5 Worst Job Hunting Nightmares and How to Avoid Them


1. Black holes in corporate databases.

Gather as much information as you can about the position and then tailor your resume to match the job. You’ll get immediate feedback.

2. One month of search for a new position turns into ten months.

Be decisive. Know what you want in a new position. Network. Keep up your spirits and trust that the right job is out there for you.

3. A ghost from your past gives  you a bad back door reference. You’re backstabbed and you don’t even know it.

Maintain good relationships with all peers, supervisors and managers. Many industries are small and you never know when you’re going to see someone again.

4. You walk into an interview and find more than one person in the room.

Know that you are the expert in your position. Learn presentation skills and how to speak in public. Maintain eye contact. Answer the questions succinctly and be confident.

5. The interview is cancelled.

Be flexible in your availability. When your resume is out there, be reachable during the business day. Be sure to include your cell phone and email address on your resume.

Don’t let these nightmares ruin your job hunting.











A few weeks ago I gave a presentation to a group of executive directors in the non-profit space. One point was that efficient delegation allows you the time to focus on projects more meaningful to you.  Interestingly, the overall consensus was that delegating is the hardest thing to do.

One woman said, “It’s easier for me to do whatever needs done than to train someone else to do it the way I want it done.”  Do you feel this way?

Putting passion into your work means effectively delegating projects and tasks to others, which then frees up your time to focus on areas which are more meaningful to you.


  • Delegate as much of the project as possible.
  • Paint a clear picture of the expected outcome and time frame.
  • Give clear directions.
  • Allow time for questions.
  • Be available to provide feedback and discuss issues.
  • On larger projects, set milestones.
  • Thank the person, or group, who successfully completes the task.

Ultimately, as a leader you are responsible for getting the project done.  Make sure everyone understands the project and your expectations

Do make sure the delegate actually wants the responsibility or you may end up with the project back in your lap.








In today’s global economy where remote and virtual teams are becoming the norm, it’s not unusual to work on projects with a virtual team.

How do you manage a remote team?

  • Clear directions on achieving goals.
  • Frequent phone, video conference or in-person meetings.
  • Regular staff meetings.  Encourage participation.
  • Frequent one on one meetings allow time for bonding, as well as sharing concerns and career development.
  • Frequent face time for the team.
  • When working with an international team, learn about the culture, environment and language.
  • Establish deadlines and metrics which hold people accountable.
  • Nurture a feeling of belonging to the corporate culture to create team spirit.
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.

Most important, people are your most valued asset.  Establish the intent to retain valuable knowledge workers on your remote or virtual teams.



How do you work with a manager who could be 10,000 miles away?

  • Stay in touch with your direct supervisor.
  • Know the reporting line of your department.
  • Be inclusive.
  • Share information. Upload documents pertinent to the team or project.
  • Network widely by making contacts throughout the organization.
  • If you have personal issues or concerns, share them at an appropriate time.
  • What’s the time zone?  Is it an appropriate time to call?
  • Assume a great team player attitude.

New in the firm?  Ask your supervisor how they would like things done, especially if your new employer does things differently from the way you’ve worked in the past.

Many companies achieve great success with virtual and remote teams.  Active participation is your responsibility.




Gain visibility and insider knowledge of your industry by joining professional organizations. You may want to “shop” and attend a number of events hosted by a few groups to find the right fit for you.

Look for a group that shares you interests. When you join a professional organization you immediately have something in common with the other members.  Look for a group that shares your interests.

Once you find a group, do become a member and raise your hand to join a committee. Come to the table with an “I have something to give” attitude. One of the best ways to get to know new people and broaden your network is by working with others.

Participation on a committee connects you to new contacts outside of your work and can exponentially increase your circle. When you volunteer and fulfill your commitments, the outcome will be referrals, introductions, and perks.

Volunteering for a professional organization provides:

  • The opportunity to learn new skills
  • A chance to leverage skills
  • An opportunity to form new relationships
  • A way to “give back”

Find professional associations through online event calendars, industry publications, and word of mouth.







Welcome your new employee or consultant as graciously and warmly as possible.

Keys to success:

  • Is all administrative start-up work complete?
  • Prepare the desk or workspace.  Are computers and phones setup?
  • Introduce members of the team.
  • Clarify expectations of the position.
  • Provide clear directions.
  • Provide documentation, resources, training and tools necessary for success.
  • Discuss procedures regarding confidentiality, safety, customer service, time management, travel and unique components of your work environment.
  • Share information on things you may take for granted, such as directions to the cafeteria or local places for lunch.

Take the new member of your team to lunch. Celebrate his or her arrival.


First days on a new job can produce the same jitters and anxiety as the first day of school.

  • Be early.
  • Set a great first impression and look your best.  Let everyone say that you are over dressed.
  • Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet.
  • Smile and be enthusiastic about your new position.
  • Be open and receptive.
  • Spend time with your boss clarifying expectations on upcoming projects.
  • Get organized on your projects, deadlines and goals.
  • Don’t mention “how we did things” at your old job.
  • Do not discuss your compensation.
  • Get up to speed as quickly as possible.
  • Stay late and get a sense of the office after business hours.

Do maintain contact with your professional network.   Thank everyone who helped you during your search process, including recruiters.  Should the position not work out as planned, you do want to be able to circle back with all of your associates.