If you had told me that 2020 would have lockdowns and toilet paper shortages, I would have thought you had taken a ride on the looney train, and yet – it happened! What a year…Though we are all still trying to wrap our minds over what ensued as we resume life hoping to get back to the way things were before, it is safe to say one lasting change took place: remote work.

To keep operations running, as usual, many companies provided employees the opportunity to work from home. To go from commuting several hours to no commute at all each day is, well – amazing! The trouble is, companies want their employees to come back, and employees do not want to. You can’t blame them!

Employers are concerned about productivity, team collaboration, and their company’s work culture. I can understand some of their concerns, though I do think many employees have proven themselves worthy of some flexibility.

As companies begin interviewing candidates for open positions, there are a few new questions that they are asking, specifically designed to gauge where a candidate stands on the stay-at-home spectrum. Here are the top 3 and the types of answers needed to nail them.

1.) Can you complete a project without much supervision?

A recruiter or hiring manager will use this question to determine just how well you can perform from home. When asked, you should provide some specific examples that demonstrate your capabilities. You can do so by:

a.) Drawing attention to a specific project you completed.

b.) Explaining how you remained in communication with all appliable parties.

c.) Discussing your achievements and how they related to the company’s projections.

d.) Showcasing your strengths.

“While working remotely, I ensured our latest commercial build was completed on time and budget through regular Zoom meetings, emails, phone calls, and shared documents, keeping all parties on track to achieve set milestones. In addition, I conducted weekly site visits and accomplished everything per scope while reducing costs by 14%. As a result, my client satisfaction and compliance score skyrocketed, and I was immediately assigned to manage an even larger construction project.”

2.) What adjustments did you have to make because of COVID?

By asking this question, the recruiter or hiring manager is trying to see if you are adaptable. Saying “No changes were needed” is a lie, as we all had to adjust. Please share some of those challenges and how you handled them.

“One of the challenges we faced during the shut-down was the ability to ensure we had enough people on-site to complete the job on time while adhering to social distancing and safety guidelines. I created an even more detailed schedule to make sure our employees and vendors felt safe and did my absolute best to keep as many aspects of the project as possible digitized.”

3.) How do you feel about returning to the office?

This question is fully loaded. The recruiter or hiring manager wants to see if you will come back – they are just asking in a round-a-bout way. The key here is to remain flexible but clearly state your wishes.

“While I am fully vaccinated and able to come into the office, I appreciate having the option to work from home as needed a few days a week. I have found that this works best for me, from a work-life standpoint, and I can be just as productive – if not more. I am truly looking for a hybrid role.”

However, if working in the office is not what you want, share that. Remember, you are interviewing this company too. If they are not a fit for your needs, there are always other fish in the sea.

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After a year filled with uncertainty and record-breaking unemployment, millions of people have decided to leave the workforce—and I am by no means exaggerating. The Labor Department estimates that 4 million employees quit their jobs in April, placing job vacancies at a 20 year high. The trouble is no one wants to fill them! This is being called The Great Resignation, and whether you are a company or a job seeker, the implications are significant.


2020 was tumultuous for individuals and businesses. Just how you analyzed operations, people used this time to reassess their lives. The flexibility provided through remote schedules (and paid unemployment) proved to be a valuable part of that. Without the stress of a daily commute or routine grind, employees have decided they want more – whether it be flexible schedules, additional pay, or simply a shift within their careers. Here is what you need to consider:

Let your teams work how they are most comfortable.

If you want employees in the office some of the time, consider implementing a hybrid work schedule. Most employees are not opposed to coming in one, two, or even three days a week, providing it is on their terms. They want to feel in charge of their day without losing hours on end commuting, missing children’s events, or feeling comfortable within their own homes. This is about empowering your employees to work in a way that ignites and engages them.

Increase employee incentives.

Note that while a salary increase never hurts, that is only one part of the package. Flexible, remote opportunities (as stated above) and other perks, such as vacation time or even paid family leave, are just as important. Consider what you can afford to do to incentivize employment. If you are not sure, just listen to what your top employees are saying right now. They are likely already expressing what you can do to make things better; you need only listen (or ask).

Make sure your company stands for something.

Gone are the days of working 9-5 without feeling as if you have made a larger impact. Employees want to feel as if you, as their employer, care about them and their community. They want to grow with an organization through talent development programs. They also want to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the center of all initiatives. So, think long and hard about the culture you have built to find ways to improve it.


