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  • Bay Area Job Search Presents Special Challenges for Older Adults
    by Paul Freiberger - June 27, 2017
    One of the biggest mistakes people make in their Bay Area job search is assuming that the process hasn’t changed much. It has. On the other hand, some older job seekers also overestimate how much hiring has changed. Despite Applicant Tracking System technology and video interviews, the fact remains: it’s still people making the decision to hire people. Post-50 Bay Area Job Search Not Your Last Even if you&rsq...
  • Who Wrote Your Executive Resume? The Correct Answer for the Executive Job Seeker May Surprise You
    by Paul Freiberger - March 15, 2017
    Who wrote your resume? At first glance, that may seem like an odd question for a job interviewer or recruiter to ask an executive job candidate. Even if it’s not the first item on the interview agenda, however, reports from the interviewing front indicate that it comes up often enough to be worth a few words of advice. There’s good news. The question may seem to come from left field, but handling it is straig...
  • 5 Job Search Tips To Get You Moving Ahead
    by Paul Freiberger - March 6, 2017
    We’re all different. We think differently, we feel differently and we respond to the world differently. Yet there are some things almost all of us agree on. Almost all of us agree that the job market is a stressful place, and most of us think “stressful” is a bit of an understatement. Success at carrying out the best job search depends in part on how you respond. It’s not the same for everyone, of c...
  • Mistakes C-Level Job Seekers Make: Part 3
    by Paul Freiberger - February 17, 2017
    Mistakes in the Executive Interview In many ways, mistakes made in the executive interview continue the theme established by mistakes in the resume. The common denominator is the sense among many executives that, to put it bluntly, they’re above all this. Their accomplishments should speak for themselves. Given their successful careers, they shouldn’t have to prove themselves in the same way that junior applican...
  • Mistakes C-Level Job Seekers Make: Part 2
    by Paul Freiberger - February 9, 2017
    Mistakes in the Executive Resume So, according to your resume, you’re a results-oriented professional with deep industry knowledge and exceptional leadership skills? Strangely enough, your competitors’ resumes are making the very same claims. To a Hiring Manager or any prospective employer faced with a pile of resumes, the fact that applicants are willing to make nebulous claims about impressive-sounding s...
  • Mistakes C-Level Job Seekers Make: Part 1
    by Paul Freiberger - January 30, 2017
    Every executive job search has much in common with every other job search. The rules of the game don’t fundamentally change according to industry, geography, or job status. Despite the commonalities, however, executives in particular are on a slightly different road than other job seekers. The difference manifests itself in two ways. First, executives face some special challenges of their own, challenges that don&r...
  • The Job Interviewer Asks: How Do You Handle Stress and Pressure?
    by Paul Freiberger - January 17, 2017
    In any job interview, you’re bound to be hit with one or more “behavioral” questions, the ones that ask you to describe your response to real or hypothetical work situations, and one of the more popular questions concerns your reaction to stressful situations in the workplace. It’s a reasonable question. No job is immune from stress, whether you’re a retail clerk trying to cope with an irate cu...
  • How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?
    by Paul Freiberger - December 7, 2016
    Unlike what your college adviser or career counselor may have told you, there are very few hard and fast rules regarding how many pages your resume should be. There are guidelines, but these can be broken at the drop of a hat if the end result, your resume, would be bettered by dropping them. Especially in times of high unemployment, professional resume writing is an art that demands a near-psychic connection with whoever is g...
  • The Job Interviewer Asks: How Do You Handle Stress and Pressure
    by Paul Freiberger - November 23, 2016
    In any job interview, you’re bound to be hit with one or more “behavioral” questions, the ones that ask you to describe your response to real or hypothetical work situations, and one of the more popular questions concerns your reaction to stressful situations in the workplace. It’s a reasonable question. No job is immune from stress, whether you’re a retail clerk trying to cope with an irate cu...
  • Hug Your Interviewer! (Or Better Yet, Please Don't)
    by Paul Freiberger - November 8, 2016
    From the latest in neuroscience, here is some job search advice you probably haven’t heard: Be sure to give your interviewer a great big hug before you leave the room! It’s sure to leave a positive impression. Or, at least, it will be memorable. Okay, let’s dial things back a bit before some hapless applicant actually acts on that little-known – and terrible – advice. You can forego the hug,...