Jenny Quits her Job and Gets Attention

Posted: August 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Jenny Quits her Job and Gets Attention

How many of us have walked in to work so fed up with the shenanigans that we just wanted to quit? Before I owned my own practice I worked in corporate america, the very industry that Dilbert is based on, and I know this feeling all too well.

I have to admit that Jenny found a way to quit her job and garner so much attention that she will likely end up with a job offer, if not plenty of them, simply by the way she did it. Here’s what Jenny sent to her office yesterday via email, rather than walking in for another day of work.

She sent an entire series of pictures telling her story of quitting her job to her 20 or so co-workers. Below is the last in the series of pictures.  Since quitting, Jenny has has 2,655 comments made on the one website that picked up the story and nearly 330,000 facebook people have posted her link to their pages to share with their friends.

Before you read on, I recommend seeing the entire collage of Jenny’s style of quitting. It’s entertaining, creative and a bit crazy.

Why would a career coach blog about how to quit? 

  1. While it’s smart to never burn your bridges, Jenny knew her boss was doing nothing for her or the clients (see farmville slide) and she felt confident leaving this way
  2. Life’s too short to be treated poorly, you’re an employee – not a hostage
  3. Jenny just informed nearly 400K people that Spencer treats his employees poorly and makes sexual comments about his assistant, without saying a thing or filing a lawsuit – smart girl
  4. She’s already got job offers from the blog comments alone
  5. She took action and stood up for herself

The economy may be in a slump but that doesn’t mean you have to be a victim to it. Do I recommend leaving your job like this? Not quite.

I do advise taking control of your career and being in charge of where you work and what you do. If you’re unhappy, make a choice to do something about it. What you do is a representation of you. What Jenny did is a representation of her and her personality.

An Interview with the CEO of America's Top Employer

Posted: August 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on An Interview with the CEO of America's Top Employer

Given the downsizing from big business in America, I wanted to give you an inside view on what it takes to impress at the Top Employer in today’s market. Who is that? Small Business.

If you haven’t interviewed with a small business yet, there’s a good chance you will in the course of your job search.  According to SCORE, the resource partner for U.S. Small Business Association and Counselor’s to America’s Small Business, you’re likely to interview with a small business that you, your family and friends have never heard of before.

Today, small business is the #1 employer behind the U.S. government. Consider these facts:

  • Employ more than 50% of the U.S. private sector workforce (a.k.a. non-government employees)
  • Represent 99.7% of all employer firms
  • Hire 40% of all high-tech workers

I spent an hour with the CEO of one of the nation’s leading biohazard companies, who had spent the afternoon in interviews. As we chatted over chips, guacamole and delightful margaritas at Frontera Grill in Chicago, I asked him about an interviewee’s attire.  His response surprised me.

He said the first thing he looks at, if the guy is wearing a suit, is if it’s tailored. If the suits not tailored, “forgettabout it.” his words, not mine.

“If the guy comes in in a suit and it’s not tailored? Come on. If the guy can’t afford a nice, tailored suit it makes me think twice.”

“The next thing I look at is his watch. Does he have a nice watch on?”

“Then I look at his shoes. Are they polished?”

“If he’s got those three things going for him, he’s probably going to do alright.”

I chuckled and told him about Chapter 3, Impressive Interviews, in my book, Career Sudoku, and that I mention both the tailored suit and polished shoes. I go on to ask him about women since his answers seem to have focused entirely on men. He responds simply.

“It’s nice if she’s in a skirt and just looks good.”

I prod a little further and ask if he means a tailored skirt suit and polished nails by “looks good” and he responds with “yeah, that’s great.”

“I look less at women’s dress than I do at men. I’m a guy so I notice women more but most of the women I interview look good.”

I just smiled as he ordered another round. Knowing he’s a well-respected businessman that came from a Fortune 50 background, I’m confident that his comments are based in business rather than in sexual nature and it leads me to think that men need more pointers than women wen it comes to interview attire.

