Highlight Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

In The Perpetual Paycheck, I talk extensively about the “Cinderella fit,” suggesting that employers want to hire candidates who possess the precise skills they are seeking. If a company is looking for a website designer who is skilled in iWeb and Dreamweaver, that means they want a candidate with experience in both programs. No matter how much you talk about your mastery of iWeb, you won’t get past the initial review unless you can demonstrate proficiency in both. Apparently, there is a new trend where candidates are grading themselves on their resumes—and not only that, but they are rarely giving themselves perfect scores! If you do not have full confidence in your ability to do the work, why would an employer? Your resume should provide a prospective employer with a clear summary of your skills and your resume should not suggest you are anything less than the perfect fit.  If … Continue reading

Job Hunters: No One Cares About the Color of Your Parachute

Job Hunters: No One Cares About the Color of Your Parachute Blunt, practical advice from the author of ‘The Perpetual Paycheck’  by Richard Eisenberg, senior Web editor of the Money & Security and Work & Purpose channels of Next Avenue Attention job seekers: It’s not all about you. That’s the message in the new book by employment attorney and coach Lori B. Rassas, The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace. Rassas maintains that job hunters too often focus on what they want and care about rather than what prospective employers need right now. I just spoke with Rassas for her advice to make yourself a stronger candidate, especially if you’re 50 or older. Highlights: Next Avenue: How would you describe today’s job market for people over 50? Rassas: It used to be that as you aged, … Continue reading

Declare Your Independence from Traditional Networking!

Networking Not Working? Perhaps you are in the wrong room As I explain in The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace, it is not enough just to network. Rather, you have to modify your current networking strategies to ensure they will be effective in the loyalty-free workplace. Consider this: If you’re a chef, and you’re talking to other chefs about how to cook the perfect steak, depending on your cooking methods or level of expertise you may not stand out from the others. But, if you’re in a room full of twenty-five-old novice chefs who are hosting their first dinner party, and you relay that same information, they’re going to treat you like a rock star because you know something they don’t. So…..if you are an insurance attorney, and you attend an event geared towards insurance attorneys, … Continue reading

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Network Boldly… But in a Way That Works for You

Network Boldly… But in a Way That Works for You Everyone knows about the importance of networking in order to find a new job. However, as I explain in The PerpetualPaycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace, it is not enough just to network. Rather, you have to modify your current networking strategies to ensure they will be effective in today’s workplace. You can benefit from my mistakes by adopting any new strategies gradually to ensure they will work for you. Remember you want to be bold, but you do not want to miss your target! Consider this: Early in my career, when I was learning how to negotiate contracts, a colleague said that if I wanted to let opposing counsel know that I was serious about a particular issue, I should bang on the table and storm out … Continue reading

My CNBC Appearance to Discuss the Perpetual Paycheck

Thanks to CNBC for inviting me to participate in a segment to discuss unemployment and The Perpetual Paycheck.  As you will see in this clip, I reminded job seekers of the importance of making the job search about prospective employers and their needs.  Employers want the “Cinderella fit,” when hiring–so candidates should be sure that everything they say in their interviews are geared towards showing prospective employers that they have the exact skills  the employer needs: nothing more and nothing less. Here is the link to CNBC segment. (Thanks to everyone at CNBC for making me feel so at home at their studios). http://cnb.cx/1GngbiO … Continue reading

My new book, The Perpetual Paycheck, is now available!

My new book The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace is now available! You can get it on amazon (in print or as an Ebook) or if you have a different device it’s also available on bn.com, iTunes, Kobo, and Googleplay. (Expanded distribution of the print edition will be rolling out over the next few weeks). I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is actually a great time to find a new job (and to earn a perpetual paycheck) – and in my book I’ll explain exactly how you should be approaching the process. If you want to know more about The Perpetual Paycheck and my consulting practice, you can also check out my website (lorirassas.com) to read more about it. Thanks! … Continue reading