Archive for March, 2011

The First Number in Salary Negotiations

March 29, 2011

When you’ve gotten to the point of the interview process when the job is yours (yay!), salary negotiations are next. So when they ask what you want to make, flip the question by asking the range they’re thinking. By doing this, you don’t hold them to one specific number, but you know what range you […]

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Are You Proactive or Reactive in Your Career Development?

March 27, 2011

I’ve been meaning to share this post from Career Rocketeer for a while now because it makes such a nice analogy between being reactive to a big snow and being reactive in your job search. And seeing how we in St. Louis got SPRING SNOW this weekend, I find it very appropriate! The point is […]

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Networking Tips Anonymous: Tip #6

March 23, 2011

It’s been a little while since our secret executive decision maker graced us with their advice – but hey, there’s been a lot to talk about! So without further adieu, here’s Tip #6! TIP #6: I BETTER BE ABLE TO SEE THE ENCLOSED. It’s a small thing and we’ve all done it – sent an […]

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Str8 Talk in the News!

March 20, 2011

I was very honored that my last Career Str8 Talk post was used as reference for a great article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch! Kate Uptergrove did a very interesting piece titled, “When faced with tough questions, think before you speak.” Kate adds some great thoughts and commentary in her article. Read it and share […]

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What To Say When Asked About Weaknesses

March 17, 2011

It’s a question no one wants to hear, often because they have no idea how to even start answering it: “What are your weaknesses?” I recently came across this article that reinforces something I tell my Career Coaching and counseling clients – just because they ask you doesn’t mean you have to blurt out the […]

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LinkedIn Essentials

March 13, 2011

I came across a very insightful article titled “4 Essentials For Reaching Out to Strangers on LinkedIn” at, and hope you’ll find time to give it a read soon. As I’ve said before, it’s one thing to be on LinkedIn, but you need to know how to best communicate on LinkedIn to really efficiently […]

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Keeping Track of Networking Contacts

March 9, 2011

Over the years, as I’ve served as a Career Coach to both job seekers and those who are employed but simply looking out for their career future by networking, I’ve found the challenge becomes managing all the conversations, follow ups and phone calls to run an effective job marketing campaign. Sure, LinkedIn serves as a […]

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Networking Tips Anonymous: Tip #5

March 6, 2011

Our secret executive hiring decision maker is halfway through his/her series of guest blog posts showcasing insight into what NOT TO DO and what TO DO when trying to get your foot in the door… TIP #5: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU! Sometimes I find it humorous, other times annoying – when someone sends me […]

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CAREEReport News

March 2, 2011

In case you don’t already know, CAREEReport is a monthly e-publication I produce that covers the latest Job News, helpful Tools of the Trade, Career Networking insight, updates from the Career Str8 Talk blog plus Job Life Line testimonials from real Activ8 career coaching clients and associates. If you’d like, you can subscribe to receive […]

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