Stop Using Job Sites to Look for a Job — Instead, Use Them For This

Stop relying on a job site to find a job. Job sites are helpful; they just aren’t all that helpful in getting an interview, which is the first step in securing a job. The online application systems do a poor job of identifying qualified candidates; rather, they do a good job of identifying people who use the right key words. This does not mean, however, that there’s no reason to look at job sites like,,, etc. What it does mean, though, is that it’s important to know why you’re looking at them. Here are the top 4 reasons I tell people to use job sites that might surprise you. See who’s hiring. What industries and companies have lots of postings? It could m

Shiny Self-Improvement Syndrome & the Problem with Big Goals

Last week I was near the end of a call with a client and he said, “Yeah, I need to get better at that,” and it caught my attention. I wondered how many times a day does he tell himself he needs to get better at something? And then, let’s be honest, I wondered how many times a day I say that to myself. My default perspective is to go through my day with a “How can I improve this?” lens, which can easily slide into a “What’s wrong with this?” lens. Here’s what I’ve noticed: When my view of the world is a constant belief of “I need to get better at this,” then I’m almost always coming up short. It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed when I’m using this viewfinder. While on the surface it sounds li

From Midlife Crisis to Midlife Awakening

For the last couple months, my nighttime dreams have been about travel. I’m always trying to get somewhere, but have missed my flight, lost my luggage, or can’t find my driver’s license (well, that’s true) and I’m stuck trying to figure out how to get from A to B. In other words, the route I’d planned didn’t work. It’s easy for me to see the metaphorical implications: I’ve lost my way, I’ve got baggage I can’t even see, and I need a new plan. Sound familiar? It’s a theme I hear a lot: I feel lost. I don’t know what I want anymore. But what people are really saying is: I don’t know who I am anymore—or, who I am isn’t who I want to be. And that, my friends, is the perfect place to be for an “a

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