Author Archives: chandlee

Should I pursue an online degree?

I’m considering enrolling in an online degree program as I haven’t finished my Bachelor’s degree? Should I do it? – C.S. My answer in brief: Know if the program is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency before you go. If … Continue reading

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Question: Strategies for A Group Phone Interview

  I've been invited for a phone interview with a search committee: there will be five people on the call. Any tips on how to prepare? P. L. Ask for a list of all who are attending. Show you are … Continue reading

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Question: Is it better to have many friends or a few good ones?

My friend Jim and I are having an argument over networking? Jim says it's better to be an open networker on LinkedIn; I say it's better to follow LinkedIn's suggestion — and only connect with people I know well. Which … Continue reading

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Question: Are Cover Letters Really Necessary?

Are cover letters worth writing? One person says no one reads them. Another says the letter is more important than the resume. – JD Sometimes looking for jobs is a lot like dating: Say you have two dates with two … Continue reading

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Career 911: What You Can Do to Prepare for Irene (And After-Effects)

As Irene rapidly approaches, here are quick tips to prepare your career for a Hurricane. The focus is on winds and water now, but we could be talking about unemployment and job loss caused by the storm in a few … Continue reading

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The Mid-Year Job Search: Go More than Skin Deep

When my dad was about two, he managed to send himself down the basement stairs in a stroller, tumbling onto his head and resulting in all kinds of crying. My grandmother “GB” frantically called my grandfather “Doc.” He was flagged … Continue reading

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To Know or Not To Know: Which is Better

This weekend, I spoke with a job seeker who — three weeks ago — applied for a job listing online for a job that he saw at Borders. He hadn't seen the closing signs, or the news coverage that Borders … Continue reading

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Want to Write a Cover Letter in Six Tweets?

My junior year of high school, I drove a tank car that I tried to hide in the parking lot. It had a sticker on the back of the Boynton bears saying, “My other car is a Rolls.” It belonged to my parents, … Continue reading

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What’s On Your Summer Motivation List?

“Then would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?” – Winnie the Pooh Searching for a job in the summer may be tougher than searching for a job in Winter. … Continue reading

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We Get By With a Little Rec from our Friends (& By Getting There First)

Each month, I participate in the Career Collective with a group of colleagues who blog about a common topic related to career development and job search. Up this month: The topic of social media and how to use it for … Continue reading

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