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Career coaching clients have said to me, “I’ve heard the ATS machine only likes plain resumes.” Well, that’s sorta true. Here’s my opinion. An Applicant Tracking System, or ATS, is used by companies to help weed out unqualified candidates, which, as a hiring manager, I think is great. It really is frustrating (even aggravating at […]

My resume is not so traditional.

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Why the ATS Doesn’t Scare Me

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Business travel can be fun and exciting. But how should you pack? The first time I was sent on an out-of-town work assignment, I spent six weeks traveling between four major European cities. Sure, it sounds like a dream (and quite frankly, it was), but my 21-year-old self couldn’t figure out how to pack for […]

My trusty WHBM dress is a travel win!

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What I Wore: Travel Edition

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Yes, there are a lot of great website audit tools and monitoring services out there. But I firmly believe there’s nothing quite like a manual website audit. Why? Read on.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Conduct Your Own Website Audit

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The first blog I launched was in 2000. During the world’s best graduate assistantship (I was the coordinator of the International Communications Studies program at the University of Southern California), I had to come up with a way to keep parents updated before and during our six-week traveling class to Europe. A quick reminder: those were the […]

Getting back to blogging basics

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Getting Back to Blogging Basics

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You need to demonstrate HOW you are the best candidate, not just why. I’ve learned a little (okay, A LOT) from reviewing thousands of resumes throughout my career. I’ll tell you what I rarely see: Impact. Value. Basically, what’s in it for me if I hire you? Most of the resumes I’ve seen over the […]

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3 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

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How casual is too casual? Have you ever worked somewhere that Casual Fridays turned into the Sweatpants Showdown? There is such a thing as too casual for Casual Fridays. Here are some ideas on how to enjoy dressing down while still looking polished and professional. Bonus? These outfits transition perfectly to happy hour. Jeans and […]

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Casual Friday: What to Wear

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You need to demonstrate your value when applying and interviewing for a communications job One year, I hired four new positions: a communications specialist, a marketing specialist, a digital content strategist and a project and event assistant. All positions paid well with excellent benefits and time off, so I thought the hiring process would be […]

Make sure you keep track of your accomplishments

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Metrics, Please

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Yes, you’re thrilled you were given the ‘final rose’ (the job offer); but is it a good culture fit?

Busy office

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Don’t Take That Job Until You Understand the Culture

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Is it just me or has email etiquette taken a nosedive in the last few years? I’m not sure what has led to the decline in email etiquette: reading and responding to messages on mobile devices or the rush-rush of our 24/7 lives? Could it be that we have less patience and get frustrated faster? […]

Email etiquette tips

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5 Email Etiquette Tips

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Always rushing out the door without makeup and your hair only half done? Read on.

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4 Ways to Streamline Your Morning Routine With Lean Six Sigma

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