Why is Rising Star Resumes in the media? As a writer and speaker on job search, resumes, interviewing and other career topics, Lynda Spiegel, founder of Rising Star Resumes, is frequently consulted by journalists for her advice to job seekers. Click on the articles below to learn more about how to navigate your job search and career.
Quoted in The New York Times on the topic of salary negotiations:
First, as always: Don’t lie. “Obfuscate,” says Lynda Spiegel, a former human resources executive and founder of Rising Star Resumes, a career coaching and résumé-writing service. If you’re filling out a form, leave the salary question blank, she suggests. If you’re in an interview, be polite and respectful to the interviewer, Ms. Spiegel continues, but get across this idea: “Let’s defer talk about compensation until you have a better sense of what I bring to the table.” Go to the source: When a High Salary Is a Hurdle – The New York Times
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“Generate a list of the projects to which you contributed throughout the year and confirm with your manager the extent to which you achieved their goals,” says Lynda Spiegel, a 15-year human resources professional and founder of Rising Star Resumes, a career coaching and resume service. “Then ask your manager if he or she agrees those contributions merit the a one-time bonus based on those contributions. By tying the performance review into a bonus, rather than a raise, you’re showing that you understand the relationship between high-performance and its rewards.”
Finding yourself reporting to a supervisor half your age can be a blow to the ego. If you feel you have significantly more career and life experience than your boss, it can be difficult to give this relationship the respect it deserves.
“When more senior employees report to managers young enough to be their own children, both parties may experience issues,” says Lynda Spiegel, a 15-year human resources professional and founder of Rising Star Résumés. “Young managers may be subliminally reminded of their parents and find it awkward to make demands, while the subordinate may resent having a younger person take the lead.”
“Ask every candidate, and what questions do you have for us? Everyone already asks that, but pay close attention to the response. Great candidates ask questions that not only demonstrate that they’ve thoroughly researched the company’s strategic direction, but also envision themselves in the role, contributing to that direction.”
Quoted in GoBankingRates:
Happy People Take an Optimistic Approach Employees who are happy tend to earn more money because their optimistic approach makes them more open to opportunity and new experiences, said Lynda Spiegel, a human resources professional and founder of career coaching and resume writing service Rising Star Resumes. “They are willing to accept challenges and take risks, both of which are predictors of greater earning opportunity,” she said. And, they view bad decisions as a learning opportunity rather than a personal failure, she added.
As quoted in Recruiter.com:
2. Detach Yourself From the Negativity Sensing hostility from an interviewer adds to an already stressful situation. I coach my clients to practice a form of Zen detachment from the negativity. Envision the nasty attitude floating above and beyond you so that you can focus on conducting yourself professionally and pleasantly. That alone may disarm the interviewer, who may be having a bad day and not realize the attitude they are projecting. — Lynda Spiegel, Rising Star Resumes
Lynda Spiegel, a 15-year human resources professional and founder of Rising Star Resumes, a career coaching and resume writing service, says being a credit-grabber can also lead to a workplace exit. “If you let everyone else on your team do the work on a project, but modestly take all the credit, that could cost you your job,” Spiegel says. “Also, consistently go over your manager’s head, regularly showing up late and neglecting to recognize the root cause of your mistake so that you repeatedly make the same error – all can lead to a layoff or firing.”
“All of these matters — employers and co-workers alike won’t tolerate behaviors that are self-serving, un-collegial or just plain stupid,” she adds.
Quoted in The Newark Journal
Sometimes you have to turn down job offers even if they appear to be career-changing. But how do you know when to say no? “Trust your instincts. If your future co-workers don’t give off the productive, pleased-to-be-there vibe you’d expect from a satisfied workforce, that’s one red flag,” notes HR professional Lynda Spiegel, founder of Rising Star Resumes, a career coaching and resume writing service. “Does HR seem inflexible about policies such as vacation time or telecommuting? Does the job offer you the opportunity to grow professionally?”
Still, turning down a job offer can be extremely difficult if you have been unemployed. “It’s difficult to walk away from any offer if you’ve been unemployed for some time, but you need to balance how critical your finances are with how miserable you may be at this company,” says Spiegel. “Being broke is a legitimate fear, but the right job for you is out there, and there are short-term jobs you can take to earn some income. Bottom line: don’t settle. We spend most of our waking hours at work; they should be productive and challenging.”