Guys, invest in a well-tailored suit or grab your current suit and get it tailored. If you’re going to wear a watch, make sure it’s a nice one or has the appearance of one and have your shoes freshly polished. Ladies, the same applies to us. Nicely tailored suit, simple accessories and polished shoes.

Look good for less tip: Nordstrom Men’s Shoe Dept. does a killer job on polishing shoes, and it’s reasonable, $5! Head to the men’s dept, slip on those interview day shoes and look your best.

Resume TMI

Posted: August 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Resume TMI

Holy TMI (that’s Too Much Information for those of you who don’t live to text in short hand – aka, me). Late last week I got a request from a journalist for my input on an article about Resume TMI. As I sat down to write my response I had three distinct feelings come over me.

First, happiness because some of the things I see are so funny you can help but laugh. Second, sadness because you know as a career industry professional that a resume with this information will never get anywhere but File 13 (a.k.a. – the trash). Third, gratitude that we found each other someway whether it was through a search engine, LinkedIn, Twitter or word of mouth and now they have a resume that shows the rest of the world what I knew within minutes of talking to them – they are amazing, highly qualified people that just had wacky resumes.

Why am I sharing this with you? Reason #1. It’s Monday and everyone could use a little Resume TMI on Monday.

Top 10 Resume TMI’s (in no particular order):
1. Age 45 – listed directly under his name
2. Picture of bare leg and high heel with quote “this is what will get me in the door”
(she was applying for sales executive job, she didn’t get it)
3. “Enjoy traveling abroad, golfing and competitive sports”
4. Every position held between 2010 and 1985. TMI for too many years
5. 15 page resume – all kinds of TMI on there
6. Pic of candidate in a bikini (oh yes, it’s true)
7. Proud Step mom of two girls
8. Miss Coco, black chihuahua, 2 yrs old (listed under ‘interests’)
9. Vice President, St. Vincent’s Catholic Church
10. Aunt, 4 nieces and 5 nephews

Are any of these things wrong? No. Are they all true? Yes. Do any of them belong on a Resume? NO!

In fact, most of them are legally protected classes. Parental status, age and religion are all protected classes for a reason and in each case above one of these candidates gave away a protected class that could have cost them the job.

More than just humor on a Monday, I share these with you because knowledge is power and we can all learn from others. If you’re thing your resume has a case of the TMI’s, check out Career Sudoku and make sure you end up with a Resume That Gets Results.

How to Answer the Top 5 Toughest Interview Questions

Posted: August 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Answer the Top 5 Toughest Interview Questions

In today’s market it’s not the most qualified candidate that gets the job, its the one that interviews best. Know that led me to offer a Free Webinar on this very topic, How to Answer the Top 5 Toughest Interview Questions in June. Just today I was answering questions on LinkedIn and came across nearly this same question which made me think blogging about it today might be timely.

Given the high level of anxiety that exists for the majority of job seekers when interviewing, now is the best time to tackle those interviewing fears and walk into your next interview calm and with confidence. What’s the best way to do that? Be prepared.

Nerves can start the week before, the night before or even 10 minutes before an interview and the less prepared you are the easier it is to get flustered. If you know how to answer the toughest interview questions you’ll face during that sixty minutes of verbal volleying your anxiety will calm much easier and quicker than your competition. After all, this is a game and the goal is not just to beat the competition but to win the game and land the job.

Step One – Do your research (on the company and the interviewer)
Step Two – Prepare for the interview questions being asked
Step Three – Bring a list of well thought out questions to ask
Step Four – Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up

Do these four things and you’ll be left with one last step, negotiating a killer job offer. I’m grateful to share with you this Free Webinar on How to Answer the Top 5 Toughest Interview Questions – with confidence and ease. Now go be an interview rock star and pick up a copy of my book, Career Sudoku, to find out how to negotiate the best job offer of your life.