Just because millions of people resigned from their positions does not mean that finding a job will be a piece of cake—it may now be much more competitive. The reason being that opportunities that are likely appealing to you, and others (work from home, remote positions) are far and few between. This means that millions of people will be vying for the same roles you are, with the same goals in mind. As such, you need to be strategic with your search:

Have clarity.

There is nothing worse than conducting a job search without direction. You must know what you are searching for to hone in, find, and prepare. If you are interested in transitioning into an entirely new career or industry, take inventory of your hard (technical) and soft (more transferable) skills to determine what trajectory to take. Then, note what your negotiables and non-negotiables are before you proceed.

Optimize your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Your resume should be ATS (applicant tracking system) friendly and customized for each position so that it scores high enough to land you an interview. You will need to gear your LinkedIn profile for these roles as well.  If you are not sure how to do either, my comprehensive program here at the Job Search School can show you. All of your materials are personally reviewed by me (my methods are proven effective).

Learn how to network and negotiate.

It would be best if you connected with others effortlessly while effectively negotiating the terms of your employment. Doing both well is key to ensuring your next job, whatever that may be, is something that brings you much joy and purpose.  You are embarking on this journey because the status quo is not what you want for the next phase of your career. As such, you must take charge of what you want and fight for it because no one else will do it for you.

What is next?

I believe The Great Resignation is a: 1.) demand for better working conditions; and 2.) an opportunity for employers and employees alike.

I am, however, concerned. Since people have saved money over the past year (with additional income rolling in), they may feel a bit emboldened. Please know that these funds will not last forever. If the money runs dry before people can find positions that place a spark within them, individuals may become desperate, settling for jobs that were worse than what they had before. Therefore, it is essential that you have the tools and resources necessary to succeed.

  • Gain clarity on your next steps, as well as your negotiables and non-negotiables, so that your next job is one that you love.
  • Find positions that match your wants and needs quickly – no more spending hours a day on end searching for a new job.
  • Transition into a new career with ease, using the skills and experience you already have.
  • Network effectively both online and in-person so that you are a prime candidate for positions that are never publicly posted.
  • Create a resume and LinkedIn profile that stand out to recruiters and hiring managers – landing an interview.
  • Prepare for and nail your interview with ease, knowing what to say and how to say it.
  • Negotiate the terms of your employment and salary to get what you want. And more!

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La entrevista unidireccional se ha abierto paso rápidamente en el proceso de contratación convencional, a medida que las empresas revisan los vídeos de los candidatos antes de una entrevista en vivo, virtual o en persona. Si bien no estoy seguro de cómo me siento ante un proceso tan digitalizado, sé que dominar una entrevista unidireccional es vital para avanzar hacia una oferta de trabajo y no es tan difícil como puede parecer.

Durante una entrevista unidireccional, usted se graba respondiendo una serie de preguntas que la empresa ha preparado. No estás hablando con nadie en absoluto, simplemente contigo mismo en una pantalla. Excepto en el caso de unos pocos programas, todas las respuestas son definitivas y la retroalimentación posterior es mínima. Aunque puede resultar extraño realizar una entrevista de esta manera, la preparación es más sencilla de lo que piensas.

Dado que este proceso está altamente automatizado, puede estar seguro de que las preguntas serán, en el mejor de los casos, genéricas. Entonces, si bien siempre debe tener respuestas preparadas para preguntas más desafiantes que se sumergen en vacantes laborales o renuncias, esta parte del proceso probablemente será más manejable, como por ejemplo: ¿ Qué le interesa de este puesto? ¿Qué fortalezas tienes que crees que serían excelentes en este rol? Cuéntenos acerca de tres logros profesionales importantes que haya tenido en los últimos cinco años. Etcétera.

Así es como puedes prepararte:

1.) Investigue a fondo la empresa y su función. Practique las respuestas de antemano (frente al espejo si es necesario o con un compañero/amigo), expresando claramente su interés en el puesto mientras transmite sus logros. Concéntrese en su historial laboral más reciente en lugar de sumergirse en puestos de hace más de 10 o 15 años.

