August 2014


Welcome to Driving Your Career Starts NOW/The Newsletter, showing you how you can manage your career!

Be in charge of your career. Don't wait for someone else to do it for you. Your career funds your life, so there's no parking allowed: drive it now!

            - Joanne Meehl, aka The Job Search Queen - Celebrating 11+ years as your job search coach
Don't Skip These 12 Basics for a Successful Skype Interview

 An employer calls you after finding you on LinkedIn, and you have a good phone interview. Then he says, "I want you to talk to our VP. She uses Skype and will be available on Friday at 9am -- is that good for you?"

You reply "yes", the call ends, and you gulp: "I've never used Skype". Or you've never used it for an interview, a little different than the video chats with your friend in California.

Simply put, you cannot afford to "wing it" when it comes to this kind of interview. Treat it like an in-person interview because, well, it is just that. So learn how to do these right away so you're not surprised.

There are many web sites (like that will coach you in how... Download the list of 12 steps here...

A new series: Joanne Translates Headhunter-Speak. "I don't have a degree -- but I've done the job! So why won't headhunters/recruiters 'push me' to their client companies?"

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I've heard this from candidates: "I've done the job before with great success but the recruiter won't present me to the company because I don't have the degree the managers want." 

Certainly there are great candidates who can do the job without the required degree. History is dotted with examples of very successful, non-degreed achievers.


But when the client company's hiring manager believes, probably from previous, successful employees with the "right" degree, that such academic credentials are necessary, headhunters/recruiters say there is no changing their mind. And, recruiters say that usually the client company is right: that academic knowledge is critical to the job.


The complaining candidate also says: "The recruiter isn't doing enough to lobby for me or people like me." This candidate wants to be treated in a special way. Sorry, that's just not how it works: a recruiter is not your agent. And if you don't want to (or have chosen not to) finish that degree, then it's hard to complain about being treated as someone, well, who doesn't have a degree.


Recruiters say, "We would have no credibility if we went to the employer with someone who doesn't fit a big minimum requirement." Credibility is a recruiter's currency; without it they cannot get an audience with the hiring manager, cannot land that recruiting contract. And their paycheck then disappears.


As a job search coach, I have a strong suggestion, even if you're "older". If you intend to work at least another 5-10 years, you should seriously consider getting or finishing your degree. There are many options out there today and many colleges that are relatively flexible about existing credits being transferred in, and credits for work experience. 


You'll be amazed at your new knowledge and how it will help you in your job.


Cost? Well, what is it costing you now to not have that degree?


And how many more times will you find yourself doing that self-defeating thing of thinking/saying, "I'm better at my job than so many co-workers who have their degrees!" Stop measuring yourself against them and move on to -- yes -- being all you can be.


Getting the diploma means you won't have "lack of a degree" to blame any more. And you'll be amazed at how great that feels.

See Joanne's videos -- all short and content-rich

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Next Face2Face meeting is Thursday!
The next meeting is on August 7th: *Gender Communications in the Workplace: Men Are From Fleet Farm, Women Are From Nordstrom* Featuring the amazing Kit Welchlin ( - All info is at
Career Tip from Joanne
Whether on the job or in job search, don't use words that are stale. Like passion -- everyone claims to be passionate, it seems, so it doesn't mean anything to use it any more.

Instead of focusing on what you love and leaving it at that, use words that show you are ready to make a difference for that next boss or next employer: Address results, impact, achievements they can relate to. It makes it easier for them to see YOU in THEIR open job.
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