Leadership Personal

Job search stories from the front line

sorryLooking for a job isn’t all that amusing, but there’s no need to cry. Humor runs rampant as part of job search — for instance, the responses you get from companies after you’ve applied for one of their once-in-a-lifetime jobs. Breaking the bad news to an applicant has taken on a decidedly clever flair. Here are some examples:

After careful review of your application, we found that your qualifications were not the best match for this job opening. Often, we face the difficult decision of turning away many promising candidates, so we hope you’ll take this more as a reflection of the intense competition rather than of your qualifications.”

I’m all about competition. And is “best match” kind of like

Your information was evaluated against a very competitive group of candidates and we opted not to move forward with your application at this time.”

So will you “move forward” with my application next week? Maybe?

Now it’s time to get back to work. Maybe I can help organizations craft their “no thanks, good luck” notes to applicants who didn’t make the cut.

I’m available.

Marketing Personal

A fresh look at the brand-new year

The new year brings new challenges, new opportunities, new hopes and fears.

Yes, even fear. Whatever you choose to call it — fear, anxiety, distress, worry, dread, panic — it’s a sense of foreboding you try to push back or away completely. Maybe you try to understand it. I’ve tried. Somehow I thought if I could analyze the sensation enough, it would somehow disappear. It hasn’t.

So I’ve realigned my fear. The feeling doesn’t need to vanish. I can choose to look at it differently. Assimilate it. Redefine it. Embrace it, if necessary. Transform it into positive energy to inspire change and movement. I’m choosing transformation.

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It’s so long to the “what-ifs” and hello to new places, new people, new relationships, and renewed confidence and job opportunities. You were okay, 2014, but I’m moving on.

Here’s to 2015.


Unemployed? Get out of the box!

How to step out of the box






Seeking a job? Savvy job coach Liz Ryan dispels some of the prevailing notions about job search.


If you’ve been looking for work and have been frustrated by the process, join the club! Job search as an activity ranks somewhere on the Pleasure to Pain Scale between getting a root canal and cleaning out your gutters. In some cases looking for a job in 2014 is even worse than that, because at least the dentist doesn’t insult you while he’s working on your teeth. When you’re cleaning your gutters, you work at your own pace. You are your own boss.

Check out the complete article on LinkedIn: These three beliefs will keep you unemployed