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.
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).