Career Advice Blog

Career Tips, Insights and Career Advice by Paul Freiberger

Vaccines and Work Trends


Vaccines are having a major impact as economies reopen. For all of us, especially for someone in my position as a career coach, it’s worth looking at what the world of work will look like as we move ahead. Whether you’re a job seeker, an employee, or an ...

How to Turn Down a Job Offer


A client turned down an offer a few years ago at one of Silicon Valley’s favorite employers, only to get recruited and accept a better position at that same company recently. Saying “no” the right way prevented her from burning bridges and led to a great opportunity.If you ...

Thanks from the Start


What is the best time to say thank you for a job interview? You may be surprised.Of course, you conclude a job interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and interest. And you also know the importance of following up quickly with a thank you email or snail ...

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 ...

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