Dec 2011

Are you guilty of using LinkedIn’s list of overused buzzwords?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Did you see the article this week from LinkedIn where they talked about the most overused buzzwords in members’ profile summaries?  (http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2011/12/13/the-most-over-used-business-buzzwords-of-2011/) Their premise is that if you’re trying to sound unique and using the same words as everyone else, then, you’re not so unique.  They have a point. Do people need to revisit their…

Jul 2011

Why does the hiring process take so long?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Tired of the interview process?  Is it taking longer than you thought it would?  Is Congress faster at making a decision than the company looking to hire you?  Welcome to the world. Yes, sometimes it takes a while.  A long while.  In fact, companies take much longer than you ever anticipated.  And while you submitted…

Feb 2011

What Andre Agassi’s Coach taught me about the job search.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I recently read OPEN, Andre Agassi’s book.  If you haven’t read it, you ought to.  It’s an incredible read (and I’m not just saying that because I went to high school with J.R. Moehringer, the guy who co-wrote it). At one point, Agassi’s coach is reminding him that it doesn’t matter if you take the…

Oct 2010

When it comes to networking, go big or go home!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was speaking about networking at a conference a couple weeks ago, and I asked the attendees if they enjoyed networking.  One man raised his hand and said “I can’t stand it.  It’s boring.  I don’t meet interesting people.  Frankly, I’d rather stay home.”   And I thought about it for a second, and then said…

Jul 2009

Why being an expert won’t always get you the job.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I went to a conference last week.  At lunch, I was sitting at a half-filled table.  Two of the people happened to be presenting at breakout sessions during the 2pm time slot later that day.  Debbie, an attendee, was trying to figure out which session to attend during that time, and she started questioning the…

Jul 2009

Input and feedback for your job search. Are you really open to it?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

Sometimes I’m hard on people.  That doesn’t always make me popular.  But the thing of it is, I have really high expectations of people, and I fully expect them to deliver according to their capabilities – and beyond. A few years ago, I went to a personal coach.  I went in thinking our conversation would…

Apr 2009

How do you re-energize yourself when you’re hitting that job search wall?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

When I was a senior in college, I decided to run the Los Angeles Marathon.  I ran fairly regularly, did my weekend 20-mile training runs, and followed a workout and diet pretty religiously.  Race day was fast approaching.  I felt like I was ready.  I was wearing my favorite shorts, t-shirt and sweatshirt.  Walkman in…

Mar 2009

Another overused job search phrase: “I’m willing to relocate”

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Maybe you’re one of them.  One of those people who say “I’m in the job search and I’m willing to relocate.”  And maybe you’re one of those same people who continue to network in the city you’re already in.  No offense, but your strategy sucks!  The job you’re looking for in Philadelphia is not here…

Feb 2009

Do you know why you were put in this job search?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search

I just got back from drinks with some friends.  One person, Joe, was telling me that he needs to get his knee replaced.  Seeing that he didn’t quite look like a card-carrying member of AARP, I asked him why.  Running up mountains as fast as he can to get his heart rate close to 200. …