2.) Mire directamente a la cámara cuando responda preguntas, no a la pantalla. Sé que es difícil no mirar tu hermoso rostro (¡te veo, hermosa!), pero cuando miras directamente a la cámara, parecerá como si estuvieras mirando directamente a la persona que revisa el metraje de la entrevista. Esto le ayudará a parecer confiado, amigable y accesible.

3.) Mucha gente intenta hablar de una manera que no es la suya cuando graban un vídeo. Sea profesional, por supuesto, pero honesto acerca de quién es utilizando su voz habitual. Siempre quieres parecer auténtico. 

4.) Las primeras impresiones son fundamentales y, si bien nunca debes ser juzgado por tu apariencia, no vestirte elegantemente puede mostrar una falta de interés o interés por el papel. En su lugar, vístete para impresionar como lo harías para una entrevista en persona.
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Ever wonder why some employers ask you for your graduation date on an application? Even though dates are not always an accurate way to gauge, employers will look at graduation dates alongside work history and make their best guess at an applicant’s age. Unfortunately, there are instances where job applications require a graduation date, leaving no other option but to include one, if you wish to proceed.

It is not illegal to ask this question on an application, but if they base their hiring decision on the date(s) provided, then they could be in violation of the law. This raises the question of why they ask for this information, especially if they do not actually verify education. 

Too old, too young, too seasoned, not experienced enough… Ageism (particularly against more experienced, older workers) is alive and well. As such, I always recommend my clients leave dates off their educational history unless their degree was obtained within the last 3 years. Here’s what you need to do to work around this in your job search:

1.) Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are up to date.

Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile both reflect your experience over the last 10-15 years, 20 years max. Focus on your most recent accomplishments. Recruiters and prospective employers are more interested in what you have been doing in the workforce for the last 5 to 10 years.

Note that you want to make sure that your resume is customized to meet the needs of the position you are applying, and that your LinkedIn accurately conveys your skills and background. It is also important that your LinkedIn experience matches your resume in the number of positions, dates, titles and company names. 

2.) Have recent recommendations on display.

Whether it be recommendations or letters of recommendation uploaded as media on the particular past experiences they align with on your LinkedIn profile, recent reviews of your work will demonstrate your ability to perform your job well (present day). This helps to confirm that your skills are up to date, making your experience an asset rather than a liability.

3.) Be forward thinking.

When called for an interview, be sure that you are always forward thinking, expressing your desire to continuously learn and grow with a company. Share how enthusiastic you are for the position, and what you feel you can contribute to help the organization achieve their long-term goals and objectives. Show them how you can solve their current problems, fulfill the need they have in hiring for the position. 

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Now that we are well underway in this new year, many of us still have hopes for our futures. If a new job is one of them, drafting a timeless resume is key. Here are 5 tips to ensure your success.

1.) Make your resume ATS friendly

Most companies use an ATS (applicant tracking system) to sort through and rate candidates of interest. Using a resume that’s not geared towards the ATS can hurt your chances of being called for an interview (no matter how qualified you are). Be sure to avoid prefabricated layouts – drafting a resume that has plenty of spacing with clear, concise information.

2.) Include a short strong summary that lists your top skills

Recruiters and hiring managers spend a whopping 7 seconds giving a resume a review before they decide if they want to read further. As such, including a short summary that includes a relevant accomplishment and some bulleted skills right at the top provides the “cliff notes”, enticing those reviewing your resume to want to learn more. Make sure that you customize this for each application.

3.) If you are out of work, there is no reason to provide a reason why

Let’s face it – 2020 was a challenging year. Millions of Americans lost their jobs. If you were one of many who lost a job due to the pandemic, there is no need to mention that within your resume. You are welcome to discuss your layoff during an in-person interview, but for the sake of time (and a need to sell your candidacy), focus on highlighting your experience instead. 

4.) Include a job gap statement if needed.

While most recruiters and hiring managers understand that it does take time to find a new job, including a job gap statement on your resume could be useful if your gap is more than 9 -12 months depending on your level of authority. I recommend using the title you are seeking, and providing a brief synopsis of what you have been doing since (such as obtaining a certification or volunteering for a local non-profit).

5.) Keep it to 2 pages, 3 max

With the exception of higher academic positions, 2-3 pages is more than acceptable for any standard resume. Limit your resume to the last 10-15 years of experience (20 tops) to draw attention to your most recent accomplishments and condense your history. Be sure to list your degrees and certifications as well, sans dates (unless completed within the last 3 years).

