, to join your team. It may feel like…
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November 9, 2011

The Art of Conversation

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…
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August 1, 2011

He’s Just Not That Into … That Job

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…
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July 1, 2011

From Army Green to Navy Blue — Four Lessons From My Military Service

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…
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June 16, 2011

Live and In Person

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…
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May 20, 2011

The Question of Money

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…
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March 3, 2011

Interviewing Success for Professional Communicators

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…
February 28, 2011

The Lighter Side of Job Search (and Dating)

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…