Mentioned in “How Employers Use Social Network Checks to Screen JobSeekers.”
Checking a job candidate’s online profile is important at any level, but it’s critical for senior executives. Individuals may guard their professional profiles zealously, but neglect to realize that their personal lives show up online as well, and that can often reveal traits that employers want to avoid. The main thing I would look for when vetting a candidate is a sense of appropriateness. Does this person come across as someone I’d want to avoid socially? Then I probably don’t want him or her in a position of responsibility at my company. Being tagged in a photo holding a beer at a family picnic is appropriate; dancing shirtless isn’t. And one’s associations help form an impression as well – positive or negative. Giving back to the community through volunteer work, or being on the local school or library board tells me more than just following a sports team does.
Quoted in GNA Partners’ Blog:
“The best way to fit in at work is to have your colleagues’ back. Step up and give an overwhelmed co-worker a hand with his or her project. Before you run down to grab a sandwich or coffee, ask if anyone else wants something.” – Lynda Spiegel, career coach and founder, Rising Star Resumes
as quoted in Monster.com, Career Advice:
First jobs are great for learning about what it means to be an employee, says Lynda Spiegel of Rising Star Resumes in New York City. Not only can you grow more knowledgeable about the company and the position you hold, but also about workplace culture and how to conduct yourself professionally. But you don’t need to stay until your hair is gray to build a solid foundation. No matter why you took your first job, there will come a time when you start planning your next move. How long should I stay at my first job? | Monster.com
Quoted in FlexJobs.com
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Quoted in Monster.com Career Advice:
Lynda Spiegel, founder of New York City-based Rising Star Resumes, once was asked by a job candidate to prioritize the projects that would be assigned to the role in question. The candidate, who was interviewing for a junior marketing position, then offered insights into how she’d address each project in stages to avoid lag times. “Her discussion showed she had done her research and knew what our resources were as well as our strengths and weaknesses,” Spiegel says. “Candidates who’ve made a point of investigating a prospective employer’s projects and programs and can speak to how they’d contribute show me that they’re thinking like one of us.” Each question you ask your interviewer should also be an opportunity to talk about how you meet what they’re looking for. Ask these four questions—and then follow up on their answers. Asking these 4 questions will help you sell yourself in any job interview | Monster.com
Quoted in Business Insider:
DATE OUTSIDE OF YOUR DEPARTMENT “Dating someone who reports to you can lead to ugly litigious situations if a breakup occurs. There’s less danger if you date someone in a different department, but the best policy is to maintain a professional distance in the office.” – Lynda Spiegel, HR professional and founder, Rising Star Resumes
As quoted in Patent Education Series
Having a well-curated network of contacts at the firms where you’d like to work is the first step, but if you are starting your job search without a robust network, you might make up for not having planned ahead by relying on second or even third level contacts.
Apply for a position via the requested channel, but also send a LI message to your network contact letting him/her know that you applied, and asking for feedback on the opportunity. That will start a dialogue that you can subtly enlarge to a request to get your resume in front of the hiring manager.
Equally important is to optimize your profile so you can be found by recruiters. Swap out your current or last position from the headline and instead use keywords that describe what you do, such as “Intellectual Property” or “Litigator.”
Quoted in Cornerstone OnDemand blog:
Many say they believe the class of 2015’s optimism is well-founded. Lynda Spiegel, founder of career coaching and resume writing service Rising Star Resumes, said not only has the economy has done a 180 since the worst days of the Great Recession — which hit Millennials badly — but also there’s been a shift in that employers are now vigorously recruiting recent graduates because they possess skills for jobs that barely existed even five years ago. Promoted Stories Recommended by “They have the skill set to hit the ground running for jobs in robotics, UI/UX design, app design and so on,” Spiegel said. “In fact, a significant percentage of these young people fully intend to by-pass employment in favor of entrepreneurship.”
“Doing what you love is the future of work for your generation,” echoes Lynda Spiegel, founder of Rising Star Resumes. “We baby boomers misspent our youth at employment in areas we were good at and could make money doing. Do what inspires you to get up and tackle it every morning, regardless of the salary. You’ll be richer that way.”