Catherine Byer…
Mon, 12/02/2019 - 07:00
Interviewing - My last boss was a jerk. Can I tell them that?

I've had 3 rotten bosses in my career.

I quit two of them ... and stayed to show the other one that I would be wildly successful despite her. :) I share those stories in many situations ... but never in the middle of a first conversation with a potential client (interview situation).

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 11/11/2019 - 07:00
Release your Inner Critic! Here's how.

Release your Inner Critic!

The voice in my head can be a real jerk! Honestly. She is nastier than anyone else in my life AND she knows all the right buttons to push. For years, I let her hold me back. And then one day, I was forced to make a decision: run away from the scary stuff ... yet again ... or face my fears, stand up and take a chance.

Catherine Byer…
Thu, 10/31/2019 - 07:00
How to avoid being creepy on LinkedIn | Again

I have a confession to make. When I joined LinkedIn in 2005, I was kicking and screaming. I was nervous, because I'd seen what some people were doing on other more casual social media sites (you know the ones I’m talking about). I didn’t want any part of it. I was also secretly afraid that I might do something stupid or embarrassing.

Catherine Byer…
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:22
Pockets! You need pockets when networking

A glass of wine in one hand. A handshake in the other. What's a girl to do when she ALSO needs her phone to connect with people on LinkedIn? Well, she needs to wear a jacket (or pants) with pockets. I know this. I've known it for years ... and yet I still picked the wrong outfit when I went to a fabulous networking event last week. It was a big mistakes. My tip to you?
Wed, 10/02/2019 - 09:14
3 Ways to Get a Better Response on LinkedIn

Tired of sending LinkedIn messages, and hearing nothing back from people? You should be! Well, guess what: there are 3 small changes you can make to dramatically boost your success rate. After 14 years on LinkedIn, I've learned so many lessons the hard way, it makes my head hurt to think about it. Lucky for you, I'm really good at condensing them all down to bite-sized, high-impact pieces. This video is one of them. Click play to learn my top 3 ways to boost your InMail success ... then get back out there and have some networking fun!

Catherine Byer…
Tue, 09/24/2019 - 07:00
Don't accept that verbal job offer!

Jennifer did, and she wound up making a lot less money AND living without healthcare for 3 months. Although most employers have high integrity and will follow through with everything they promised in the hiring process, I have watched plenty do something else. You - the job seeker or consultant - are left holding the empty bag. Don't take the risk. Watch this video to learn how to handle it + what to say to get that offer in writing BEFORE you quit your current job or start working for that company.

Catherine Byer…
Thu, 09/19/2019 - 07:00
How to network at events without freaking out or being fake

We've all been there: cold sweat, red face and trouble breathing. It's a very good sign you just embarrassed yourself at a networking event. Sheesh! Why is meeting people so scary and hard sometimes? I know why: nobody teaches you how to talk to strangers in school! Well, they should. They really, really should. I'm here today to teach you what I have learned from all my networking mistakes, research and networking tests over the years (yes, I test things myself a LOT before I teach them). Lorraine inspired this video by asking me "What can I do to stop freaking out when I go to networking events?" Thanks for asking, Lorraine. Here's your answer: My TOP 3 TRICKS for overcoming networking anxiety and fears ... and making real connections at networking events. I live by these 3 mantras every single day as a professional networker. They really changed the game for me, and they will for you, too.

Catherine Byer…
Wed, 09/11/2019 - 07:00
Too old for what says who

Yesterday was my birthday.Yup! It’s happening again. Same time every year. This year, I’m turning 48.

Yes, Mommy. I just told the world how old I am. No, I’m not 29. I’m not even 39. I’m almost 49. WOW.

The way I see it, I have two choices on my birthday: count my wrinkles, or count my blessings.

Catherine Byer…
Wed, 09/11/2019 - 07:00
2 Job offers? How to decide (Scorecard trick)

Great news! Jenny has two job offers. Now, she's trying to figure out which one to take. Now is not the time to simply trust her gut ... because her gut says that she would love them both! Our Job Hunt Scorecard is the best way to remove the emotion and look objectively at both ... then validate and negotiate the offer. Listen in to learn how to create your own scorecard (or go get ours at

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:00
How to ace that panel interview (4 tricks)

Hooray! You got an interview. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's a panel interview. Yup - you're going to walk into a room with a GROUP of people staring at you. That's enough to make anyone sweat bullets. Well, I've got some great news for you: there are 4 things you can do to prep, boost your confidence and knock those bell bottoms right off of them. Enjoy!

Catherine Byer…
Tue, 08/06/2019 - 07:00
Boogers and Bad Breath

"It's best to remember when we go out in the world to stick together, hold hands and look both ways before crossing the street." - Robert Fulghum

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 07/29/2019 - 07:00
Interview: Don’t get lost in translation

You’re perfect for that job! So ... why can’t they see it? Chances are good that you’re getting lost in translation. Just because YOU know you can do the job doesn’t mean THEY can!

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 07/22/2019 - 07:00
Building bridges: New team? 3 Easy ways to find common ground

about how to build bridges (relationship bridges) on international teams. Guess what: as we spoke to each other that night, I realized that there are 3 BIG common denominators.

Catherine Byer…
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 07:00
Culture: Adapt or die (in Shanghai, China)

New project? New job? Survival is up to you! It may not be life or death (like me trying to cross the street in China), but how well you adapt to the culture on your new team will make the difference between your success and failure.

Catherine Byer…
Wed, 07/10/2019 - 07:00
#1 Secret to interview + sales success works on the streets of Pingyao, China too

Want a competitive edge in business ... or in your next job interview? "Please" and "thank you" might be all you need. A JobVite recruiter survey found that you'll be dumped more often for being rude than you will for being late. 86% of recruiters said they drop a candidate immediately for being rude to the receptionist or support staff ... versus only 58% if you show up late!

Catherine Byer…
Tue, 05/21/2019 - 07:00
How to ace a short phone interview - 10 Prep steps

A recruiter just sent me an email request for a 15-minute phone interview. Seriously? What on earth can he accomplish with me in just 15 minutes? I have no idea how to prepare for this. I’m more scared of this interview than any face to face interviews I have had. What advice do you have for me?” - Marty

Catherine Byer…
Tue, 05/14/2019 - 07:00
Hidden job market: 6 reasons companies don't post their jobs online

The hidden market is real! 80% of the open positions will never get posted online. As a job seeker, that can feel overwhelming … until you realize that you can get all the same benefits the companies do by avoiding the job boards.

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 05/06/2019 - 07:00
State your name. Your full name. Or you may as well stay home.

Any time you meet someone new, do yourself a favor and share your first AND last name. I know it feels formal. I also know that many of you have names which are hard to say, or hard to spell. There are a lot of reasons why people choose to keep their last names to themselves.

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 04/29/2019 - 07:00
Hourly vs. Salary: WAIT! Before you say yes, make sure the rate really is right for you

One of the hardest things to learn as a consultant is how to set - and get - the right price for your services. Charge too much and you'll get rejected. Charge too little and you'll live to regret it. Please ... before you sign on the dotted line ... make sure the rate they are offering you is A.

Catherine Byer…
Mon, 12/03/2018 - 19:00
Money: If You Don't Ask, You Won't Get

Money: If You Don't Ask, You Won't Get

"Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen