Posts By Laura Machan

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What was I doing? Dealing with Distractions

If you can’t remember what you started five minutes ago, you are dealing with distractions.

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First Jobs of Very Successful People

We tend to get hung up about our first job. Whether it’s a summer job or a full time gig, we worry that it won’t be in line with our goals and ambitions. Stop worrying ...

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Looking for that first job? A Recruiter’s Perspective

All kinds of new grads are being released in the wilds of the employment world this month.

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Practice, Practice, Practice – Tips for a Better Interview: A Recruiter’s Perspective

I heard a fantastic phrase last week. One of our senior sales leaders was talking with us about value propositions, enhanced authenticity and other eye rolling stuff. I was starting to glaze over when he ...

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Resume Review – Critical Action: A Recruiter’s Perspective

Shock and awe. That’s what happened this week. Shock and awe. I was preparing a group of resumes to send to one of my clients. As I reviewed that last resume, I found a typo.

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Look for a Job over that Hill: A Recruiter’s Perspective.

Last week, I had coffee with a former colleague who is about to head into a transition. She has been with her company for a long time and after some ugly corporate changes, they have ...


A Career Portfolio: Not just for Creatives

It is pretty common for creative types to bring a portfolio of work samples to an interview. Little known fact: it can be very useful for many other positions too.


Keep Your Enemies Close and Your References Closer

If someone offered you a job tomorrow and asked for a couple of references, would you be ready?


Giving Notice – The Right Way

You are beside yourself with glee. You have just accepted a fantastic new job. It checks all the boxes: people, scope, location and money. Yippee!

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Need to Refresh? Take a Course

It’s spring and even though things seem almost out-of-control busy, I am going to sign up for a course. I have not decided what the topic will be but I am going to do it.

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