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Are you searching for a new job? Have you found multiple openings at the same company? Though you may be excited to hit send for each of them, I strongly advise that your take a brief pause. Believe it or not, applying to numerous roles at the same employer is not always the best course of action.

You may appear indecisive.

If you apply for multiple roles at the same company, no matter how qualified you may be, recruiters and hiring managers may not view you as a serious candidate. They may think you are inflating your history, applying to any and every position out of desperation. I cannot tell you how many recruiters have said that people will flood company websites with applications that are not even a match for their skill set to draw attention to their resumes. Well, their resume sure does draw some attention, but I can assure you it is not in the way they had hoped.

A job search requires excellent focus.

When you are searching for a new job, please take a moment to decide what it is you want to do. List out your hard skills and transferable skills, and think about which of those you enjoy. Then, determine your negotiables and non-negotiables so that you can narrow your options down to positions you genuinely want. You spend so much of your life at the workplace. Finding a fulfilling role is essential to your overall health and well-being. Plus, a more focused search nets a better result.

How to handle multiple openings at the same company.

I recommend that you only apply to jobs similar in title and function, rather than entirely different roles. This way, a recruiter or hiring manager will see that you are consistent with your search – you have focus, direction, and likely, a unique skill set. Recruiters and hiring managers will also recognize that your background is, in fact, a match for these openings and may even begin pulling your resume up for roles that are similar (and not yet posted).

So, if there are openings at a company that are related by title and duties, then go ahead and apply. You just need to avoid looking like a jack of all trades, master of none.

The job-search challenge.

Whether you are new to the job search scene or searching for a new job for quite some time, the job search process has changed drastically. Remote opportunities have brought a new slew of competition with them, as people across the country (and the world) vie for the same positions. As such, applicant tracking systems (ATS) sort through and rank resumes of interest before sending them off to a live person for review. Hence, so many job seekers never receive a response – their resume didn’t do well with the ATS.

But that is not all.

There are countless job boards to choose from and interview platforms to master. Networking sites like LinkedIn have to be optimized, and candidates need to know how to make themselves stand out. The process isn’t easy unless, of course, you know how to get noticed.

That’s where I come in.

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Applicant Tracking Systems – the bane of a job seeker’s existence! While I understand the reasons why companies put them into place, they can be a heck of a problem for those who don’t know how they work and what to do to help get their resume through.

Simply put, ATS are programs that companies use to sort through applications, ranking them as favorable, unfavorable, or somewhere in between. So, if your resume doesn’t match certain criteria – even if you are incredibly qualified for the job – your application may not score as high as someone who is less qualified because your resume wasn’t ATS-friendly.

Applicant tracking systems search for various job-specific keywords and titles.

When a company is searching for a position (we’ll say, a Project Manager), they are going to set up their ATS to search for various titles (Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Technical Project Manager, Project Coordinator, etc..), as well as other keywords (time management, cost control, team leadership, continuous improvement, vendor management, contract negotiation, project scope, project delivery… you get the picture). Without the necessary keywords in place, your resume will not appear “favorable”. As such, my program teaches job seekers how to customize their resume for each position they apply for, helping to increase their application’s visibility. 

ATS can search for candidates with a desired experience level.

I always advise my clients to only go back 10-15 years with their work history, and a definite hard stop at 20, since any dates prior may be viewed as “over-qualified”. I also recommend removing dates from your educational history. While I don’t believe that companies do this to intentionally discriminate against older applicants (and if they do, for shame!), I do think focusing on your most recent experience is important. You can always discuss additional accomplishments during an in-person interview.

Applicant tracking systems can get tripped by heavily formatted resumes.

Headers, footers, automation, bordering, shading, images, and graphics can all prevent the ATS from scanning your resume properly. Your resume should use minimal formatting, standard font, and be uploaded as an MS Word document. And know this: if you try to cheat by including additional keywords throughout your resume in white font (yes, people do that), the ATS will pick that up, and your resume will be permanently removed AND blacklisted (meaning no further applications will be accepted – true story)!

If you have been sending out application after application, and have only heard crickets, chances are your resume isn’t making it through the ATS software. I strongly recommend signing up for my free Job Seeker Masterclass to learn how I can provide you with a personalized job search plan, as well as the tools necessary to score favorably with the ATS and land your dream job. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”

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