Inside the Ring

1. Have a “NetPLAYing” mindset, not a “NetWORKing” mindset. Go to holiday gatherings planning to enjoy yourself. Reconnect. Catch up. Perhaps you will also meet interesting new people, and learn interesting new things. See if you can help someone else. When or if you’re asked, mention...

Contrary to what you might think, hiring doesn’t stop during the holiday season. Employers hire when they need new employees. A slower holiday season for some businesses means more time for hiring. It can also mean less competition for available jobs because of the number...

Industries across the country are suffering from a talent shortage, and the auto industry is no exception. As a result, it is more important than ever that managers make every effort to improve the speed and efficiency of their hiring processes to ensure that A+ candidates do...

Take an audit of your past year’s performance. What success have you achieved in your career throughout the past 12 months? A lot can happen in one short year. By reviewing your past year’s performance, you not only prepare for a resume update, you also have documentation...

1. Have a plan. As you would do in preparation for any interview, take some time to develop a success plan. Start by mapping out your key strengths, talking points, and qualifications as they relate to the position. While you would never read anything (including a...

1. An empty — or skimpy — LinkedIn Profile. Cram your Summary full of the things you have done in your work life that you are proudest of and that are relevant to the job you want next. Your Summary should be a keyword-rich description of...

Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human...

Below you’ll find the 12 best tips to help before, during and after your interview.  1.    Research Earnings Calls, Quarterly Reports & Blog Posts In today’s world, content is king. Goldman Sachs publishes quarterly reports, Microsoft records its earning calls, and every startup has a blog. With so much...

In a world where the average employee sends and receives 122 emails per day and attends an average of 62 meetings per month, your boss or HR leadership simply doesn’t have the time or bandwidth to properly think through how best to deploy your talents...

I’d like to discuss cover letters. Here’s my basic philosophy on them: don’t bother. That’s because the cover letters I see usually fall into one of three categories: The recap: The résumé in prose form. It’s redundant, harder to read than the résumé, and provides no additional insight. The...