About this blog

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This blog is an extension of the career advice and assistance offered at www.donnleviejrstrategies.com.  I am the author of Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0: Getting to and Staying at the Top of the Hiring Manager’s Short List in a Confused Economy (Second Edition), which was the Winner of the 2012 International Book Award for Business: Careers and Gold Medal Winner of the 2012 Global eBook Award for Business/Employment. I am also the author of Strategic Career Engagement: The Definitive Guide for Getting Hired and Promoted, which was released September 15th of 2015. It was named Runner-Up of the 2016 International Book Award for Business: Careers and the Silver Medal Winner for the 2016 Global eBook Award for Business:Careers.

I am a 25-year veteran hiring manager and have held hiring manager positions for the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA), Phillips Petroleum Company (now Conoco-Phillips), Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, and Intel Corporation. In those positions, I have been involved with the hiring of hundreds of professionals in scientific/engineering, marketing, and communications positions. Over my career, I have reviewed thousands of résumés and cover letters and conducted hundreds of job interviews.  Today, I speak at conferences where I share my knowledge and experience about navigating the hiring process and mapping career advancement strategies. I also provide one-on-one personal career consultations, résumé, and cover letter evaluations for attendees at conferences.

Advice from a former hiring manager will take you farther in your job or career search…
My articles, books, presentations, and workshops aren’t just more of the same old tired information about getting a job. I leave that to business writers, résumé writers, and career coaches. But what you really need is job advice from the hiring manager’s perspective that offers valuable insight into the hiring cycle and on how to address the needs of the hiring manager and the organization. Résumé writers or career coaches offer a perspective of being on the outside looking in; the hiring manager is already on the inside and knows the subtleties that give one candidate the edge over others who may be equally qualified.
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How I work with client organizations…
My approach provides more insight into those qualities hiring managers need and want in addition to focusing on how candidates can get to and keep their names at the top of the hiring manager’s short list. I show job seekers and career changers—including military veterans returning to the civilian workforce—how to package their work history into a Professional Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Portfolio (PSKE Portfolio™) and leverage it over time to separate the value-add candidate from all other applicants. In addition, I share strategies for negotiating the best possible compensation package without leaving money on the table. I provide subscriptions to my consulting services and career programs to associations, corporations, colleges and universities, business and trade schools, and the military. My services are typically offered as an employee, student, or member benefit (résumé and cover letter review; workshops and personal career consultations at conferences).
The strategy you need to embrace is one that addresses the needs of the hiring manager, not your own…
My information expands the view from the other side of the desk that reveals the perspectives and expectations hiring managers have of people looking for a job or a new career. While résumé writers and career coaches may give you a fish to feed you for a day, I continue to teach you how to fish so you can feed yourself for a lifetime of professional and career success. Despite the best intentions of résumé writers who rewrite and reformat your professional work history, YOU and ONLY YOU know the details that went behind every single bulleted item on your résumé. You don’t want someone else to “word it better”; what you want is advice on how to make that experience, that accomplishment, that knowledge speak to the hiring manager’s needs. I’ll do my best to provide twice monthly posts, but from time to time they may be only monthly depending on my speaking/consulting schedule or book projects. I welcome your comments and questions.

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