1 to 10 of 120
  • 5 Habits of Effective Executive Job Seekers
    by Barbara Safani - May 16, 2018
    After working with thousands of executive job seekers, certain patterns have emerged regarding the practices of those that succeed. Here are a few I have witnessed. 1. Follow up on all introductions. Surprisingly, many job seekers don’t follow up on introductions made on their behalf. Even if you are not sure it the person you are being introduced to can help you, follow up. It shows your contact that you value the in...
  • Five Ways to Sink a Job Offer
    by Barbara Safani - May 11, 2017
    After discussing the salary negotiation process with more than a thousand clients, I’ve found that many of them made mistakes in the past that we corrected during our coaching sessions so they could have better outcomes. Some negotiate too aggressively, damaging the relationship with the hiring manager; others negotiate for too many things or for too many rounds, giving the perception that their expectations are unrea...
  • Spring Clean Your Job Search
    by Barbara Safani - May 2, 2017
    Spring is here and it’s time for some spring cleaning. That goes for your career strategy as well. Have you given any thought to trimming your bloated, outdated resume or banking some of your new networking contacts to help advance your job prospects this season? Here are 7 easy steps you can take right now to get your career on course and ensure you are prepared for future opportunities. Ditch toxic people. You...
  • Five Signs You're Ready to Work With an Executive Resume Writer
    by Barbara Safani - April 14, 2017
    Employing a resume writer to help position you for your next role can be a positive experience — if you’re prepared to work collaboratively and have realistic expectations. Below are five signs you’re in the right place to begin a resume project with a professional resume writer. 1. You have time to be part of the process. Resume writing is a very collaborative process. Expect to spend time being intervie...
  • Anti-Aging Techniques for Your Resume
    by Barbara Safani - April 3, 2017
    While job seekers can’t turn back the clock, there are some things they can do to remain relevant in the eyes of the employer. By making some simple upgrades to your search strategy, you can potentially eliminate some of the bias associated with older workers. Here are four suggestions. 1. Create a Gmail account for job searches, as some of the earlier providers like AOL and Hotmail tend to skew towards an older audie...
  • Interview Lessons from Mariah Carey
    by Barbara Safani - January 26, 2017
    By now you’ve probably heard about Mariah Carey’s unfortunate performance on New Year’s Eve. Some of the things that occurred reminded me of similar things that can happen if you are unprepared for an interview. And while you most likely won’t be interviewing in front of a million or more people, here are five takeaways that can help you be prepared for your live performance. 1. Know your material co...
  • How to Get More Than the Average 2.9% Salary Increase in 2017
    by Barbara Safani - November 21, 2016
    According to the 2016/2017 Mercer US Compensation Planning Survey, the average salary increase budget is expected to be 2.9% in 2017, up slightly from the average increase budget of 2.8% in 2016. So how can you be perceived as a top performer in 2016? Here are some tips. Document your accomplishments regularly throughout the year Keep track of all the projects you manage. Upon completion of each assignment, write a note to...
  • by Barbara Safani - May 5, 2014
    You felt the interview went well. The hiring manager gave you the impression the company wants to fill the position quickly. But you’re still waiting for a response and you are starting to get quite anxious.How long should you wait before following up on an interview, and when you do follow up, what should you say? How can you follow up strategically and intelligently? Here are a few suggestions.1. During the interview, ask w...
  • by Barbara Safani - April 1, 2014
    Here are ten ways I see job seekers sabotaging their job search. Are you guilty of any of these mistakes?1. Inflate their qualifications or lie on their resume. While a resume is not a legal document, it should be an accurate representation of your experience and achievements. I advocate for showing your employment history in the best possible light, buy lying is never wise.2. Forget to proofread their resume. One of the easie...
  • by Barbara Safani - March 20, 2014
    My male clients often ask me questions about appropriate interview dress. Most know to wear a suit and tie and polish their shoes. But I recently read a great post by Ann Lindsay of Style of Success, an image consulting firm specializing in men, titled What Does Your Wallet Say About You? If you think about it, your wallet is a huge part of your interview attire.You may need to pull it out during the interview so you can give...