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When I’m not headhunting, or writing, I help my wife take care of our animal sanctuary. At last count we had 45 animals—11 dogs, 1 horse, 6 cats, and 26 pigs. Oh, and one crazy—and very large—wild boar named Dennis who takes walks with me every day and happens to also be my best buddy.
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How To Answer Interview Questions

Written by on November 3, 2014 in Blog, Interviews with 3 Comments
How To Answer Interview Questions

What To Say When You Don’t Know The Answer To An Interview Question Interviews are easy, especially when you’re prepared for them. Some people, however, grow anxious as interview time approaches. They are unsure how to answer interview questions. Relax. Take a deep breath. I know you may be nervous, but there’s no need to […]

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You Only Need 3 Things On Your Resume

Written by on October 27, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
You Only Need 3 Things On Your Resume

3 Important Sections of Your Resume I have been reviewing resumes for more than 30 years. During that time, I think I’ve seen it all—from one-page resumes to ones that looked more like small books, weighing in at 30 plus pages. The crazy thing is that the vast majority of people continue to include things […]

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Tell Me About Yourself

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews with 0 Comments
Tell Me About Yourself

Behavioral Interview Questions—Tell Me About Yourself Before we get started with this section, let’s talk a little about how to answer questions. Yes, (said with a sigh) there is a method to everything, especially when dealing with behavioral interviewing questions, and especially when dealing with the seemingly innocent “tell me about yourself” question. Most companies […]

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How To Close the Job Interview

Written by on October 6, 2014 in Blog, Interviews with 0 Comments
How To Close the Job Interview

How To Close the Job Interview Your Way There are a gazillion (I know I keep using that word, but I love it) ways to close the deal, and if you read enough articles and books, you’re bound to encounter conflicting opinions on how to do it and what the most important thing to do is. My […]

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Why Did You Leave Your Last Position?

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews with 0 Comments
Why Did You Leave Your Last Position?

Preparing For the Question—Why Did You Leave Your Last Position One of the most important parts of an interview is the preparation phase. That is where you research the company and the interview team, and practice how you’ll answer the questions the team might ask. And trust me, the outcome of the interview’s success is […]

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Time To Get Rid Of Your Resume Summary?

Written by on September 22, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Time To Get Rid Of Your Resume Summary?

Should You Include a Resume Summary? For being so concise, resumes are tricky to write properly. People include all kinds of sections on resumes, and one common section that seems harmless is the resume summary. But is it harmless? And should it be included? Let’s take a look at a few real summaries: Expert, hands-on […]

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Tips on Working With Headhunters — Part 1

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Headhunters with 4 Comments
Tips on Working With Headhunters — Part 1

Working With Headhunters Headhunters are hated by some, revered by others, but mostly viewed with indifference—a ubiquitous necessity. A part of doing business. I’ve been a headhunter for 30 years, and I can tell you the reception I’ve received from candidates has run the gamut—from a warm, pleasant “Let me close the door,” comment, to […]

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How To Hire The Right Person

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Blog, Interviews, Reference Checks with 0 Comments
How To Hire The Right Person

Learn How to Hire the Right Person—It’s Like A Horse Race Some of you might think that’s a strange analogy, but learning how to hire the right person and selecting winning horses are very much alike. And neither one of them is easy. When I was a little kid, I worked at the race track selling papers. […]

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Job Descriptions Are Boring

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Blog, Job Descriptions, Writing with 0 Comments
Job Descriptions Are Boring

Job Descriptions Are Boring Have you ever fallen asleep while reading a job description? I’m not kidding. Have you? I have even thought that for the people who take sleeping pills, doctors might try substituting a reading regimen—read three job descriptions ten minutes before bedtime. Yes, job descriptions are boring, but they don’t need to be. […]

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The Most Important Interview Question

Written by on August 25, 2014 in Blog, Interviews with 4 Comments
The Most Important Interview Question

Is The Weakness Question The Most Important Interview Question? HR reps and headhunters don’t always agree, but one thing they are usually in sync on is the most important interview question—what is your greatest weakness. You might be reading this and think…”They didn’t ask me that in my last interview.” But they probably did, although […]

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Resume Checklist

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments

No Mistakes Resume Checklist: Looking for a job? Don’t do this: Don’t send a resume without a cover letter. Don’t include an objective. Don’t include a summary. Don’t send a resume with mistakes. But definitely do this: Do research on the company and the job. Tailor your resume specifically for the job description. Show them—don’t […]

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How Are You? Good or Well?

