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  • Trends I'm Seeing in the Job Market
    by Stacey Lane - April 16, 2019
    People often ask me for insider scoop on what to expect in the coming year when it comes to the job market. While of course the future isn’t entirely predictable, I’ve been noticing some trends that may help you out. Expect a wildly unpredictable hiring timeline (and process). At the beginning of the process, you might apply for a job and the employer sets up an interview within days. You might be asked to...
  • What to Expect When You're Interviewing
    by Stacey Lane - March 26, 2019
    Maybe you get a “normal” interview, full of questions like “What are your strengths?” or “How do you like to unwind?” Maybe you have to come up with a solution to a hypothetical or real problem. But a standard interview isn’t a given anymore. With so many applicants and with money and time on the line, recruiters and hiring managers have more pressure to “hire right”...
  • Self-Care: The Overlooked Job Search Technique - Part 1
    by Stacey Lane - February 8, 2019
    I talk a lot on this blog about specific things to do while job searching. (Have you updated your LinkedIn profile yet??) But there’s another aspect about the job hunt that is less talked about, though it’s getting more attention recently: self-care. If you’re looking for a new job, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are experiencing some changes in your life. Whatever the circumstance is, the challe...
  • Eavesdropped: Brilliant Advice I Gained for Long-Shot Job Seekers
    by Stacey Lane - December 19, 2018
    I love that so many interviews happen at coffee shops. Not only is it wildly entertaining, but it gives me plenty of useful information to share with you. During my most recent eavesdropping session, I got some tips on how to make yourself an appealing candidate, even when you lack experience. A young man showed up wearing jeans and a button-down shirt, carrying a file folder, and looking a little nervous. Let’s ca...
  • 10 Career Change Myths
    by Stacey Lane - August 29, 2018
    If you dream about having a different career, but don’t act on that dream, you may be operating under the assumption of a career myth. In this article, I expose 10 myths, sayings you’ve heard before that simply are not true. Let’s explore them. Career Myth #1: You can’t make a living doing something you really, truly love This is the grand-daddy of career myths, the belief that you can’t...
  • Are Cover Letters Old School?
    by Stacey Lane - July 12, 2018
    At a recent breakfast meeting with HR professionals, as we waited with coffee in hand for the program to start, I asked the recruiters and hiring managers sitting at my table about their perspectives on cover letters. Here’s what I learned: If there’s something that needs to be explained—perhaps a gap in employment or why you’re pursuing a job that you’re underqualified for—they&rs...
  • Everything Old Is New Again
    by Stacey Lane - May 29, 2018
    I’ve been walking several times a week with a friend. We hike through the hills in our neighborhood and at the end of the hour, I’ve easily gotten 90+ flights of stairs and 10,000 steps logged on my Fitbit. We chat the entire hour. We discuss politics, the economy, technology, work, family, new recipes we’ve tried and our weekend plans. We’re both self-employed so we often talk business strategy and...
  • How My New Assistant Landed the Job
    by Stacey Lane - June 6, 2017
    I recently hired an assistant—someone to work remotely with me on projects, social media and client management. Even though this person won’t be working out of my office in Portland, Oregon, I decided to advertise the position locally. I know that there’s a lot of talent in this city, and given the flexible hours and OK-ish pay, I thought I’d have a pretty good chance at finding a fit. I was blown aw...
  • Lay of the Land - Hiring Insights
    by Stacey Lane - December 29, 2016
    I’m seeing some interesting trends through my clients’ experiences, and after being interviewed for a trade magazine article about the current hiring landscape, I’m curious to see if these insights resonate with you. (Note to self: Get better about posting links to my interviews) The candidate with the most experience doesn’t always get the job. The combination of skills, experience and cultural f...
  • by Stacey Lane - May 12, 2016
    My husband’s last contract (technology consulting) ended in the fall. And since January, he’s been super-focused on his job search. And if you’ve been in a job search recently, you know that it’s a balance between applying for jobs (if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the lottery) and focusing your search effectively.The Job Description About a month ago, he asked me to read a job description and tell him what I thoug...