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Career Coaching by Former Fortune 500 Recruiters

Resume & Interview Tips to Get You That Job!

If you are sending your resume in and not getting called in for interviews … troubleshoot the problem … there must be something wrong with your resume.

If you are getting interviewers but not making it to 2nd or final rounds … troubleshoot that problem… there must be something wrong with your interview skills.

I was recently quoted in Forbes.com about this very issue.  Read on & conquer!


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SixFigureStart Free Ask A Recruiter Coaching Call This Friday, May 1


If you could ask a recruiter anything you wanted to know about how hiring really works, what would you ask?  Email your career questions to caroline@sixfigurestart.com.  



SixFigureStart Free Ask-A-Recruiter Coaching Call

Friday, May 1 at 1p EST

SixFigureStart (www.sixfigurestart.com, Career Coaching By Former Fortune 500 Recruiters) hosts a free coaching call to answer your career questions.  To join the call:


Dial 712 775 7100

Use code 151675#


No need to preregister but if you want to hear a recording of the call, email caroline@sixfigurestart.com to get the playback instructions.


SixFigureStart is a career coaching firm comprised of former Fortune 500 recruiters and specializing in coaching Generation Y students and young professionals.  SixFigureStart co-founders Connie Thanasoulis and Caroline Ceniza-Levine have a combined 40 years of HR and business experience.  Connie led campus recruiting and new hire programming for Citigroup, Pfizer and Merrill Lynch.  Caroline led campus recruiting and new hire programming for Time Inc and has also recruited for Accenture, Booz Allen, Oliver Wyman, Disney ABC, TV Guide, and others.  Connie and Caroline are the online coaches for Vault.com and Wetfeet.com, career columnists for CNBC.com and Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com, and adjunct assistant professors of Professional Development at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 

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Book Review: Danny Meyer’s Setting The Table

I love a detailed  business biography and Danny Meyer’s Setting The Table does not disappoint.  While his stated audience is businesspeople who want to learn about hospitality, the lessons to general career planning abound:

He has $350k of his own money from stock earned working in a completely different industry (payroll of all things) and puts it into a restaurant at age 27 — score one for translating initial careers to later on in life;

He spends months trying different restaurants in small towns across France and Italy, taking copious notes every time — score one for research;

He cultivates mentors from other restaurants and businesses that he admires — score one for knowing when and how to seek help;

He finds creative ways to support the community and make money — score one for aligning values with work.

The anecdotes from the restaurant world are equally fun:  Salt shaker in the center of an empty table?  I am instantly reminded that life throws us off kilter, and it’s our job to get back to center.  (The salt shaker image is a story in Danny’s book, and my above paraphrase is the lesson he eloquently tells and freely credits to a mentor).

The business lessons are numerous:  51 percenter is a great hook to encapsulate how to hire.

Danny Meyer’s Setting The Table is a breezy read for someone who is a foodie:  Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Tabla, Eleven Madison Park, Shake Shack, the MOMA cafes, Blue Smoke are all Danny Meyer restaurants.  I am not even a foodie, and I recognize these places.

At the same time, the book teaches, motivates, and inspires.  As you plan your career and/or grow a business, it’s always good to read what other people have done and not reinvent the wheel.  Meyer shares very openly and articulately.  This is a must-read.  How soon can I get a table at Blue Smoke — research purposes, of course!

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Money Moves For The Jobseeker

The point is that you can’t be too greedy.” – Donald Trump

Now that taxes have been filed, it’s time to kick back and still think about money. As a jobseeker, whether employed or unemployed, you need to think about money because it affects the timing of your search, the sectors you want to target, and the way you position yourself. I coached someone who wanted to change careers from financial services to pastry making and then seemed startled when I pointed out that entry pastry chef jobs paid minimum wage. That wasn’t to discourage her from the transition, but she needed to know how to meet that income gap if she decides to do so.

Read more money tips in my latest post for CNBC.com Executive Careers:



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Money Is No Excuse For Not Making A Career Change

A popular excuse for not making a big change is money.  You don’t have enough money – training for new skills, career coaching, whatever support you need for the big change cost more than you have.  You need the income you have – you don’t have any left over to save for the big change and you certainly don’t have the option of quitting to focus more time on the big change.  However, although money is a legitimate consideration, it is not an obstacle you can’t overcome.  It comes down to the math:  how much do you need and where will you get it. 

Read some tips on finding the money to finance your career change in my latest post for The GlassHammer:


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Job Search Tips For This Tough Market

Josh Boatwright of the Asheville Citizen-Times covered my latest workshop at UNC Asheville where I talked about job search tips specific to this tough market:


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How to Negotiate a Better Severance Package

Here is an interview I did with ABCNews.com about how to negotiate for a better severance package.  Remember – everything is negotiable so use whatever advantages you have to increase your package.


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Don’t Give Up On Your Job Search

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize winner.

On January 1, we are pumped, inspired, and motivated to have a super new year.   As the days pass, our resolve wanes.   The job search becomes tiring.   Read my recommendations for how to maintain your resolve and focus in my latest post for CNBC.com Executive Careers:


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How to Get Constructive Feedback On Your Job Search Skills

Let’s face it: recruiters will not tell you how you did in that interview because they don’t want the legal liability that you take it the wrong way and sue. Yes, that’s a bit extreme, and 99.9% of people won’t do that, but since we don’t know for sure you’re not the .1% exception we just assume you are. One of the best things about my job as a coach is that now I can give the candid feedback I couldn’t share as a recruiter. I do believe people want the feedback and benefit from hearing it, and now I don’t have to tiptoe around any legal issues.

But what if you don’t have a coach who is beholden only to you and who can share the good, the bad and the ugly? How can you get constructive criticism during your search so that you can identify and fix potential problems?  Read Connie and my tips in our latest Vault Campus Recruiting blog:


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How To Get Noticed By Executive Recruiters

How does a person make themselves known to recruiters? 

This question was posed during last month’s SixFigureStart Ask-A-Recruiter call.  The caller worked as in-house counsel so did not get the same attention from recruiters as her attorney colleagues in law firms. 

Read my 3 tips in my latest post for The GlassHammer:


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