Career Advice Blog

Career Tips, Insights and Career Advice by Paul Freiberger

Remember the Job Description? Time for Another Look


As you get ready for your interview, research into the company and industry can give you a powerful way to set yourself apart from the competition. But there’s one more thing to do that can be the icing on the cake. When the job opening was posted, there was ...

What is Your Job Interviewer Thinking?


It would certainly be useful, to say the least, if we knew. What questions were coming? What were the best answers to those questions? And what did they think were the best questions for the interviewee to be asking? If only we knew all that.But we can’t read ...

Basic Tips for Writing and Editing Your Resume


My message today is short but important. The language choices you make in your resume matter. Why? Along with a cover letter, your resume makes your first impression. It should communicate your professionalism. If you aren’t careful, you can blur a vital point or sabotage your resume in other ...

How Far Back in My Career Should a Resume Go?


How far back is too far back when it comes to describing job experience on your resume?This question occurs to me today because I’ve seen too many talented, experienced professionals lose their jobs over the past year -- a consequence of the pandemic. People who didn’t need to ...

How Covid Concerns Can Make an Interview Better


At this very moment, we’re still dealing with the pandemic issues that have affected – profoundly affected – each and every business and organization in the country for more than half a year. No company has been immune. No employee has been exempt. Everyone has had to find a way to ...

The Pandemic has made the Hidden Job Market More Important

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I want to discuss what’s called, rather mysteriously, “the hidden job market.” I’m not talking about some secret place. It’s simply a term used to describe at least 80% of available jobs and they are not posted or advertised.Instead, these jobs are filled through the hidden ...

Managing Without Authority: Becoming a Manager without the Manager Title


It’s a workplace scenario that you may have experienced. Your boss, who’s constantly overwhelmed by work, asks you to assume direct supervision of an ad hoc team to tackle an urgent and unexpected need.Even though you’re not a manager by title, or even experience, you’re ...

Clothing Optional: Office Attire in Pandemic Times


It’s now going on six months since offices around the country were suddenly depopulated, and the end is not exactly in sight even now.And, of course, you don’t need to dress for the office when the office is closed and the only meetings you’re attending happen ...

5 Rules of Resume Content: B.R.A.T.S.


No, I’m not referring to sausages.BrandWe’re all our own brands. In reality, the notion of personal branding is not so new. At one time, you had an image. Now, you have a brand. The real difference is the multiplicity of places, many of them online, in which ...

Expect the Unexpected when it Comes to Interview Questions


Most job seekers go into a job interview with answers in mind to such standard questions as: Tell me about your greatest strengths? Why do you want to work for us? Where do you see your career in 5 years? But how would you answer interview questions like these?If ...

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