5 Books That Will Help You Get A Promotion

If you love to read, and you frequently pick books off the “business bestseller” list, this post is for you.  If you don’t read often, but want to make efficient use of your limited time by reading something that will help you get a promotion and get ahead in your career, this post is for […]

How To Negotiate Salary Offers Once You Land The Job

Aimee at CareerCake says that when an employer asks you about your salary requirements, you should deflect the question and see if you can get the employer to answer instead.  Here’s my take: At Catch Your Big Break, we warn repeatedly about the perils of following advice from friends, family members, and even so-called experts. […]

Silly Mistakes That Kill Your Job Search

Few things are more frustrating than being engaged in an unproductive job search.  When you spend hours sifting through “help wanted” ads, and send resume after resume into what seems like the Bermuda Triangle, never hearing anything back, it’s hard to know what exactly you’re doing wrong.  I know, because I lived that situation for […]

DIY Resume Tips

A well-written resume from a professional resume writer can easily cost $350 or more. That’s about the going rate here at Catch Your Big Break, and I can hardly find a colleague I trust who will write a resume for less than $200. On the high end, I’ll gladly point you to a good friend […]

Career Advice: Be at the Table

Board Room Meeting

It’s easy to get caught up in the sea of advice from well-meaning friends and family members when trying to make the most of career opportunities.  Platitudes like “show up early to work every day” and “always take time to organize your work” seem great in theory, but can you make them work in the […]

Need Career Help? Here’s How to Get a Promotion.

Opportunity for Career Help

When clients come to Catch Your Big Break looking for career help, one of the most common complaints they express  is “I’m stuck.”  They often feel a bit bored in their current jobs, aren’t getting the sort of advancement opportunities they want, and find themselves doing work that’s somewhat repetitive and uninteresting. Contrast that with the […]

Breaking Through

Last week I wrote about the biggest challenge of getting hired: you have to be the single best person for the job.  There really is no reward for second place.  I also proposed that each job-seeker spend less time trying to convince hiring managers that he or she is the best worker, and more time […]

How to Finish in First Place

One of the toughest things about getting hired is that you have to be the single best candidate in what is often a very large group of competitors.  In many aspects of life we reward those who finish in second place.  In the Olympics, the second place finisher stands on a podium, receives a medal, […]

How do I get clarity about my career direction? – Part I

It doesn’t seem to matter how far we’ve made it in our career, most of us are still sitting around trying to figure out what we should do NEXT. If you’re one of the focused few who knows exactly what you want to do, bravo! That’s half the battle. But do you know how you’re […]

Announcement and Questions

Hi folks! My team and I are very close to finishing our long-awaited Job Search and Career Success System. We started working on this more than a year ago, but really decided to make sure it was high quality. We’re finally wrapping up the project, and are scheduled to release it just a bit later […]