Catcher

As some of you know, I am a former thespian.  Graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in theatre arts and, shortly thereafter, did a year-long internship with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.  For one of my intern projects, I adapted JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye into a one-man show and performed it on BTE’s main stage.  I took theRead more…

The Art of Saying ‘Thank You’

Contrary to popular belief, an interview doesn’t end when you leave the hiring manager’s office, wrap up with the final person on your itinerary, or even when you walk out the company’s front door – it isn’t over until each person you’ve met with receives a personal note from you thanking them for their time.  The ‘thank you’ note, sadly,Read more…

I Prefer ‘Headhunter’ Thank You

I was at a party the other night, and a woman came up to me and introduced herself as an executive looking for a new job – “I heard you’re a headhunter and thought maybe you could…”  She paused for a second with a bit of a guilty look on her face, and then said “um, sorry, I meant…um…”  IRead more…

Thoughts on Your Personal Brand

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about this idea of a personal brand, and wanted to offer my two cents.  Here’s what I think: the strength of your personal brand depends solely on the strength of your professional network – how much you value, respect and care for each of your contacts and, in turn, how much theyRead more…

Six Rules for Your First Six Months

Lately, I’ve been hearing about a number of candidates that have landed good jobs, but are struggling since joining their new companies.  Why are they struggling?  Simple.  They aren’t following the rules that everyone needs to follow during their first six months of employment: Rule #1 – You Turn the Lights On, You Turn the Lights Off.  During your firstRead more…

LinkedIn Endorsements – What’s All the Fuss About?

So today I received endorsements from two of my LinkedIn connections and, at the risk of sounding juvenile, I don’t get it.  One of the endorsements was for US GAAP – just to be clear, while I’m a recruiter for finance executives and like to think I know a lot about the profession, I have never held a Controllership positionRead more…

Do Your Due Diligence

Well, I had yet another one of these conversations this morning – a candidate that recently accepted a job offer has realized that he made a huge mistake in joining this particular company, and now is back looking for a new job after having been with the company for only 4 months. I’m amazed at how often I hear theseRead more…

Put Your Best Face Forward

Your LinkedIn profile gives other business professionals a unique opportunity to “meet” you before they actually meet you – and everyone wants to put a face with the name and credentials they see on the screen.  For that reason, your profile should include a picture.  Just keep in mind that LinkedIn is not Facebook – a picture of you withRead more…

Recruiters: The Buck Stops with Us

As a Theatre Arts major at Bloomsburg University, I was required to take a course in theatrical direction taught by the late great Michael Collins. The first, and probably most important, lesson Professor Collins taught the class is that the success of a production rests solely on the shoulders of the director. If the production is a smash hit, the director getsRead more…