Author Archives: Scott

Scott is the owner and head coach at Most Placeable Candidate.

The gym is already thinning out . . .

It’s a whole month into the new year. For the last few months (yes, even before the eating season) my wife and I have been going to the YMCA down the road from us to exercise. She’s been more regular than me, but especially after the holidays I started back routinely 3-4 days a week. [...]

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One obvious thing killing it for job seekers

Want to know what’s killing a lot of job seekers? Laziness. Here’s a simple example: a job seeker sees a job he thinks he’s a fit for out there in cyberspace. He follows a link from a job board to a company website, reads up about the company and job and decides to take the [...]

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Not getting hired? Be less rational.

9 months ago I went back to full time recruiting while coaching on the side. I didn’t really need any extra convincing, but managing a couple dozen hires during that time has confirmed what I have been teaching job seekers for 4 years… THE primary lesson job seekers (or sellers of anything) need to learn [...]

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Cover Letter Contest

Hi all – and thanks for playing along! Contest entries are closed, but you can still win just reading and adapting a lot of great advice from people who played. Here are my thoughts about this cover letter. It’s not marketing. In the direct-marketing world, great marketing is focused squarely on the felt needs of [...]

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Job Seekers: 3 Things You Need to Do to Get People to HELP YOU

I’ve been writing some helpful hints this week for my new job seeker’s video, and because I had a LOT of people approach me in the last week or so about jobs I’d advertised through the network. I talk with demoralized job seekers every day who just wish someone would help them out. Often, in [...]

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Note to those stressed about a job hunt…

Or building a business, or managing a team… Really they are all the same – us fighting our internal demons and trying to grow our personal capacity so that our results grow too. This note is for anyone who’s in a tough spot today. Remember…it’s a journey… What you know today will make you laugh [...]

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Interviewing with Malice Aforethought…

Malice Aforethought… If you’ve never heard that phrase, it’s an old legal one. In some statutes, it’s still one of the criteria used to distinguish manslaughter from outright murder. Yes, this is your bi-weekly job hunter’s blog, and no, I’m not starting a crime novel here. But I have been reading some, one of which [...]

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“I bet I could do that job…”

I keep trying to puzzle out in my head what people are thinking when they apply for a job they haven’t really ever done. I want to understand it better to become a better recruiter, and so that I can give better advice to job seekers. But I’m not sure I can completely understand it [...]

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Landing the plane…

When I was a cadet at the USAF Academy I got to fly Cessna 172′s, a single-engine plane, for just long enough to solo plus a few hours. Too bad it was my only flying experience, because it was one of the most memorable, thrilling things I’ve ever done. All of flying is tough…especially in [...]

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What if no one knew anything about you?

Imagine you have an old friend who owns a small business, and she performs some complex professional service for other businesses. She’s phenomenal at what she does! When someone retains her, really does great. She has a unique perspective, incredible experience and personal habits that make her the ideal choice for companies that are experiencing [...]

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