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Blog, Grammar, Interviews with 0 Comments
How Are You? Good or Well?

I Feel Good When I ask people “How are you?”, I typically receive a response of “I’m well, thank you.” But is that the right response? Should you say good or well? This is a particularly sensitive issue, because in almost every interview situation candidates are asked something similar to “How are you?” And you’ll probably […]

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5 Resume Mistakes & Why They Might Be Killers

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes, Writing with 1 Comment
5 Resume Mistakes & Why They Might Be Killers

Resume Mistakes People think recruiters and resume writers exaggerate when we say that resume mistakes kill your chances of an interview. The truth is more complicated than that simple statement. Mistakes do kill resumes, but not for the reasons you might think. Before we go into all of the details of why mistakes matter, let’s look at […]

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16 Tips—What Not To Do In An Interview

Written by on July 28, 2014 in Blog, Interviews with 2 Comments
16 Tips—What Not To Do In An Interview

Interview Don’ts That Will Help You Seal The Deal I realize a large part of the advice I’m dishing out is “don’t do this,” or “don’t do that.” And I’m sure you’ve heard most of them previously, but in case you forgot, or maybe missed a few, here’s a quick reminder. It’s important because knowing […]

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13 Interview Myths And How To Deal With Them

Written by on July 21, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews with 2 Comments
13 Interview Myths And How To Deal With Them

Interview Myths, Or Facts? Okay, you made it through the phone screen, you did your research and other preparation, and now you’re going for an on-site interview. Before you go, let’s review some of the more common interview myths to see if they’re true or not. The Interviewer Is Always Prepared—Myth Unfortunately, that’s not always […]

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The World’s Best Resume

Written by on July 14, 2014 in Blog, resume tips, Resumes with 2 Comments
The World’s Best Resume

Every Person Can Have The World’s Best Resume Obviously that title is misleading. Not every person can have the best resume in the world. But if you work at it, you can have the best resume for you. In other words, the absolute best resume that you can make based on your experience. All it takes is a little work. If you […]

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The Danger of a Coffee-Shop Interview

Written by on July 7, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
The Danger of a Coffee-Shop Interview

The Danger of a Coffee-Shop Interview Don’t Think a Coffee-Shop Interview Is Easy Many candidates think a coffee-shop interview is as easy as it gets, and yet, it might be the toughest—if you don’t keep your guard up. How tough can it be? You are dressed casually. You’re at a public place on neutral ground. […]

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Resume Writing Is Not Rocket Science

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Writing Is Not Rocket Science

Resume Writing Is Not Rocket Science Everyone seems to worry when it comes time to write their resume. Either that, or they rush through the process and end up with a piece of…well, you know. Don’t let it fool you. Resume writing is not rocket science; in fact, it’s not difficult at all. All You […]

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Goldilocks Method of Interviewing

Written by on June 23, 2014 in Blog, Careers, Interviews with 0 Comments
Goldilocks Method of Interviewing

Be Perfect On Your Next Interview—Use The Goldilocks Method I realize this sounds ridiculous, but when you give it thought, a large part of the interview process is about avoiding mistakes. Yes, you have to show them you have the experience to do the job. Yes, you have to be able to answer their questions […]

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Resume Advice, And When To Take It

Written by on June 16, 2014 in Blog, Careers, resume tips, Resumes with 0 Comments
Resume Advice, And When To Take It

When To Take Resume Advice, and When To Ignore It Most people pretend to listen to advice, but they seldom heed it. And nowhere is this more true than with resume advice. I see a lot of resumes. A few are good. A respectable number are okay. But most are poorly written. I try my […]

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