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Figuring Out My “Dream” Job

By John Hadley | Apr 11, 2009

“Recently I began attending an 8-week career seminar. At age 62, I have not had permanent work since 2006, following the 2nd of two layoffs in less than 2 years. I cannot say that I have ever found my “sweet spot” as to doing work that I love. I have also taken several assessment tests […]

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Explaining Why You’re Looking

By John Hadley | Apr 6, 2009

“How should I handle a question as to why I would consider leaving an employer that I have been with for a relatively short time? I have been employed with my current employer for 7 months, the previous employer was for 8 years.” You need to keep your answer short and simple…the longer the answer, […]

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Create Influence With Your Boss

By John Hadley | Mar 29, 2009

When was the last time you asked your boss about his or her goals and challenges? Most of the time, we are very focused on our own goals.  We are interested in our boss’s goals to the extent they impact our day to day work.  But do we dig very deeply into our boss’s goals […]

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Communicating With Your Boss

By John Hadley | Mar 14, 2009

“I have been in my current company for almost three years. Recently I was promoted. After the promotion, my responsibility stayed the same. I was told that there will be some increase within the next year due to the tight budget. I don’t really value this as compensation given the above facts. I expressed this […]

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Responsibilities

By John Hadley | Mar 7, 2009

Candidates so often focus on their responsibilities, duties, and experience in their résumé, cover letter, elevator pitch, etc. This is an interest killer. Talking about things you were responsible for doesn’t say anything about the quality of your work or the results you can produce.  The only reason I would hire you is that I […]

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Former Boss Sabotages Reference Checks

By John Hadley | Feb 28, 2009

“I have one documented reference check on my most recent former boss, which shows that she talked in detail responding to questions about items in my resume with the caller.  This is totally against company policy, which I drafted while I worked there and implemented with our department, which is to only verify dates of […]

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Dealing With An Unfair Termination

By John Hadley | Feb 22, 2009

“I was recently terminated from my employer of twelve years due to a company infraction of which I am innocent. I was fired for allegedly taking some training notes from a co-worker, which had no value to me. I am innocent but now I find myself in a situation where I have no idea how […]

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Misconceptions About An Effective Job Search Campaign

By John Hadley | Feb 14, 2009

“So you lost your job or maybe you just quit, or maybe you are thinking of quitting. The best thing you can do for yourself is get right into an aggressive job search campaign where you can re-direct the energies, the frustration, the emotion, and the creativity that you normally channeled into your regular job. […]

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When & How To Resign

By John Hadley | Jan 19, 2009

“I started two years ago as a temp to hire with the belief that my salary would increase when I became full time. It did not and I was already into the position for months, and made the decision to stay because when my review would come then my salary would increase. It did, about 30 cents. Also, I have had […]

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