Author Archives: David Shindler

How To Be a Young Professional of Personal Substance

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What are the qualities of someone of substance to which a young professional can aspire? Here are 6 elements that make a young professional of substance.   

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Finally: A Simple Step-by-step Guide to Employer Research

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You’ve heard the advice a million times: “Before the interview, do your employer research.”

And yet one of the top complaints by recruiters, hiring managers and HR professionals is that many candidates come in into an interview unprepared…   

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How to Stay Mentally Tough During Your Job Search


You’ve heard it before: “A job search is a full-time job in itself.” Of course, if you were applying for a job as  “Professional Job Searcher,” you would want to get really, really good at it. You’d want to overcome the competition and wow the employer. That means putting in the time, effort and energy to obtain the traits, attitudes and behaviors needed to succeed. And one of the most important traits: mental toughness. In their book, Developing Mental Toughness, Doug Styrcharczyk, and Peter Clough identify the “4 Cs” of being mentally tough. I’ve filtered them through the job search to prompt   

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5 Practical Tips for Transitioning from Classroom to Career

Classroom to Cubicle

After earning her degree, one of my daughters is facing that challenging post-college period when the summer partying is over, her friends are scattered up and down the country and the cold reality of ‘what’s next?’ takes center stage.

Sound familiar? If the answer to that question is yes, what practical actions can you take? What mindset would serve you best as you begin the job search in earnest?   

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Exactly How Honest Should You Be During a Job Search?

Honesty During a Job Search

How far would you go to get a job? Would you bend the truth? Exaggerate your work history, education and skills? Blatantly lie during a job interview?

The Greek word parrhesia means “freedom of speech.” It also implies that one is obliged to speak the truth even if that involves a degree of risk. And most certainly: unless done with care and skill, it can be risky to speak openly and honestly about yourself when applying for jobs…   

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These 10 Attitudes Make You a Must-Hire Candidate


Employers are looking for people with not just technical skills, but those with the attitude your co-workers, customers and vendors respect. So choosing the right attitude makes a huge difference to their business, and your chances of getting hired there.

Here are 10 value-adding attitudes, what they look like, how they help you and employers, and some questions to make you think about your own attitude…   

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